Rohrer Memorial Library

History of Rohrer Memorial Library
Charles and Carrie Rohrer were charter members of Rock Spring Church.  Mrs. Rohrer’s untimely death led her friends to give a living memorial to her, a children’s library which began in 1915.  At the time, this was the only public library in Arlington.  By 1920, adult books were also included in the collection.  In the 1950’s, before the county and schools had their libraries, an effort was made to supply book needs of school children.

Todays’ Library

You will find interesting and sought-after books in the new online catalogue.  The main library houses a collection of fiction and nonfiction books and is located on the 1st floor of the main church building, under the sanctuary.  Adult fiction includes a wide variety of novels and mysteries.  The range of nonfiction subjects is broad and includes biographies, autobiographies and special interest collections for ecojustice, hand-made ministries and more.

The library has added a baker’s dozen new books this month! Here are the new books for the month

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The chidren's library is available soon in the upper atrium of the Hunter Building. The library has a children’s collection (ages preschool to second grade).



Diana Johnson

Latest Rohrer Memorial Library News

Library Volunteers Wanted!
Posted: Apr 5 2018 - 1:32pm

We need a few people to be Sunday librarians and spend about 15 minutes after one service a month to reshelve books and help people to check out books. Training provided. Email Diana Johnson at

New Library Books - May 2018
Posted: Feb 1 2018 - 12:26pm

The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George. The death of a respected deacon while in police custody generates the mystery. Was is suicide or murder? This is a Lynley mystery, the 20th in the series. However, it is Havers who is sent to investigate with another woman. As the plot is revealed, the investigators make an error. Lynley joins them at the scene in the nick of time and the group eventually finds the answers to their first question and many more.

Happiness is a Choice You Make by John Leland. More people are living past 85 than at any other time. John Leland studies this by following the lives of six people in this age group for a year. What he sees are some of the problems of aging but also how the people compensate for changes and still engage and enjoy life. It wasn’t the message he expected and it spoke strongly to him, a 55-year-old man who had been recently divorced.

What Are We Doing Here? Essays by Marilynne Robinson These are collected from talks that the Pulitzer Prize winning author gave during 2015 to 2017. The author has strong opinions and concerns about religion, our history and sense of self.

Hiroshima Boy by Naomi Hirahara. Mas Arai lived through the Hiroshima bombing when he was a teenager. He moved to Los Angeles and made it his home. Now he is returning to Japan to carry the ashes of a close friend to the friend’s sister. Suddenly he finds himself involved in a mystery: what caused the death of a boy on a beach? The boy’s body brings back memories of many more deaths after the bombing. Arai must come to terms with these ghosts and feels compelled to find out how the boy died.

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer. What can we do about how women are treated in this world? This is one part of this insightful and well written novel. It follows a young woman for ten years, starting in college and taking her through her early career. She is mentored by a gifted, but imperfect, feminist leader. Her first love fails her and she finds that ambition, family and life do not coexist easily.

To Die but Once by Jaqueline Winspear. It is May 1940 in Britain. Maisie Dobbs is asked to check on the son of a local man. What she discovers is a murder of a young man and possible profiteering by an industrial company. As she investigates with potential danger to herself, she is gravely concerned by her godson’s trip to the English Channel to help the English fighters at Dunkirk. “Winspear does a smashing job describing the bravery exhibited by everyday Britons as the fear of invasion becomes ever more real.” “Kirkus Reviews”

The Knowledge by Martha Grimes. No sooner has Jury made the acquaintance of American astrophysicist David Moffit and his wife, Rebecca than they are gunned down. The shooter steps into their cab and goes to Heathrow and thence to Dubai. However, the cabbie not only has the knowledge of London’s streets and alleys, he is a member of the black cab drivers network. Another member follows the shooter and engineers a ride on his plane. Jury sets his own complex plot into action with his friends in various roles. Will they find the shooter and the reason for the crime? Read it and see.

Code Girls by Lisa Mundy. During World War II about 11,000 women served as codebreakers for the US government. They were the majority of the codebreakers in the Army and Navy. These were very challenging and important jobs. In addition, the women did translations, tested American codes, and compiled intelligence information. Why don’t we know about them? Theirs was a hidden role. For security’s sake they told everyone that they had low level office jobs. The book not only reveals this piece of history, it also explains how codes work and how they can be unmasked.

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce. It is 1988 and Frank Adair runs a music shop organized by his own system. He can suggest the right album for anyone, healing their spirits. He is surrounded by eccentric people who complement his talents. However, Frank is alone and unwilling to look for love until … Ilse faints outside his shop. This book is a romantic comedy, but what sets it apart is the author’s wonderful tone. She appreciates life in its complexity. Humor and a hint of sadness illuminates her writing.

Memento Park by Mark Sarvas. Matt Santos, an experienced actor, receives notice that a valuable painting that belonged to his father has been recovered and is available to him. His father, an often-acquisitive individual, wants nothing to do with it. Matt finds himself trying to understand his father and their shared heritage as he also ponders what to do with the painting.

"419" by Will Ferguson. This book won Canada’s Giller Prize for fiction. The book starts with a potential suicide of someone who should have had no cares in the world. As his daughter investigates, she finds that he has become a victim of Nigerian scammers. As her search continues she ends up in Nigeria with a cast of characters including Nigerian criminals. We learn about the history of Nigerian e mail ploys and of Nigerians themselves while being kept on the edge of our seat about what will happen next.

Samuel Wilbert Tucker: The Story of a Civil Rights Trailblazer and the 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-in by Nancy Noyes Silcox. “Today we celebrate libraries as centers for personal learning, but they were not always for everyone. In 1939, Tucker organized a sit-in at the Alexandria Library (now Barrett Branch on Queen St.) to protest its “whites only” policy. Tucker, a 26-year-old African American lawyer, coached the young African American protesters and defended them in court. City officials were stunned by this early challenge to segregation, and quickly built a separate and very unequal library for Alexandria’s black residents. This building is now part of Alexandria’s Black History Museum complex and a reminder that change happens when ordinary people see something that is wrong and work to make it right.” Nancy Noyes Silcox

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordel. (New Children’s book for ages 4 to 8.) Two youngsters, one a little girl and the other a wolf cub become lost during a snow storm. The girl helps the cub and in turn is helped herself. The illustrations are particularly good at conveying the emotions of the characters.

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We have decided to postpone our Campus Renewal Celebration and Open House to allow for completion of tile and sign work that is taking longer than hoped. We hope that you will be able to join us on our new date of Sunday, June 3. On that day, we will have a festive worship service at 10:00 a.m.