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Old school meets the digital age

 MendonThanks to generous support from the May K. Houck Foundation, the Honeoye Falls-Lima School District's yearbook collection is now available in digital format. The Mendon Public Library's digital collection can be accessed via New York Heritage Digital Collections, where pictorial records of the HF-L School District school years 1954-2009 are now searchable. In the coming months, the Mendon Public Library hopes to make collections of local newspapers, specifically the Honeoye Falls Times and the Sentinel, available in digital format as well. 

Tim Hortons Closes Central Library Location

 THCentral Library patrons and staff, downtown workers and city residents are now scrambling to find a morning jolt or an afternoon pick-me-up. The Tim Hortons location inside the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Avenue, closed permanently as of Wednesday, March 25. Downtown's only other Tim Hortons franchise — at the Four Corners intersection — also closed earlier this month. Both store locations opened in 2012. The closings come as Canada-based Tim Hortons Inc. merged with Burger King Worldwide Inc. at the end of 2014 into a new company, Restaurant Brands International.

RRLC's Library of the Year Contest runs April 5-18, 2015

rrlcsealDo you have a favorite local library? What does your library mean to you and to your community? Inquiring minds want to know! In recognition of National Library Week, April 12 - 18, 2015, the Rochester Regional Library Council will name three area libraries -- one public, one school and one academic/special –- as the “RRLC Library of the Year 2015.” Winners will receive a banner and engraved plaque to hang in their library, a $100 gift card, and will be recognized at the RRLC Annual Meeting in June at Casa Larga Vineyards, Fairport, NY.

National Library Week April 12 - 18

 nlwdbuttonNational Library Week will be observed April 12-18, 2015 highlighting the theme, "Unlimited possibilities @ your library®." First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country. Each April, it is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries will participate again this year -- school, public, academic and specialty libraries. National Library Worker's Day is Tuesday, April 14.

RPL will present historical bicycling exhibit at RoCo

rocoPhotographs and other items from the Rochester Public Library’s Local History & Genealogy Department will be featured in a special exhibit at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, 137 East Avenue, from April 3 to May 15, 2015. “Ride It: Art and Bicycles in Rochester,” is a diverse exploration of bike art, culture, and history featuring projects from a variety of artists and cultural organizations. An opening reception is planned for Friday, April 3 from 6:00 - 10:00 pm. This collaboration is co-sponsored by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8370.

Rochester, NY: Then and now through photographs

iraRochester’s Rich History Series resumes Sunday, April 12 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm in the Rundel Auditorium, third floor, Rundel Memorial Building, 115 South Avenue. This program is sponsored by the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County’s Local History & Genealogy Department. This visually stunning eye-popping presentation will be hosted by our very own City of Rochester photographer, Ira Srole. Did you know that Rochester is one of a handful of cities in the United States to employ its own photographer? Mr. Srole has been an omnipresent player in documenting Rochester’s rich history and has been a City of Rochester photographer for more than thirty-five years. If you love photography, you'll love this program!

Central Library goes blue for the month of April rundelblue

 The iconic Rundel Memorial Building of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County has been an architectural gem on the City of Rochester skyline since the 1930’s. Perched over the east side of the Genesee River directly above the Johnson and Seymour millrace and the old Rochester Subway bed, the library building continues to excite the architectural and visual senses of downtown residents and visitors at night with its relatively new high-tech lighting capabilities.


Local artist featured in new exhibit at Central Library's Lower Link Gallery

 vcThe Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is pleased to announce the opening of a new fine art exhibit titled, “womanscape,” by local artist Virginia Cassetta. The artwork will be on display now through April 15 in the Lower Link Gallery, 115 South Avenue. You can see the exhibit free of charge by visiting the Central Library during regularly scheduled business hours. 


Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Monday, March 30:

3D Printing Demonstration - Lyell Branch. Are you curious about how a 3D printer works? Here's your chance to see one in action. We will have a 3D printer here for a demonstration and a librarian to answer your questions and tell you how you may be able to use one. Call the library at 428-8218 for more information.

African Adventure with Wegman’s ZooMobile - Central Library. Meet some real, live animals that come from Africa and Madagascar.

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

Beat the Winter Blues Yoga - Mendon Public Library. Unwind from your Monday workday or school day with this energizing yoga class for beginners. Dress comfortably, bring a water bottle, and a mat if you own one. We are exploring community interest in holding a regular Monday evening yoga series, so please tell us what you think. Space is limited, so please call 624-6067 to register.

Book Art - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. Give an old book new life as inspiring word art! Grades 5-12. Registration required.

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.

Library Dance Party - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. Ages 2-6. Welcome Spring while we move and groove to fun dance tunes. Parents are encourages to join in the fun! No registration required.

Discovering George Eastman: A Kodak Moment - Pittsford Community Library. Learn about Rochester’s greatest inventor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, George Eastman.

Divergent: Found Object Faction Art - Chili Public Library. Join us as we make a Divergent themed craft out of found objects and various art supplies.

Happy UnBirthday, Tweens! - Pittsford Community Library. Start off Spring Break with a party!

Interviewing Beyond the Basics - Central Library. Be prepared for your next interview.

Just Clowning Around Magic Show - Brighton Memorial Library. For ages 3 and up; young children with a caregiver.Arrive early as seating is limited. Sponsored by the Friends of BML.

Munchkin Monday Story Hour - Hamlin Public Library. Stories and Themed Craft for Child and Caretaker (Free Program-no registration required) Mondays from 10:30-11:15am

Origami Competition - Sully Branch. Do you know how to make origami? Show us what you can do by participating in our origami competition. You will be able to compete in one of four age groups: Ages 7 and under Ages 8-12 Ages 13-18 Ages 19-119 We will accept submissions from Tuesday March 24, 2015 – Tuesday March 31, 2015.

PJ Storytime - Henrietta Public Library. Put on your PJs and join us for a story and more!

Potty Party - Henrietta Public Library. Get your little one excited about using the potty!

SCRAP ART FUN - Penfield Public Library. For children in kindergarten – 5th grade

Preschool Story Time - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join us for some stories, songs, rhymes, and fun.

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.

Story Time - Irondequoit – McGraw Branch. Enjoy the company of other babies and caregivers while supporting your baby’s literacy through stories, songs and rhythm. Winter series begins January 15 and continues weekly through February 26. 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!

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 minute session with a librarian. Other tech questions? Bring those too!

Technology Navigator - Lincoln Branch. Stop by for personal assistance with job applications, resumes and basic computer assistance.

Teen Book Festival Book Group - Brockport-Seymour Library. Meet every other week to read and discuss books by the authors attending the Teen Book Festival this coming May. Receive your own copy of each book that we read. Great for autographs at the festival. Snacks, of course! Grade 6-12

Teen News Tonight - Henrietta Public Library. Find out the dynamite things happening in the Teen Corner!

Toddler Time - Chili Public Library. Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays at the library!

Widget and Joey - Brockport-Seymour Library. Come meet therapy dogs Widget and Joey and read them a story.

Winton Foreign and Independent Film Series - Winton Branch. Screening "Margin Call" (2011; rated R; 106 minutes).

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