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Penfield Public Library hosts Spring Into Arts celebration

penfieldOnce again, the Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Road, is hosting its 14th annual "Spring Into Arts" celebration. A number of special cultural activities and programs for all ages are planned throughout the month of March and into early April. Highlighting the arts focused celebration will be a visit from “Froggy,” an appearance by the Nazareth College Story Band, adult art lectures, book talks, movies and a cosmetics workshop for teens with makeup artist Eva Jewel.

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Zentangle For Everybody

 zenThe Charlotte Branch Library, 3557 Lake Avenue, is hosting a unique art instruction program titled, “Zentangle for Everybody.” Zentangle is a meditative art form created by Maria Thomas and Rich Roberts. With Zentangle method, you can create beautiful images using repetitive patterns. It is easy to learn while promoting relaxation and focus. The program dates are Tuesdays March 24 and March 31 plus April 7 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 p.m.

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MCLS library newsletters are just one click away

 emailIt's never been easier to find out what's going on at your local library! The Monroe County Library System has compiled a “one stop” resource page of links for library patrons to sign up for electronic newsletters. Our electronic newsletters are a simple, easy-to-read vehicle to keep you informed about news important to you. Find out about all upcoming library events, free library services and programming, reader’s advisories and more. It’s just one click away.

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Get FREE help with your taxes at Central Library

 taxhelpThe Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is partnering with the New York State Department of Taxation & Finance (NYSDTF) to help local residents file both their State and Federal 2014 returns in the most secure and accurate way. You can prepare and e-file your tax returns with the assistance of NYSDTF certified volunteer representatives on select days through Tuesday, April 14. We will be hosting this service in the Rundel Memorial Building, second floor, 115 South Avenue. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8130.

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IRS Policy Change Taxes America's Libraries

 taxxThe decision by the Internal Revenue Service to limit the distribution of special forms and instruction booklets to filers is taxing people's patience-- and libraries across America are feeling the pinch. The policy change comes at the same time Congress promotes more cuts to Federal Budget spending. The agency announced last month that it will send libraries Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ, but not special forms such as Schedule A for itemizing deductions, the instruction booklets for completing the returns and the tax tables for figuring how much one owes.

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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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First Wednesdays for Small Business

 FWDo you need resources to help manage your small business? Or, are you thinking of becoming a small business entrepreneur yourself? Well, get out your electronic calendars and Post-It notes—you may want to jot this down or save this data. The Business & Social Sciences Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County and the College at Brockport Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are pleased to announce a series of FREE programs at Central Library designed for current and aspiring small business owners.

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Friday, March 6:


Technology for Seniors - Gates Public Library. Learn the basics of using an iPad. Bring your tablet, if you own one, or use one of the library's iPads.

ART SERIES - Parma Public Library. Stop in at the Parma Public Library on Friday, March 6th at 2 pm. We will be taking an up close and personal look at one of history’s most famous artists. We will then be so inspired that we will complete our own “Make it & Take Home” art piece. Be brave…we are in this together! All Adults Welcome! No registration! Walk-Ins Encouraged!

Baby Lapsit Story Time - Ogden Farmers' Library. Bring your baby to the library!

Baby's Morning Out - Brockport-Seymour Library. Babies, toddlers, and their caregivers are welcome to join us for a variety of sensory activities, toys, and projects.

Basic Computer Class - Lincoln Branch. Free one hour individual classes in topics including internet, Word, email and more.

Spring Book Sale - Gates Public Library. This is held at the Gates Recreation Room, next to Gates Town Hall. 1605 Buffalo Road, 14624.

Booked for Lunch: Winton's Lunchtime Reading Group - Winton Branch. Reading Selection: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

First Friday Films - Gates Public Library. Join us for short films and popcorn on the first Friday of each month!

Fitness Fridays - Highland Branch. Be active at the library with fitness challenges! Miss Lani from StudioMove will lead the fun.

Fun Fridays - Charlotte Branch. Come have fun with play dough and finger paints, plus - LEGOS ARE BACK! We will also bring out the Wii! Younger children are welcome with parental guidance.

MOMMY & ME LAPSIT - Winton Branch. ENGAGE YOUR CHILD AT THE LIBRARY. WE WILL USE BOARD BOOKS, BOUNCE RHYMES, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND PUPPETS.

Meet the Artist: Gian-Paul Piane – Architect, Master Woodworker, and Sculptor - Brighton Memorial Library. Meet the Artist: Gian-Paul Piane – Architect, Master Woodworker, and Sculptor. Register @ the Reference Center (784-5300). Sponsored by the Friends of BML.

Preschool Story Time - Ogden Farmers' Library. Drop in for some great stories!

Story Time - Mendon Public Library. Stories and more to encourage early literacy, a love of books and being read to, following simple directions, taking turns, being part of a group, and being a good listener. Best for toddlers and preschoolers. No registration necessary.

Story Time - Charlotte Branch. Art, music, and action mix with the best in children's literature for a well-rounded program that includes fun with friends! Siblings are welcome.

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

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 adults is "Crepe Paper Carrots", the teen craft is "Minion-Chip Clips" and for children we have "Paper Bag Lion". Samples are on display at the Library!

Five Mistakes Smart Job Seekers Make - Fairport Public Library. Check out the most common job search mistakes made today.

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