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Call For Work: Self-Published Book Festival Deadline June 1

 self pub(1)Due to the overwhelming positive response to our first annual Self-Published Book Festival & Fair held at the Central Library last year, the newly designed event planned for 2015 will be expanded to a two-day festival that will now include books for children, teens and adults. The Self-Published Book Festival & Fair, slated for November 7 and 8, will provide an opportunity for self-published local authors to promote and sell their books; interact with new audiences and network with vendors and other authors. Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2015.

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Get Ready to Ride!

 bikeoveDid you know May is National Bike Month? Now that old man winter is behind us, it’s time to make the most of warmer weather by getting our bicycles out of storage and in shape for the summer season. Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County has partnered with our neighborhood bike shop, Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport, 661 South Avenue, to bring local patrons an exciting slate of bike programming during the month of May. National Bike Month is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists.

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Rochester’s Rich History: America’s First Aviatrix

 bssheadThe next and final program for the 2014 - 2015 season series of Rochester's Rich History will feature one of the more uplifting stories you will ever hear about a local luminary. Born in Rochester, NY, Blanche Stuart Scott was an early twentieth century pioneer in the automotive and aviation industries. In September 1910, only weeks after completing a cross-county coast to coast automobile drive through the United States, she became the first American woman ever to fly an airplane. The program is slated for Sunday, May 3 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm in the Rundel Auditorium, third floor, Rundel Memorial Building, 115 South Avenue.

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Up, Up and Away! Rochester Goes Airborne!

 vintageplaneHave you soared today? Allow your inner pilot to take flight with these fascinating adrenaline-riddled programs at Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County. This May, join us as we celebrate our fascination with the skies in our month long series of theme-based movies, talks, readings and other activities for the whole family. This programming is sponsored in part by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library.

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Gates Public Library opens Early Learning Center

gateselcOn April 20, the Gates Public Library, 902 Elmgrove Road, hosted the grand opening celebration of the Early Learning Center in the Children’s Area of the library. Dozens of library patrons and distinguished guests attended the ribbon cutting and reception, including MCLS Director Patricia Uttaro, MCLS Assistant Director Sally Snow, MCLS Children's Consultant Tonia Burton, State Senator Joe Robach, County Legislator Steve Tucciarello, and Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini. The Early Learning Center is designed to promote “ready to read” activities identified as those necessary for children when entering kindergarten.

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Books In Motion

 BIMThe Rochester Public Library, in cooperation with Rotary International, is pleased to announce a new program at Central Library’s Children’s Center titled, “Books In Motion.” This initiative is a book discussion kit designed for children and tween groups to have thoughtful conversations which may motivate them to read more, learn, inspire and develop socialization skills. Popular titles include Frozen/Snow Queen, Jumanji, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Where the Wild Things Are, To Kill a Mockingbird and many more.
 

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Babies need books!

 babybookDid you ever wonder about the benefits of reading to your baby? Granted, an infant won't completely understand everything you're doing or why. However, reading aloud to your baby is a wonderful shared activity you can experience for many years to come — and it's an important form of stimulation and critical to early childhood development. Why don't you check with your MCLS local public library about resources and programs in your neighborhood?

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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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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Tuesday, April 28:


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

Babies & Books - Monroe Branch. Join us at the Monroe Branch for a drop-in baby story time! Enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and fingerplays 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.

Babies & Books - Chili Public Library. Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays followed by an open play session.

Babies and Books - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join us for some books, rhymes, and songs for your baby followed by time to play and socialize.

Baby Playtime - Central Library. Join us for songs, stories, and toys.

Baby Storytime - Henrietta Public Library. Stories and friends for your baby and you!

Baby Storytime - Parma Public Library. Storytime for Babies and caregivers. Join us Tuesday mornings for stories, fingerplays, songs, rhymes, and play time. No registration required

Basic Beading - Maplewood Community Library. Make your own beaded bracelet!

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

Books Sandwiched In - Central Library. Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality by Danielle Allen.

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

Drop-in Baby Story Time - Pittsford Community Library. Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and board books.

Fabulous Films at the Library - Pittsford Community Library. Please call 249-5481 for the title of tonight’s movie. No registration required.

Free ESL class with ESOL Associates of Rochester, NY - Sully Branch. Free English class for immigrants and refugees in the Rochester area. Students of all ages and from all countries are welcome. Whether you are new to America or have been here several years, you are welcome.

Garden Party - East Rochester Public Library. Catch spring fever and say goodbye to thoughts of winter with a planting project and garden-themed games. For ages 5 and up. Younger siblings welcome with a caregiver.

Intro to Pinterest - Parma Public Library. AN INTRO TO PINTEREST TUESDAY, APRIL 28th FROM 7-8 PM.

Junior Friends Meeting - Chili Public Library. Share your library passions with other teens!

Making a Masterpiece - Brockport-Seymour Library. Looking for a night out? Unleash the creative artist within at Making a Masterpiece! Our talented instructor, Carly Cook, will guide you step-by-step through completing your very own painting. Registration required.

Movie Tuesdays - Highland Branch. Come and relax and watch a G- Rated family friendly movie with us!

Preschool Activity Club - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join us each Tuesday for a fun art project or activity. We'll provide the materials and handle the cleanup.

Preschool Story Time - Monroe Branch. Come and enjoy stories, rhymes and learn finger plays.

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

Social Media and the Job Search - Penfield Public Library. Learn how to integrate social media with your job search strategies.

Friends of WPL Spring Book Sale - Webster Public Library. The Friends of Webster Public Library are holding their spring book sale April 28-May 2.

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

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. *Please knock at the front door on Tuesdays to enter.*

Story Time with Hannah - 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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