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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 pm - 2:30 pm for a brand-new season of fascinating monthly Saturday afternoon lectures! Our next program will be held October 17, 2015  with "Searching for the Dossenbachs", presented by Lisa Kleman. 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 Americans
The 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 Saturday, October 10:

Charlotte History Digitizing Day - Charlotte Branch. Bring your items of local interest from the Charlotte/Greece area (photos, diaries, local advertising, family genealogy, etc.) to be scanned by a volunteer. The images may be added to the Charlotte Digital Archives for future generations.

Craft Saturday - Hamlin Public Library. Themed Craft (Pumpkin Painting) for ages 5 and up(with parent)

Crafternoon @ The Makerspace: It's National Pizza Month! - Monroe Branch. October is National Pizza Month! Make your own paper plate pizza @ The Makerspace. The Makerspace is available to crafters and makers whenever the library is open.

Decorate a Skull for the Mexican Holiday, Día de Muertos - Central Library. Come have some fun in the Arts Division decorating a papier-mâché skull for the Mexican Holiday Día de Muertos. This holiday is celebrated on November 2 and skulls or Calaveras are decorated with brightly colored paint, beads, flowers, and feathers. We have all the supplies you need, the skulls, the paint, beads and flowers. Everything gets glued onto the skull to create your own piece of folk art. You are welcome to bring anything you want to decorate the skull with.

Innovation Workshop for Kids - Ogden Farmers' Library. Enjoy some hands-on experiments where you can design, build, concoct and discover!

iPad for Novices - Pittsford Community Library. Would you like help using your iPad? Then this class is for you. Each session will build on the others. A portion of each class will be an "open session" where you can ask questions about anything you would like. Bring your iPad and your Apple ID password to class. It is recommended that you have the latest version of iOS software installed prior to the first class. Registration required.

Knitting with Nancy: Easy Socks! - Pittsford Community Library. Nancy Vandivert will help you knit socks.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History - Lyell Branch. Join us for a viewing of Empire of Dreams: Episode 2 from the PBS Series Latino Americans. Learn about the beginnings of the widespread immigration from Latino countries to the United States.

Movie: Toy Story of Terror, Plus 3 Hilarious Toy Story Toons - Central Library. Rated G. When Rex finds himself left behind in the bathroom, he puts his limbs to use by getting a bath going for a bunch of new toy friends.

Paranormal Stories with ROC City Paranormal Society - Brockport-Seymour Library. Members of the ROC City team will share some of their personal experiences with the paranormal, and talk about some local hotspots. You may even be able to participate in your own investigation later that night (Location and time for local investigation TBA)

Story Time - Arnett Branch. Come join us for some great stories at the Arnett Branch Children’s Room! Registration is not required. Story Times at the Arnett Branch Library take place at 11:15 am on every Tuesday and 1:00 pm on every Saturday that the library is open.

Tail Waggin' Tutors - Monroe Branch. Read to dogs at the library!

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 children is "Candy Corn Person", for teens we have "Mini Spider". Samples are on display at the Library!

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

The Reptile Guys - Pittsford Community Library. Learn about (and get to touch!) lizards, snakes, scorpions, tarantulas, and even an American alligator.

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

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