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August Music Month in the Garden

Music in the gardenOutdoor Lunchtime Concerts in August at Central Library

Looking for something to do downtown during the lunch hour? Enjoy free outdoor concerts by local musicians in ‘August Music Month in the Garden,’ a series offered by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library and the Arts Division of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. Each hour-long concert will begin at 12:15pm in the Dorris Carlson Reading Garden of Central Library, 115 South Avenue in downtown Rochester. The rain location will be Kate Gleason Auditorium of Central Library.

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Drive-In Movie at the Gate Public Library

Drive-InJoin us on Friday, August 14th for a free outdoor showing of a 2014 Disney animated family film starring Baymax. The movie will be shown on a 24' movie screen in the Gates Public Library parking lot at 902 Elmgrove Road. We will begin selling concessions at 8 pm and the movie will begin at 9 pm. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and your friends!

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We Need YOUR Input!!

mcls appThe Monroe County Library System is looking for YOUR input about our new downloadable collection through OverDrive. Please take this survey and share your feedback with us. Take our Survey Here  

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Glimpses of Greece- Photo Contest

braddock bay(6)Do you have a passion for digital photography? Do you take pride in your town? The Town of Greece contains over 764 acres of land, 8 miles of Lake Ontario shoreline and 17 parks. What is your favorite “Glimpse of Greece”?

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StoryCorps is coming to Rochester Public Library

 storycorpsThe Rochester Public Library, NY has been selected to be a 2015 StoryCorps @ your library (SCL) site; RPL was one of ten libraries selected from over 300 applicants. StoryCorps @ your library (SCL) is a project of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and StoryCorps with additional funding support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The oral histories will be collected during the months of June through October 2015 at Central Library, 115 South Avenue, Maplewood Branch Library, 1111 Dewey Avenue, and other city branch locations.

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Saturday, August 1:


Crafternoon: Tall Tale Puppets (A) - Monroe Branch. Come to the library to show us your reading & activity progress, pick a weekly prize, enter to win on of our Grand Prizes, and make a Tall Tale Puppet!! Participation in this program will earn you an Art/Recreation puzzle piece in the Rochester Public Library Summer Learning Activity Puzzle.

No-Cook Iron Chef - Gates Public Library. It's a friendly competition of teams that battle to make the best non-cooked food items, at least in the eyes of our three judges!

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.

Summer Reading BINGO - Highland Branch. Summit one BINGO card by August 31, 2015 to Highland Library for your chance to enter a drawing for a hold card (redeemable at any City library in Monroe County for a total of six holds). Five winners will be announced. Rules: complete any five boxes in a row. Each box must contain a different title. Titles cannot be counted twice. Items must either Adult or Young adult materials. Materials cannot be completed prior to August 1, 2015. Limited of one BINGO card per person, must be 18 or older to paly, Stop in to pick up your BINGO card on August 1.

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 is for adults is "Embellished Bobby Pins", for children it's "Handprint Hermit Crab", and for teens we have "Dragonfly Clip". Samples are on display at the Library!

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