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Attention Latino Artists

Latino AmericansThe Rochester Public Library received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association to celebrate Latino culture and the contributions Latinos have made to our culture. The library will be holding a number of programs to bring Latino culture to the public. One of these programs is a Latino Art Exhibit at the Central Library from May 5-June 30, 2016. If you are a local Latino artist and would like to show your work at the Central Library, please contact Nanci Rosenberg-Nugent at by April 5, 2016. We would love to display your art work!! 

No Paper, No Problem, e-file your tax returns for a faster tax refund, with no filing fees

taxIt’s that time of year again…time to file your income tax returns. You should e-file this year. Why not, since you’ll be joining 92% of all New York filers who already file electronically. That is because it’s the safe and accurate way to file. In fact, the error rate for e-file returns is 20 times lower than for paper returns. And, if your combined income for 2015 didn’t exceed $62,000, you can e-file for FREE, at the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County and at the Brighton Memorial Library.

Another plus for e-filers: if you qualify for a tax refund, you’ll get it far faster than if you filed a paper return.

Thanks to a partnership with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, volunteers will be on hand at these libraries to guide you through the process of filing your own return. 

Your Opinion Matters: Please Take Our Online Survey!

Opinion  Tell Us How the Rochester Public Library and the Friends & Foundation of RPL Can Better Serve You and Our Community. 

The Rochester Public Library and the Friends & Foundation of RPL are working together to plan for the future, and we want to know your thoughts to help us remain a vital part of our communities in the years to come.

Please take our brief survey by midnight, Feb. 17.

Thank you for your help!

Rochester Images are now available through Library Commerce

Soldiers The Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County has collaborated with Library Commerce Inc. to provide the public with access to some of the library’s most popular digital images from the Rochester Images Collection. Library Commerce has compiled a collection of popular low resolution images from Rochester, NY’s history. Images include MidTown, canal boats and early Monroe County maps as well as Rochester luminaries, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and George Eastman. 

Announcing FAFSA Fest 2016

FAFSAREF and our Rochester College Access Network  present FAFSA Fest 2016. This is a series of six public, free events held in January, February and March 2016 for students and families at which trained volunteers provide help filling out and submitting federal financial aid forms for college.

The forms are complicated, and can be particularly difficult for first-generation college applicants. These events help students submit the FAFSA forms on time so they can have opportunities for college scholarships, aid and admission.

We hope that you will join us and help us spread the word about this FREE event, FAFSA Fest, to 12th grade senior high school students and their families.

FAFSA Fest events are scheduled on the following dates.


Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Friday, February 12:

Baby Lapsit Story Time - Ogden Farmers' Library. Bring your baby to the library!

Baby Story Time with Miss Jean - Winton Branch. Engage your baby at the library. We will use board books, bounce rhymes, musical instruments and puppets.

Coloring For Adults - Charlotte Branch. Experience the joy of coloring. We'll provide a variety of pages for you to fill with gorgeous color so you can see for yourself what this new trend is all about. It'll be a relaxing hour of pure fun! Materials will be provided, or you can bring your own.

Fun Flick Fridays - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Watch a family friendly movie.

Fun Fridays - Charlotte Branch. Have fun with playdough, finger paints, and Legos! We'll also bring out the Wii! Younger children are welcome with parental guidance.

Make a Valentine for you Valentine - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Make a valentine for your valentine!

Movie Matinee - Pittsford Community Library. Please call 249-5481 for the title of this afternoon's movie. No registration required

Preschool Dance Party - Gates Public Library. For ages 1-5 with a caregiver.

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

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

Story Time with Miss Kim - 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.

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. This month's craft for adults is "Tissue Paper Hearts", for children it's "Valentine Heart Glasses", and for teens we have "Mosaic Kite". Samples are on display at the Library!

TASC Prep - Lyell Branch. Receive tutoring to prepare for the TASC. These prep classes are free and open to the public!

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