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Take Your Child to the Library Day

TYCTOn Saturday, February 7, grab your favorite child and stop by your local MCLS public library for an action-packed, fun-filled day of family programs and special activities. Several libraries throughout our area are participating in an international world-wide event called, “Take Your Child to the Library Day.” The day will be highlighted by jaw-dropping magic shows, constructive play, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, story times and more. Children who sign up for their first ever library card on February 7 will receive a special prize. We invite you to join in on the fun!

Film Festival Highlights Black History Month Events at Central Library

 bhmlogoThe Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County will celebrate the black experience through cinema by hosting our first annual Black History Month Film Festival. Sponsored by the Reynolds Media Center, organizers hope this series of ten acclaimed major motion picture films slated for viewing during the month of February will inspire, educate and empower our audiences. Join us for these FREE programs scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm, Kate Gleason Auditorium, 1st floor, Central Library, 115 South Avenue. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8360.

IRS Policy Change Taxes America's Libraries

 taxxThe decision by the Internal Revenue Service to limit the distribution of special forms and instruction booklets to filers is taxing people's patience-- and libraries across America are feeling the pinch. The policy change comes at the same time Congress promotes more cuts to Federal Budget spending. The agency announced last month that it will send libraries Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ, but not special forms such as Schedule A for itemizing deductions, the instruction booklets for completing the returns and the tax tables for figuring how much one owes.

Local Watercolorist Featured at Central Library

 Cretney1Sometimes the beauty of light can only last an instant. If you plan on visiting a new art exhibit at Central Library this winter, you’d better be ready for that moment. Brenda Cretney, a well-known watercolor artist from Brockport, NY will display more than 30 works of stellar art in the Lower Link Gallery, Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County through March 4. Her works of art range in subject matter from Western Art to her unbridled love of animals. The gallery is open during regular library business hours.

Lower Link Gallery hosts Master Woodcarver Al Jordan

owlbyAJThe Lower Link Gallery of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is pleased to announce the arrival of a new exhibit called, “The Art of Birds in Wood.” The display features 32 life like award-winning sculptures of shore birds, Bufflehead decoys, Ospreys and several Owl species. The exhibit will be on display through March 4.

Tuesday Topics Returns to Central Library

 TTlogoThe Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library is pleased to announce the return of its annual Tuesday Topics series, beginning January 13 and concluding on March 3. The first program was hosted by Bob Duffy, who talked about his experiences as New York State Lieutenant Governor and his new role with the Rochester Business Alliance. Some other presenters in the series include Rochester City Council member Carolee Conklin, RIT Research Scientist Jonathan Schull and Rochester Community Baseball CEO Naomi Silver. All Tuesday Topics presentations are held in the Kate Gleason Auditorium at 12:12 - 12:52 pm, Central Library, 115 South Avenue in downtown Rochester.

Conversations on Race coming to a library near you

 COR(1)The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library (FFRPL) cordially invite the public to attend a series of community forums titled, "Conversations on Race." These programs are facilitated by area professionals who will create safe, open dialogues about race and its impact on our community. More than 600 people have participated in previous conversations throughout the greater Rochester area. The two-hour "Conversations on Race" are free and open to the public.

Sokol High School Literary Awards Contest Now Accepting Entries

SokolAward  The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library encourages all interested Monroe County student writers in grades 9 – 12 to enter the 2015 Sokol High School Literary Awards Contest. Organizers and judges are now accepting entries for categories including poetry, short fiction prose and/or recorded performances. The deadline for all submissions is midnight Friday, January 30, 2015.


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A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Tuesday, January 27:

After-School Board Games - Pittsford Community Library. We're setting up Settler of Catan, Trivial Pursuit Junior, and/or Crainum. Feel free to bring a game too.

All Ages Storytime on Tuesday - Henrietta Public Library. Stories and more fun for preschool kids!

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 & Books - Chili Public Library. Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays followed by an open play session.

Babies and Books - Brockport-Seymour Library. Babies, toddlers, and their caregivers are welcome to join us for some stories, songs, and rhymes followed by play time.

Baby Playtime - Central Library. Join us for songs, stories, and toys.

Baby Story Time - Pittsford Community Library. Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and board books each Tuesday morning.

Baby Storytime on Tuesdays - Henrietta Public Library. Books and friends for baby!

Basic Computer Classes - Charlotte Branch. Our popular computer tutoring for beginners is back! Sign up for 1-on-1 assistance with computer basics: internet; E-mail; Web searching; basic Word; e-book assistance. Registration is required. Please call 428-8216 or sign up at the circulation desk.

Book Adventures - Brockport-Seymour Library. Children in grades 3-5 are welcome to join us to discuss books, have a treat, and do fun book-related activities. Registration required.

Sully Book Lovers Club - Sully Branch. Do you enjoy reading and discussing books? If so, join us for our monthly Sully Book Lovers Club meeting! We will be discussing Kindred by Octavia Butler. No registration required. All are welcome!

Catchy Cover Letters - Mendon Public Library. Learn how to put together cover letters and thank you letters that will help get you noticed. If you have a job posting, bring it along. This special event is the first in a career series presented by RochesterWorks. Registration is required, so please call 624-6067 or stop by the circulation desk to reserve your spot.

Conversations on Race - Maplewood Community Library. Conversations on Race are facilitated and open dialogues about race and its impact on the community. Questions to be considered are: • How segregated is my life? • To what extent is privilege a factor in not having to think about my racial identity? • In what surroundings am I most aware that I have a racial identity? More than 600 people have participated in Conversations throughout the community. The two-hour Conversations are free and open to the public. The Conversations are presented by FFRPL in collaboration with Ververly Caldwell, Metro Justice; Renee Frazier, Marketing A La Renee, Inc.; Donna Goldberg, FFRPL; Jerry Ingram; Steve Jarose, National Coalition Building Institute; Ann Johnson, ACT Rochester; Rebecca Johnson, RIT; Patricia Mason, The Center for Dispute Settlement; Kit Miller, M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence; Jim Thompson; Judy Toyer; and Sherry Walker-Cowart, Center for Dispute Settlement.

Crafts With Miss Caitlyn - Charlotte Branch. Join Miss Caitlyn to make a cool craft you can take home. Siblings are welcome with parental assistance.

Fabulous Films at the Library - Pittsford Community Library. Please call 248-5481 for the title of tonight's film. No registration required.

English Class - Sully Branch. ¡Hola y Buenos Dias! Namaste!! Ni hau a? Learn to speak, read, and write English as a second language. These free classes are on a drop in basis, so you do not need to register. For more information visit the ESOL Associates of Rochester website at

Intermediate iPad Info Session with TechKnowU - Brighton Memorial Library. You may bring a fully charged iPad. Register @ the Reference Center (784-5300).

Junior Friends Meeting - Chili Public Library. Share your library passions with other teens!

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 "scissor-practice Mitten", the teen craft is "Winter Deedle-bug". Samples are on display at the Library!

MIDTERM STUDY SPACE - Penfield Public Library. The library’s Braman Room will be open as an extra space for students who want to study for midterm exams.

MOVIE MATINEE - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. No registration required. Movie selected will appeal to a wide adult audience and may not be appropriate for children. Call for movie titles.

Movie Tuesdays - Highland Branch. Relax and watch a G-rated family movie with us!

Preschool Activity Club - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join us each Tuesday for a fun art project or activity. We'll provide the materials and handle the clean up.

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

Story Time - Arnett Branch. Come join us for some great stories at the Arnett Branch Children’s Room! This event is best suited for preschool age children. Registration is not required. Story Times at the Arnett Branch Library take place at 11:15 am on every Tuesday that the library is open and at 1:00 pm on most Saturdays.

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 - Charlotte Branch. Art, music, & action mix with the best in kid's literature for a well-rounded program that includes fun with friends! Siblings are welcome. Please knock on the front door on Tuesdays to enter.

Story Time with Hannah - Gates Public Library. For ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver. Stories, songs, fingerplays, circle games, toys and a snack are all part of this program.

Technology Training - Mendon Public Library. One-hour, one-on-one training sessions customized to your needs: how to use Kindles, Nooks, iPads, tablets, laptops, and more. Also learn how to manage files, use software, find information on the Internet, or set-up and maintain a computer. Please call 624-6067 to register, though walk-ins are welcome if there is an opening.

Teen Tech Club - Parma Public Library. Robots, computers, MakeyMakey Boards and more! No registration required

Toddler/Preschool Storytime - Winton Branch. Please join us for weekly stories, rhymes, music and other fun activities.

Tuesday Topics: Inner Loop Reconstruction - Central Library. Inner Loop Reconstruction - Presenters: Joni Monroe, AIA, Executive Director, Rochester Regional Community Design Center, and Roger Brown, AIA, Creative Consultant and former Board Chair, Rochester Regional Community Design Center. Hear from experts how reconstructing a 2/3 mile eastern segment of the Inner Loop into an at-grade street will encourage sustainable economic growth and create a more livable downtown.

Zentangle Workshop - Gates Public Library. Learn this drawing method; a relaxing, fun way to create images similar to doodling.

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