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Barnes & Noble will host Book Fair for Rochester Public Library

 BNThinking of buying the latest best seller, a Nook, DVDs, music or a children’s game as a gift this holiday season? Why not help out your local public library in the process? Rochester Public Library’s Monroe, Highland and Winton branch libraries will be sponsoring a Bookfair at Barnes & Noble, 3349 Monroe Avenue, Pittsford, NY on Friday, December 5, 2014 from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm. If you make your purchases at Barnes & Noble on this day and mention these libraries, a percentage of your total sales will be donated to the Rochester Public Library.

Panel Discussion at Central Explores Crisis in Our Schools

 studentThe Rochester Public Library and Writers & Books cordially invite the public to join us for a panel discussion on Sunday, November 23 at 2:00 pm exploring the role of the community in delivering quality early learning experiences for children and families. The event will take place in the Kate Gleason Auditorium, first floor Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building, 115 South Avenue. This program is part of a larger community-wide discussion of issues in public education in our area.

Babies & Books!

 readtochild1Did you ever wonder about the benefits of reading to your baby? Granted, an infant won't completely understand everything you're doing or why. However, reading aloud to your baby is a wonderful shared activity you can experience for many years to come — and it's an important form of stimulation and critical to early childhood development.

ROC The Day December 2

ROC ROC the Day is a 24-hour, online event that provides you an opportunity to support not-for-profit organizations doing great work in the nine-county Greater Rochester area. Just go to, a secure online giving platform, to contribute to any participating not-for-profit organizations. Your gift to the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will provide critical support to the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, which has enriched our community’s quality of life for more than a century.

Monroe County Libraries Hosting Healthcare Navigators

 ACALibraries across Monroe County will be hosting healthcare navigators during the next rollout of the Affordable Healthcare Act open enrollment period. This is the time when you can find a new marketplace health care insurance plan, keep your current plan or see if you qualify for a subsidy to help pay for your plan. The official open enrollment period to apply for health insurance in accordance with the Affordable Care Act will begin November 15, 2014 and continue through February 15, 2015. A healthcare navigator will be here at Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, fourth floor of the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building on the following Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm beginning November 26, 2014.

Art of the Book exhibit returns to Central Library

AOTBPThe Rochester Public Library and the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library is pleased to announce the opening of the fourth annual juried exhibition, “Art of the Book” which is on display at Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County now through January 4, 2015. An opening reception was held on Thursday, November 6 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in the Lower Link Gallery, 115 South Avenue. 

NYS Library announces continuation of NOVELNY

 NYSLBernard A. Margolis, Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and who serves as our State Librarian, is pleased to announce the continuation of the current NOVELNY (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) databases. NOVELNY is an online virtual library connecting New Yorkers to 21st century information via libraries and library systems statewide. NOVELNY is an online library of literally hundreds of magazines, newspapers, maps, charts, research and reference books that are available to every New Yorker-- free of charge.

November is NaNoWriMo!

NNWMNovember is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and writers nation wide are taking on the annual challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. With that in mind, the Literature Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is pleased to announce it will be sponsoring a related workshop dedicated to making you a better novelist. The program is slated for Saturday, October 25 from 10:30 am – Noon in the Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Avenue.


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A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Thursday, November 20:

Alzheimer's Association, Communication - Gates Public Library. Alzheimer's disease and related dementias can gradually diminish a person's ability to communicate, both in expression of thoughts and understanding others.

Alzheimer's Association Presents: Legal and Financial Issues - Brighton Memorial Library. Presented by the Alzheimer's Association of Rochester

Baby Storytime on Thursdays - Henrietta Public Library. A great way to introduce babies to reading!

BABY TIME - Irondequoit – McGraw Branch. For babies 0-23 months and their care giver.

BOOK DISCUSSION - Penfield Public Library. Kathleen Wakefield, a published poet and Library staff member, will work with our group to read and discuss the work of a contemporary poet.

Ogden Book Club - Ogden Farmers' Library. Enjoy lively literary discussion at the library!

Book Sale - Hamlin Public Library. Book Sale $1.00 hard cover books, $.50 paperback books, $.25 children's books

Building Buddies - Mendon Public Library. This combination story time and play time fosters early literacy, social skills, creativity, fine motor skills, and parallel play among young children. Grown-ups can socialize or browse through a magazine or newspaper in our comfortable Jacobs Family Reading Room while children play with building blocks. No registration necessary.

Classic Book Discussion – "This Side of Paradise" by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. Classic Book Discussion – "This Side of Paradise" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The group meets on the last Thursday of the month at 3:00 pm at the Evans Branch on 45 Cooper Road. New members are always welcome! Book copies available at both McGraw and Evans branches. No registration necessary.

Thursday Evening ESOL Class - Maplewood Community Library. Join us at the Maplewood Community Library every Thursday Evening for English language instruction!

Game Day Thursday - Highland Branch. We're pulling out our games for some friendly competition! Stop by to see what we'll be playing - we have Uno, Pictureka, Monopoly Deal, Pictionary and more.

Got Health? Oh, My Aching Joints! - Central Library. Please join us for our next "Got Health?" program: "Oh, My Aching Joints! Coping with Arthritis."

Thanksgiving storytime - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. Holiday-themed songs, rhymes, and stories followed by a festive craft project.

Homeschool Hour - Henrietta Public Library. Hang out with fellow homeschoolers!

Junior DaVincis Arts & Crafts Club - Charlotte Branch. Express your creative side while spending time with friends! This month we'll be making Thanksgiving crafts!

K-2nd Grade Stories and Crafts - Gates Public Library. Stories, games, activities and a craft. Registration is required.

Knitting for Charity - Pittsford Community Library. This group is dedicated to producing knitted items to benefit local charity organizations.

LEGO Club - Arnett Branch. Kids can have fun building with LEGOs and making new friends. We supply the LEGOs and kids supply the creativity!

LEGO Club: Build with LEGO! - Brighton Memorial Library. We provide the bricks, you provide the creativity! Ages 6-12. Register in the Children’s Center (784-5300).

Lego Club - Parma Public Library. Build amazing creations with LEGOs provided by the library. No registration required.

Library Story Times Thursdays - Highland Branch. Join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more at a new time in the library! Recommended for children ages 1 to 4 years old.

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 children is "Paperbag Pilgrim Puppet", the teen craft is "Mini Cherry Pies" and adult craft is "Acorn Wineglass Charm". Samples are on display at the Library!

Monthly Book Sale! - Charlotte Branch. Buy quality discards and donated items at amazingly affordable prices!

Pajama Storytime - Chili Public Library. Join us for an evening storytime in your pajamas, with your favorite stuffed friend!

Simply Stories - Chili Public Library. Join us for a special storytime full of stories, songs, and fun!

Story Time - Brockport-Seymour Library. Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers are welcome to join us for some stories, songs, rhymes, and more!

Story Time Stars - Pittsford Community Library. Join us for a half hour of stories, songs, and fingerplays.

STORYTIME FOR TALKERS (age 2 - 3 with adult) - Irondequoit – McGraw Branch. 20-30 minutes of stories, songs, finger plays and literacy support for young children, with a different theme each week. . Fall series begins September 15 and continues weekly through November 20 (no Talkers on September 29 or October 2, 13, 16).

Tech Tutor - Brockport-Seymour Library. Don't have a resume and want help getting started? Do you have questions about email, Microsoft Word, Excel, Tablet Computers, Smartphones, Laptops, or the Internet? Help is here for you! There will be four 30min one-on-one session with a librarian for questions and answers on basic computer skills. Bring a disc or USB drive to save your files to. Registration is required!

Teen Movie - Pittsford Community Library. Please call 249-5481 for the title of tonight’s movie. No registration required.

Thursday ESOL Class - Maplewood Community Library. Join us at the Maplewood Community Library every Thursday for English language instruction!

GED Tutoring - Maplewood Community Library. Let us help you prepare for the GED exam.

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