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National Library Workers Day April 15

 NLWDCatalogers, circulation clerks, pages, reference librarians, security guards, computer system engineers and shipping aides-- these are just a few of your neighbors who work at your local public library. On Tuesday, April 15 the Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library, the Rochester Public Library and the Monroe County Library System will celebrate and honor our library staff on National Library Workers Day.

READ Poster Campaign Kicks Off National Library Week Celebration

 Maggie(1)The Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County is calling attention to Rochester’s budding culture of reading with colorful READ posters of local elected officials and celebrities posing with their favorite book. The posters are part of a larger initiative to celebrate National Library Week April 13-19, World Book Night April 23 and summer reading programs all across New York State. The Central Library windows on South Avenue and Broad Street, plus many street light fixtures near the Central Library campus are now sporting brightly colored banners reminding and encouraging local residents to pick up a book and “READ.”

History Talk at Central: Hogtown and the Flower City

 FrostThe Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library and the Local History & Genealogy Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County are co-sponsoring a history program that explores the complex and intertwined connection between two cities that border the shores of Lake Ontario. Award-winning author and historian Karolyn Smardz Frost (see photo) will present a program at Central Library titled, "Hogtown and the Flower City: The Underground Railroad's Twin Terminals on Lake Ontario." 

Do you love your library?

 RRLC(1)In recognition of National Library Week April 13-19, 2014, the Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC) will recognize three great libraries in the Rochester area: one public library; one academic or special library; and one school library. Which library is your favorite library? We encourage all Rochester and Monroe County area library patrons to submit your library's name and tell RRLC why you love your library. Contest voting begins Sunday, April 13.

Call for Work: Exhibit Opportunities at Central Library

 Call for WorkThe Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County is now offering a truly unique opportunity to showcase your antiques, crafts, collectibles or creative artwork. The Lower Link Gallery, located in the subterranean corridor space that connects the Rundel Memorial Building and the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building under South Avenue, is now accepting calls for work.

Consumer Reports now available online

Consumer(1)The Monroe County Library System (MCLS) is pleased to announce that the system subscription to Consumer Reports Online is now available on the library website. Visitors can access the electronic version of the popular magazine by searching for the “Magazines and Databases" link on the MCLS homepage.

FFRPL Co-host Conversations on Race

COR(1)The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library in collaboration with several other local organizations are sponsoring community based programs designed to raise awareness about the impact of race in our everyday lives. More than 600 people have already participated in these conversations at participating libraries throughout Monroe County.

Central Library Presents Home Sweet Home!

Home Sweet HomeYour public library is offering you the opportunity to make your home a little sweeter! The Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is hosting a series of FREE programs in 2014 that focus on Do-It-Yourself Home Improvement. No registration required. Call 585-428-8140 for more information. The Central Library is accessible to people with disabilities. To request specific accommodations, call 585.428.8304 10 days prior to the program. 


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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Wednesday, April 16:

Miniature Easter Baskets (1:00) - Gates Public Library. Make a graham cracker-and-frosting Easter Basket, and decorate eggs to place in it. Register for this program in groups of up to 6.

Miniature Easter Baskets (3:00) - Gates Public Library. Make a graham cracker-and-frosting Easter Basket, and decorate eggs to place in it. Register for this program in groups of up to 6.

'Tween Book Discussion - Charlotte Branch. This month's selection is "Inkheart" by Cornelia Funke, a book full of adventure and imagination. Borrow a copy anytime and then return to the Children's Room to make some friends, share, and have a snack. Please register in the Children's Room or call 428-8248.

Book Reviews with Ann McKay - Pittsford Community Library. Join Ann McKay for an hour of casual book talk.

Board Gaming - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. (3rd Wednesday of the month, 3:30-5:30 pm). From the moderately geeky to the intensely nerdy, we’ll have a variety of board games to choose from for you and your friends to play. Games include Killer Bunnies, Dominion, Nuns on the Run, Bananagrams, Settlers of Catan and more (or bring your own)!

BRATS-Brilliant Readers Active in Teen Service - Brockport-Seymour Library. Lots of energy, lots of help and lots of fun...that's what middle-schoolers are!

Calling All Super Heroes Storytime - Penfield Public Library. This program is for children ages 3-7, accompanied by an adult.

Children's Film Festival - Charlotte Branch. Enjoy some unique, childhood-friendly short films. Every child will receive a book while supplies last!

Children's Film Festival - Charlotte Branch. Enjoy some unique, childhood-friendly short films. Every child will receive a book while supplies last!

Children's movie festival - Sully Branch. We will watch some short children’s movies and work on a craft.

Computer & E-Reader Skills Training - Mendon Public Library. One-hour, one-on-one training sessions customized to your needs: how to use Kindles/Nooks, file management, application use, Internet use, and computer set-up and maintenance. Please call 624-6067 to register, though walk-ins are welcome if there is an opening.

The Fascinating Facts of Gemstone Jewelry - Irondequoit – McGraw Branch. Think of the history a gem accumulates over time— after all, some are approximately 2 billion years old! We will look at a variety of gemstones, including diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies, and pearls. Presented by Matt Wahl of Forsythe Jewelers.

Jelly bean counting contest - Sully Branch. It’s time for another jelly bean guessing contest at the Sully Branch Library. Stop in the library during spring break and take a look at the jar of jelly beans we have. If you can guess the correct number of jelly beans in the jar, or if you have the closest guess, you win the jar. You can take up to three guesses every day from April 14th – April 17th, but you will have to read for 15 minutes before you can take each guess. We will announce the winner at 4:30 on Friday April 18th.

LEGO Club - Monroe Branch. Come hear a story and then build something out of LEGOs. We will display your completed project in the Children's Room.

Library Board Meeting - Gates Public Library. Open to the public.

Library Lego Lab - Penfield Public Library. This program is for children in grades 1 - 5.

Magic with Magic Joe - Parma Public Library. Join us for a FREE family magic show. No registration required.

Miss Nina’s “Sha Doo Be Doop” Sing Along - Brighton Memorial Library. sing and dance with Miss Nina as she performs songs from her award-winning CD, such as “The Brown Bear Rap” (based on the book by Bill Martin Jr.), “How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight” (from the book by Jane Yolen), and “Wild Things” (an ode to Maurice Sendak's classic book), as heard on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live.

Neighbor Next Door: Driving and Dementia Seminar - Brockport-Seymour Library. Stop by Seymour Library to learn about the early stages of Alzheimer's. Presented by Alzheimer's Association Neighbor Next Door Caregiver Education Series. Description: A diagnosis of dementia doesn't necessarily mean you have to stop driving right away. Explore how the disease can affect a person's ability to drive, their senses and reaction times. Learn about local resources fro driver evaluations and some strategies for talking about when to stop driving. No registration necessary!

Pajama Party Sing-Along - Mendon Public Library. For toddlers to elementary age. This interactive musical time with talented Missy Reed will be a fun, wonderful outing for the entire family. Bring the kids in their pj's, of course! Space is limited to 30 children, so please call 624-6067 to reserve your spot.

Poetry Celebration - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join us for some fun poetry activities to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Preschool Pals - Chili Public Library. Join us for stories, songs and a simple craft!

Preschool Stories and Crafts - Irondequoit – McGraw Branch. For ages 3-5 with adult.

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