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October Events & Activities at RPL
Food & Friendship for Fines
During the month of October, patrons may donate non-perishable food items or join the Friends of the Rowlett Library to waive fines off their accounts. For each package of food donated, the Library will take $1 off patron fines. This only applies to fines for late materials; it does not apply to fees from lost or damaged materials. Patrons who sign up for a $25 Friends membership will have $25 waived off their fines. Collected items will be donated to local food pantries. The Library will also accept non-perishable pet food donations.
Star Wars Reads Week
Join us for a full week of Star Wars excitement from October 4-9 as we celebrate Star Wars Reads. School-age children and teens can explore a galaxy far, far away with activities, crafts, and more throughout the first full week of October (October 4-8) at 2p.
On Saturday, October 9, from 11a-3p train with the masters to defend the galaxy and protect ancient knowledge in our Padawan Academy, join the bounty hunt, test your knowledge of the force, and build a few crafty accessories along the way. Super fans can show off their best Rebel and Alliance gear for a chance to win in the cosplay contest.

Registration is required for the Padawan Academy and registrants must be over the age of 6.

To register for the 11a-12p session, please click HERE.
The Children's collection will be unavailable to the public all day on Saturday, October 9
Friends of the Rowlett Public Library
The Friends of Rowlett Public Library will give a presentation about the Library’s future location, followed by a Q and A session and light refreshments on Thursday, October 21, from 7p-8p.
Join the Friends of the Rowlett Public Library on Saturday, October 23, from 11a-1p to learn more how you can share a value of knowledge, reading, literacy and become a library advocate to help make a difference in support of our public library. There will be light refreshments and live entertainment.
Join the Friends Today
Adult Programs
 Meet and discover how to join the members of the 501st, Mandalorian Mercs, and DFW Saber Guild on Thursday, October 7, at 6:30p. This program is not intended for children.
On Tuesday, October 26, from 11a-3p the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce is providing a community job fair. This event will be located at the Rowlett Community Centre. To pre-register for this event, click HERE. For additional questions, please email the contact person located in the link or call 972-475-3200.
Meet author Larry Yoakum III. Listen to excerpts from Larry's works and purchase your own copies Thursday, October 28, at 6:30p. To learn more about the author and preview his books, visit his website HERE.
Free tutoring is available for people who want help preparing for the GED test. Sessions are scheduled according to student need and tutor availability. Registration is required. For more information please contact Constance Whalon at cwhalon@rowlett.com or 972-463-3971.
Free ESL classes are available for non-English speakers who are beginners, intermediate, or more advanced. For more information or to register, contact Constance Whalon at cwhalon@rowlett.com or 972-463-3971.
Upcoming Programs
Join us on Thursday, November 4, at 6:30p to sample coffees from around the globe, learn about their origins, and see which coffees pair best with different foods. This program is not intended for children. Teens are welcome.
Prepare for college and your career with these upcoming programs in November 2021.
 
Resume Assistance: Learn how to build and format a professional resume on Saturday, November 6, at 2p.

FAFSA Filing: Learn how to file for federal financial student aid to access grants and student loans for college on Saturday, November 13, at 2p.

Interview 101: Learn how to compose yourself, how to answer questions, and what to wear to job interviews on Saturday, November 20, at 2p.
Children's Programs
Rhythm & Rhyme Storytime: A 20-minute lapsit storytime featuring developmentally appropriate board books, rhymes, and movement encouraging early literacy for infants 0-18 months. If children can walk steadily, then we suggest Family Storytime. Caregivers also learn valuable information on how to continue building literacy at home. 
 
Family Storytime: For children of all ages who can actively engage. This interactive storytime with books, music, and movement is a high engagement storytime that instills the love of literacy and the Library at an early age. Caregivers also learn valuable information on how to continue building literacy at home. Thursday is a repeat of Wednesday’s program. 
Be-Tweens: Participants explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) with hands-on activities and crafts. This program is for school age students 10-12. 

WOW: Participants explore a variety of subjects and interests to stimulate their minds.  This program is for school age students 13-18.

Rovers: Participants explore the wide world through reading, STEM, and innovation. This program is for school age students 6-9. 

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