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Rochester's Rich History 2015-2016 Series

Rochester Rich HistoryRochester's Rich History is back for another year! Hosted by the Local History and Genealogy division. We would love for you to join us in the Rundel Auditorium on the third floor of the Rundel Memorial Building from 1:00pm-2:30pm for a brand-new season of fascinating monthly Saturday afternoon lectures! Our first program will be held on Saturday September 19th with "The Rochester Royals and the Legacy of Maurice Stokes and Jack Twyman" presented by Patrick Farabaugh from St. Francis University. Please note that Rochester's Rich History programs will be held every Third Saturday of the Month.

For more information about each program please visit the Local History and Genealogy Division webpage Here or call 585-428-8370.

Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library Announces Fall ‘Books Sandwiched In’ Series

book sandwichThe Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library is pleased to announce its ‘Books Sandwiched In’ book review series for the fall. A staple of Rochester cultural activities since 1956, the series begins Tuesday, September 15, with Malik Evans and Jim Kraus reviewing Huck Finn’s America: Mark Twain and the Era that Shaped his Masterpiece, by Andrew Levy.  Some other reviewers in this series include Rochester Area Community Foundation President and CEO Jennifer Leonard; Frederick Marshall, MD, geriatric neurology; Jane Liesveld, MD, hematology & oncology; and Strong National Museum of Play Curator Nicolas Ricketts.

All reviews are in Kate Gleason Auditorium at Central Library, 115 South Avenue in downtown Rochester. Books Sandwiched In reviews are held on Tuesdays from 12:12 - 12:52 pm and are free and open to the public. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. Please see our events page for more information about these upcoming programs. 

2015 Self-Published Book Festival

Book festivalJoin us at the 2015 Self-Published Book Festival, a free event for writers who want to learn how to publish their book independently, and for readers who want to discover some of the Rochester area’s finest self-published authors. The Festival will be held at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County on Saturday, November 7th from 10 am – 4:30 pm and Sunday, November 8th from 1 – 4:30 pm. Additional self-publishing events will be held at the Phillis Wheatley Community Library on Friday, November 6th at 5:30 pm and at the Sully Branch on Monday, November 9th at 4 pm. 

To meet some of our area’s best self-published authors, please stop by our Book Fair on Saturday from 11:30 am – 4:30 pm or Sunday from 1:30 – 4:30 pm. The Fair will be held in the Harold Hacker Hall on the 1st floor of the Rundel Building, and books will be available for purchase from individual authors.

For those interested in learning more about self-publishing, we are offering a variety of programs. Reservations are required for the afternoon programs. Please click here to register for Saturday's program. To register for Sunday's program click here, or call Mary Fraser at 428-8148.

 For more information, please go to the SPBF blog at or email

Think Genealogy It's Saturday!!!

Genealogy T. G. I. S. 

There’s a new title and format for the former, popular Sunday program, Family Detectives Club -- Think Genealogy It’s Saturday. This season we will meet on the fourth Saturday of each month from September through June, 10:15-11:00 am in the Local History Division.

Experienced Rochester Genealogical Society members also volunteer most Saturdays to provide additional help with your research.

The fall schedule of programs can be viewed here, or call 585-428-8370 for more information.

Latino Americans: 500 years of History

Latino AmericansThe Rochester Public Library is proud to announce it has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA); to present   “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.”

As one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, the Rochester Public Library will receive a cash grant to hold public programming — such as film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects or performances — about Latino history and culture. The Rochester Public Library partnered with several community organizations in the grant application including the Ibero-American Action League, WXXI, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester Latino Theatre Company and Borinquen Dance Theatre to present these performances. The Library will also receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. 

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Friday, October 9:

Anonymous Otaku - Anime Club - Brockport-Seymour Library. Fans of Japanese animation are welcome to share snacks and watch an anime movie with other otaku. What better way to spend a Friday afternoon? Grades 6-12

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

BABY STORY TIME WITH MISS JEAN - Winton Branch. Engage your baby at the library. We will use board books, bounce rhymes, musical instruments and puppets.

Baby's Morning Out - Brockport-Seymour Library. Babies, toddlers, and their caregivers are welcome to join us for an art activity, toys, sensory bins, and fun.

Family Bingo - Gates Public Library. Bring your family and friends of all ages to the library for a few games of Bingo! Prizes will be awarded and everyone leaves a winner.

eBook & eMagazine Demonstration - Pittsford Community Library. Stop by to learn how to download library eBooks and Zinio™ eMagazines. Bring your device and account login information. No registration required.

Friday Features @ the Movies - Lyell Branch. No school today and looking for something to do? Join us for a showing of a family film. (Rated G or PG). Snacks provided. Please call the library for film title.

Fun Flick Fridays - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Join us and watch a family-friendly movie!

Fun Fridays - Charlotte Branch. Come have fun with play dough, finger paints, and Legos! We will also bring out the Wii. Younger children are welcome with parental guidance.

LIBRARY LEGO LAB - Penfield Public Library. For children ages 6-11.

Preschool Dance Party - Gates Public Library. For ages 1-5 with a caregiver.

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

Story Time With Miss Kim - Charlotte Branch. Art, music, and action plus fun with friends mix with the best in children's literature. After stories, linger to play with blocks, Lincoln Logs, puzzles, puppets, and a castle... so much to do! Siblings are welcome.

TASC/GED PREPARATION - Lyell Branch. Receive tutoring to prepare for the TASC. This class is free and open to the public. Registration not required.

Friends of HPL Used Book Sale - Henrietta Public Library. Super deals on good quality used books and more!

Wonderland at Central Holiday Ornament Display - Central Library. Make a holiday ornament to display in the Central Library as part of the 5th annual Wonderland at Central Holiday Ornament Display!

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