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Urban Libraries Top Innovator Award presented to the Central Library
2/23/2017 2:07:28 PM

BentonSusan Benton, President and CEO of the Urban Libraries Council (ULC), a membership organization of leading public libraries in North America, will visit the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County on February 27 at 11 am to formally present the Urban Libraries Council’s Top Innovator Award to the Rochester Public Library. Special guests will also include  Deputy County Executive, Tom VanStrydonck and Deputy Mayor, R. Carlos Carballada.

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Penfield Public Library Hosts Spring Into Arts Celebration
2/15/2017 2:28:27 PM

Spring FestOnce again Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Road, is honored to host its 16th annual “Spring Into Arts” celebration. A variety of special cultural activities and programs for all ages are planned throughout the month of March and extending into mid April. Highlighting the arts-focused calendar of events will be a visit from Clifford the dog on March 10-11, appearances by the Roc City Ringers, Nazareth College Story Band, Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (Irish Musicians Association), a demonstration of Ukrainian Easter Egg decorating, a talk by the Opera Guild of Rochester, a play reading series, art lectures, and book talks. For a complete listing of “Spring Into Arts” programming, please visit the Penfield library website, stop in at the library, or register online at

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E-File your Taxes at the Central Library
2/9/2017 8:13:27 AM

TaxesIf your income is $64,000 or less, you qualify to receive free online tax return filing assistance from New York State Tax Return Department volunteers. Our volunteers will guide you through the tax preparation software as you electronically prepare and file your personal income tax return at no charge. Help will be available at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County in the Business & Social Science Division, on the 4th floor of the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building, on Wednesdays from 10:30 am - 3 pm and on Saturdays from 11 am - 5 pm. Visit our website here for a complete list of dates and times or contact the Business Division at (585) 428-8130.

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MCLS Celebrates Black History Month
2/1/2017 2:18:09 PM

BHMBlack History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history. 

Throughout the month of February we will be celebrating Black History Month with a variety of programs, events and exhibits across Monroe County.

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Thinking Money traveling exhibition comes to the Central Library
2/9/2017 11:57:08 AM

MoneyFrom February 3rd to March 13th, The Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County will host Thinking Money, a new traveling exhibition designed to teach tweens, teens and the adults in their lives about money.

“Money affects all of us, but many of us lack the information we need to make smart decisions about our financial futures,” said Jennifer Byrnes, exhibit coordinator. “Thinking Money is designed to teach us about financial literacy in a way that is not only understandable, but fun, and we’re proud to bring it to our library.”

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Monday, February 27:

African-American Literature: A 5-Part Discussion Series - Central Library

Baby Story Time - Gates Public Library

Basic Excel - Central Library

Black History Month Film Screening: Eyes on the Prize - Phillis Wheatley Community Library

Creative Writing Group - Gates Public Library

Douglass Book Group - Frederick Douglass Community Library

ALL AGES STORY TIME - Brighton Memorial Library

TOT TIME STORY TIME - Brighton Memorial Library

Drop-in Toddler Story Time - Pittsford Community Library

Family Story Time - Pittsford Community Library

Homework Helpers - Arnett Branch

Opera Guild of Rochester: Lecture & Listening Series: Verdi’s DON CARLOS - Brighton Memorial Library

"Let's Talk Money"--Credit - Lyell Branch

LITTLE-MAKER MONDAY - Penfield Public Library

Maker Monday - Phillis Wheatley Community Library

Marimo Moss Ball Terrarium Workshop - Pittsford Community Library

Mix and Mingle - Phillis Wheatley Community Library

Monday Minecraft Madness - Chili Public Library

Nonfiction Book Group - Pittsford Community Library

The Opioid Crisis - Gates Public Library

PJ Storytime & Craft - Irondequoit Public Library

Story Time with Mary Jo - Gates Public Library

Take and Make Crafts - Gates Public Library

Technology Help with a Teen Tech Tutor - Irondequoit Public Library

Teen Book Festival Book Group - Brockport-Seymour Library

Toddler Time - Brockport-Seymour Library

Toddler Time - Chili Public Library

Widget and Joey - Brockport-Seymour Library

Winton Foreign and Independent Film Series - Winton Branch

All-Ages Storytime - Fairport Public Library

Baby Storytime - Fairport Public Library

Evening Book Discussion Group: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty - Fairport Public Library

PJ Storytime - Fairport Public Library

TASC Tutoring - Lyell Branch

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