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First Wednesdays for Small Business

BusinessThe Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County and the College at Brockport’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) present “First Wednesdays,” a free monthly series of programs for aspiring and current business owners. Those attending will learn about key issues that need to be considered when starting a small business. Topics discussed will include feasibility, legal structure, financing, business plan basics and more. The program is appropriate for both first-time entrepreneurs and those who have recently started a small business. First Wednesdays is brought to you by the Business & Social Sciences Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County and the College at Brockport Small Business Development Center (SBDC). To register please call 585-428-8130 or click HERE.

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The Rochester Public Library brings “Suffrage and the Flower City” online with Google Arts & Culture’s American Democracy collection

Susan B AnthonyOver 50 artifacts from the Rochester Public Library can now be viewed online by people around the world thanks to a new partnership with Google Arts & Culture.

This partnership is part of the Google Arts & Culture’s American Democracy collection, which brings together over 60 exhibits and 2500+ artifacts from 44 institutions dedicated to the preservation of U.S. political history and the practice of American democracy. The exhibition is open for all at g.co/AmericanDemocracy and through the Google Arts & Culture mobile app for iOS and Android.

The Rochester Public Library’s contribution to this effort includes a new virtual exhibition about Rochester’s role in the woman suffrage movement. Specially curated for online visitors, “Suffrage and the Flower City” tells the story of Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and other Rochesterians who stood at the center of 19th- and early 20th-century American reform movements. In just a few clicks, users will be able to see Susan B. Anthony’s press pass from the Centennial Exposition of 1876, suffrage campaign buttons, pro- and anti-suffrage political pamphlets, and many other treasures from the collections of the Rochester Public Library, the Office of the City Historian, and the City of Rochester. Discover this exhibit here

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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.  

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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. 

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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.

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Friday, August 26:


Drive-In Movie - Gates Public Library. Join BB-8, Han Solo and Rey for an evening of outdoor family fun on Friday, August 26 beginning at 8:00 PM. Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase and there will be prizes, as well as activities for the kids. The movie begins at 9:00 PM

Fun Fridays - Charlotte Branch. Come have fun with play dough, paint, and the Wii! Younger siblings are welcome with parental guidance.

Fun Fridays - Charlotte Branch. Come have fun with play dough, paint, and the Wii! Younger siblings are welcome with parental guidance.

One on One Assistance with Health Insurance Enrollment - Irondequoit Public Library. Open enrollment for the New York State Health Insurance Marketplace has ended. However, you may qualify for a special enrollment period if you have a birth or death in the family, a loss of essential coverage, a change in income, gotten married or divorced, moved from one county to another, or other criteria. Additionally, enrollment for Medicaid and the Essential Plan is year round. Register for one-on-one assistance with a Certified Application Counselor who can assist you in enrolling for health insurance. ***Bring ID, the previous year’s tax return, four most recent paystubs, immigration or naturalization papers if applicable, and the social security numbers and birth dates of all family members. *** Registration required-- appointments are for one hour.

SAT Practice Test - Gates Public Library. Prepare for the new SAT by taking a practice test under simulated test conditions. Chariot Learning will proctor an officially released, full-length exam with multiple students. After the test learn how to score the exam and interpret the results.

Story Time at the Library - Charlotte Branch. Art, music, and action mix with literature and playtime for a well-rounded 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 teens is "Corner Critter Bookmark", for children we have "Handprint Fish" and adults can pick up a zentangle page.

Teen Pizza Fridays - Chili Public Library. Come have pizza and snacks and relax at the CPL after the library has closed for the evening!

Teen Film Fridays - Fairport Public Library. A different movie each week. Titles to be announced soon! Open to teens in grades 7-12 (some movies will be PG-13). Refreshments provided thanks to the Friends of Fairport Public Library. Registration would be helpful, but not required.

Taking Your Talents to Work: Is Freelancing for You? - Fairport Public Library. More and more jobs are temporary or contract. Should you consider building a business or providing a service? Explore freelancing and discover if it is an option for you.

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