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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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Local Watercolorist Featured at Central Library

 Cretney1Sometimes the beauty of light can only last an instant. If you plan on visiting a new art exhibit at Central Library this winter, you’d better be ready for that moment. Brenda Cretney, a well-known watercolor artist from Brockport, NY will display more than 30 works of stellar art in the Lower Link Gallery, Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County through March 4. Her works of art range in subject matter from Western Art to her unbridled love of animals. The gallery is open during regular library business hours.

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Lower Link Gallery hosts Master Woodcarver Al Jordan

owlbyAJThe Lower Link Gallery of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is pleased to announce the arrival of a new exhibit called, “The Art of Birds in Wood.” The display features 32 life like award-winning sculptures of shore birds, Bufflehead decoys, Ospreys and several Owl species. The exhibit will be on display through March 4.

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Tuesday Topics Returns to Central Library

 TTlogoThe Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library is pleased to announce the return of its annual Tuesday Topics series, beginning January 13 and concluding on March 3. The first program was hosted by Bob Duffy, who talked about his experiences as New York State Lieutenant Governor and his new role with the Rochester Business Alliance. Some other presenters in the series include Rochester City Council member Carolee Conklin, RIT Research Scientist Jonathan Schull and Rochester Community Baseball CEO Naomi Silver. All Tuesday Topics presentations are held in the Kate Gleason Auditorium at 12:12 - 12:52 pm, Central Library, 115 South Avenue in downtown Rochester.

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Monday, March 2:


FRIENDS BIG BOOK SALE - Brighton Memorial Library. Most books are 50 cents - $1. Sponsored by the Friends of BML.

American Girl Club - Chili Public Library. Join us for a book discussion, crafts and more all about the American Girls!

Baby Story Time - Gates Public Library. Babies from birth to 2 years old and their caregivers will enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and play time.

BabyTime - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. Songs, rhymes, and stories followed by play and social time. No registration necessary.

Basic Computer Class - Monroe Branch. Learn how to use a mouse, create an e-mail account, browse the Internet, and other basic computer functions. Please contact the library to register. On the day of class, please knock on the library door to be let in.

Book Sale - Highland Branch. Stop in to shop our monthly book sale. All books are 25 cents. CDs and DVDs are $1.00 each and magazines are 10 cents each. We have a selection of Adult, Young Adult and Children's books.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss's 111th Birthday - Monroe Branch. Dr. Seuss would have been one hundred and eleven years old today! Come to the library to celebrate the birth of the "Master of Rhyme!" There will be classic Seuss books on display, coloring pages, take home activities, crafts, and a Seuss-erific gift bag for each child who checks out a book by Dr. Seuss.

Conversations on Race - Lincoln Branch. Conversations on Race are facilitated and open dialogues about race and its impact on the community. Questions to be considered are: • How segregated is my life? • To what extent is privilege a factor in not having to think about my racial identity? • In what surroundings am I most aware that I have a racial identity? More than 600 people have participated in Conversations throughout the community. The two-hour Conversations are free and open to the public. The Conversations are presented by FFRPL in collaboration with Ververly Caldwell, Metro Justice; Renee Frazier, Marketing A La Renee, Inc.; Donna Goldberg, FFRPL; Jerry Ingram; Steve Jarose, National Coalition Building Institute; Ann Johnson, ACT Rochester; Rebecca Johnson, RIT; Patricia Mason, The Center for Dispute Settlement; Kit Miller, M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence; Jim Thompson; Judy Toyer; and Sherry Walker-Cowart, Center for Dispute Settlement.

Craft Monday - Highland Branch. We'll be making a duct tape project.

Creative Minds: Art and Music After School - Arnett Branch. University of Rochester students will be on hand Mondays from 4:30-6pm and Wednesdays from 5-6pm (except March 9 & March 11) to help kids get creative! On Mondays kids will work on creating their own short story along with artwork. On Wednesdays kids will have music instruction using hand bells. Grades K-6 This weekly program will continue through April 29.

Drop-in Toddler Story Time - Pittsford Community Library. Offered three times each Monday: 9:15, 10:00 and 10:45 a.m.

GED/TASC Tutoring - Maplewood Community Library. Receive free tutoring to prepare for the GED/TASC.

Homework Helpers - Arnett Branch. The Homework Helpers will at the library from 3-6 pm. School kids can stop by and receive help with their homework. This program is sponsored by Dial-A-Teacher. The Homework Helpers are at the Arnett Branch Library most Mondays and Wednesdays, 3-6 pm during the school year. For more information please call 585-428-8214.

Ideas 'n' Authors - Gates Public Library. This month we will be discussing "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", by Ken Kesey. Copies are available at the Circulation Desk.

K-3 Stories N Crafts - Penfield Public Library. This program is for children in grades K-3.

Munchkin Monday Story Hour (ages 2-5) - Hamlin Public Library. Stories and Themed Crafts for Child and Caretaker. (Free Program-no registration required) Mondays from 10:30-11am

PJ Storytime - Henrietta Public Library. Put on your PJs and join us for a story and more!

Social Media University: Facebook - Pittsford Community Library. Learn how to set up a profile, find other users, and use the basic features of one of the most popular social networking services. Registration required.

Preschool Story Time - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join us for some stories, songs, rhymes, and fun.

Story Time with Mary Jo - 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.

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!

Tech Tutor - Brockport-Seymour Library. Do you need help with your e-reader, laptop, tablet, or smart phone? Come in and have a one-on-one 30 minute session with a librarian. Other tech questions? Bring those too!

Teen Book Festival Book Group - Brockport-Seymour Library. Meet every other week to read and discuss books by the authors attending the Teen Book Festival this coming May. Receive your own copy of each book that we read. Great for autographs at the festival. Snacks, of course! Grade 6-12

Teen Writing Group - Henrietta Public Library. Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to share their writing with other teens!

US Citizenship Class - Maplewood Community Library. US Citizenship test preparation.

Winton Reading Group - Winton Branch. Reading Selection: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

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