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Monroe County Public Libraries to Assist with Insurance Enrollment

Health NavigatorResidents of Monroe County will have more than 50 opportunities to go to area libraries for assistance in enrolling in the New York State Health Care Exchange. Navigators from Law NY and Coordinated Care Services, Inc. will be on site for more than 200 hours at 11 libraries. Open Enrollment is from November 1st to January 31st. A full list of dates, times and locations can be found here

Call for Entries: 2016 Sokol High School Literary Awards Contest

FriendsThe Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library invites Monroe County student writers in grades 9 – 12 to enter their poetry, short fiction prose and/or recorded performances in the 2016 Sokol High School Literary Awards Contest.   The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 29, 2016. For complete instructions, go to, call 428.8350 or email

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.

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.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

Latino AmericansThe Rochester Public Library is proud to announce it has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA), to present “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.”

As one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, the Rochester Public Library will receive a cash grant to hold public programming — such as film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects or performances — about Latino history and culture. The Rochester Public Library partnered with several community organizations in the grant application including the Ibero-American Action League, WXXI, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester Latino Theatre Company and Borinquen Dance Theatre to present these performances. The Library will also receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. 

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Wednesday, November 25:

All-Ages Storytime Wednesdays - Henrietta Public Library. Stories and more for all ages!

Book-A-Librarian - Lyell Branch. Do you need help navigating an online job application, putting together a resume, or downloading an eBook or digital audiobook. Schedule a 45-minute, one-on-one session with a librarian. Reservations only. Call 428-8218 to make a reservation.

Family Movie - Brockport-Seymour Library. Start off your Thanksgiving break with a movie at the library. Popcorn and drinks provided.

Family Movie Night - Charlotte Branch. Enjoy family time with a movie and popcorn at the library! Call 428-8248 each week for the upcoming title.

Holiday Craft - Irondequoit Public Library. Ages 6 and up. Make a holiday craft to use or give as a gift! Registration required.

LEGO Club - Monroe Branch. Hear a story and then build a project out of LEGOs! We will display your completed project in the Children's Room.

No School Movie Day - Lyell Branch. School is out so why not spend some time watching a movie? We can't tell you the title but it will be a little emotional. Snacks will be provided. Call the library (428-8218) if you want to know the title. Registration not required.

PRACTICE ACT - Penfield Public Library. Want to know how you will score on the ACT?

Storytime - Parma Public Library. Join Ms. Amy for stories, songs, coloring, and lots of puppets! No registration required.

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 "Tie-Dye Turkey", for teens we have "Autumn Leaf hedgehog". Samples are on display at the Library!

Time for Tots - Gates Public Library. Forty minutes of free play with toys followed by a 20 minute story time.

Wild Wii Wednesday - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Get your game on!

Write it & Read it - Parma Public Library. Write it & Read it is a writing and sharing program for adults. We will meet next on November 25th at 1 pm. We are supportive and kind to each other and we have fun and eat cookies.

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