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East Rochester Public Library Closed Till Mid-August

ERThe East Rochester Public Library is now closed through mid-August. The library will not be a valid pick-up branch for holds during this time period. The library is moving from West Elm Street to the Eyer Building, 317 Main Street in the Village of East Rochester, NY, where it will occupy two floors of the building. The library appreciates the community’s patience while they transition to the new location. Please stay tuned to the MCLS homepage for further developments and updates as they become available.

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BBQ & Blues for Books

 BBQ logoThe Irondequoit Public Library and the Irondequoit Library Foundation are pleased to announce the scheduling of the Second Annual BBQ and Blues for Books fundraiser at Camp Eastman to benefit the new Irondequoit Library. This year’s extravaganza is a two day event slated for Friday evening, August 22 and all day Saturday, August 23. A generous portion of the proceeds of this event will benefit the construction and planning operations of the new library building at the Town Hall campus. 

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Henna Demo at Central Library August 13

 henna handsOn Wednesday, August 13, from 1:00 pm -  2:30 pm, the Arts, Music & Recreation Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County will host local artist Robin Jaeckel, who will present and demonstrate the ancient art of Henna. The art of Henna (called Mehndi in Hindi & Urdu) has been practiced no less than 5,000 years in Pakistan, India, Africa and the Middle East. Today, people from all walks of life have adopted the ancient traditions of adorning their bodies with the natural extracts created from the henna plant.

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Charity Golf Tournament to benefit local libraries

 golfOn Monday, August 4th, the Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce will host their 18th Annual Charity Golf Tournament and dinner auction to be held at Brook Lea County Club, 891 Pixley Road, Rochester, NY 14624. The tournament will be a shotgun start scramble format and a full day of fun activities are planned. The beneficiaries of the fundraising event this year are the Friends of the Gates Public Library and the Friends of the Chili Public Library.

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Central Library’s Children and Family Summer Programs

FBR iconThe Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is concocting a big dose of eye-popping summertime fun for area kids as part of the Fizz! Boom! Read! Summer Reading 2014 initiative. Events and activities will include arts and crafts, variety and magic shows, free movies plus story times. Families who participate can also win tickets to Red Wings baseball games plus memberships to the Strong Museum of Play and the Rochester Museum and Science Center. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8150.

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Fizz! Boom! Read!

FBRSummer Reading 2014 at Monroe County libraries is an annual program initiative that brings children, teens and families into local public libraries for reading and fun activities. With the rising interest in STEM subject matter, the theme for summer reading programs this year is called, Fizz! Boom! Read! and will inhabit a truly "scientific" flair! The deadline to register for summer reading programs in Monroe County is August 4.

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Teen Tech Tutors available at Fairport Public Library

TTTThis summer, the Fairport Public Library will be linking tech savvy teen volunteers with adults to help them build basic computer skills such as creating and saving word documents, setting up an email account and to efficiently navigate the internet. The library's Teen Tech Tutors will also help the older generation learn their way around laptops, e-readers, smartphones or tablet devices. Registration is not required. For more information about this program, you can call the library at 585-223-9091.

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Get Hired! Local libraries offer summer literacy and job training classes

 Get Hired!(2)Jumping into the job market for the first time? Are you looking to fine tune your résumé or brush up on your career advancement skills? The public library is here to help. With generous financial support from the New York State Education Department, the Monroe County Library System and the Rochester Public Library are pleased to announce the summer schedule of adult workforce development workshops for area residents who seek meaningful employment. Classes begin July 7, 2014.

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Thursday, July 31:


Science is a Blast! With the Wondermakers - Gates Public Library. The Wondermakers will share three fun, interactive folk tales with a science theme during this program.

“HOW TO CATCH A MOUSE” with LARRY MOSS OF AIRIGAMI - Penfield Public Library. We are thrilled to host Larry Moss and his dazzling show combining math, science, and art using balloons to construct a working life- size mousetrap with the help of audience volunteers.

Airgami with Larry Moss - Winton Branch. Space is limited, registration is required.

Baby and Toddler PlayTime - Central Library. Join us for songs, books, and toys in our Secret Room.

Board Games @ Arnett - Arnett Branch. Kids can play some very fun board games every Thursday during July and August at 3:30 pm

Thursday Evening ESOL Class - Maplewood Community Library. Join us at the Maplewood Community Library every Thursday Evening for English language instruction!

Fairy Tale Fun: Little People Tales - Mendon Public Library. In this story time for older children, boys and girls alike will enjoy hearing adventurous tales, then participating in a hands-on activity to create a take-away related to one of the stories. Light snacks will be provided. Please call 624-6067 or stop by the circulation desk to register.

Fred Vine with Mark the Mailman Outdoor Concert - Henrietta Public Library. Join us for a blues concert on the library lawn!

How to Catch a Mouse: Simple Machines at Work - Ogden Farmers' Library. Don't miss this amazing show by Airigami, balloon artists.

Iron Chef Competition - Hamlin Public Library. Can you make a great dessert from scratch without knowing what the ingredients are in advance? (Registration opens June 30. Call 964-2320)

July '64 Walking Tour - Lincoln Branch. MCC Professor Verdis Robinson will lead a walking tour of Joseph Avenue and discuss the historically significant sites of the July 1964 riots. Refreshments provided.

Junior DaVincis Arts & Crafts - Charlotte Branch. Make a great craft and socialize with friends! Today we'll be personalizing notebooks using collage techniques! Registration is required, so please call us at 428-8248 if you plan on coming.

Lego Club 2 - Brockport-Seymour Library. Come use your imagination as you build something creative out of our large selection of Legos. For children entering grades K-5. Registration required. Please sign up for Wednesday OR Thursday, not both.

Mad Scientist Crafts - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. Come be a mad scientist! Spike your hair like Einstein, make glow slime, and make atoms and molecules....from gumdrops

Take and Make Crafts - Gates Public Library. Do you love to make things? Every month our Children's and Teen's Librarians put out bags filled with instructions and supplies to make a new craft. This month's craft for children is "Paperbag Wolf Puppet", and the teen craft is "Puzzle Photo Frame". Samples are on display at the Library!

Environment Lesson, Session 2 - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. This lesson, provided by the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services is about Solid Waste and Recycling. No registration required.

Pajama Storytime - Chili Public Library. Join us in your pajamas for an evening storytime with your favorite stuffed friend!

Protecting Your Personal Information - Arnett Branch. This class lays the groundwork for what you can do to combat identity thieves.

Simply Stories - Chili Public Library. Join us for a special storytime full of stories, songs and fun!

Story Time! - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join us for some stories, rhymes, songs, and more!

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

Year Round Storytime - Parma Public Library. Join Miss Amy for stories, songs and lots of puppets! No registration required. Siblings welcome!

Stuffed Animal Sleepover - Brighton Memorial Library. Come in pajamas with a stuffed animal for a sleepy time storytime, then tuck in your stuffed animal for its sleepover at the library! Pick up your stuffed animal at breakfast @ 10 am on Friday, August 1. Register in the Children’s Center. PARENTS: Please be sure the stuffed animal is one your child can sleep without. Sponsored by the Friends of BML.

Summer Family Storytime - Irondequoit – McGraw Branch. is a series of 20-30 minute programs of fun and literacy support for young children Summer Family Storytime ages 2-5. Each session features stories, songs, fingerplays, and more with a different theme each week. Choose from three weekly sessions: Mondays at 10:30am; Tuesdays at 1:00pm; or Thursdays at 11:30am.

Teen Writing Club - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. Looking for a supportive environment to share your writing and get great ideas? No experience needed! Registration required and begins 3 weeks before program date. Call 336-6062 to register.

GED Tutoring - Maplewood Community Library. Let us help you prepare for the GED exam.

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