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Book Talk at Central Investigates Sordid Love Affair of Greatest American Architect

FLWThe Arts, Music & Recreation Department of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County will be sponsoring a book talk reflecting on the controversial life of one of the most prolific and intriguing American architects of any generation. The book is titled, Loving Frank: a Novel by Nancy Horan, (2007). The lecture is slated for Wednesday, November 19 at 12:10 pm to 1:30 pm in the Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Ave. 

Lincoln Branch Library will host more July 64 walking tours

 64Back by popular demand, Monroe Community College Professor Verdis Robinson will lead walking tours of the Joseph Avenue neighborhood and discuss the historically significant sites of the July 1964 riots in Rochester, NY. The tour dates are Thursday, November 6 and Friday, November 7 beginning at 4:00 pm. Please meet in front of the Lincoln Branch Library, 851 Joseph Avenue. No registration is required and refreshments will be available. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8210.

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.

Steampunk Jewelry Workshop at Central Slated for November 8

 SteampunkThe Arts, Music & Recreation Department of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is offering interested crafts people the opportunity to make Steampunk Jewelry. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, November 8 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Please meet on the second floor of the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building, Central Library, 115 South Avenue. Registration is required.

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 is slated for Thursday, November 6 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in the Lower Link Gallery, 115 South Avenue. The reception is free and open to the public.

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 Saturday, November 1:

Book Sale - Mendon Public Library. Saturday, November 1st, is the first day of free admittance to the Mendon Public Library's book sale. The sale will be held at the "old" library at 15 Monroe Street, Honeoye Falls.

Day of the Dead Teen Celebration - Henrietta Public Library. Celebrate the Mexican holiday The Day of the Dead with us!

Handcrafted Dollhouse Raffle - Newman Riga Library. Raffle for a Beautiful Handcrafted Colonial Dollhouse with Post Office and General Store

Drop-in Craft Time - Monroe Branch. Make crafts at the library!

Euchre Free Play - Chili Public Library. Bring your favorite card-playing friend out to our Euchre-filled afternoon!

Lego Club - Hamlin Public Library. Play with our gigantic collection of Legos and meet new friends; Ages 5 and up. (Free program-no registration required) 1st Saturday of the month at 11am.

Lego Lab - Central Library. Create! Construct! Build!

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! Today, fill a bag for a dollar!

PRACTICE SAT with Chariot Learning - Brighton Memorial Library. Open to students in grades 9-12. Call the Reference Center at 784-5300 to register.

Role Playing Gamers Club - Brockport-Seymour Library. Teen players are welcome to participate in a variety of role-playing games. D&D is still the top! Join the group and share your favorites!

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 - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Come in and read a book to our favorite canine friends! Bring one of your own, or read one of ours. No registration required.

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