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Construction on Broad Street Bridge

constructionVisitors to the Central Library, be advised that the Broad Street Bridge construction project will begin Monday, May 2nd.  

Rochester Images are now also available through Library Commerce

Soldiers The Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County has collaborated with Library Commerce Inc. to provide the public with access to some of the library’s most popular digital images from the Rochester Images Collection. Library Commerce has compiled a collection of popular low resolution images from Rochester, NY’s history. Images include MidTown, canal boats and early Monroe County maps as well as Rochester luminaries, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and George Eastman. 

Check Out What Local Authors Are Writing About

SELF-e The Monroe County Library system has purchased a subscription to BiblioBoard SELF-e, which offers online access to self-published eBooks. SELF-e is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard that enables authors and libraries to work together and expose notable self-published eBooks to voracious readers looking to discover something new.

Monroe County Library System Electronic Newsletters

Electronic NewslettersIt's never been easier to find out what's going on at your local library! Click Here sign up for an electronic newsletter with upcoming events, new library services, recommended reading, and more. You'll receive library news delivered right to your email inbox! You may sign up for as many newsletters as you'd like. Check back often, as more libraries will be adding newsletters in the future.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

Latino AmericansThe Rochester Public Library is proud to announce it has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA), to present “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.”

As one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, the Rochester Public Library will receive a cash grant to hold public programming — such as film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects or performances — about Latino history and culture. The Rochester Public Library partnered with several community organizations in the grant application including the Ibero-American Action League, WXXI, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester Latino Theatre Company and Borinquen Dance Theatre to present these performances. The Library will also receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. 

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A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Saturday, April 30:

Friends of Henrietta Public Library Semiannual Used Book Sale - Henrietta Public Library. It's finally here! Friends of Henrietta Public Library Semiannual Used Book Sale

Family Movie Fun - Charlotte Branch. Enjoy family time with a movie and popcorn at the library! Please call 428-8248 for the upcoming title!

Friends of the Pittsford Community Library Book Sale! - Pittsford Community Library. Open to the Public! Credit Cards Accepted. For more info visit our website:

International Tabletop Gaming Day - Irondequoit Public Library. Celebrate International Tabletop Day! We'll have a wide variety of tabletop games to play--from simple card games to intensive board games! We will have snacks and giveaways throughout the day--no need to register, just stop in for a few minutes or stay all day!

Learn how to Bind Your Own Book with the Long Stitch - Central Library. Book artist Rebecca Lomuto will teach you how to create your own soft cover book using the Long Stitch. You will learn how to make your very own handmade journal using the Long Stitch-- a fun bookbinding technique that accentuates an exposed spine using color and pattern. You will bring home your own soft-covered journal, a skill that will inspire you to never buy a notebook again! All supplies will be provided.

March Madness Winner's Craft - Central Library. Did Dr. Seuss or Mo Willems win the March Madness Program? The winner decides the craft. While supplies last.

Parachute Play - Charlotte Branch. Burn off some energy playing games with parachutes before our 11am Family Movie!

Parma Public Library Friends Book Sale - Parma Public Library. Book Sale -

PRACTICE SAT - Penfield Public Library. FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 9-12.

Practice SAT Test - Ogden Farmers' Library. Prepare for the new SAT by taking a practice test under "real" timed test conditions.

Precocious Perennials - Charlotte Branch. Perennials are those wonderful, reliable flowers that live from year to year and add such beauty to our landscapes. A Master Gardener will be here to teach you all you need to know to use these plants like a pro!

ESL CLass - Maplewood Community Library. Class for English Language Learners.

Saturday Storytime - Irondequoit Public Library. Storytime is a series of 20-30 minute programs of fun and literacy support for young children. Each session features stories, songs, finger plays and more with a different theme each week. No registration necessary.

TASC Preparation - Maplewood Community Library. Teacher available to help you prepare for the TASC. Free and open to the public.

Story Time - Arnett Branch. Come join us for some great stories at the Arnett Branch Children’s Room! Registration is not required. Story Times at the Arnett Branch Library take place at 11:15 am on every Tuesday and 1:00 pm on every Saturday that the library is open.

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 "Paper Chain Caterpillar", for teens we have "Cork Keychain" and adults can pick up a page for coloring with colored pencils.

TASC Preparation Class - Lyell Branch. Receive tutoring to prepare for the TASC (Test to Assess Secondary Completion). These preparation classes are free and open to the public!

Writing From Personal Experience: A 6-Part Writing Series - Central Library. All writing springs from personal experience. Have you been longing to write? Have you been putting it off? Whether you're interested in keeping a journal, writing stories or poems, essays or articles, or even writing a book, this class can help you find your way. Make your writing wishes a reality. Let us give you space and time to write on a weekly basis, provide group support to build your confidence, and offer expertise and direction to help you move forward.

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