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Owl statue returns to Central Library after 43 years of flight

 owlIn 1971, nine year-old Scott Stewart loved coming to the Central Library's Rundel Memorial Building in downtown Rochester, NY. He would often take advantage of borrowing books, framed prints and three-dimensional sculptures, stating that his family didn’t have many resources and it certainly helped beautify the home he shared with his mother and brother. However, there was one item in particular that resonated with him beyond words-- he had a hard time letting it go and probably for a very good reason. 

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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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Civil Air Patrol exhibit now on display at Central Library

capIn honor of 73 years of service to our nation, the Science, History & Travel Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County has teamed up with motivated area Civil Air Patrol families to host an enlightening exhibit of memorabilia and display items. The exhibit is now on display through December 31, 2014 in the Science, History & Travel Department of Central Library, second floor, Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building, 115 South Avenue.

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Health Talk Tackles Headaches

gothealthThe Science, History & Travel Department of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is pleased to announce the next “Got Health?” community discussion titled, “Headaches: When to Get Help.” This program is slated for Thursday, December 18, from 12:10 - 12:50 pm in the Kate Gleason Auditorium, Central Library, 115 South Avenue. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8110.

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Holiday Fiction Sale at Central Library

librarystoreLove a bargain? You can avoid the maddening crowds at the mall this holiday season by shopping local-- at your public library! Come and browse our giant selection of gently used books or library related offerings at The Library Store beginning Monday, December 1, at Central Library, 115 South Avenue. A wide variety of hardcover and paperback fiction for children and adults will be on sale, with most items costing one dollar or less. The sale will continue through Wednesday, December 31.

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Fairport Public Library relocates for renovations

 FairportThe Fairport Public Library will be temporarily closing December 1 while library staff relocates the collection and services to 30 Perinton Hills Mall, Fairport, NY. The tentative date for re-opening at the temporary site is January 2. Renovations to the Fairport Public Library, 1 Fairport Village Landing, will take approximately nine months. Therefore, beginning December 1, the Fairport Public Library will not be a pick-up destination for holds until further notice. If you have any questions about your library account or services during the month of December, please contact another library near you.

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Babies & Books!

 readtochild1Did you ever wonder about the benefits of reading to your baby? Granted, an infant won't completely understand everything you're doing or why. However, reading aloud to your baby is a wonderful shared activity you can experience for many years to come — and it's an important form of stimulation and critical to early childhood development.

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Monroe County Libraries Hosting Healthcare Navigators

 ACALibraries across Monroe County will be hosting healthcare navigators during the next rollout of the Affordable Healthcare Act open enrollment period. This is the time when you can find a new marketplace health care insurance plan, keep your current plan or see if you qualify for a subsidy to help pay for your plan. The official open enrollment period to apply for health insurance in accordance with the Affordable Care Act will begin November 15, 2014 and continue through February 15, 2015. A healthcare navigator will be here at Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, fourth floor of the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building on the following Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm beginning November 26, 2014.

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A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Wednesday, December 17:


Children’s Book Club - Henrietta Public Library. If you like reading, talking about books, and having fun, this is the place to be!

Write it & Read it - Parma Public Library. Write it & Read it is a writing and sharing program for adults. We will meet next on December 17th at 1 pm. We are supportive and kind to each other and we have fun and eat cookies.

Brownbag Book Discussion - "Testament of Mary" by Colm Toibin - Central Library. You are invited to join us for our monthly book discussion group. We read mostly fiction, and new members are warmly welcomed.

Bedtime Storytime - Penfield Public Library. For children ages 3-7, accompanied by an adult.

Book Group - Highland Branch. Join us for a discussion of Tenth of December, a collection of short stories including stories published in various magazines between 1995-2009, written by George Sanders. Copies are available for check-out at the Circulation Desk. registration is required.

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 December meeting is our holiday party.

Holiday Craft Fair - Gates Public Library. Create up to six different holiday/winter themed crafts during this 2 hour program.

Cupcake Decorations - Lincoln Branch. Stop by and decorate a cupcake to eat on the spot or take it to go.

DROP-IN LAP SIT STORYTIME - Brighton Memorial Library. Drop in for stories and songs for infants through pre-walkers, accompanied by a caregiver.

Family Movie Night - Charlotte Branch. Enjoy some family time with a movie and popcorn at the library! Please call 428-8248 for the movie title.

Affordable Care Act Healthcare Navigator - Central Library. Health Insurance Enrollment

His & Herstory Book CLub - Chili Public Library. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live long ago?

LEGO Club - Monroe Branch. Come hear a story and then build with LEGOs! We will display your completed project in the Children's Room. Younger children are welcome to hear the story and play with LEGOs with parental supervision.

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 "Handprint Christmas Tree", the teen craft is "Paperclip Angel". Samples are on display at the Library!

Read With Seymour- Tinkers - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join us for a discussion of Paul Harding's 'Tinkers'. Copies are available at the library. Everyone is welcome!

Rochester Works! Marketing Plan - Chili Public Library. The creation of a marketing plan provides focus for your job search!

Stories 'N' Crafts - Penfield Public Library. For children in grades K-3.

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.

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 Activity Night - Lincoln Branch. Bored after school? Stop in to learn how to craft your own bracelets and jewelry, play board games and more.

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

READ THE BOOK: JOIN THE DISCUSSION: WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES - Brighton Memorial Library. An engaging story about an unusual family. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014; winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award. Stop at the Circulation Desk for a copy. Sponsored by the Friends of BML.

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

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