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Take Your Child to the Library Day

 TYCTOn Saturday, February 7, grab your favorite child and stop by your local MCLS public library for an action-packed, fun-filled day of family programs and special activities. Several libraries throughout our area are participating in an international world-wide event called, “Take Your Child to the Library Day.” The day will be highlighted by jaw-dropping magic shows, constructive play, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, story times and more. We invite you to join in on the fun!

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Film Festival Highlights Black History Month Events at Central Library

 bhmlogoThe Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County will celebrate the black experience through cinema by hosting our first annual Black History Month Film Festival. Sponsored by the Reynolds Media Center, organizers hope this series of ten acclaimed major motion picture films slated for viewing during the month of February will inspire, educate and empower our audiences. Join us for these FREE programs scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm, Kate Gleason Auditorium, 1st floor, Central Library, 115 South Avenue. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8360.

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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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Local Watercolorist Featured at Central Library

 Cretney1Sometimes the beauty of light can only last an instant. If you plan on visiting a new art exhibit at Central Library this winter, you’d better be ready for that moment. Brenda Cretney, a well-known watercolor artist from Brockport, NY will display more than 30 works of stellar art in the Lower Link Gallery, Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County through March 4. Her works of art range in subject matter from Western Art to her unbridled love of animals. The gallery is open during regular library business hours.

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Lower Link Gallery hosts Master Woodcarver Al Jordan

owlbyAJThe Lower Link Gallery of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is pleased to announce the arrival of a new exhibit called, “The Art of Birds in Wood.” The display features 32 life like award-winning sculptures of shore birds, Bufflehead decoys, Ospreys and several Owl species. The exhibit will be on display through March 4.

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Tuesday Topics Returns to Central Library

 TTlogoThe Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library is pleased to announce the return of its annual Tuesday Topics series, beginning January 13 and concluding on March 3. The first program was hosted by Bob Duffy, who talked about his experiences as New York State Lieutenant Governor and his new role with the Rochester Business Alliance. Some other presenters in the series include Rochester City Council member Carolee Conklin, RIT Research Scientist Jonathan Schull and Rochester Community Baseball CEO Naomi Silver. All Tuesday Topics presentations are held in the Kate Gleason Auditorium at 12:12 - 12:52 pm, Central Library, 115 South Avenue in downtown Rochester.

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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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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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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Friday, January 30:


Baby Lapsit Story Time - Ogden Farmers' Library. Bring your baby to the library!

Fitness Fridays for Kids - Highland Branch. Be active at the Library with Zumba, dancing and more!

Fun Fridays - Charlotte Branch. Join the "imagination station" as we play with play dough, finger paints, and LEGOS! We also bring out the Wii. Younger children are welcome with parental guidance.

MOMMY & ME LAPSIT - Winton Branch. Engage your child at the library. We will use board books, bounce rhymes, musical instruments and puppets.

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.

Monthly Book Sale - Charlotte Branch. Buy quality discards and donations at amazingly affordable prices.

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

Story Time - Charlotte Branch. Art, music, & action mix with the best in children's literature for a well-rounded program that includes fun with friends! Siblings are welcome.

Story Time - Mendon Public Library. Stories and more to encourage early literacy, a love of books and being read to, following simple directions, taking turns, being part of a group, and being a good listener. Best for toddlers and preschoolers. No registration necessary.

Story Time Stars - Pittsford Community Library. Enjoy a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays.

Drop-In Storytime for Wobbly Toddlers - Brighton Memorial Library. Stories and songs for wobbly toddlers, accompanied by a caregiver.

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