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

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

Spring Garden by Tomoka Shibasaki.  Residents of an apartment soon to be torn down in Tokyo discover the history of a Western style mansion built near their building .  For them, it comes to embody their pasts, present, and hopes for the future.

Trumpocracy by David Frum.  David Frum, senior editor of the Atlantic, presents his critical views of the Trump presidency and of the actions of politicians.  His view is that current actions show a disregard  for the norms of political behaviors.  He still has hopes for the future which he also addresses here.

Traitor: A Thriller by Jonathan de Shalit.  The CIA accepts a young Israeli’s offer to spy on his country for money and power.  However, the new spy’s handler is a Russian mole in the CIA.  The information the Israeli spy produces goes straight to the Kremlin.  When the presence of a traitor is suspected, the investigation leads from Israel to Russia to the United States.  Who will survive and who will be betrayed?

This is What Happened by Mike Herron.  Maggie, a forgettable London resident, is recruited by M15 to install some software on a computer.  The job goes sideways and the story becomes a taut psychological thriller while Maggie’s rescue and life are on the line.

Munich by Robert Harris.  This historical novel about the Conference of Munich involves two fictional friends who wish to block the appeasement of Hitler who, in turn, wishes to annex a German speaking area of Czechoslovakia, Sudetenland.  This could bring war and England’s Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, negotiates for conciliation to keep the peace.  As the friends move through actual events, suspense grows.  Further, Harris suggests that Chamberlain may have had a much better appreciation of the significance of his actions than is usually thought.

The Maze at Windermere: A Novel by Gregory Blake Smith.  Five stories, each set in different centuries, occur in the same place.  The specific of each story are different; one follows a gay many whose object is matrimony with a wealthy widow, another follows Henry James as he searches for material to use in his writing, a third deals with the plight of a fifteen year old girl who has been orphaned.  All show that while the customs of different times may change, the ambitions -good and bad- of the human heart stay remarkably similar.

Love by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Loren Long.  This is love, illustrated.  Examples of love in a family’s laughter, summer fun, comforting after a bad dream show love in good times and hard ones.  Share it with a child.  (This cannot be viewed in the current catalog.)

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson.  Isaacson is enthralled and excited about da Vinci.  He tells us about a complicated man who was full of questions and independence and we come to appreciate the man’s story and genius.

The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and at Peace by David B. Woolner.  Franklin Roosevelt’s health was failing by the end of his third term.  However, his mental acuity remained strong and he worked hard at establishing the United Nations.  Woolner has amassed new information about the end of Roosevelt’s life, including physician’s memos, papers from several individuals including one present at the Yalta conference, and a detailed calendar of his activities.  He prepares a fascinating book that helps us understand Roosevelt’s actions.

 The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter by Margareta Magnusson. This book has received much positive attention despite its serious title.  In Sweden there is a process for ridding yourself of things that you no longer want or need rather than leaving them for others to sort.  Magnusson gives insights about this process and some advice.  The book also provides a picture of her life in Sweden.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.  Trevor Noah is the host of the Daily Show.  His book is a collection of stories about his growing up in South Africa before and after the end of apartheid.  It is also a story of his mother, a Xhosa woman who chose to have a child with a white man when this was a crime.  As she lived her very independent life, she strongly influenced her first son.  Trevor’s stories show humor but also the harsh realities of the life he led. 

Sleep No More: 6 Murderous Tales by P.D. James. These are six delightfully different tales.  While returning to read P. D. James is a treat, you may also be surprised and amused by the ironic sense of humor she displays.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander.  Most people who use or sell drugs are white.  In some states, however, 90 % or more of those incarcerated for drugs are black or Latino.  Alexander argues that this produces large numbers of people who will have difficulty getting jobs and housing.  They often move out of the mainstream of society.  Alexander sees this as the fall out from the war on drugs and discusses ways to overcome the problems that have developed.

Blind Spot:  Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald.  People have “hidden associations” that can lead to bias even when an individual has none.  For example imagine being told to pick positive words to associate with spider, agile, quick and negative words to associate with flower such as poisonous and gaudy.  It is not what most of us want to do.  We have suites of associations with ideas and words that colors our feelings about them.  Banaji demonstrates this and provides meaningful discussion of the process.

Open Season by Archer Mayor.  Lt. Joe Gunther of the Brattleboro, Vermont police force is faced with several homicides in his normally safe city.  His job is to find out what is happening and why.  Ultimately the precipitating event may have been the murder trial of a young woman at which the wrong person was convicted for the crime.  This is the first novel in a much admired series about Lt. Gunther.

Latest News

All current high school students are invited to join in the YoRS Summer Mission Trip. We will be going to Gary, WV July 15-20 with Experience Mission, an organization we have partnered with before.

Rock Spring will explore ways to create a more peaceful world as part of a special “Peace Village” experience on the last 3 Sundays of the summer.