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Penfield Public Library hosts Spring Into Arts celebration

penfieldOnce again, the Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Road, is hosting its 14th annual "Spring Into Arts" celebration. A number of special cultural activities and programs for all ages are planned throughout the month of March and into early April. Highlighting the arts focused celebration will be a visit from “Froggy,” an appearance by the Nazareth College Story Band, adult art lectures, book talks, movies and a cosmetics workshop for teens with makeup artist Eva Jewel.

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Zentangle For Everybody

 zenThe Charlotte Branch Library, 3557 Lake Avenue, is hosting a unique art instruction program titled, “Zentangle for Everybody.” Zentangle is a meditative art form created by Maria Thomas and Rich Roberts. With Zentangle method, you can create beautiful images using repetitive patterns. It is easy to learn while promoting relaxation and focus. The program dates are Tuesdays March 24 and March 31 plus April 7 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 p.m.

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MCLS library newsletters are just one click away

 emailIt's never been easier to find out what's going on at your local library! The Monroe County Library System has compiled a “one stop” resource page of links for library patrons to sign up for electronic newsletters. Our electronic newsletters are a simple, easy-to-read vehicle to keep you informed about news important to you. Find out about all upcoming library events, free library services and programming, reader’s advisories and more. It’s just one click away.

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Get FREE help with your taxes at Central Library

 taxhelpThe Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is partnering with the New York State Department of Taxation & Finance (NYSDTF) to help local residents file both their State and Federal 2014 returns in the most secure and accurate way. You can prepare and e-file your tax returns with the assistance of NYSDTF certified volunteer representatives on select days through Tuesday, April 14. We will be hosting this service in the Rundel Memorial Building, second floor, 115 South Avenue. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8130.

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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.

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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.

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“Artist at Work!” series back for third season

AAW1The Arts, Music & Recreation Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is hosting the third season of the very popular “Artist at Work!” series, which begins Saturday, September 20, 2014. On the third Saturday of each month from September through June 2015, a local artist will visit the Arts Division at Central Library from 1:00 – 3:00 pm demonstrating their art, and informally interacting with interested observers. It’s a very relaxed program that allows people to meet some talented local artists, talk to them about their work and see art as it is being created. Famed oil and watercolor artist Peggy Martinez will be the first local artisan scheduled for the series.

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MCLS re-launches library book sales webpage

 BookSaleBannerDue to the increased demand for information about Monroe County Library System book sales, MCLS is reintroducing our followers and virtual visitors to a re-vamped comprehensive, up-to-date listings page of on-going library book sales throughout our area. Book lovers, buyers, sellers and readers everywhere can now experience one-stop shopping at our new and improved Monroe County Library System book sales page.

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Wednesday, March 4:


Ancestry.com Training - Chili Public Library. Library staff will teach a class on researching your family tree using Ancestry.com!

Conversations on Race - Monroe Branch. 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.

Creative Minds: Art and Music After School - Arnett Branch. University of Rochester students will be on hand Mondays from 4:30-6pm and Wednesdays from 5-6pm (except March 9 & March 11) to help kids get creative! On Mondays kids will work on creating their own short story along with artwork. On Wednesdays kids will have music instruction using hand bells. Grades K-6 This weekly program will continue through April 29.

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

Finding Your Ideal Occupation Computer Lab - Central Library. Sit down at the computer and take the O'Net Interest Profiler, learn how to utilize O'Net to identify your top career options, and research career options such as salary information, projected hiring and required training and education.

First Wednesdays for Small Business - Contractors Community Forum - Central Library. First Wednesdays for Small Business is a free series of workshops for aspiring or current small business owners.

Great Decisions: Sectarianism in the Middle East - Pittsford Community Library. Great Decisions is a discussion program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association and coordinated locally by PCL to educate citizens about American foreign policy.

Great Decisions 2015 - Brockport-Seymour Library. Great Decisions takes you beyond the headlines by providing a look at eight of the most significant and far-reaching challenges facing the world.

Homework Helpers - Arnett Branch. The Homework Helpers will at the library from 3-6 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, 3-6 pm during the school year. For more information please call 585-428-8214.

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.

Mega/Duplo Blocks - Hamlin Public Library. Ages 2 and up can play with our gigantic collection of Mega Blocks and Duplo and make new friends. First Wednesday of each month at 10:30 am (Free program-no registration required)

Gates Public Library Spring Book Sale - Preview Night - Gates Public Library. Members Only - everyone is welcome to join. Located at the Gates Recreation Room, at Gates Town Hall, 1605 Buffalo Rd. You can renew or join at the door for $5 per year.

OUR UNSTILL EARTH - Penfield Public Library. Steve Fentress, director of the Strasenburgh Planetarium, will discuss cataclysmic disruptions in planetary motion and lead a stroll through the twilight realm of disturbances in the things we count on most: days, seasons, and years.

Spinning Yarns and Crochet Group - Chili Public Library. Bring your own yarn and needlecraft projects and join us for this new monthly group!

Story Time - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. Songs, rhymes, and stories followed by time to color and socialize. No registration necessary.

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 adults is "Crepe Paper Carrots", the teen craft is "Minion-Chip Clips" and for children we have "Paper Bag Lion". Samples are on display at the Library!

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.

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

US Citizenship Class - Maplewood Community Library. US Citizenship test preparation.

WEDNESDAY  TEAS BOOK REVIEW   - Penfield Public Library. Penfield librarian Camille DelVecchio will review a book of special interest to the people gathered for the “Wednesday Teas” series co-sponsored with the Penfield Recreation Department.

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