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Mr. Rogers Sweater Collection

Mr RodgersThe Mr. Rogers Sweater Drive project is a partnership with Rochester City School District Early Childhood Department, WXXI, the Little Theatre and participating Monroe County Library System (MCLS) branches. Collection boxes for new or gently used sweaters (or other cold-weather clothing items) will be available from September 6th through September 25th at:

· WXXI, 280 State Street, Rochester, NY 14614

· Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

· Monroe County Library System, Participating branches: Webster, Pittsford, Mendon, Chili, Central, Winton, Douglass, and Monroe

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Construction begins at the Central Library

constructionConstruction for phases 2 & 3 of the Central Library Master Space Plan is beginning the week of September 5, 2016.  During this time the library will be relocating the Central Library's Arts Division to the first floor of the Rundel Library Building. Arts Division will be temporarily closed starting September 7. Materials typically found in the Arts Division (non-fiction books, music scores, graphic novels & framed prints) will be available during renovations, but a majority will require retrieval assistance from the 1st floor reference desk in the Rundel Memorial Library building. 

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Music Play at the Sully Library

MusicJoin us at the Sully Library for our first season of Music Play at Sully Library! Together families and ROC Music Play staff will focus on family-centered music making. Children will experience songs and chants written to help them to develop a listening vocabulary.

 This program will be held on Friday mornings from 11:10 - 11:50 am on September 9, 16, 23, and 30; October 14, 21, and 28; November 4, 11, and 18; and December 2. For more information, call the Sully Library at (585) 428-8208.

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The Rochester Public Library brings “Suffrage and the Flower City” online with Google Arts & Culture’s American Democracy collection

Susan B AnthonyOver 50 artifacts from the Rochester Public Library can now be viewed online by people around the world thanks to a new partnership with Google Arts & Culture.

This partnership is part of the Google Arts & Culture’s American Democracy collection, which brings together over 60 exhibits and 2500+ artifacts from 44 institutions dedicated to the preservation of U.S. political history and the practice of American democracy. The exhibition is open for all at g.co/AmericanDemocracy and through the Google Arts & Culture mobile app for iOS and Android.

The Rochester Public Library’s contribution to this effort includes a new virtual exhibition about Rochester’s role in the woman suffrage movement. Specially curated for online visitors, “Suffrage and the Flower City” tells the story of Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and other Rochesterians who stood at the center of 19th- and early 20th-century American reform movements. In just a few clicks, users will be able to see Susan B. Anthony’s press pass from the Centennial Exposition of 1876, suffrage campaign buttons, pro- and anti-suffrage political pamphlets, and many other treasures from the collections of the Rochester Public Library, the Office of the City Historian, and the City of Rochester. Discover this exhibit here

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Rochester Images are now also 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. 

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Sunday, September 25:


ERIE BYWAYS: FEEL THE LAKE EFFECT - Penfield Public Library. Enjoy a scenic driving tour along Lake Erie’s shoreline from Derby, NY, to Erie, Pennsylvania, and on to Ashtabula County, Ohio.

Shakespeare Sundays: The Mysterious Character of Shakespeare’s Hamlet - Pittsford Community Library. Join us for a talk on one of the most famous characters in English literature. Dr. Rufino Pabico will explore the mystery and the reasons of Hamlet’s behavior, citing various interpretations of literary critics and psychoanalysts. Registration required.

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