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Attention Latino Artists

Latino AmericansThe Rochester Public Library received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association to celebrate Latino culture and the contributions Latinos have made to our culture. The library will be holding a number of programs to bring Latino culture to the public. One of these programs is a Latino Art Exhibit at the Central Library from May 5-June 30, 2016. If you are a local Latino artist and would like to show your work at the Central Library, please contact Nanci Rosenberg-Nugent at by April 5, 2016. We would love to display your art work!! 

No Paper, No Problem, e-file your tax returns for a faster tax refund, with no filing fees

taxIt’s that time of year again…time to file your income tax returns. You should e-file this year. Why not, since you’ll be joining 92% of all New York filers who already file electronically. That is because it’s the safe and accurate way to file. In fact, the error rate for e-file returns is 20 times lower than for paper returns. And, if your combined income for 2015 didn’t exceed $62,000, you can e-file for FREE, at the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County and at the Brighton Memorial Library.

Another plus for e-filers: if you qualify for a tax refund, you’ll get it far faster than if you filed a paper return.

Thanks to a partnership with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, volunteers will be on hand at these libraries to guide you through the process of filing your own return. 

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Opinion  Tell Us How the Rochester Public Library and the Friends & Foundation of RPL Can Better Serve You and Our Community. 

The Rochester Public Library and the Friends & Foundation of RPL are working together to plan for the future, and we want to know your thoughts to help us remain a vital part of our communities in the years to come.

Please take our brief survey by midnight, Feb. 17.

Thank you for your help!

Cuentos del Corazon/Stories from the Heart

cupJoin us Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 1 pm in the Kate Gleason Auditorium for Cuentos del Corazon/Stories from the Heart, a one act dual-language play with 5 new monologues, directed by Annette Ramos and performed by the Rochester Latino Theatre Company (RLTC). RLTC is a group of Rochester artists who, with one voice, express the Latino prospective on American culture through theatrical productions and strive to raise awareness of the Latino experience through bilingual theatrical performances & workshops. This event is free and open to the public. For more details visit or call 428-8375 for information.

Rochester Images are now available through Library Commerce

Soldiers The Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County has collaborated with Library Commerce Inc. to provide the public with access to some of the library’s most popular digital images from the Rochester Images Collection. Library Commerce has compiled a collection of popular low resolution images from Rochester, NY’s history. Images include MidTown, canal boats and early Monroe County maps as well as Rochester luminaries, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and George Eastman. 


Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Saturday, February 6:

AN INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS PLANNING - Penfield Public Library. Robert Zinnecker, an experienced counselor with SCORE

Artist at Work: Demonstration of book art - Central Library. Artist Martha Schermerhorn will be demonstrating how she creates her incredible artist books.

Catacombs of Paris with Greg Benoit - Chili Public Library. Under neath the streets of Paris, France lies the world's largest mausoleum!

Take Your Child to the Library Day - Gates Public Library. Join us for the 5th annual Take Your Child to the Library Day! There will be prizes and giveaways throughout the day.

Crafternoon: Monkey New Year - Monroe Branch. Celebrate Chinese New Year with a different monkey-themed craft each week!

Tax Preparation Assistance - Central Library. E-file to get your tax refund faster! Our online filing program is the free, safe, and accurate way to file.

Family Movie Fun - Charlotte Branch. Enjoy family time with a movie and popcorn at the library! Please call 428-8248 for the upcoming title! *Note the new movie dates and time for the New Year!*

Family Play Date - Central Library. Calling all families! Come to the library for an afternoon of fun and games!

Home Buying & Selling Seminar with Lucas Hine of Genesee Regional Bank - Brighton Memorial Library. Have a light breakfast and coffee with us and learn about what it takes to become a homeowner and qualify for a mortgage (even if you already own a home) in an ever-changing real estate market. Register @ the Reference Center (784-5300).

Lego Club - Hamlin Public Library. Ages 5 and up can play with our gigantic collection of Legos and make new friends. First Saturday of each month at 11am. (Free Program-no registration required)

Lego Lab - Central Library. Create! Construct! Build!

Meet Addy and Friend Charles, America 1864 - Arnett Branch. The year is 1864 and Addy Walker is 9 years old. The Civil War is raging, slaves are being sold and secrets being kept. Come and hear Addy's daring escape tale, view a miniature slave shack and see many items from Addy's collection. This is an educational experience for the whole family, especially for young history buffs and American Girl fans. This is a great way to celebrate "Take your Child to the Library Day." Presented by History Houses

Minecraft for Teens - Henrietta Public Library. Grab your computer and come join us to play Minecraft with fellow gamers.

Practice SAT - Pittsford Community Library. Chariot Learning will administer a practice SAT. Please bring a calculator, pencils and an eraser. Registration required.

Rochester Latino Theatre Company - Cuento del Corazon/Stories from the Heart - Central Library. A one act dual language play with 5 new monologues. In Spanish and English, directed by Annette Ramos. Based on the voices of a Latino Writers' Club, this production captures the diverse Latino experience growing up in America, and provides the audience with a powerful and intimate window into Latino self-identity.

Role Playing Gamer's Club - Brockport-Seymour Library. Game players age 13 and up are welcome to participate in a variety of role-playing games, most often Dungeons & Dragons. Join the group and share your favorites.

ESL CLass - Maplewood Community Library. Class for English Language Learners.

TASC Preparation - Maplewood Community Library. Teacher available to help you prepare to take the TASC.

Story Time - Arnett Branch. Come join us for some great stories at the Arnett Branch Children’s Room! Registration is not required. Story Times at the Arnett Branch Library take place at 11:15 am on every Tuesday and 1:00 pm on every Saturday that the library is open.

Take and Make Crafts - Gates Public Library. Do you love to make things? Every month our Librarians put out bags filled with instructions and supplies to make a new craft. This month's craft for adults is "Tissue Paper Hearts", for children it's "Valentine Heart Glasses", and for teens we have "Mosaic Kite". Samples are on display at the Library!

Tail Waggin' Tutors - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Spend some time with our K-9 pals. Read them your favorite book.

Take Your Child to the Library Day - Irondequoit Public Library. Celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day with a make and take craft and book giveaways. Available during open hours, while supplies last. No registration necessary.

Take Your Child to the Library Day--Tail Waggin' Tutors - Lyell Branch. Lottie Mae, our favorite dog, is returning to listen to you read your favorite stories.

TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE LIBRARY DAY - THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE STORY TIME - Winton Branch. We are celebrating the day with a Thomas the Tank Engine story time. We will be having a story or two about Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, a song, a game and a craft.

Take Your Child to the Library Day - Charlotte Branch. Check out activity stations in the Children's Room and do a scavenger hunt!

TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE LIBRARY DAY - Penfield Public Library. For children ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.

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