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Get Ready to Ride!

 bikeoveDid you know May is National Bike Month? Now that old man winter is behind us, it’s time to make the most of warmer weather by getting our bicycles out of storage and in shape for the summer season. Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County has partnered with our neighborhood bike shop, Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport, 661 South Avenue, to bring local patrons an exciting slate of bike programming during the month of May. National Bike Month is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists.

Rochester’s Rich History: America’s First Aviatrix

bssheadThe next and final program for the 2014 - 2015 season series of Rochester's Rich History will feature one of the more uplifting stories you will ever hear about a local luminary. Born in Rochester, NY, Blanche Stuart Scott was an early twentieth century pioneer in the automotive and aviation industries. In September 1910, only weeks after completing a cross-county coast to coast automobile drive through the United States, she became the first American woman ever to fly an airplane. The talk is slated for Sunday, May 3 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm in the Rundel Auditorium, third floor, Rundel Memorial Building, 115 South Avenue.

Up, Up and Away! Rochester Goes Airborne!

 vintageplaneDo you love aviation, astronomy, science fact and fiction or just enjoy looking up at the stars? If that’s the case, we have a treat for you. Come fly and dream with us at Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County this May as we celebrate our fascination with the skies in our month long programming series of theme-based movies, talks, readings and other activities for the whole family. This programming is sponsored in part by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library.

Gates Public Library opens Early Learning Center

gateselcOn April 20, the Gates Public Library, 902 Elmgrove Road, hosted the grand opening celebration of the Early Learning Center in the Children’s Area of the library. Dozens of library patrons and distinguished guests attended the ribbon cutting and reception, including MCLS Director Patricia Uttaro, MCLS Assistant Director Sally Snow, MCLS Children's Consultant Tonia Burton, State Senator Joe Robach, County Legislator Steve Tucciarello, and Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini. The Early Learning Center is designed to promote “ready to read” activities identified as those necessary for children when entering kindergarten.

Books In Motion

 BIMThe Rochester Public Library, in cooperation with Rotary International, is pleased to announce a new program at Central Library’s Children’s Center titled, “Books In Motion.” This initiative is a book discussion kit designed for children and tween groups to have thoughtful conversations which may motivate them to read more, learn, inspire and develop socialization skills. Popular titles include Frozen/Snow Queen, Jumanji, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Where the Wild Things Are, To Kill a Mockingbird and many more.

Babies need books!

 babybookDid you ever wonder about the benefits of reading to your baby? Granted, an infant won't completely understand everything you're doing or why. However, reading aloud to your baby is a wonderful shared activity you can experience for many years to come — and it's an important form of stimulation and critical to early childhood development. Why don't you check with your MCLS local public library about resources and programs in your neighborhood?

RPL will present historical bicycling exhibit at RoCo

rocoPhotographs and other items from the Rochester Public Library’s Local History & Genealogy Department will be featured in a special exhibit at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, 137 East Avenue, from April 3 to May 15, 2015. “Ride It: Art and Bicycles in Rochester,” is a diverse exploration of bike art, culture, and history featuring projects from a variety of artists and cultural organizations. An opening reception is planned for Friday, April 3 from 6:00 - 10:00 pm. This collaboration is co-sponsored by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8370.

Central Library goes blue for the month of April rundelblue

 The iconic Rundel Memorial Building of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County has been an architectural gem on the City of Rochester skyline since the 1930’s. Perched over the east side of the Genesee River directly above the Johnson and Seymour millrace and the old Rochester Subway bed, the library building continues to excite the architectural and visual senses of downtown residents and visitors at night with its relatively new high-tech lighting capabilities.



Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Friday, April 24:

Anonymous Otaku Anime Club - Brockport-Seymour Library. Fans of Japanese animation are welcome to share snacks and watch an anime movie with other otaku. What better way to spend a Friday afternoon? Grades 6-12

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

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

Fitness Friday - Highland Branch. Be active at the library with fitness challenges! Miss Lani from Studio Move will lead to fun.

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

Choosing Makeup for your Skin Type - Gates Public Library. Learn what ingredients to look for in makeup, as well as how certain ingredients can affect your skin type.

MOMMY & ME LAPSIT WITH MISS JEAN - Winton Branch. Engage your baby at the library. We will use board books, bounce rhymes, musical instruments and puppets.

Monthly Book Sale - Charlotte Branch. Buy quality discards and donations at amazingly affordable prices. On Saturday fill a bag for a dollar!

Preschool Playtime - Brockport-Seymour Library. Preschoolers and their caregivers are welcome to join us for a variety of activity stations. Play with instruments, explore textures, do a craft, and more.

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

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 - 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 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 "Butterfly Clothespin", the teen craft is "Popsicle Stick Coasters" and for children we have "Flying Ladybug". Samples are on display at the Library!

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