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Rochester Public Libraries Closed October 24

 RPL LibrariesThe Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County and all City of Rochester branch community libraries will be closed on Friday, October 24, 2014 for staff training. All libraries will resume their regular schedules on Saturday, October 25. For a complete list of library hours in your area, please consult our MCLS homepage or call the library at 428-7300.

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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.

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Make Fleece Blankets for Shelter Animals

fleece1Are you an animal lover like we are? Well, here is a great opportunity to provide a warm gift to a shelter animal this holiday season. Come to the Arts, Music & Recreation Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County on Saturday, November 1 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm to learn how to make no-sew fleece blankets for shelter animals. The workshop will be located on the second floor of the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building of Central Library.

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Local History Exhibit and Lecture October 25

trunkOn Saturday, October 25 the Local History & Genealogy Department of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County will be hosting an opening reception in the Local History Main Hall, 2nd floor, Rundel Memorial Building from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. The exhibit is titled, “Property of Charles A. Ritz: A Rochester Time Capsule.” The reception will be immediately followed by a public conversation titled, “Creating the Charles A. Ritz Exhibit,” Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor, Rundel Memorial Building.

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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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Financial literacy a top priority for area libraries

 FINRAAs the People’s University, the Rochester Public Library (RPL) is dedicated to serving the needs of all its community members. In that spirit, for several years now RPL has been a host site for teaching English (ESOL) to immigrants and refugees in the Greater Rochester area. RPL is also a proud official partner of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB). And starting this October, RPL will be introducing financial literacy information as part of the ESOL curriculum at the Maplewood Community Library, 1111 Dewey Avenue. There will be a kickoff celebration at the first class session with library officials and local dignitaries of the refugee communities on Tuesday, October 2 at 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

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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.

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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.

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Thursday, October 23:


Baby Sing, Sign, and Play Class - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join special guest instructor Linda Schmackpfeffer and learn sign language while having fun with your baby.

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.

Basic Computer Class - Lincoln Branch. Free weekly classes in topics including internet, Word, Excel, e-mail and more.

Batman Trick-or-Treat - Monroe Branch. We're celebrating Batman's birthday!! During the week of October 18-23rd, stop into the library dressed as your favorite Batman character, or wear anything Batman themed, and receive a treat!

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

Building Buddies Club - Mendon Public Library. This combination of 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.

Chess Club - Chili Public Library. Join us to learn from and play with other kids, computers, and local experts!

Crafty Notions - Scottsville Free Library. Turn those faux autumn leaves into something beautiful and functional.

Early Banking in Western New York: Our Documentary Heritage - Henrietta Public Library. Learn about the history of banking in western New York!

Home Safety for Seniors - Gates Public Library. A martial arts instructor will instruct seniors in techniques for securing your home from break-ins and burglaries.

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

LEGO Club - Ogden Farmers' Library. Are you a LEGO-maniac?

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 "Paper plate Halloween wreath", the teen craft is "Yarn Ghost" and adult craft is "Clothespin Cat". Samples are on display at the Library!

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

Parma Public Library Friends Book Sale - Parma Public Library. Book Sale -

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

STEAM Activities - Parma Public Library. Create and experiment with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math! No registration required.

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.

Story Time Stew - Lyell Branch. Stories, songs and activities for children under 4 years old and their caregiver.

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).

The Knit Nook - Mendon Public Library. This inter-generational knitting group is about fellowship around the fireplace. Learn how to knit a simple project or bring one that's in progress. New knitters will receive No. 7 needles and acrylic yarn. Experienced knitters can bring their own needles, yarn and projects. Books and magazines with antique and current knitting ideas will be available. No registration necessary.

Thursday Morning Story Time - Highland Branch. Join us for stories, songs and more! Recommended for children ages 2 to 5 years old.

Toddle Time - Ogden Farmers' Library. If you are two, OFL is the place for you!

Toddler Storytime on Thursdays - Henrietta Public Library. Storytime fun for toddlers!

Tutoring & Homework Help - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Drop in tutoring and homework help. Monday-Thursday from 4:00-5:30, every week.

Wii Mania - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Come in and play our favorite Wii games! No registration required.

Winston Churchill - Penfield Public Library. A fascinating character...

Year Round Storytime - Parma Public Library. Join Miss Amy for stories, songs, coloring, and lots of puppets! Siblings welcome. No registration required.

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