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August Music Month in the Garden

Music in the gardenOutdoor Lunchtime Concerts in August at Central Library

Looking for something to do downtown during the lunch hour? Enjoy free outdoor concerts by local musicians in ‘August Music Month in the Garden,’ a series offered by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library and the Arts Division of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. Each hour-long concert will begin at 12:15pm in the Dorris Carlson Reading Garden of Central Library, 115 South Avenue in downtown Rochester. The rain location will be Kate Gleason Auditorium of Central Library.

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Drive-In Movie at the Gate Public Library

Drive-InJoin us on Friday, August 14th for a free outdoor showing of a 2014 Disney animated family film starring Baymax. The movie will be shown on a 24' movie screen in the Gates Public Library parking lot at 902 Elmgrove Road. We will begin selling concessions at 8 pm and the movie will begin at 9 pm. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and your friends!

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We Need YOUR Input!!

mcls appThe Monroe County Library System is looking for YOUR input about our new downloadable collection through OverDrive. Please take this survey and share your feedback with us. Take our Survey Here  

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Glimpses of Greece- Photo Contest

braddock bay(6)Do you have a passion for digital photography? Do you take pride in your town? The Town of Greece contains over 764 acres of land, 8 miles of Lake Ontario shoreline and 17 parks. What is your favorite “Glimpse of Greece”?

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StoryCorps is coming to Rochester Public Library

 storycorpsThe Rochester Public Library, NY has been selected to be a 2015 StoryCorps @ your library (SCL) site; RPL was one of ten libraries selected from over 300 applicants. StoryCorps @ your library (SCL) is a project of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and StoryCorps with additional funding support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The oral histories will be collected during the months of June through October 2015 at Central Library, 115 South Avenue, Maplewood Branch Library, 1111 Dewey Avenue, and other city branch locations.

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Monday, August 3:


Munchkin Monday Story Hour - Hamlin Public Library. Stories and crafts for child and caregiver.

Baby Story Time - Gates Public Library. Babies from birth to 2 years old and their caregivers will enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and play time.

Chalk the Walk - Charlotte Branch. Celebrate summer by creating sidewalk art with chalk! Then play with bubbles, sign in your summer reading progress, return books and movies and borrow some more!

Chess Club - Chili Public Library. Our chess club is an informal group where children can learn and play the game of chess in a welcoming atmosphere!

Craft Mondays - Highland Branch. We'll be making a fun craft each Monday!

Family Challenge - Brockport-Seymour Library. Spend some time as a family at the library and challenge yourself to complete each week's task.

Social Media University: Instagram - Pittsford Community Library. Learn how to create an account, interact with other users, and use the features of this photo-based social website. Bring your smartphone to download the app and follow along. Registration Required.

Knitting Nights with Nancy - Pittsford Community Library. Whether you would like to finish UFOs (Unfinished objects) or start on holiday gifts, please come to Knitting Nights with Nancy.

Lunch Bunch Book Group - Brockport-Seymour Library. Bring your lunch and discuss a different chapter book each week in this teen-run book group for children going into grades 4 and 5. Registration required.

Mad Scientists' Dream Lab - Brockport-Seymour Library. Explore the wonderful world of science with hands-on experiments. For children entering grades 3-5. Registration required.

MAGIC WITH RICHARD MCCLENDON - Winton Branch. JOIN US FOR MR. MCCLENDON'S MAGIC SHOW. MR. MCCLENDON IS A PROFESSIONAL MAGICIAN FROM OHIO.

Minecraft Madness Matinee - Chili Public Library. Bring your tablet and play this exciting game with some new friends!

Morning with RW Magic - Central Library. Magical Entertainer Richard McClendon II mixes amazement, wonder, and magical illusions.

Once Upon a Wolf fairytale theatre - Ogden Farmers' Library. What would happen if the Big Bad Wolf decides he doesn't want to be bad anymore?

Preschool Activity Club - Brockport-Seymour Library. Preschoolers are welcome to join us for a craft or art activity. Ages 2-5.

Reptile Show with Captive Life Forms - Brighton Memorial Library. Meet reptiles from around the world in a “hands-on” show. For ages 3 and up. Sponsored by Friends of BML.

Experience the magic of Richard McClendon - Sully Branch. Libraries are magical places, but today it will be a bit more magical than usual. Magician Richard McClendon II will be visiting the Sully Library to wow and amaze you!! This is a free and family friendly event.

STEM Super Heroes With 4-H - Chili Public Library. Join 4-H for fun activities that explore topics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics!

Story Time with Mary Jo - 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.

Summer Family Storytime - Penfield Public Library. For children of all ages, accompanied by an adult.

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 is for adults is "Embellished Bobby Pins", for children it's "Handprint Hermit Crab", and for teens we have "Dragonfly Clip". Samples are on display at the Library!

Tech Tutor - Brockport-Seymour Library. Do you need help with your e-reader, laptop,tablet, or smart phone? Come in and have a one-on-one 30 min session with a librarian. Other tech questions? Bring those, too! Registration required.

T-Shirt Totes - Ogden Farmers' Library. Looking for a great way to recycle old t-shirts?

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

Creative Writing Group - Gates Public Library. A self-directed group for writers to have the opportunity to share their efforts in a safe and friendly workshop setting.

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