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July '64: Darryl Porter Visits Teen Central

DarrylOn July 22, Teen Central of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County hosted a screening of the documentary film, July ’64 to a packed house of youth and parents. Darryl Porter, former president of the Rochester City School District and former City administrator now retired, captivated his audience by his charm, wit and no nonsense approach on how to succeed in life. After the screening, the teens asked Mr. Porter some poignant questions about growing up in Rochester fifty years ago as a gang member— and his answers did not disappoint.

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Musical Mondays at Monroe Branch Library

 guitarOn Monday, July 21, 6:30 - 7:45 pm, the Monroe Branch Library, 809 Monroe Avenue, will host The Doug Stone Group with Grammy award-winning special guest keyboardist, George Caldwell. The Doug Stone Group combines the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic landscapes of jazz standards and some original material. These adept jazz improvisers offer a refreshing approach to classic jazz compositions, rooted in the historical traditions while inflecting cutting edge modern and contemporary jazz trends. On Monday evening, July 28, 6:30 - 7:45 pm, the library will host the musical group, String of Pearls. For more information about Musical Mondays, you can call the library at 585-428-8202.

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Charity Golf Tournament to benefit local libraries

 golfOn Monday, August 4th, the Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce will host their 18th Annual Charity Golf Tournament and dinner auction to be held at Brook Lea County Club, 891 Pixley Road, Rochester, NY 14624. The tournament will be a shotgun start scramble format and a full day of fun activities are planned. The beneficiaries of the fundraising event this year are the Friends of the Gates Public Library and the Friends of the Chili Public Library.

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World Wednesdays coming to Central Library in July

 worldIn collaboration with the Al Mutanabbi Street: Start The Conversation art exhibit at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, the Science, History & Travel Division will be hosting a series of community conversations focusing on our basic freedoms and what it truly means to be a global citizen. The public is invited to join us for this four session program in the month of July titled, "World Wednesdays." 

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East Rochester Public Library closed July 14 - August 10 for move

ERThe East Rochester Public Library will be closed Monday, July 14 through August 10 and will re-open on Monday, August 11. The library will not be a valid pick-up branch for holds during this time period. The library is moving from West Elm Street to the Eyer Building, 317 Main Street in the Village of East Rochester, NY, where it will occupy two floors of the building. We appreciate the community’s patience while we transition to our new location.

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Central Library’s Children and Family Summer Programs

FBR iconThe Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is concocting a big dose of eye-popping summertime fun for area kids as part of the Fizz! Boom! Read! Summer Reading 2014 initiative. Events and activities will include arts and crafts, variety and magic shows, free movies plus story times. Families who participate can also win tickets to Red Wings baseball games plus memberships to the Strong Museum of Play and the Rochester Museum and Science Center. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8150.

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Squirrel Hillbillies to perform at Central Library July 28

SH imageThe Arts, Music & Recreation Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is pleased to announce the scheduling of a free afternoon concert by one of the most unique musical acts travelling the country today. Hailing from Pittsburgh's East End, the Squirrel Hillbillies have become a folk-rock critic’s delight and have garnered a well-crafted reputation for delivering the musical goods. The concert will take place rain or shine on Monday, July 28 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm in the Dorris Carlson Reading Garden or the Kate Gleason Auditorium. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8140.

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Fizz! Boom! Read!

FBRSummer Reading 2014 at Monroe County libraries is an annual program initiative that brings children, teens and families into local public libraries for reading and fun activities. With the rising interest in STEM subject matter, the theme for summer reading programs this year is called, Fizz! Boom! Read! and will inhabit a truly "scientific" flair! The deadline to register for summer reading programs in Monroe County is August 4.

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A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Thursday, July 24:


Fizz, Boom, Read! Experiments with Deb Collier - Gates Public Library. Make glow slime and other cool stuff with Deb Collier!

A Night of Magic for the Whole Family with Steve Ingraham - Brighton Memorial Library. Sponsored by the Friends of BML.

Baby and Toddler PlayTime - Central Library. Join us for songs, books, and toys in our Secret Room.

Board Games @ Arnett - Arnett Branch. Kids can play some very fun board games every Thursday during July and August at 3:30 pm

Book Club - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. Read. Eat. Talk about books. Nuff said. Registration required and begins 3 weeks before program date. Call 336-6062 to register.

Ogden Book Club - Ogden Farmers' Library. Enjoy lively literary discussion at the library!

Chalk Art - Brockport-Seymour Library. Spruce up the sidewalks around the library with some chalk and chalk paint. For children up to grade 5.

Chess Club - Chili Public Library. Join us to learn from and play with other kids, computers, and local experts!

Children's Book Swap - Pittsford Community Library. Trade in your gently-used children's books for some great new reads.

Fairy Tale Fun: Gingerbread Tales - Mendon Public Library. In this story time for older children, boys and girls alike will enjoy hearing adventurous tales, then participating in a hands-on activity to create a take-away related to one of the stories. Light snacks will be provided. Please call 624-6067 or stop by the circulation desk to register.

Family Bingo - Hamlin Public Library. Come play bingo and win prizes! All ages, children and their accompanying adults must register. (Registration opens June 30. Call 964-2320)

HEAVEN IS FOR REAL - Penfield Public Library. SUMMERTIME FLICKS: (Columbia, 2014, 100 minutes, rated PG)

Junior DaVincis Arts & Crafts - Charlotte Branch. Make a great craft and socialize with friends! Today we'll be decorating paper using food colors and soap bubbles! Registration is required, so please call us at 428-8248 if you plan on coming.

Lego Club 2 - Brockport-Seymour Library. Come use your imagination as you build something creative out of our large selection of Legos. For children entering grades K-5. Registration required. Please sign up for Wednesday OR Thursday, not both.

LEGO Club - Ogden Farmers' Library. Are you a LEGO-maniac?

Make Your Own Kaleidoscope - Brighton Memorial Library. Wile supplies last.July 24:

Take and Make Crafts - Gates Public Library. Do you love to make things? Every month our Children's and Teen's Librarians put out bags filled with instructions and supplies to make a new craft. This month's craft for children is "Butterfly Windsock Craft", and the teen craft is "Paperclip Bracelet". Samples are on display at the Library!

Monthly Book Sale! - Charlotte Branch. Buy quality discards and donated items at amazingly affordable prices! On Saturday, fill a bag for a dollar!

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