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Rochester Public Libraries Closed October 24

 RPL LibrariesThe Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County and all City of Rochester branch community libraries will be closed on Friday, October 24, 2014 for staff training. All libraries will resume their regular schedules on Saturday, October 25. For a complete list of library hours in your area, please consult our MCLS homepage or call the library at 428-7300.

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NYS Library announces continuation of NOVELNY

 NYSLBernard A. Margolis, Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and who serves as our State Librarian, is pleased to announce the continuation of the current NOVELNY (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) databases. NOVELNY is an online virtual library connecting New Yorkers to 21st century information via libraries and library systems statewide. NOVELNY is an online library of literally hundreds of magazines, newspapers, maps, charts, research and reference books that are available to every New Yorker-- free of charge.

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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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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Friday, October 24:


A Visit from Clifford and Bad Kitty - Brighton Memorial Library. Clifford and Bad Kitty are visiting! We’ll read some of our favorite Clifford and Bad Kitty books, and you’ll have a chance to get your picture taken with one character — or both! Sponsored by the Friends of BML.

Anonymous Otaku Anime Club - Brockport-Seymour Library. Fans of Japanese animation are welcome to share snacks and watch an anime movie with other otaku. What better way to spend a Friday afternoon? Grades 6-12

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

Friends of the Pittsford Community Library Book Sale - Pittsford Community Library. The Friends of the Pittsford Community Library will be hosting their Fall Book Sale.

Halloween Pop-Up Cards - Brockport-Seymour Library. Get ready for Halloween with a fun decoration, or brighten someone's day with a spooky card.

HALLOWEEN READ TO ANNIE - Brighton Memorial Library. Help get our favorite shih-tzu, 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.

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 children is "Paper plate Halloween Wreath", the teen craft is "Yarn Ghost" and adult craft is "Clothespin Cat". Samples are on display at the Library!

Parma Public Library Friends Book Sale - Parma Public Library. Book Sale -

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

Story Time - Mendon Public Library. Stories and more to encourage early literacy, a love of books and being read to, following simple directions, taking turns, being part of a group, and being a good listener. Best for toddlers and preschoolers. No registration necessary.

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

YA Maker Day - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. Have fun with different hands-on projects each month! This month we’ll be making toys with magnets! Registration required. Call 336-6062 to register.

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