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Searching for the Dossenbachs

Rochester Rich HistoryRochester's Rich History is back for another year! Hosted by the Local History and Genealogy Division. We would love for you to join us in the Rundel Auditorium on the third floor of the Rundel Memorial Building from 1 pm - 2:30 pm for a brand-new season of fascinating monthly Saturday afternoon lectures! Our next program will be held October 17, 2015  with "Searching for the Dossenbachs", presented by Lisa Kleman. Please note that Rochester's Rich History programs will be held every third Saturday of the month.

For more information about each program please visit the Local History and Genealogy Division webpage here, or call 585-428-8370.

Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library Announces Fall ‘Books Sandwiched In’ Series

book sandwichThe Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library is pleased to announce its ‘Books Sandwiched In’ book review series for the fall. A staple of Rochester cultural activities since 1956, the series begins Tuesday, September 15, with Malik Evans and Jim Kraus reviewing Huck Finn’s America: Mark Twain and the Era that Shaped his Masterpiece, by Andrew Levy.  Some other reviewers in this series include Rochester Area Community Foundation President and CEO Jennifer Leonard; Frederick Marshall, MD, geriatric neurology; Jane Liesveld, MD, hematology & oncology; and Strong National Museum of Play Curator Nicolas Ricketts.

All reviews are in Kate Gleason Auditorium at Central Library, 115 South Avenue in downtown Rochester. Books Sandwiched In reviews are held on Tuesdays from 12:12 - 12:52 pm and are free and open to the public. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. Please see our events page for more information about these upcoming programs. 

2015 Self-Published Book Festival

Book festivalJoin us at the 2015 Self-Published Book Festival, a free event for writers who want to learn how to publish their book independently, and for readers who want to discover some of the Rochester area’s finest self-published authors. The Festival will be held at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County on Saturday, November 7th from 10 am – 4:30 pm and Sunday, November 8th from 1 – 4:30 pm. Additional self-publishing events will be held at the Phillis Wheatley Community Library on Friday, November 6th at 5:30 pm and at the Sully Branch on Monday, November 9th at 4 pm. 

To meet some of our area’s best self-published authors, please stop by our Book Fair on Saturday from 11:30 am – 4:30 pm or Sunday from 1:30 – 4:30 pm. The Fair will be held in the Harold Hacker Hall on the 1st floor of the Rundel Building, and books will be available for purchase from individual authors.

For those interested in learning more about self-publishing, we are offering a variety of programs. Reservations are required for the afternoon programs. Please click here to register for Saturday's program. To register for Sunday's program click here, or call Mary Fraser at 428-8148.

 For more information, please go to the SPBF blog at or email

Think Genealogy It's Saturday!!!

Genealogy T. G. I. S. 

There’s a new title and format for the former, popular Sunday program, Family Detectives Club -- Think Genealogy It’s Saturday. This season we will meet on the fourth Saturday of each month from September through June, 10:15-11:00 am in the Local History Division.

Experienced Rochester Genealogical Society members also volunteer most Saturdays to provide additional help with your research.

The fall schedule of programs can be viewed here, or call 585-428-8370 for more information.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

Latino Americans
The 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 Tuesday, October 13:

AARP Driver Safety Course - Irondequoit Public Library. A classroom driver refresher course designed for drivers aged 50 and over. Graduates are entitled to a 10% discount on their liability and collision insurance. Registration required; call the library at 336-6060. Fee: $20 AARP members (Only checks are accepted) $25 for non-members (Only checks are accepted; no cash) This event includes two breaks and a 30-minute lunch break.

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

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!

Baby Sing, Sign, and Play Class - Brockport-Seymour Library. Learn some useful signs to communicate with your baby and have some fun, too.

Baby Story Time - Hamlin Public Library. Stories and Educational Play for 6-12 month old babies. Second and Fourth Tuesdays of each month at 10:30 am. Siblings welcome.

Baby Storytime - Parma Public Library. Join Ms. Amy and Ms. Becky for stories, songs, fingerplays, and playtime. No registration required.

Baby Storytime on Tuesdays - Henrietta Public Library. Introduce your little one to reading

Basic Computer Classes - Charlotte Branch. 1-on-1 assistance with computer basics: Internet, e-mail, basic Word, e-book assistance. By appointment only; please call 428-8216 to register.

Books Sandwiched In: Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? By Roz Chast - Central Library. Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? By Roz Chast Reviewer: Janet Sunkin, LMSW, CEO, Jewish Family Service of Rochester

Cheese Please! - Pittsford Community Library. Join Ann Duckett, a certified cheese maker and owner of The Little Blue Cheese Shop, to learn about our Finger Lakes cheese makers and the Finger Lakes cheese trail. Sample some wonderful domestic cheeses! Registration required.

Contemporary Book Discussion Group:- "The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell - Irondequoit Public Library. We’ll discuss Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point. By exposing the importance of the "tipping point" in human affairs--that moment when a trend, idea, or social behavior crosses the threshold into acceptability--the author sheds important light on the forces that drive group dynamics and mass culture. New members always welcome! Book copies available next to the 2nd floor reference desk. No registration necessary.

Crafts With Miss Caitlyn - Charlotte Branch. Come see what Miss Caitlyn is creating in the world of crafts. Siblings are welcome with parental assistance.

Drop-in Baby Story Time - Pittsford Community Library. Offered twice each Tuesday morning: 9:30 and 10:30am.

Junior Friends - Gates Public Library. Junior Friends are volunteers who meet year-round and help the library with event such as book sales, parties, fundraisers and decorating. We also get involved in community service activities. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month.

Murder for Lunch - Pittsford Community Library. "A Certain Justice" by P.D. James Copies of the book will be available at the Check Out/Return Desk. No registration required.

Open Computer Class - Sully Branch. Do you need help in making an email address? Do you need help in formatting a resume? Do you need help in finding some good places to apply for jobs on line? Do you need to learn how to use a computer mouse? Do you have other computer related questions? If so, this class is for you.

Preschool Activity Club - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join us each Tuesday for a fun craft or project. Things can get messy, so play clothes are recommended.

Preschool Playtime - Lyell Branch. Join Ms. Elise for some Preschool Fun. There will be stories, songs, games, crafts and play! Designed for the 4 and under crowd and a caregiver.

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

Preschool Storytime - Maplewood Community Library. Join Ms. Marcia each week for songs and stories!

READ TO ANNIE - Brighton Memorial Library. Fall Read to Annie on Tuesdays @ 5:30 pm: Oct.13, 20, 27 when our favorite therapy Shih-Tzu joins us to celebrate fall by reading! Bring in or pick out your favorite fall story to read to Annie. Register in the Children's Center (784-5300).

Senior Circle Book Group - Pittsford Community Library. "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd Copies in regular print, large print, and book-on-CD will be available at the Check Out/Return Desk. No registration required.

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.

Story Time with Miss Kim - Charlotte Branch. Art, music and action mix with literature for a well-rounded program that includes fun with friends! *Please knock at the front door as story time starts before the library opens.

Teen Advisory Board - Irondequoit Public Library. Grades 7-12. Do you want to be a part of the new Teen Library? Help plan programs, decorate the Teen Library, and have fun!

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 "Candy Corn Person", for teens we have "Mini Spider". Samples are on display at the Library!

TASC/GED PREPARATION - Lyell Branch. Receive tutoring to prepare for the TASC. This class is free and open to the public. Registration not required.

Tech Help - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Adults who need assistance with basic computer and mobile device issues can join us to learn tips and tricks to improve their digital literacy and enhance their digital experiences!

Technology Navigator - Lincoln Branch. Stop by for individual help with resumes, job applications and other online forms.

Teen Community Service - Pittsford Community Library. Need community service credits? PCL wants teen volunteers to help in the library. Students will straighten the Teen Place and help with various other library tasks. For students in grades 6-12. Registration required.

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