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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.

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 talk 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.

Up, Up and Away! Rochester Goes Airborne!

 vintageplaneDo you love aviation, astronomy, science fact and fiction or just enjoy looking up at the stars? If that’s the case, we have a treat for you. Come fly and dream with us at Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County this May as we celebrate our fascination with the skies in our month long programming 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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Central Library goes blue for the month of April rundelblue

 The iconic Rundel Memorial Building of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County has been an architectural gem on the City of Rochester skyline since the 1930’s. Perched over the east side of the Genesee River directly above the Johnson and Seymour millrace and the old Rochester Subway bed, the library building continues to excite the architectural and visual senses of downtown residents and visitors at night with its relatively new high-tech lighting capabilities.



Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Monday, April 27:

Drop-In Storytime for All Ages - Brighton Memorial Library. Stories and songs for children of all ages with a caregiver.

Arm Knitting - Pittsford Community Library. Make an infinity scarf with yarn and your arm!

Baby Story Time - Gates Public Library. Babies from birth to 2 years old and their caregivers will enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and play time.

Baby Story Time - East Rochester Public Library. Support your child's early literacy and language development. Join us for nursery rhymes, movement activities, and books. For babies ages 0-23 months and their caregivers.

Craft Mondays - Highland Branch. Today we are creating Thumbprint Art.

Creative Minds: Art and Music After School - Arnett Branch. University of Rochester students will be on hand Mondays from 4:30-6pm and Wednesdays from 5-6pm (except March 9 & March 11) to help kids get creative! On Mondays kids will work on creating their own short story along with artwork. On Wednesdays kids will have music instruction using hand bells. Grades K-6 This weekly program will continue through April 29.

Family Movie: TURBO - Brighton Memorial Library. When a freak accident gives him extraordinary speed, Turbo sets out to try to make his dream come true: winning the Indy 500. Rated PG, 96 min. Snacks are welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of BML.

Family Storytime - Penfield Public Library. For ages 2-6, accompanied by a parent/caregiver.

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. For more information please call 585-428-8214.

Marketing Plan Computer Lab - Central Library. The creation of a marketing plan provides focus for your job search. The use of your marketing plan helps move you forward in your search.

Marvel Movie Month - Captain America: Winter Soldier - Gates Public Library. Join us as we screen all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, leading up to the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron! Tonight's feature is "Captain America: Winter Soldier".

Middle School Mondays-Games, Crafts, Legos and More! - Penfield Public Library. This program is for grades 6-8.

Movie Day - Hamlin Public Library. Come watch a recently released children's movie. Popcorn and drinks provided. (Registration required-call 964-2320)

Nonfiction Book Club "The Human Age" by Diane Ackerman - Pittsford Community Library. Copies of the book will be available at the Check Out/Return Desk. No registration required.

Pinterest for Beginners - Monroe Branch. Come and learn about the visual board website

Preschool Dance Party - Pittsford Community Library. Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to dance to happy music.

Science of Social Connectedness - Pittsford Community Library. Dr. Kimberly Van Orden from Life Span will explore the role of social connectedness in healthy aging.

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

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.

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 "Butterfly Clothespin", the teen craft is "Popsicle Stick Coasters" and for children we have "Flying Ladybug". Samples are on display at the Library!

Tech Tutor - Brockport-Seymour Library. Do you need help with your e-reader, laptop, tablet, or smart phone? Come in and have a one-on-one 30 minute session with a librarian. Other tech questions? Bring those too!

Teen Book Festival Book Group - Brockport-Seymour Library. Meet every other week to read and discuss books by the authors attending the Teen Book Festival this coming May. Receive your own copy of each book that we read. Great for autographs at the festival. Snacks, of course! Grade 6-12

Teen News Tonight - Henrietta Public Library. Find out the dynamite things happening in the Teen Corner!

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