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Henna Demo at Central Library August 13

 henna handsOn Wednesday, August 13, from 1:00 pm -  2:30 pm, the Arts, Music & Recreation Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County will host local artist Robin Jaeckel, who will present and demonstrate the ancient art of Henna. The art of Henna (called Mehndi in Hindi & Urdu) has been practiced no less than 5,000 years in Pakistan, India, Africa and the Middle East. Today, people from all walks of life have adopted the ancient traditions of adorning their bodies with the natural extracts created from the henna plant.

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July '64: Darryl Porter Visits Teen Central

DarrylOn July 22, Teen Central of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County hosted a screening of the documentary film, July ’64 to a packed house of youth and parents. Darryl Porter, former president of the Rochester City School District and former City administrator now retired, captivated his audience by his charm, wit and no nonsense approach on how to succeed in life. After the screening, the teens asked Mr. Porter some poignant questions about growing up in Rochester fifty years ago as a gang member— and his answers did not disappoint.

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Musical Mondays at Monroe Branch Library

 guitarOn Monday, July 21, 6:30 - 7:45 pm, the Monroe Branch Library, 809 Monroe Avenue, will host The Doug Stone Group with Grammy award-winning special guest keyboardist, George Caldwell. The Doug Stone Group combines the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic landscapes of jazz standards and some original material. These adept jazz improvisers offer a refreshing approach to classic jazz compositions, rooted in the historical traditions while inflecting cutting edge modern and contemporary jazz trends. On Monday evening, July 28, 6:30 - 7:45 pm, the library will host the musical group, String of Pearls. For more information about Musical Mondays, you can call the library at 585-428-8202.

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Charity Golf Tournament to benefit local libraries

 golfOn Monday, August 4th, the Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce will host their 18th Annual Charity Golf Tournament and dinner auction to be held at Brook Lea County Club, 891 Pixley Road, Rochester, NY 14624. The tournament will be a shotgun start scramble format and a full day of fun activities are planned. The beneficiaries of the fundraising event this year are the Friends of the Gates Public Library and the Friends of the Chili Public Library.

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World Wednesdays coming to Central Library in July

 worldIn collaboration with the Al Mutanabbi Street: Start The Conversation art exhibit at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, the Science, History & Travel Division will be hosting a series of community conversations focusing on our basic freedoms and what it truly means to be a global citizen. The public is invited to join us for this four session program in the month of July titled, "World Wednesdays." 

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East Rochester Public Library closed July 14 - August 10 for move

ERThe East Rochester Public Library will be closed Monday, July 14 through August 10 and will re-open on Monday, August 11. The library will not be a valid pick-up branch for holds during this time period. The library is moving from West Elm Street to the Eyer Building, 317 Main Street in the Village of East Rochester, NY, where it will occupy two floors of the building. We appreciate the community’s patience while we transition to our new location.

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Central Library’s Children and Family Summer Programs

FBR iconThe Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is concocting a big dose of eye-popping summertime fun for area kids as part of the Fizz! Boom! Read! Summer Reading 2014 initiative. Events and activities will include arts and crafts, variety and magic shows, free movies plus story times. Families who participate can also win tickets to Red Wings baseball games plus memberships to the Strong Museum of Play and the Rochester Museum and Science Center. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8150.

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Squirrel Hillbillies to perform at Central Library July 28

SH imageThe Arts, Music & Recreation Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is pleased to announce the scheduling of a free afternoon concert by one of the most unique musical acts travelling the country today. Hailing from Pittsburgh's East End, the Squirrel Hillbillies have become a folk-rock critic’s delight and have garnered a well-crafted reputation for delivering the musical goods. The concert will take place rain or shine on Monday, July 28 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm in the Dorris Carlson Reading Garden or the Kate Gleason Auditorium. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8140.

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A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Monday, July 28:


Adventures in Chemistry & Physics - Ogden Farmers' Library. Meet real scientists!

Airigami - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. In this stage show combining math, science, and art, balloons are used to construct a Rube Goldberg-style mousetrap intended to solve the problem of a mouse on the loose. No registration required.

An Evening at 221B Baker Street - Brockport-Seymour Library. Rebecca and Rachel Oshlag present a lively mix of stories and facts on detection fiction's most beloved literary character, Sherlock Holmes. They will perform a selection of Sherlock Holmes short stories against the backdrop of an absorbing discussion about the character of Holmes, the impact of this famous forensic scientist on the development of criminal investigative techniques, and the remarkable life and works of Sherlock's creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Tea and Refreshments will be Served. Registration Required

Babies & Books - Monroe Branch. Join us for a drop-in story time in the Children's Room! Enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and finger plays with your baby, while you both get a chance to socialize. Ages 0 - 18 months with caregiver(s); older siblings are welcome to play quietly or participate. No registration required.

Book Adventures - Sully Branch. Looking for an adventure? We will have a different book adventure and craft every week. Registration requested for groups of ten or more to ensure we have enough supplies.

BUILD LONDON’S TOWER BRIDGE OUT OF LEGOS! - Penfield Public Library. Grades 6-12

Build a Racetrack! - Henrietta Public Library. Make a racetrack from recyclables for your matchbox car!

ESOL/Citizenship Classes - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Drop-in tutoring for the ESOL and Citizenship Test, provided by a tutor from Fallsview Academy. Call for 585-428-8212 for details.

Family Game Time - Brockport-Seymour Library. Mix things up with a board game at the library. We'll have a different selection each week. For children up to grade 5 and their families.

Family Story Time - Lyell Branch. Join us after dinner on Monday evenings for some stories and songs. Stories will be aimed at the Preschool Crowd but all family members may attend. Jammies and quiet stuffed friends are welcome.

Glow Slime! - Henrietta Public Library. Become a mad scientist - make glow slime!

How to Catch a Mouse with Larry Moss of Airigami - Chili Public Library. A stage show combining math, science and art, How to Catch a Mouse uses balloons to construct a Rube Goldberg-style mousetrap intended to solve the problem of a mouse on the loose.

How to Catch a Mouse: Simple Machines at Work with Airigami Creator Larry Moss - Brighton Memorial Library. Arrive early as space is limited. Sponsored by the Friends of BML.

It's Magic, of Course! with Ted Burzynski - Highland Branch. Be amazed by a spectacular mix of magic and comedy with magician Ted Burzynski! Limit of 30 children, please call 428-8206 to register.

It’s Magic, Of Course with Ted Burzynski - Central Library. Be amazed! Be amused! Be fuddled!

Take and Make Crafts - Gates Public Library. Do you love to make things? Every month our Children's and Teen's Librarians put out bags filled with instructions and supplies to make a new craft. This month's craft for children is "Butterfly Windsock", and the teen craft is "Paperclip Bracelet". Samples are on display at the Library!

Monday ESOL Class - Maplewood Community Library. Join us at the Maplewood Community Library every Monday for English language instruction!

GED Tutoring - Maplewood Community Library. Let us help you prepare for the GED exam.

Monday Minecraft Madness - Chili Public Library. Join us for Minecraft fun and share your tips and tricks with the rest of us!

Moreland the Magician presents "The Fizz, Boom, READ! Magic Show" - Lyell Branch. "Fizz, Boom, READ!" show stars 'Professor Dave', a bumbling scientist who fumbles his way through several experiments in his effort to make the discovery of a lifetime. Will he succeed? Find out in this show that blends magic, puppetry, comedy, mystery, audience participation. For children of all ages.

Moreland the Magician - Parma Public Library. Join David Moreland for some magical storytelling! Free, no registration required.

Munchkin Monday Story Hour - Hamlin Public Library. Stories and crafts for Child and Caretaker (No registration required)

Live Music: The Squirrel Hillbillies - Central Library. The whimsical charm of folk music duo "The Squirrel Hillbillies" will make you feel like you're spending an hour listening to music with friends on the front porch.

Nonfiction Book Club "A World of Fire" by Amanda Foreman - Pittsford Community Library. Copies of the books will be available at the Check Out/Retun Desk. No registration required.

Reptile Guys - Irondequoit – McGraw Branch. See reptiles and exotic animals up close. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by Summit Federal Credit Union. No registration required.

STEMology - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Join us as we explore: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math every week with simple experiments and activities.

Story Time with Mary Jo - Gates Public Library. For ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver. Stories, songs, fingerplays, circle games, toys and a snack are all part of this program.

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