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StoryCorps and Immigration Topic at Library

storycorpsHear the stories of New Americans and learn about immigration and refugee resettlement issues on Thursday, September 10th from 5:30 – 7pm in Kate Gleason Auditorium at Central Library, 115 South Avenue in downtown Rochester. The program is part of our New American Journeys project at the Rochester Public Library, a StoryCorps@yourlibrary audio recording initiative. The program will feature excerpts from storytellers’ life experiences in other countries and the United States, followed by a panel of experts who will remark on the immigration process in Rochester. These experts include Walter Ruehle, an attorney with the Immigration Law Unit of The Legal Aid Society of Rochester, and Quyen Luu, a refugee resettlement advisor through the Lake Avenue Baptist Church.

For additional information on the project, visit

Rochester's Rich History 2015-2016 Series

Rochester Rich HistoryRochester's Rich History is back for another year! Hosted by the Local History and Genealogy division. We would love for you to join us in the Rundel Auditorium on the third floor of the Rundel Memorial Building from 1:00pm-2:30pm for a brand-new season of fascinating monthly Saturday afternoon lectures! Our first program will be held on Saturday September 19th with "The Rochester Royals and the Legacy of Maurice Stokes and Jack Twyman" presented by Patrick Farabaugh from St. Francis University. Please note that Rochester's Rich History programs will be held every Third Saturday of the Month.

For more information about each program please visit the Local History and Genealogy Division webpage Here or call 585-428-8370.

Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library Announces Fall ‘Books Sandwiched In’ Series

book sandwichThe Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library is pleased to announce its ‘Books Sandwiched In’ book review series for the fall. A staple of Rochester cultural activities since 1956, the series begins Tuesday, September 15, with Malik Evans and Jim Kraus reviewing Huck Finn’s America: Mark Twain and the Era that Shaped his Masterpiece, by Andrew Levy.  Some other reviewers in this series include Rochester Area Community Foundation President and CEO Jennifer Leonard; Frederick Marshall, MD, geriatric neurology; Jane Liesveld, MD, hematology & oncology; and Strong National Museum of Play Curator Nicolas Ricketts.

All reviews are in Kate Gleason Auditorium at Central Library, 115 South Avenue in downtown Rochester. Books Sandwiched In reviews are held on Tuesdays from 12:12-12:52pm and are free and open to the public. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. See also our Events Calendar for more information about these upcoming programs Here 

Bee for Books Spelling Bee

bees for booksJoin the Friends of the Webster Public Library on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 70 Barrett Drive, Webster, NY. It will be an exciting and lively competition between adult teams representing our friends and neighbors, as well as, local organizations and businesses. Our emcee will be Carmen Gumina, Superintendent of the Webster Central School District. For more information see our events calendar Here

The Highland Branch Library will be closed for renovations

renovationsThe Highland Branch Library will be closed for renovations as of 2 pm on Saturday, September 5th. We plan to re-open in mid-December with an updated facility and a community meeting room. Locations and hours of our other Branches can be found at our website, or by calling 428-7300.


Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Tuesday, September 1:

LEGO Club - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Weekly LEGO club for children.

LEGO Club - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Weekly LEGO club for children.

LEGO Club - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Weekly LEGO club for children.

LEGO Club - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Weekly LEGO club for children.

LEGO Club - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Weekly LEGO club for children.

Adult Book Discussion - Chili Public Library. Come to the library and discussion the current book of the month!

All-Ages Storytime Tuesdays - Henrietta Public Library. Stories and more for all ages!

Babies and Books - Brockport-Seymour Library. Stories, rhymes, and play time for babies up to 24 months and their caregivers.

Baby Storytime on Tuesdays - Henrietta Public Library. Introduce your little one to reading

Baby Storytime - Parma Public Library. Join Miss Amy and Miss Becky for stories, fingerplays, songs, rhymes, and play time. No registration required

Basic Computer Classes - Charlotte Branch. 1-on-1 assistance with computer basics: Internet, e-mail, basic Word, e-book assistance. By appointment only; please call 428-8216 to register.

Crafts With Miss Caitlyn - Charlotte Branch. Come see what Miss Caitlyn is creating in the world of crafts. Siblings are welcome with parental assistance.

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

Knitting for Charity - Pittsford Community Library. This group is dedicated to producing knitted items to benefit local charity organizations.

LEGO CLub - Chili Public Library. Come to the library and have fun building with LEGO bricks and making new friends!

Library Learning Lab for Homeschoolers: Plant Cycles - Brighton Memorial Library. Explore the life cycle of plants and experiment at our multimedia centers filled with hands-on learning activities. Presented by teacher Jennifer Cesare and made possible by the Friends of BML and a grant from the Farash Foundation. Open to children in grades Pre-K–12 and their caregivers. Registration is recommended in the Children’s Center (784-5300).

Preschool Activity Club - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join us each Tuesday for a fun craft or project. Things can get messy, so play clothes are recommended.

Preschool Storytime - Maplewood Community Library. Join Ms. Marcia each week for songs and stories!

Special Film Showing - Pittsford Community Library. Please call 249-5481 for the title of tonight’s movie. No registration required

Story Time with Miss Kim - Charlotte Branch. Art, music and action mix with literature for a well-rounded program that includes fun with friends! *Please knock at the front door as story time starts before the library opens.

Teen Tuesday - Parma Public Library. Teens in grades 7-12: Join us for games, snacks, crafts, and techy projects. Teens' choice each week. No registration required.

Tween Craft: Do It Yourself Bird Planter - Gates Public Library. Paint a cheerful bird to hold your favorite plant.

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