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Make Fleece Blankets for Shelter Animals

fleece1Are you an animal lover like we are? Well, here is a great opportunity to provide a warm gift to a shelter animal this holiday season. Come to the Arts, Music & Recreation Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County on Saturday, November 1 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm to learn how to make no-sew fleece blankets for shelter animals. The workshop will be located on the second floor of the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building of Central Library.

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Local History Exhibit and Lecture October 25

trunkOn Saturday, October 25 the Local History & Genealogy Department of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County will be hosting an opening reception in the Local History Main Hall, 2nd floor, Rundel Memorial Building from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. The exhibit is titled, “Property of Charles A. Ritz: A Rochester Time Capsule.” The reception will be immediately followed by a public conversation titled, “Creating the Charles A. Ritz Exhibit,” Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor, Rundel Memorial Building.

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November is NaNoWriMo!

NNWMNovember is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and writers nation wide are taking on the annual challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. With that in mind, the Literature Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is pleased to announce it will be sponsoring a related workshop dedicated to making you a better novelist. The program is slated for Saturday, October 25 from 10:30 am – Noon in the Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Avenue.

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Financial literacy a top priority for area libraries

 FINRAAs the People’s University, the Rochester Public Library (RPL) is dedicated to serving the needs of all its community members. In that spirit, for several years now RPL has been a host site for teaching English (ESOL) to immigrants and refugees in the Greater Rochester area. RPL is also a proud official partner of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB). And starting this October, RPL will be introducing financial literacy information as part of the ESOL curriculum at the Maplewood Community Library, 1111 Dewey Avenue. There will be a kickoff celebration at the first class session with library officials and local dignitaries of the refugee communities on Tuesday, October 2 at 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

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“Artist at Work!” series back for third season

AAW1The Arts, Music & Recreation Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is hosting the third season of the very popular “Artist at Work!” series, which begins Saturday, September 20, 2014. On the third Saturday of each month from September through June 2015, a local artist will visit the Arts Division at Central Library from 1:00 – 3:00 pm demonstrating their art, and informally interacting with interested observers. It’s a very relaxed program that allows people to meet some talented local artists, talk to them about their work and see art as it is being created. Famed oil and watercolor artist Peggy Martinez will be the first local artisan scheduled for the series.

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MCLS re-launches library book sales webpage

 BookSaleBannerDue to the increased demand for information about Monroe County Library System book sales, MCLS is reintroducing our followers and virtual visitors to a re-vamped comprehensive, up-to-date listings page of on-going library book sales throughout our area. Book lovers, buyers, sellers and readers everywhere can now experience one-stop shopping at our new and improved Monroe County Library System book sales page.

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BSI begins September 9

BSI thumbThe Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library is pleased to announce the fall schedule for the ever-popular ‘Books Sandwiched In’ book review series. A staple of Rochester cultural activities since 1955, the series begins Tuesday, September 9 with James Norman, President & CEO of Action for a Better Community, reviewing the book titled, The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act, by Clay Risen. Each Tuesday program begins at 12:12 pm, Kate Gleason Auditorium, Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Ave, Rochester, NY.

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Poems For Lunch Program Returns to Central Library

 Poetry(1)Are you interested in making the ordinary printed word jump off the page? Why not attend our Poems for Lunch series, hosted by local poet and teacher Kitty Jospé? Due to popular demand, this robust Thursday lunchtime program at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Avenue, has returned for the remainder of the year. This is not a writing course. Under the guidance of an experienced instructor, you will be able to read poems out loud and discuss them in a group setting.

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Monday, October 20:


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.

Batman Trick-or-Treat - Monroe Branch. We're celebrating Batman's birthday!! During the week of October 18-23rd, stop into the library dressed as your favorite Batman character, or wear anything Batman themed, and receive a treat!

Batman's Birthday - Henrietta Public Library. Celebrate Batman's 75th Birthday with us!

Book Sale - Scottsville Free Library. Bag of books for $2.00

Craft Mondays - Highland Branch. Create a cool craft to take home!

Crafty Kids - East Rochester Public Library. Share your love of storytelling and all things creative with other like-minded children. We'll read stories together and make a craft.

Two Part Introduction to Creative Writing - Gates Public Library. Read a short story, respond to writing prompts, and have the opportunity to share your efforts in a safe and friendly workshop setting.

Drop-in Toddler Story Time - Pittsford Community Library. Offered three times each Monday: 9:15, 10:00 and 10:45 a.m.

Fall Evening Storytime - Parma Public Library. Join Miss Amy for stories, crafts, activities and puppets! Preschool-1st grade, registration required

HALLOWEEN READ TO ANNIE, our favorite Shi-tzu - Brighton Memorial Library. Help get Annie, ready for Halloween! Bring in or pick out your favorite Halloween story to read to Annie. Costumes are welcome! Register in the Children’s Center.

Homework Helpers - Arnett Branch. The Homework Helpers will at the library from 3-6 pm. School kids can stop by and receive help with their homework. This program is sponsored by Dial-A-Teacher. The Homework Helpers are at the Arnett Branch Library most Mondays and Wednesdays, 3-6 pm during the school year.

Is the Library Haunted? - Central Library. Paranormal Investigator Ralph Esposito will tell stories of the ghosts of Olde Rochesterville, followed by questions & answers and a guided ‘backstage’ tour and investigation of the upper stacks using digital and infrared technology.

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.

Meet...The Batphile! - Monroe Branch. Explore the mysterious world of bats through multi-media presentations that incorporate slides, bat detectors, models, audience participation, and echolocation recordings! An active member of Bat Conservation International, The Batphile (Liz Thompson) began her life with bats when she was in middle school.

Musical Concert: "The Years" - Monroe Branch. "The Years" is led by Edward Downey, who has been writing and playing music for almost 50 years. First in Detroit, he played alongside greats such as the MC5, and then in Rochester, where he has been putting out album after album in every genre, from experimental jazz to solo acoustic folk music. Last year, his rock outfit "The Years" put out their first album called "Prisoners in Harmony." Band members include: Ian Downey on electric guitar, bassist Chris Reeg, and drummer Jeff Thompson. Their second album, tentatively titled "Holy Glow" is set to come out soon.

PJ Storytime - Henrietta Public Library. Bring your favorite stuffed animal to the library for a special story!

Remembering Our Veterans - Pittsford Community Library. Join Cindy Rickett from the Canandaigua VA Center and Barry Rickett from the Veterans Recovery Program for an enlightening commemorative lecture. 

Job Seekers’ Series - Resume Review - Repeat from 9/15 - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. Presented by RochesterWorks! Please call 336-6062 for more information or to register.

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.

Tail Waggin' Tutors - Chili Public Library. Come and read to a therapy dog - they make wonderful listeners!

STORYTIME FOR TALKERS (age 2 - 3 with adult) - Irondequoit – McGraw Branch. 20-30 minutes of stories, songs, finger plays and literacy support for young children, with a different theme each week. . Fall series begins September 15 and continues weekly through November 20 (no Talkers on September 29 or October 2, 13, 16).

Teen Writing Group - Brockport-Seymour Library. A support group for overly imaginative and creative persons in grades 6-12 Develop your writing skills. Laugh and learn with other teens.

Toddler Time - Chili Public Library. Join us for stories, songs, and fingerplays at the library!

Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman Series - Penfield Public Library. This is the second film in the series.

Teen Writing Group - Henrietta Public Library. Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to share their writing with other teens!

Walkers StoryTime - 18-30 months, with Adult - Irondequoit – McGraw Branch. Designed to bridge the active child from BabyTime to the more traditional storytime.

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