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Town of Irondequoit Breaks Ground for New Centralized Library

IronEarlier today (April 23, 2014), state officials, leaders of the Town of Irondequoit and library staff held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new centralized library. Voters overwhelmingly approved a plan in December to borrow $13 million to build a 40,000 square-foot library, combining the town's two existing branches. The ceremony was held at noon at the Irondequoit Town Hall on Titus Avenue.

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Central Library hosts PANTONE® Colors Photography Project

 Pantone1The Arts, Music and Recreation Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is sponsoring a creative and unique visual arts opportunity for interested photographers. Project organizers are asking for submissions for a community photography album to be published on Facebook using PANTONE® color swatches. Deadline for submissions is June 30, 2014.

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HPL Pop-Up Library at your service

 HPL2The folks over at the Henrietta Public Library (HPL) can hardly contain their excitement these days-- and for a very good reason. A new library project launched last month called the Pop-Up Library is going gangbusters. HPL staff created this innovative outreach project which is designed to help community residents connect with library services in an artful new way.

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“TBF Live” Slated for May 17

TBF(1)Once again, Nazareth College will be the host site for the highly anticipated, Ninth Annual Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival (TBF) slated for Saturday, May 17, 2014. This event brings together thousands of area teens who individually own a smorgasbord of literary tastes. At the festival, local teens can meet some of their favorite international award-winning authors and illustrators. TBF is a fun-filled, action packed all-day event.

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Tax Deadline was April 15

 Tax Time(1)Haven't filed yet and need an extension? Don't fret--- your public library is here to help. Your 2013 state and federal income taxes were due April 15, 2014. Tax forms are still available at most libraries throughout Monroe County. Contact your local library here to see if they have the form(s) you need. For more tax information, you can call the Central Library's Business & Social Sciences Division at 428-8130.

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New Art Exhibit Featured by Central Library's Lower Link Gallery

Bennett exhibitThe Lower Link Gallery at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is hosting a new mixed media art show titled, “Round Trips,” by Rochester area artist John Bennett. The foundation of Bennett’s work is influenced by sound and musical interpretations. His extremely detailed work demonstrates the mapping of musical patterns to canvas and are created by using oil, water and colorful tape. The show will be on exhibit from April 15 through May 15, 2014.

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Rochester-Toronto Connections During the Underground Railroad Era

 FrostThe Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library and the Local History & Genealogy Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County are co-sponsoring a history program that explores the complex and intertwined connection between two cities that border the shores of Lake Ontario. Award-winning author and historian Karolyn Smardz Frost (see photo) will present a program at Central Library titled, "Hogtown and the Flower City: The Underground Railroad's Twin Terminals on Lake Ontario." 

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Call for Work: Exhibit Opportunities at Central Library

 Call for WorkThe Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County is now offering a truly unique opportunity to showcase your antiques, crafts, collectibles or creative artwork. The Lower Link Gallery, located in the subterranean corridor space that connects the Rundel Memorial Building and the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building under South Avenue, is now accepting calls for work.

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Thursday, April 24:


The Bee's Knees Beekeeping Program - Gates Public Library. See beekeeping suits and beehives, taste some fresh honey and listen to a story about beekeepers.

Ogden Book Club - Ogden Farmers' Library. Enjoy lively literary discussion at the library!

Accelerated Reading - Sully Branch. Read for fun, points, and prizes!! You will earn points and prizes for each reading quiz you pass. This program is made possible by the Thomas Ryan Community Center and our reading volunteers.

Babies and Books - Brockport-Seymour Library. Come meet other parents and have fun with your baby. We'll have stories, rhymes, songs, and more for babies 0-24 months.

Baby Storytime - Henrietta Public Library. Introduce your baby to reading and more!

Basic Computer Use - Lincoln Branch. Free small-group classes in topics including internet, Word, e-mail and more. Call 428-8210 to reserve your spot.

BOOK SALE - Parma Public Library. BOOK SALE - ......SALE IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON THURSDAY APR. 24TH 10AM - 8:30PM, FRIDAY APR. 25TH 10AM - 5:30PM, AND SATURDAY APR. 26TH 10AM - 3:30PM. BAG SALE ALL DAY SATURDAY!

Chess Club - Chili Public Library. Join us to learn from and play with other kids, computers, and local experts!

Classic Book Discussion – "The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. Classic Book Discussion – "The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper The group meets on the last Thursday of the month at 3:00 pm at the Evans Branch on 45 Cooper Road. New members are always welcome! Book copies available at both McGraw and Evans branches. No registration necessary.

Swing Dance Lessons - Henrietta Public Library. Come join the party!

Drop In storytime - Sully Branch. Join us for books, games, and music for preschool aged children and a caregiver.

Introduction to Ecological Gardening - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Would you like a yard and garden that is visually pleasing, a haven for birds and butterflies, and once established, is also low maintenance? This 6 week series will cover: Ethics and principles of permaculture and ecological gardening, garden design, site analysis, garden building, pest management, garden preparation, planting and maintenance. There will be weekly giveaways to get your garden started! Taught by Patty Love. Sponsored by Lots of Food and Rochester Permaculture Center, programs of Seeking Common Ground. Registration is required, please call 428-8212.

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

Family Games - Parma Public Library. Play various board games and Wii games with your family and friends!

Lego Club - Brighton Memorial Library. Build with LEGO! We provide the bricks, you provide the creativity!

LEGO Club - Ogden Farmers' Library. Are you a LEGO-Maniac?

Lifespan: Retirement Is More Than Just Golf - Charlotte Branch. You've acquired wisdom, maturity, experience, and perspective that only comes with age, and you want to find a way to put it to work. You've got a fire inside, a passion, a zeal that you've never had time to explore. Well now's the time.

Take and Make Crafts - Gates Public Library. Do you love to make things? Every month our Children's Librarian puts out bags filled with instructions and supplies to make a new craft. This month's is "Bee Mobile". A sample is on display at the Library.

Neighbor Next Door Series - Penfield Public Library. This series explores the challenges of Alzheimer's disease.

Pajama Storytime - Chili Public Library. Join us in your pajamas for an evening storytime with your favorite stuffed friend!

Drop-In PJ Storytime for All Ages - Brighton Memorial Library. Stories for all ages accompanied by a caregiver.

Poem in Your Pocket Day - Monroe Branch. Celebrate National Poetry Month and Poem in Your Pocket Day by discovering, creating, unfolding, and reading poems from pockets throughout the day! Come to the Children's Room and discover or create a poem for yourself. Then, when you leave, make sure to take the poem from your pocket and share it with others.

Drop-In Stories for Preschoolers - Brighton Memorial Library. Stories and songs for preschoolers accompanied by a caregiver.

Simply Stories - Chili Public Library. Join us for a special storytime full of stories, songs and fun!

Sing about Spring! with Missy Reed Music - Highland Branch. Hooray, it's time for spring! Sing, move, play, learn and grow with Missy Reed Music. Maximum of 30 children, so please sign up in advance.

Story Time! - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join us for some stories, rhymes, songs, and more!

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

Storytime - Parma Public Library. Join Miss Amy for stories, songs, puppets and more! Ages 2-5 (siblings welcome) No registration required

Technology Navigator - Lincoln Branch. Stop by the Lincoln Branch Library for one-on-one technical assistance with online job applications, resumes and other internet forms and documents.

Teen Movie Makers - Brockport-Seymour Library. Interested in learning more about creating, editing and posting your own videos?

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

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

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