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Central Library hosts Vietnam Veterans event June 6

 VVThe Local History & Genealogy and the Science & History departments of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, in partnership with the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 20, are hosting a new exhibit titled, “Vietnam Veterans: Serving Then and Now.” The exhibit will be on display, second floor, Rundel Memorial Building, 115 South Avenue June through December 31, 2015. An afternoon opening reception and lecture are slated for Saturday, June 6.

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Rochester Public Library debuts Books by Bike

 bbbThe City of Rochester and the Rochester Public Library are well-known for its celebrated, tightly-wrapped social and environmental stitch that is woven deep into our community's fabric-- and a literary and library culture that has flourished for well over a century. It is also one of the most bike-friendly, if not bike-crazed, urban spaces in the nation, as measured by commuters, retail sales and bike lanes. And just recently, all of these forces merged while conceiving, “Books by Bike,” a mobile “pop-up” library now serving library patrons of the City of Rochester.

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First Wednesdays: Social Media 101

 firstwedThe Business & Social Sciences Department of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County and the College at Brockport Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are sponsoring a free program for small businesses and entrepreneurs titled, "Social Media 101" on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm in the Kate Gleason Auditorium, Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building, 115 South Avenue, Rochester, NY.

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Arnett Branch Library named 2015 Public Library of the Year

arnett1On May 4, the Rochester Regional Library Council formally announced the winners of the RRLC Library of the Year contest. Library advocates will be proud to know a record 1,448 people shared their stories about how much they love their their library services. Rochester Public Library’s Arnett Branch Library, 310 Arnett Blvd., located in the 19th Ward won the public library category. The Maplewood Community Library, located at 1111 Dewey Avenue was also awarded an honorable mention.

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Call For Work: Self-Published Book Festival Deadline June 1

 self pub(1)Due to the overwhelming positive response to our first annual Self-Published Book Festival & Fair held at the Central Library last year, the newly designed event planned for 2015 will be expanded to a two-day festival that will now include books for children, teens and adults. The Self-Published Book Festival & Fair, slated for November 7 and 8, will provide an opportunity for self-published local authors to promote and sell their books; interact with new audiences and network with vendors and other authors. Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2015.

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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.

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Up, Up and Away! Rochester Goes Airborne!

 vintageplaneHave you soared today? Allow your inner pilot to take flight with these fascinating adrenaline-riddled programs at Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County. This May, join us as we celebrate our fascination with the skies in our month long 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.

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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?

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Monday, May 25:


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 "Paper Pet Ladybug", the teen craft is "Popsicle Stick Kazoo" and for children we have "Growing Flower". Samples are on display at the Library!

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