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MCLS re-launches library book sales webpage

 BookSaleBannerDue to the increased demand for information about Monroe County Library System book sales, MCLS is reintroducing our followers and virtual visitors to a re-vamped comprehensive, up-to-date listings page of on-going library book sales throughout our area. Book lovers, buyers, sellers and readers everywhere can now experience one-stop shopping at our new and improved Monroe County Library System book sales page.

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BSI begins September 9

BSI thumbThe Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library is pleased to announce the fall schedule for the ever-popular ‘Books Sandwiched In’ book review series. A staple of Rochester cultural activities since 1955, the series begins Tuesday, September 9 with James Norman, President & CEO of Action for a Better Community, reviewing the book titled, The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act, by Clay Risen. Each Tuesday program begins at 12:12 pm, Kate Gleason Auditorium, Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Ave, Rochester, NY.

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Got Library Card?

 librarycardmonthEvery September, the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents and caregivers that a library card is the most important school supply of all. As our global community shifts to a more active role in the creation of culture and information, today’s libraries are finding new and innovative ways to extend their collections and services, providing access to a wide variety of tools, both high-tech and low-tech, to empower their communities. Simply put, your library card is your passport to the future.

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Poems For Lunch Program Returns to Central Library

 Poetry(1)Are you interested in making the ordinary printed word jump off the page? Why not attend our Poems for Lunch series, hosted by local poet and teacher Kitty Jospé? Due to popular demand, this robust Thursday lunchtime program at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Avenue, has returned for the remainder of the year. This is not a writing course. Under the guidance of an experienced instructor, you will be able to read poems out loud and discuss them in a group setting.

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Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

 BBW2Sponsored by the American Library Association, Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September (21 - 27), it highlights the value of free and open access to information. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The event brings together the entire book community-- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

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Get Hired! Local libraries offer literacy and job training classes

 Get Hired!(2)Are you jumping into the job market for the very first time? Or, are you looking to fine tune your résumé or brush up on your career advancement skills? The public library is here to help. With generous financial support from the New York State Education Department, the Monroe County Library System and the Rochester Public Library are pleased to announce the fall and winter schedule of adult workforce development workshops for area residents who seek meaningful employment. The next series of classes begin September 2 and end December 29, 2014.

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Central Library & NYSERDA: Partnering to Help Your Business Grow

NYSERDAThe Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County and the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) are scheduling a business workshop to help New Yorkers save money and meet their energy goals. The workshop is titled, “NYSERDA: Partnering to Help Your Business Grow.” The program will take place on Monday, September 15 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in the Kate Gleason Auditorium at the Central Library, 115 South Avenue. This program is free with no registration and is open to the public. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8130.

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Charlotte Branch Library turns 95!

 Charlotte1The Charlotte Branch Library, 3557 Lake Avenue, is hosting a Local History talk on Thursday, September 4th at 2 pm in honor of its 95th year of service to our community. The Rochester Public Library branch first opened its doors at 40 Stutson Street, on September 5, 1919. The first Charlotte Branch Library building pictured here was a converted fire house. The library operated at this location from 1919 to 1961, when it then moved to the corner of Lake Avenue and Britton Road. Today, well over 90,000 residents visit the Charlotte Branch Library each year. 

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Friday, August 29:


A FESTIVAL OF INDIA MONSOON WEDDING (R) - Brighton Memorial Library. 2001, 114 min., R Snacks are welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of BML.

A PASSAGE TO INDIA - Brighton Memorial Library. 1984, 164 min., PG Snacks are welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of BML.

Friday ESOL Class - Maplewood Community Library. Join us at the Maplewood Community Library every Friday for English language instruction!

Fun Fridays - Charlotte Branch. Join the "imagination station" as we play with play dough, finger paints, and LEGOs! We will also bring out the Wii! Younger children welcome with parental guidance.

Lego Club - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. We provide the Legos, just come in with your imagination and build!

Lego Club - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. We provide the Legos, just come in with your imagination and build!

Take and Make Crafts - Gates Public Library. Do you love to make things? Every month our Children's and Teen's Librarians put out bags filled with instructions and supplies to make a new craft. This month's craft for children is "Paperbag Wolf Puppet", and the teen craft is "Puzzle Photo Frame". Samples are on display at the Library!

Monthly Book Sale! - Charlotte Branch. Buy quality discards and donated items at amazingly affordable prices! On Saturday, fill a bag for a dollar!

Story Time - Charlotte Branch. Art, music, & action mix with literature for a well-rounded program that includes fun with friends! We have blocks, Lincoln Logs, puzzles, puppets, and a castle...so much to do! Siblings are welcome.

Wii Like Video Games - Sully Branch. It's been a long week. Sit back, have some popcorn, and watch a family friendly movie in our storytime room.

Wegmans ZooMobile - Sully Branch. The Wegmans ZooMobile will be here to show is some of their animals, and to teach us about some animal adaptations.

American Red Cross Babysitter's Training - Fairport Public Library. Provided by the American Red Cross, this course is designed to provide 11-15-year-olds the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants.

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