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9th Annual Empire State College Art Show

 ESCASThe Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is pleased to announce that it will once again be hosting the ninth annual Empire State College alumni, student & faculty art show at the Lower Link Gallery, Central Library, 115 South Avenue from September 8 through October 9, 2014. An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, September 11 at 5:30 to 7:00 pm and is open to the public. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy great art, light hors d'oeuvres and punch. For more information about this exhibit, you can contact Timothy Cosgriff at 585-224-3271.

BIG Book Sale at Brighton Memorial Library

BMLThe Friends of the Brighton Memorial Library are hosting a BIG book sale from September 18 – 22. Thousands of books are available for all ages, plus videos, CDs, and more. Most books are 50 cents up to one dollar. FRIENDS DAY is Thursday, September 18 from 10:00 am - 8:30 pm. For all the details, please visit the MCLS Book Sales page here or call the library at 585-784-5300.

Marketing and Managing the Millennials

 BSBDCThe Business & Social Sciences Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County and the College at Brockport Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are sponsoring a free workforce program on Wednesday morning, October 1 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building, 115 South Avenue, Rochester, NY. This workshop is part of the Small Business First Wednesday program series.

Central Library helps celebrate Coast Guard Auxiliary 75th anniversary

CGASince June 23, 1939, when the United States Congress established the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve in an effort to build upon the boating and coastal experiences of American civilians, the Auxiliary, now a department of US Homeland Security, has reached out to their local communities and supported the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. In honor of this occasion, the Science, History & Travel Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County has teamed up with motivated Coast Guard Auxiliary family volunteers to host an enlightening exhibit of memorabilia and display items. These visual stories of American ingenuity, hard work, bravery, honor and devotion to duty are on full display until October 1, 2014, third floor, Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building, 115 South Ave. For more information about this exhibit, you can call the library during business hours at 585-428-8110.

Human Library Returns September 27

 Human Library(2)Started in Denmark in the 1990s as a response to hate crimes, the Human Library is an opportunity for area residents to connect one-on-one with someone who has life experiences, stories and belief systems very different from their own. Just like borrowing a book from the library, participants can ‘check out’ a Human Book for a 30-minute interaction. Human Books are people who are willing to share their experiences, perspectives, values and beliefs in conversation. On Saturday, September 27 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, three area Monroe County libraries will be participating in this round of dynamic and thought-provoking sessions.

“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.

Local author presents: Haunted Rochester

MWThe Friends of the Brighton Memorial Library, the Friends of the Irondequoit Public Library, and the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County present “Haunted Rochester,” a program series featuring spooky tales by local author Mason Winfield. The author is widely considered the leading local authority on paranormal activity, the supernatural and uncanny occurrences in the Western New York region. The programs are free and are slated for September 22 and 23. The program hosted by The Irondequoit Pauline Evans Branch requests registration. Please call the library at 585-336-6062.

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 Monday, September 15:

All About Monarch Butterflies - Charlotte Branch. Carol Sothby, president of the Rochester Butterfly Club, will tell us all about these fascinating and beautiful animals. She'll accompany her talk with some gorgeous slides. No registration required.

Book Adventures - Sully Branch. Looking for an adventure? We will have a different book adventure and craft every week.

Book Sale - Chili Public Library. Friends of the Chili Public Library's Book Sale $3 bag sale is today!

Computer Help - Lyell Branch. Need help starting a resume or searching for jobs? Have questions about email, Microsoft Word, or using the internet? We are now offering computer assistance for anyone that is interested. Everyone is welcome, no computer experience necessary. Come in for a class or for one-on-one help on the first and third Monday of each month.

Craft Mondays - Highland Branch. Create a cool craft to take home!

Drop-in Toddler Story Time - Pittsford Community Library. Offered three times each Monday: 9:15, 10:00 and 10:45 a.m.

Fall Evening Storytime - Parma Public Library. Join Miss Amy for stories, crafts, activities and puppets! Preschool-1st grade, registration required

Film Movement Series "2 Autumns, 3 Winters" - Pittsford Community Library. This series is comprised of award-winning independent and foreign films for adults.

K-2 Book Club - Brockport-Seymour Library. Children in grades Kindergarten to 2nd grade are welcome to join us for a book, a snack, and fun book-related activities. Registration required.

Library Game Night - Monroe Branch. Game on! Relax at the library and play games with your family and friends. Discover new games or revisit old favorites. We have a wide selection to choose from!

Take and Make Crafts - Gates Public Library. Do you love to make things? Every month our Children's and Teen's Librarians put out bags filled with instructions and supplies to make a new craft. This month's craft for children is "Dandelion Seed", and the teen craft is "Origami Fox". Samples are on display at the Library!

Monday ESOL Class - Maplewood Community Library. Join us at the Maplewood Community Library every Monday for English language instruction!

NYSERDA Funding - Central Library. NYSERDA Funding for Your Business: Go Green!

Job Seekers’ Series - Resume Review - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. Presented by RochesterWorks! Please call 336-6062 for more information or to register.

Story Time - Brockport-Seymour Library. Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers are welcome to join us for some stories, songs, rhymes, and more!

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.

All Ages Storytime - Brighton Memorial Library. Drop-in stories and songs for all ages with a caregiver

Storytime for Tots - Brighton Memorial Library. Drop-in stories and songs for tots with a caregiver

Teen Writing Group - Henrietta Public Library. Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to share their writing with other teens!

U.S. Citizenship Class - Maplewood Community Library. These classes prepare students to take the U.S. Citizenship exam. English language instruction and practice are included.

Wegmans Storytime with Miss Anne - Henrietta Public Library. Join Miss Anne at the Calkins Road Wegmans for a special storytime!

Bragging Rights - Fairport Public Library. Take the time to reflect on your own stories and how to share those stories with others. It's focus will enable you to be more comfortable with job search interviews and networking. Presenter: Annie Walker, RochesterWorks!

LinkedIn Interactive - Fairport Public Library. Bring your questions and notebook or laptop for a hands-on session. Learn by doing regardless of your skill level. This class addresses concerns with your LinkedIn profile, searching for people, companies and more. Presenter: Greg Taylor

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