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Spreading the Love of Reading Person to Person

WBNWORLD BOOK NIGHT USA (WBN) is fast approaching! Don’t be surprised next Wednesday, April 23 if a total stranger comes up to you on the street and gives you a shiny, new, bright, big, beautiful book—just because. WBN is a celebration of literacy by publishers, bookstores, libraries and everyone who loves books and reading. Many local book givers will be out in force in the Rochester and Monroe County area-- so don't be surprised if a book drops in your lap!

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SBA-U: Igniting Innovation and Growth

SBAThe Business and Social Sciences Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is partnering with the US Small Business Administration (SBA) to offer relevant workshops to assist area residents in developing the tools necessary to compete in today's competitive marketplace. All interested small business owners with two or more years of experience are encouraged to attend this dynamic afternoon presentation on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Central Library's Kate Gleason Auditorium. Registration is required.

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New Art Exhibit Featured by Central Library's Lower Link Gallery

Bennett exhibitThe Lower Link Gallery at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is hosting a new mixed media art show titled, “Round Trips,” by Rochester area artist John Bennett. The foundation of Bennett’s work is influenced by sound and musical interpretations. His extremely detailed work demonstrates the mapping of musical patterns to canvas and are created by using oil, water and colorful tape. The show will be on exhibit from April 15 through May 15, 2014.

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READ Poster Campaign Kicks Off National Library Week Celebration

 Maggie(1)The Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County is calling attention to Rochester’s budding culture of reading with colorful READ posters of local elected officials and celebrities posing with their favorite book. The posters are part of a larger initiative to celebrate National Library Week April 13-19, World Book Night April 23 and summer reading programs all across New York State. The Central Library windows on South Avenue and Broad Street, plus many street light fixtures near the Central Library campus are now sporting brightly colored banners reminding and encouraging local residents to pick up a book and “READ.”

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Rochester-Toronto Connections During the Underground Railroad Era

 FrostThe Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library and the Local History & Genealogy Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County are co-sponsoring a history program that explores the complex and intertwined connection between two cities that border the shores of Lake Ontario. Award-winning author and historian Karolyn Smardz Frost (see photo) will present a program at Central Library titled, "Hogtown and the Flower City: The Underground Railroad's Twin Terminals on Lake Ontario." 

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Call for Work: Exhibit Opportunities at Central Library

 Call for WorkThe Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County is now offering a truly unique opportunity to showcase your antiques, crafts, collectibles or creative artwork. The Lower Link Gallery, located in the subterranean corridor space that connects the Rundel Memorial Building and the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building under South Avenue, is now accepting calls for work.

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Consumer Reports now available online

Consumer(1)The Monroe County Library System (MCLS) is pleased to announce that the system subscription to Consumer Reports Online is now available on the library website. Visitors can access the electronic version of the popular magazine by searching for the “Magazines and Databases" link on the MCLS homepage.

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FFRPL Co-host Conversations on Race

COR(1)The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library in collaboration with several other local organizations are sponsoring community based programs designed to raise awareness about the impact of race in our everyday lives. More than 600 people have already participated in these conversations at participating libraries throughout Monroe County.

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A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Saturday, April 19:


"Bullitt" Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bissett, and Robert Vaughn, Academy Award Winning Film Series - Central Library. There aren't many cops like Bullitt around - Italian shoes, turtleneck pullovers, reports about his personal misconduct, and his "disruptive" influence.

The Art of Manliness at the Library: The History of Facial Hair - Chili Public Library. Our new 'Art of Manliness at the Library' series kicks off with this event devoted to everything there is to know about facial hair - it history, its development, shaving tools, tips and techniques and more!

Caution! Artist @ Work! - Central Library. Kathleen Barry-Wagner, landscape painter. Barry-Wagner is a Rochester area artist associated with the Outside the Box Art gallery and part-time art teacher who will be doing a demo of how to paint a landscape. She will be available to talk about use of color and perspective and looks forward to answering any questions you may have about painting in general.

Coupon Exchange - Hamlin Public Library. The Library is starting a Coupon Exchange. The Club will meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 2pm at the Library. Please bring any unused unexpired coupons you have to trade with other members.

Earth Day Family Movie: DISNEYNATURE: CHIMPANZEE - Brighton Memorial Library. The world is a playground for little Oscar and his fellow young chimps, who'd rather make mayhem than join their parents for an afternoon nap. But when Oscar's family is confronted by a rival band of chimps, he is left to fend for himself until a surprising ally steps in and changes his life forever.

Earth Day Crafts with WXXI and a Curious Little Monkey - Monroe Branch. Make crafts for Earth Day from recycled materials! We'll be having a special visit from WXXI which will include Earth Day-themed crafts, stories, freebies, and a visit from a curious little monkey. No registration necessary.

Easter Event - Brockport-Seymour Library. Have some Easter-themed fun at the library. There will be games, crafts, and more in the children's room. Registration requested. For children up to 5th grade.

February Break Friday Films - Gates Public Library. Join us for today's film: Frozen! This Disney animated film is about two sisters and what happens when one of them causes a whole town to remain frozen.

"Civil War Soldiers of High Street Cemetery" Lecture by Mr. Benjamin Dimatteo - Brockport-Seymour Library. A descriptive study of the selected soldiers and their experiences during America's deadliest conflict. More than 860 soldiers from Brockport and the surrounding areas fought in the Civil War, and countless others resettled in the village in the years that followed.

Let's Sing About Spring - Chili Public Library. Join us to sing, play and dance about the Spring season with Missy Reed!

Take and Make Crafts - Gates Public Library. Do you love to make things? Every month our Children's Librarian puts out bags filled with instructions and supplies to make a new craft. This month's is "paper plate bird nest". A sample is on display at the Library.

Role Playing Gamers Club - Brockport-Seymour Library. Game players 13 years old and up are welcome to participate in a variety of role-playing games.

Saturday ESOL Class - Maplewood Community Library. Come learn English at the Maplewood Library!

Spring Egg Hunt - Charlotte Branch. The Easter Bunny will be visiting the Charlotte Children's Room to leave some eggs! The hunt begins promptly at 10am and each child can find 6 eggs... with one grand prize winner. Please call 428-8248 to register.

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

Tail Waggin’ Tutors - Central Library. A certified therapy dog is begging to hear YOU read a story!

Under 5's Storytime - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. FIRST EVER! Join us for a bunny themed story time and an simple craft. No registration required.

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