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East Rochester Public Library Closed Till Mid-August

ERThe East Rochester Public Library is now closed through mid-August. 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. The library appreciates the community’s patience while they transition to the new location. Please stay tuned to the MCLS homepage for further developments and updates as they become available.

BBQ & Blues for Books

 BBQ logoThe Irondequoit Public Library and the Irondequoit Library Foundation are pleased to announce the scheduling of the Second Annual BBQ and Blues for Books fundraiser at Camp Eastman to benefit the new Irondequoit Library. This year’s extravaganza is a two day event slated for Friday evening, August 22 and all day Saturday, August 23. A generous portion of the proceeds of this event will benefit the construction and planning operations of the new library building at the Town Hall campus. 

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.

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.

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.

Fizz! Boom! Read!

FBRSummer Reading 2014 at Monroe County libraries is an annual program initiative that brings children, teens and families into local public libraries for reading and fun activities. With the rising interest in STEM subject matter, the theme for summer reading programs this year is called, Fizz! Boom! Read! and will inhabit a truly "scientific" flair! The deadline to register for summer reading programs in Monroe County is August 4.

Teen Tech Tutors available at Fairport Public Library

TTTThis summer, the Fairport Public Library will be linking tech savvy teen volunteers with adults to help them build basic computer skills such as creating and saving word documents, setting up an email account and to efficiently navigate the internet. The library's Teen Tech Tutors will also help the older generation learn their way around laptops, e-readers, smartphones or tablet devices. Registration is not required. For more information about this program, you can call the library at 585-223-9091.

Get Hired! Local libraries offer summer literacy and job training classes

 Get Hired!(2)Jumping into the job market for the first time? Are you looking to fine tune your résumé or brush up on your career advancement skills? The public library is here to help. With generous financial support from the New York State Education Department, the Monroe County Library System and the Rochester Public Library are pleased to announce the summer schedule of adult workforce development workshops for area residents who seek meaningful employment. Classes begin July 7, 2014.


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A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Friday, August 1:

ART SERIES - Parma Public Library. Stop in at the Parma Public Library on Friday, August 1st at 2 pm. We will be taking an up close and personal look at one of history’s most famous artists. We will then be so inspired that we will complete our own “Make it & Take it” art piece. Be brave…we are in this together! All Adults Welcome! No registration! Walk-Ins Encouraged!

Drop-in Tech Tutor - Henrietta Public Library. We're here to help you with technology!

Environmental Education - Charlotte Branch. Learn about the environment, water and the new recycling program in three modules. Please call 428-8248 to register.

Family Bingo - Brockport-Seymour Library. Bring your family, win some prizes, and have some fun while playing Bingo at the library. For children up to grade 5.

First Friday Films - Gates Public Library. Join us for short films and popcorn on the first Friday of each month!

Forest Fairies and Hedgehogs - Penfield Public Library. For children entering grades K-6.

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

Friday Make and Take Craft - Central Library. Fun new project every week!

Fun Fridays - Charlotte Branch. Join the "imagination station" as we play with play dough, finger paints, and LEGOs! We will also bring out the Wii! Younger children welcome with parental guidance.

Invention Convention - Irondequoit – McGraw Branch. We provide the materials, you provide the creativity. Let’s see what you can make. No registration required.

Lego Club - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. We provide the Legos, just come in with your imagination and build!

Library Lego Lab - Penfield Public Library. This program is for children entering grades 1-6.

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 "Paperbag Wolf Puppet", and the teen craft is "Puzzle Photo Frame". Samples are on display at the Library!


National Teen Library Week - Pittsford Community Library. Join us at PCL after-hours on a Friday night for two fun-filled hours!

Story Time - Charlotte Branch. Art, music, & action mix with literature for a well-rounded program that includes fun with friends! We have blocks, Lincoln Logs, puzzles, puppets, and a much to do! 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.

Storywalk and Scavenger Hunt - Henrietta Public Library. Read a story page-by-page on the Lehigh Valley Trail!

Teen Writing Group - Chili Public Library. Join us to learn more about the fun of writing with others who share your passion!

Wii Like Video Games - Sully Branch. If you like to play Wii games this is the program for you! We will play a different game each week.

American Red Cross Babysitter's Training - Fairport Public Library. Provided by the American Red Cross, this course is designed to provide 11-15-year-olds the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants.

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