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ROC The Day December 2

ROC ROC the Day is a 24-hour, online event that provides you an opportunity to support not-for-profit organizations doing great work in the nine-county Greater Rochester area. Just go to ROCtheDay.org, a secure online giving platform, to contribute to any participating not-for-profit organizations. Your gift to the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will provide critical support to the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, which has enriched our community’s quality of life for more than a century.

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Steampunk Jewelry Workshop at Central Slated for November 8

 SteampunkThe Arts, Music & Recreation Department of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is offering interested crafts people the opportunity to make Steampunk Jewelry. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, November 8 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Please meet on the second floor of the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building, Central Library, 115 South Avenue. Registration is required.

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Monroe County Libraries Hosting Healthcare Navigators

 ACALibraries across Monroe County will be hosting healthcare navigators during the next rollout of the Affordable Healthcare Act open enrollment period. This is the time when you can find a new marketplace health care insurance plan, keep your current plan or see if you qualify for a subsidy to help pay for your plan. The official open enrollment period to apply for health insurance in accordance with the Affordable Care Act will begin November 15, 2014 and continue through February 15, 2015. A healthcare navigator will be here at Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, fourth floor of the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building on the following Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm beginning November 26, 2014.

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Art of the Book exhibit returns to Central Library

AOTBPThe Rochester Public Library and the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library is pleased to announce the opening of the fourth annual juried exhibition, “Art of the Book” which is on display at Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County now through January 4, 2015. An opening reception is slated for Thursday, November 6 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in the Lower Link Gallery, 115 South Avenue. The reception is free and open to the public.

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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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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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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Friday, October 31:


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

Baby's Morning Out: Halloween Edition - Brockport-Seymour Library. Babies and toddlers and their caregivers are welcome to join us for some fun sensory activities and projects with a spooky twist.

Book or Treat!: - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. Wear your costume to the Evans branch to get a treat and a Halloween take-and-make craft. No registration required.

Fun Fridays - Charlotte Branch. Join the "imagination station" as we play with play dough, finger paints, and LEGOS! We also bring out the Wii. Younger children are welcome with parental guidance.

Halloween Fun Day - Irondequoit – McGraw Branch. . Stop in at the library on Halloween day to show off your costume or makeup. Get a treat, do a simple craft and pick up some holiday themed activity handouts. No registration needed.

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!

MOMMY AND ME LAPSIT WITH MISS JEAN - Winton Branch. Engage your child at the library. We will use board books, bounce rhymes, musical instruments and puppets.

Monthly Book Sale! - Charlotte Branch. Buy quality discards and donated items at amazingly affordable prices!

Frightening Friday Features - Lyell Branch. Join us for some family films (rated G or PG). Popcorn will be provided. Please call t he library (428-8218) for film titles.

Halloween Double Feature Movies - Gates Public Library. Stop in and watch Frankenstein fro 1:30 to 3:00 PM, and The Bride of Frankenstein from 3:00 - 4:15 PM; shown on our large screen.

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

Story Time - Charlotte Branch. Art, music, & action mix with the best in children's literature for a well-rounded program that includes fun with friends! Siblings are welcome.

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.

Trick or Treat Around the Library! - Gates Public Library. Games, a story, and crafts will get our party started. After that, trick or treat all around the library with a special free bag!

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