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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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Construction on Broad Street Bridge

constructionVisitors to the Central Library, be advised that the Broad Street Bridge construction project will begin Monday, May 2nd.  

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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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Check Out What Local Authors Are Writing About

SELF-e The Monroe County Library system has purchased a subscription to BiblioBoard SELF-e, which offers online access to self-published eBooks. SELF-e is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard that enables authors and libraries to work together and expose notable self-published eBooks to voracious readers looking to discover something new.

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Monroe County Library System Electronic Newsletters

Electronic NewslettersIt's never been easier to find out what's going on at your local library! Click Here sign up for an electronic newsletter with upcoming events, new library services, recommended reading, and more. You'll receive library news delivered right to your email inbox! You may sign up for as many newsletters as you'd like. Check back often, as more libraries will be adding newsletters in the future.

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Thursday, July 28:


Coloring for Adults - Frederick Douglass Community Library. Come relax and feel the stress melt away!

Adult Coloring Extravaganza - Brockport-Seymour Library. Come and color! Registration required.

All-Ages Storytime Thursdays - Henrietta Public Library. Storytime fun for all ages!

Baby Storytime Thursdays - Henrietta Public Library. Introduce your baby to reading with books, songs, and more!

BabyTime - Irondequoit Public Library. Enjoy the company of other babies and caregivers while supporting your baby's literacy through songs, rhymes, and stories. Then there will be time for play and socializing. No registration necessary.

Baubles & Books Bingo - Charlotte Branch. Everyone loves Bingo! Come play for fun and prizes!

Beginning Internet - Central Library. Learn about using the internet through guided visits to several websites.

Book Discussion Group - Ogden Farmers' Library. Join us as we read "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein. Every 4th Thursday of the month. Extra copies available at the front desk.

Book Sale - Charlotte Branch. Great books at amazingly affordable prices. On Saturday fill a bag for a dollar!

Bubble Games 2016 with Doug Rougeux - Gates Public Library. A family program. Bubble coach Doug Rougeux will lead you in interactive bubble games, including an obstacle course!

Bubbles, Chalk, & More! - Charlotte Branch. Help us make the library sidewalks beautiful! We'll have chalk, bubbles, and other stuff to have some great outdoor fun! Siblings are welcome with parental assistance.

Classic Book Discussion discusses "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle - Irondequoit Public Library. It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. This book tells the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg Murray, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe who are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem. New members always welcome! Book copies available across from the circulation desk. No registration necessary.

College Essay Workshop - Brockport-Seymour Library. Get help creating a knockout college application essay. In this series of three sessions, you will receive lots of individual advice. Bring your laptop and flash drive. Grades 10-12. Registration required.

Craft Time: Rice Mosaics - Brockport-Seymour Library. Get creative with fun crafts for kids going into grades K-5. Registration required.

Farmer’s Market Storytime - Irondequoit Public Library. Join Mrs. Otto (6/30, 7/21), Miss Emily (7/7, 7/14), Miss Amy (7/28, 8/11, 8/25), or Mr. Matt (8/4, 8/18) for stories at the Irondequoit Farmers’ Market! We meet by the Blacksmith’s Shop. Feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chairs! Ages 2-6 w/ a caregiver. No registration necessary.

FINISH IT! - Parma Public Library. NEW ADULT PROGRAM - "FINISH IT!" Stop in at the Parma Public Library on Thursday, July 28rd from 1-3 pm. BRING YOUR "IN PROGRESS" ART OR CRAFT PROJECT TO THE LIBRARY AND "FINISH IT!" All Adults Welcome! No registration! Walk-Ins Encouraged!

Fun With Friends - Gates Public Library. A social skills group aimed at teaching pre-school ages children the basics of conversational skills. Kids will learn through playing cooperatively within a variety of games and activities with licensed Speech-Language Pathologists who will help support communication in play.

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