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RFPL is Free and Open to All

RFPL is proud to serve  all community members. We offer services and educational resources that transform lives, open minds, and promote inclusion and diversity.

Mango Languages

Offers over 60 interactive foreign-language courses and 17 English as a Second Language courses for ESL students. Great for beginners and those wanting to learn a new language for traveling purposes. Each Mango lesson incorporates vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

Patron Survey Results

  • 100% of parents/caregivers said that the library plays an important role in instilling a love of books and reading in their children.
  • 98% of those who attended library programs for older adults reported that they learned something new.
  • 98% of adults who came to the library looking for something good to read, listen to, or view said they located items that met their needs.
  • 96% of adults said that the library is a welcoming and comfortable place.
  • 99% of adults surveyed reported that use of the library adds value to their lives.

Great Decisions

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Great Decisions promises to be an exciting series of discussions about international issues. Stop by the library to get a list of the issues to be discussed and to check out a briefing book. We will lead discussion on 8 issues over 8 Tuesday night sessions (7-8:30), including The Future of Europe, Saudi Arabia in Transition, and Nuclear Security. For more information, please see the Great Decisions 2016 website.

All sessions are held on Tuesdays, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Dates and topics are as follows:

3/28: Saudi Arabia in Transition

4/11: U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum

4/25: Latin America’s Political Pendulum

5/9: Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan

5/30: Nuclear Security


New Kindle Titles

Did you know you can use your RFPL card to borrow a Kindle ereader? We have three Kindles fully loaded with all the literary hits, ready for you to check out and take on your upcoming Spring Break. One lightweight device includes all the hottest titles, including Hillbilly Elegy, The Underground Railroad, Lincoln in the […]

Overdrive Update

Good news! You can now check out up to 10 digital books at a time on Overdrive, up from our prior limit of 5. You can also place up to 10 items on hold. Begin enjoying double the number of ebooks and e-audiobooks today! Ask a librarian at the second floor desk how to get […]


Thursday, March 23, 10 AM - 11 AM
Toddler Time
Friday, March 24, 9:30 AM - 10 AM
Family Story Time
Friday, March 24, 3:30 PM - 5 PM
Middle School Gaming/Movie
Saturday, March 25, 2 PM - 3 PM
Kid Fit

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