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Tim Hortons Closes Central Library Location

 THCentral Library patrons and staff, downtown workers and city residents are now scrambling to find a morning jolt or an afternoon pick-me-up. The Tim Hortons location inside the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Avenue, closed permanently as of Wednesday, March 25. Downtown's only other Tim Hortons franchise — at the Four Corners intersection — also closed earlier this month. Both store locations opened in 2012. The closings come as Canada-based Tim Hortons Inc. merged with Burger King Worldwide Inc. at the end of 2014 into a new company, Restaurant Brands International.

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RRLC's Library of the Year Contest runs April 5-18, 2015

rrlcsealDo you have a favorite local library? What does your library mean to you and to your community? Inquiring minds want to know! In recognition of National Library Week, April 12 - 18, 2015, the Rochester Regional Library Council will name three area libraries -- one public, one school and one academic/special –- as the “RRLC Library of the Year 2015.” Winners will receive a banner and engraved plaque to hang in their library, a $100 gift card, and will be recognized at the RRLC Annual Meeting in June at Casa Larga Vineyards, Fairport, NY.

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National Library Week April 12 - 18

 nlwdbuttonNational Library Week will be observed April 12-18, 2015 highlighting the theme, "Unlimited possibilities @ your library®." First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country. Each April, it is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries will participate again this year -- school, public, academic and specialty libraries. National Library Worker's Day is Tuesday, April 14.

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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.

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Rochester, NY: Then and now through photographs

iraRochester’s Rich History Series resumes Sunday, April 12 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm in the Rundel Auditorium, third floor, Rundel Memorial Building, 115 South Avenue. This program is sponsored by the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County’s Local History & Genealogy Department. This visually stunning eye-popping presentation will be hosted by our very own City of Rochester photographer, Ira Srole. Did you know that Rochester is one of a handful of cities in the United States to employ its own photographer? Mr. Srole has been an omnipresent player in documenting Rochester’s rich history and has been a City of Rochester photographer for more than thirty-five years. If you love photography, you'll love this program!

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Central Library Goes Blue for World Autism Awareness Day

 rundelblueEvery April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates “Light It Up Blue” along with the international Autism community, in commemoration of the United Nations sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. "Light It Up Blue" is a unique global initiative that kicks off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about Autism. In honor of this historic day, many notable landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part in this world-wide event.

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Local artist featured in new exhibit at Central Library's Lower Link Gallery

 vcThe Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is pleased to announce the opening of a new fine art exhibit titled, “womanscape,” by local artist Virginia Cassetta. The artwork will be on display now through April 15 in the Lower Link Gallery, 115 South Avenue. You can see the exhibit free of charge by visiting the Central Library during regularly scheduled business hours. 

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Haiku Contest for Monroe County Teens

 haikuThe Greece Public Library will celebrate National Poetry Month this April by sponsoring a Haiku Contest for teens ages 12 – 18. Entries must be in the form of a three line haiku, a total of 17 syllables or fewer (line one 5, line two 7, line three 5). The poem must be an original work written in English and authored by any teen presently residing in Monroe County, NY. Contest submissions begin April 1 and end April 30. Winners will receive gift cards and be notified by phone and email May 11.

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Friday, March 27:


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 Fridays - Highland Branch. Be active at the library with fitness challenges! Miss Lani from StudioMove will lead the fun.

Friends of Chili Public Library Booksale - Chili Public Library. Join us for the Friends of the Chili Public Library Booksale!

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

Beginning Makeup - Gates Public Library. Learn the basics of makeup products and tools, how to care for your skin and techniques of applying makeup.

Meet the Artist: Laura Wilder and her Block Printing - Brighton Memorial Library. Register at the Reference Center. Sponsored by the Friends of BML.

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

Origami Competition - Sully Branch. Do you know how to make origami? Show us what you can do by participating in our origami competition. You will be able to compete in one of four age groups: Ages 7 and under Ages 8-12 Ages 13-18 Ages 19-119 We will accept submissions from Tuesday March 24, 2015 – Tuesday March 31, 2015.

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

SPRING INTO DANCE! w/ Kathleen Lacagnina - Penfield Public Library. For children ages 2 -5, accompanied by an adult

Story Time Stars - Pittsford Community Library. Enjoy a half hour of stories, songs, and fingerplays.

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.

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 - Brighton Memorial Library. Get a personalized session for help with an Internet question, or using OverDrive to download e-books. Register @ the Reference Center (784-5300).

Yoga Storytime - Gates Public Library. A half hour adventure of a storytime while developing a strong physical core.

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