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Join us for Generation Listen: NPR Listening Gathering

Gen Listen Where Do Our Politics Come From? 

An NPR Listening Gathering is an awesome way to bring together folks from the community for a fun and refreshing social experience that is usually solitary: listening to radio. Wherever you find those audio stories that stoke your curiosity and make you think a little differently about what goes on around you. NPR offers a window into the world through great storytelling.

Central Library Extends Evening Hours

Hours Beginning in 2017, the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County will be offering extended evening hours two nights a week. 

The hours will begin on January 4th.  The new schedule is:


The Rochester Public Library brings “Suffrage and the Flower City” online with Google Arts & Culture’s American Democracy collection

Susan B AnthonyOver 50 artifacts from the Rochester Public Library can now be viewed online by people around the world thanks to a new partnership with Google Arts & Culture.

This partnership is part of the Google Arts & Culture’s American Democracy collection, which brings together over 60 exhibits and 2500+ artifacts from 44 institutions dedicated to the preservation of U.S. political history and the practice of American democracy. The exhibition is open for all at and through the Google Arts & Culture mobile app for iOS and Android.

 In just a few clicks, users will be able to see Susan B. Anthony’s press pass from the Centennial Exposition of 1876, suffrage campaign buttons, pro- and anti-suffrage political pamphlets, and many other treasures from the collections of the Rochester Public Library, the Office of the City Historian, and the City of Rochester. Discover this exhibit here

Rochester Images are now also available through Library Commerce

Soldiers The Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County has collaborated with Library Commerce Inc. to provide the public with access to some of the library’s most popular digital images from the Rochester Images Collection. Library Commerce has compiled a collection of popular low resolution images from Rochester, NY’s history. Images include MidTown, canal boats and early Monroe County maps as well as Rochester luminaries, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and George Eastman. 

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.


Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Wednesday, January 18:

Adult Games in the Afternoon - Irondequoit Public Library. Join us for an afternoon of board games and tabletop games. Enjoy one of the games from the library or bring your own. Library board games include Cranium, Yahtzee, Apples to Apples, Monopoly, Battleship, Uno, and Clue. This program is intended for adults.

Basic Computer Classes - Charlotte Branch. 1-on-1 assistance with computer basics: internet, e-mail, basic Word, e-books. By appointment. Please call 428-8216 to register.

Basic Sign Language - Pittsford Community Library. Familiarize yourself with basic sign language and conversation skills.

Beyond Bestsellers: Book Reviews with Ann McKay - Pittsford Community Library. Join Ann McKay for an hour of casual book talk.

Book Discussion: SEABISCUIT: AN AMERICAN LEGEND - Brighton Memorial Library. In 1938, a single, legendary figure stole the national spotlight from FDR, Hitler, and Mussolini. He was a thoroughbred racehorse named Seabiscuit. Author Lauren Hillenbrand tells the story of this underdog, and focuses on the people who helped Seabiscuit become a champion. Ask for a copy @ the Circulation Desk. Sponsored by Friends of BML.

BRATS - Brilliant Readers Active in Teen Service - Brockport-Seymour Library. Lots of energy, lots of help and lots of fun - that's what middle schoolers are! We want you to be a BRAT, help out at the library and plan fun things for our group to do. New BRATS are always welcome! Grades 6-8

Creative Kids coloring Club - Frederick Douglass Community Library. Join us for some afternoon coloring fun. We might have a contest to see who can color the best picture for a prize! All ages, no registration required.

Bob the Builder Family Movie Fun - Charlotte Branch. Enjoy family time with a movie and popcorn at the library. We'll even make the popcorn! Please call 428-8248 each week for the upcoming movie title.

Health Insurance Navigator (Affordable Care Act) - Central Library. Assistance in enrolling for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Homework Helpers - Arnett Branch. The Homework Helpers will at the library from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm. School kids can stop by and receive help with their homework. This program is sponsored by Dial-A-Teacher. The Homework Helpers are at the Arnett Branch Library most Mondays and Wednesdays 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm during the school year. For more information please call 585-428-8214.

Intro. to Hoopla - Central Library. Learn how to use the app on your smartphone, tablet, or notebook computer to access free music and movies 24/7 from your city branch libraries.

KNIT CLIQUE: Knitting and Crocheting Drop-In - Brighton Memorial Library. Drop in on Wednesdays from noon- 2 pm to work on your needlework projects. Snacks are welcome.

Learn to Knit Knitting Circle - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. We provide knitting needles and yarn for your first project. Come by every Wednesday to work on your project. Experienced knitters are encouraged to help beginners

Library Board Meeting - Gates Public Library. Open to the public.

O Pen: Poetry Over Lunch - Pittsford Community Library. Discover the joy of reading and discussing poetry.

Resume Roundtable - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Need to start or improve a resume? Join us for help, and learn how to make your resume more marketable.

Story Time with Mrs. Otto or Miss. Amy - Irondequoit Public Library. Storytime is a series of 20-30 minute programs of fun and literacy support for young children, Each session features songs, finger plays, and stories and more with a different theme each week. No registration necessary.

All Ages Storytime - Parma Public Library. Join Ms. Amy for stories, songs, rhymes 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 crafts for teens is "Beaded Snowflake", for children we have a "Circle Polar Bear craft". Adults can pick up a zentangle page!

Tail Waggin Tutors - Arnett Branch. Book-loving dogs are coming to the library to listen to kids read stories! Reading to calm, trained dogs who love to listen is a great way for kids to build confidence reading out loud.

TASC Prep - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Those looking to develop their skills for the TASC exam (formerly GED) are welcome to join. No registration required - just walk in! Ages 18 & older.

Technology Help with a Teen Tech Tutor - Irondequoit Public Library. Would you like to learn Microsoft Word or Excel? Are you struggling to download an eBook? Come visit our trained Teen Tech Tutors for help with your technology questions. No registration necessary.

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