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The Rochester Public Library brings “Suffrage and the Flower City” online with Google Arts & Culture’s American Democracy collection

Susan B AnthonyOver 50 artifacts from the Rochester Public Library can now be viewed online by people around the world thanks to a new partnership with Google Arts & Culture.

This partnership is part of the Google Arts & Culture’s American Democracy collection, which brings together over 60 exhibits and 2500+ artifacts from 44 institutions dedicated to the preservation of U.S. political history and the practice of American democracy. The exhibition is open for all at g.co/AmericanDemocracy and through the Google Arts & Culture mobile app for iOS and Android.

The Rochester Public Library’s contribution to this effort includes a new virtual exhibition about Rochester’s role in the woman suffrage movement. Specially curated for online visitors, “Suffrage and the Flower City” tells the story of Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and other Rochesterians who stood at the center of 19th- and early 20th-century American reform movements. In just a few clicks, users will be able to see Susan B. Anthony’s press pass from the Centennial Exposition of 1876, suffrage campaign buttons, pro- and anti-suffrage political pamphlets, and many other treasures from the collections of the Rochester Public Library, the Office of the City Historian, and the City of Rochester. Discover this exhibit here

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Construction on Broad Street Bridge

constructionVisitors to the Central Library, be advised that the Broad Street Bridge construction project will begin Monday, May 2nd.  

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Rochester Images are now also 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. 

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Check Out What Local Authors Are Writing About

SELF-e The Monroe County Library system has purchased a subscription to BiblioBoard SELF-e, which offers online access to self-published eBooks. SELF-e is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard that enables authors and libraries to work together and expose notable self-published eBooks to voracious readers looking to discover something new.

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Monroe County Library System Electronic Newsletters

Electronic NewslettersIt's never been easier to find out what's going on at your local library! Click Here sign up for an electronic newsletter with upcoming events, new library services, recommended reading, and more. You'll receive library news delivered right to your email inbox! You may sign up for as many newsletters as you'd like. Check back often, as more libraries will be adding newsletters in the future.

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Tuesday, July 26:


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.

Babies on the Move - Brockport-Seymour Library. Stories, songs, and rhymes for babies and their caregivers followed by fun activities.

Baby Story Time - Pittsford Community Library. Offered at 9:30 and 10:30 each Tuesday morning in July.

Basic Computer Classes - Charlotte Branch. 1-on-1 assistance with computer basics: internet, e-mail, basic Word, e-books. By appointment only. Please call 428-8216 to register.

Battle of the Tape - Brockport-Seymour Library. Who will win this crazy game of sticky and pull? Can you conquer the tape and make a messenger bag? Registration required. Grades 6-12.

Battle of the Tape 2 - Brockport-Seymour Library. Who will win this crazy game of sticky and pull? Can you conquer the tape and make a messenger bag? Registration required. Grades 6-12.

Bubbles, Chalk, & More! - Charlotte Branch. Help us make the library sidewalks beautiful! We'll have chalk, bubbles, and other stuff to have some great outdoor fun! Siblings are welcome with parental assistance.

College Essay Workshop - Brockport-Seymour Library. Get help creating a knockout college application essay. In this series of three sessions, you will receive lots of individual advice. Bring your laptop and flash drive. Grades 10-12. Registration required.

Crafts and Face Painting with Miss Rachel - Charlotte Branch. Come get your face painted and make some great crafts! Siblings are welcome with parental assistance.

Dig in the Garden - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Get excited about growing food to eat.

En Garde! - Central Library. En garde! An introduction to fencing with the Rochester Fencing Club.

Explore Your Imagination in Different Ways with the Whole Family - Chili Public Library. This is not just for the crafty person in you, this is for anyone who wants to explore science, technology, engineering, art and math in a laidback and fun environment!

Fabulous Films at the Library - Pittsford Community Library. Please call 249-5481 for the title of tonight’s movie. No registration required. Fisher Meeting Room

Family Brain Games Tournament - Henrietta Public Library. Enjoy testing your brain with fun challenges!

Enjoy stories canal-side at the Spencerport Gazebo. - Ogden Farmers' Library. Every Tuesday June 28 - August 16. Just drop-in! No registration required. Rain location is at Ogden Farmers' Library.

Hands-On Sushi 101 with Liz and Larry Bauld - Irondequoit Public Library. Learn how to make a basic sushi rice roll and dessert roll. All vegetable ingredients—no fish!—are provided. Registration required.

Healthy Snacks with Miss Liz - Frederick Douglass Community Library. Stop by to make some delicious, healthy snacks with the Storybook Cook, Miss Liz. She will have yummy foods to help us make good choices about snacks at home. Ages 6 and up. No registration required.

International Game Day - Hamlin Public Library. Explore the world through games. Call 964-2320 to register.

Knitting Circle - Irondequoit Public Library. Bring your knitting supplies and handiwork projects along. Come join other knitters to knit and chat! We’re partnering with the Central Library in Craft it Forward @ the Library and hosting a blanket square drive to benefit Willow Domestic Violence Center. To participate, make 9” x 9” squares (any color or pattern) from machine-washable yarn that will be made into blankets this summer! No registration necessary.

Lap Sit Storytime - Brighton Memorial Library. Drop-in stories and songs for infants through pre-walkers with a caregiver.

Music in the Garden: Rochester Ukulele Orchestra - Central Library. The Rochester Ukulele Orchestra performs a free concert of pop and jazz favorites.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Movies!: CARS - Brockport-Seymour Library. Hot-shot race-car Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family. Snacks welcome. Rated G; 117 min. Sponsored by Friends of BML.

Paper Plate Mobile - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Make a mobile of your favorite sports.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME WITH MISS JEAN - Winton Branch. Please join us for stories, rhymes, music and other fun activities.

Quidditch Training - Brockport-Seymour Library. Hear about what it's like to play Quidditch from members of the Rochester United Quidditch Team. Then learn how to play yourself. For kids going into grades 3-5. Registration required.

Reptile Guys Show 1 - Henrietta Public Library. Have a blast with The Reptile Guys!

Reptile Guys Show 2 - Henrietta Public Library. Have a blast with The Reptile Guys!

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