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“Artist at Work!” series back for third season

AAW1The Arts, Music & Recreation Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is hosting the third season of the very popular “Artist at Work!” series, which begins Saturday, September 20, 2014. On the third Saturday of each month from September through June 2015, a local artist will visit the Arts Division at Central Library from 1:00 – 3:00 pm demonstrating their art, and informally interacting with interested observers. It’s a very relaxed program that allows people to meet some talented local artists, talk to them about their work and see art as it is being created. Famed oil and watercolor artist Peggy Martinez will be the first local artisan scheduled for the series.

Local author presents: Haunted Rochester

MWThe Friends of the Brighton Memorial Library, the Friends of the Irondequoit Public Library, and the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County present “Haunted Rochester,” a program series featuring spooky tales by local author Mason Winfield. The author is widely considered the leading local authority on paranormal activity, the supernatural and uncanny occurrences in the Western New York region. The programs are slated for September 22 and 23. These programs are free and no registration required.

Book Sale at Greece Public Library

GreeceThe Friends of the Greece Public Library, 2 Vince Tofany Blvd., will be hosting a fiction only BOOK SALE to help support programs and services at the library. The used book sale will begin on Wednesday, September 10 and end on Saturday, September 13. For more information, you can call the library at 585-225-8951.

MCLS re-launches library book sales webpage

 BookSaleBannerDue to the increased demand for information about Monroe County Library System book sales, MCLS is reintroducing our followers and virtual visitors to a re-vamped comprehensive, up-to-date listings page of on-going library book sales throughout our area. Book lovers, buyers, sellers and readers everywhere can now experience one-stop shopping at our new and improved Monroe County Library System book sales page.

BSI begins September 9

BSI thumbThe Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library is pleased to announce the fall schedule for the ever-popular ‘Books Sandwiched In’ book review series. A staple of Rochester cultural activities since 1955, the series begins Tuesday, September 9 with James Norman, President & CEO of Action for a Better Community, reviewing the book titled, The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act, by Clay Risen. Each Tuesday program begins at 12:12 pm, Kate Gleason Auditorium, Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Ave, Rochester, NY.

Got Library Card?

 librarycardmonthEvery September, the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents and caregivers that a library card is the most important school supply of all. As our global community shifts to a more active role in the creation of culture and information, today’s libraries are finding new and innovative ways to extend their collections and services, providing access to a wide variety of tools, both high-tech and low-tech, to empower their communities. Simply put, your library card is your passport to the future.

Poems For Lunch Program Returns to Central Library

 Poetry(1)Are you interested in making the ordinary printed word jump off the page? Why not attend our Poems for Lunch series, hosted by local poet and teacher Kitty Jospé? Due to popular demand, this robust Thursday lunchtime program at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Avenue, has returned for the remainder of the year. This is not a writing course. Under the guidance of an experienced instructor, you will be able to read poems out loud and discuss them in a group setting.

Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

 BBW2Sponsored by the American Library Association, Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September (21 - 27), it highlights the value of free and open access to information. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The event brings together the entire book community-- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.


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A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Tuesday, September 2:

Babies and Books - Brockport-Seymour Library. Share some stories, rhymes, and songs with your baby or toddler, then stick around for some playtime. For children up to 24 months with a caregiver.

Computers 101 - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Open Computer class for questions, help with resumes, email accounts, Internet searching and basic computer skills.

Crafts With Miss Emily - Charlotte Branch. Join Miss Emily as she explores the wonderful world of crafts. Siblings are welcome with parental assistance.

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

Lego Club - Chili Public Library. Come to the library and have fun building with LEGOs and making new friends!

Lego Club - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. We provide the Legos, just come in with your imagination and build!

Take and Make Crafts - Gates Public Library. Do you love to make things? Every month our Children's and Teen's Librarians put out bags filled with instructions and supplies to make a new craft. This month's craft for children is "Paperbag Wolf Puppet", and the teen craft is "Puzzle Photo Frame". Samples are on display at the Library!

Movie Tuesdays - Highland Branch. Relax and watch a fun family movie with us!

Preschool Activity Club - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join us for a fun craft or art project at the library each Tuesday. We'll provide the materials and handle the clean up.

Story Time - Charlotte Branch. Art, music, & action mix with literature for a well-rounded program that includes fun with friends! We have blocks, Lincoln Logs, puzzles, puppets, and a much to do! Siblings are welcome. Please knock on the front door on Tuesdays to enter.

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.

Story Time with Hannah - Gates Public Library. For ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver. Stories, songs, fingerplays, circle games, toys and a snack are all part of this program.

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 Games - Parma Public Library. Play a variety of board games and Wii games. No registration required

Costume Swap Drop-Off - Brighton Memorial Library. Tuesday, Sept. 2—Saturday, Oct. 4 Drop off clean, gently used children’s Halloween costumes at the Children’s Center, and get a voucher for early bird admission from 10-10:30 am on Costume Swap Day, Sat., October 11.

Timeless Classics Book Club "Middlemarch" by Geroge Eliot - Pittsford Community Library. Copies of the book will be available at the Check Out/Return Desk.

Tuesday Computer Tutoring - Charlotte Branch. Sign up for one-on-one computer training. We can teach you the basics of Microsoft Office, Web searching, Emailing, and help you with your E-reader. Please call 428-8216 to sign up.

Tween Craft: Pet Rocks - Gates Public Library. Make a fun pet rock!

Technology Training - Mendon Public Library. One-hour, one-on-one training sessions customized to your needs: how to use Kindles, Nooks, iPads, tablets, laptops, and more. Also learn how to manage files, use software, find information on the Internet, or set-up and maintain a computer. Please call 624-6067 to register, though walk-ins are welcome if there is an opening.

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