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Adult Summer Reading Program
2017-07-10; 12:00  am  
Central Library - Ending Reception will be August 23 from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the Rundel Arts Room
Age Level: Adult
Discover some fantastic books, meet other book lovers, and have a chance to win prizes!  The theme of this year's summer reading program is "Build a Better World Through Reading." Read an adult level book (here's a LIST of recommended titles,) fill in an entry form to be entered into a drawing by clicking HERE. Connect with other Rochester readers, if you'd like to, by joining the facebook group @Roccentrallibrary. There will be a reception with refreshments, door prizes, and drawings for a Kindle Fire and a Barnes and Noble gift card on August 23 in the Rundel Arts Room from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. If you have any questions, call he Arts and Literature Division at 585-428-8380.
 


We Write Short Shorts: The Art of Writing Flash Fiction - A Four-Part Series
2017-08-16; 6:30  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - Rundel Arts Room, 1st floor Rundel Memorial Building
Age Level: Adult
Flash fiction--a/k/a the “short short” –combines the gut punch of story with the precision of poetry in a few hundred words—but how? This class will introduce you to the craft elements necessary to an effective short-short – character, conflict, significant detail and point of view -- through readings of published short-shorts. In-class exercises will help you craft your own story. Suitable for writers at any level. Sarah Freligh is the author of Sad Math, winner of the 2014 Moon City Press Poetry Prize and the 2015 Whirling Prize from the University of Indianapolis. Other books include A Brief Natural History of an American Girl, winner of the Editor’s Choice award from Accents Publishing, and Sort of Gone. Her work has appeared in Sun Magazine, Hotel Amerika, BOAAT Journal, Rattle, on Writer’s Almanac, and anthologized in the 2011 anthology Good Poems: American Places. Among her awards are a 2009 poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation in 2006.   

Please note that this class is a four-part series. The dates are Wednesdays, August 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

All programs are free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required  Please register here or contact Carol Moldt at Carol.Moldt@libraryweb.org or 428-8375 to register or for more information about Rochester Writes.

Rochester Writes is made possible by a grant from the Harold Hacker Fund for the Advancement of Libraries, the Rochester Regional Library Council and the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library.  
  


Kiva Application Assistance
2017-08-23; 3:00  pm - 6:00  pm
Central Library - 4th Floor
Age Level: Adult
A Kiva Rochester representative will be on site to assist with Kiva Rochester applications.  Kiva Rochester provides 0% interest loans of up to $10,000 to small business owners and entrepreneurs here in Rochester! Using Kiva's innovative online crowdfunding platform, we connect borrowers to lenders from all over the world.
 


Basic Excel
2017-08-23; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - First Floor Learning Lab of the Bausch & Lomb Building.
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Formula creation and cell formatting will be taught through a modifying an existing spreadsheet.  Learn about what can be stored in a spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel 2010. Course requires knowledge of mouse use.  Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


Curso de Computadora Básico
2017-08-24; 1:00  pm - 2:00  pm
Central Library - Primer Piso, Laboratorio de Computadoras en el nuevo Edificio Bausch & Lomb
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Aprenda sobre los diferentes tipos de equipos y computadora que usted pudiera comprar y aprender sobre su manejo tales como: Tabletas, Computadoras Portátiles, Teléfonos inteligentes y Computadora de Escritorios.  Aprenda sobre WIFI y cómo usar el ratón de la computadora.  Usted podrá ver diferentes formatos de computadoras. Usaremos diferentes buscadores para visitar los sitios de Internet. No se necesita experiencia requerida. Puede registrarse llamando al 585-428-8020. 


Concert in the Garden: George Diaz Muniz, classical guitar
2017-08-25; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Dorris Carlson Reading Garden (rain location Gleason Auditorium)
Age Level: All Ages
George Diaz Muniz plays classical and Spanish guitar music that is perfect for a summer afternoon in the garden.  Bring your lunch and take a break listening to live music in an urban oasis.  This is a free concert.


Job Search Online (Spanish)
2017-08-28; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - Primer Piso, Laboratorio de Computadoras en el nuevo Edificio Bausch & Lomb
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Aprenda a entender el proceso y evitar trampas con la búsqueda de trabajo en línea.  Aprenda a buscar sitios de trabajo como Indeed.com, publique su resume y aplique a trabajos en línea. No se requiere experiencia previa en computadoras. Puede registrarse llamando al 585-428-8020. 


Concert: Eric Manzler, light rock
2017-08-29; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Dorris Carlson Reading Garden, rain location is the Kate Gleason Auditorium
Age Level: All Ages
Engaging and upbeat singer/guitarist Eric Manzler covers favorites from the Beatles to James Taylor.  Concert is in the Dorris Carlson Reading Garden. Rain location is the Gleason Auditorium. Enjoy beautiful music in an urban oasis. Lunches welcome.


Kiva Application Assistance
2017-08-30; 3:00  pm - 6:00  pm
Central Library - 4th Floor
Age Level: Adult
A Kiva Rochester representative will be on site to assist with Kiva Rochester applications.  Kiva Rochester provides 0% interest loans of up to $10,000 to small business owners and entrepreneurs here in Rochester! Using Kiva's innovative online crowdfunding platform, we connect borrowers to lenders from all over the world.
 


Beginning Internet
2017-08-31; 1:00  pm - 2:00  pm
Central Library - First Floor Learning Lab of the Bausch & Lomb Building.
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Learn about using the internet through guided visits to several websites.  Course requires knowledge of mouse use. Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


Kiva Application Assistance
2017-09-06; 3:00  pm - 6:00  pm
Central Library - 4th Floor
Age Level: Adult
A Kiva Rochester representative will be on site to assist with Kiva Rochester applications.  Kiva Rochester provides 0% interest loans of up to $10,000 to small business owners and entrepreneurs here in Rochester! Using Kiva's innovative online crowdfunding platform, we connect borrowers to lenders from all over the world.
 


Security Settings with Facebook
2017-09-06; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - First Floor Learning Lab of the Bausch & Lomb Building.
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Learn about setting up and using a Facebook account. How to limit your posts, friend and unfriend someone, and try to control the flow of information.  Bring your Facebook username and password so you can make changes to your account.  Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


Beginning Computer
2017-09-07; 1:00  pm - 2:00  pm
Central Library - First Floor Learning Lab of the Bausch & Lomb Building.
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Learn about the different types of computers you could buy and use: tablets, laptops, smartphones, and desktops.  Learn about WIFI and how to use the mouse.  You will see many different formats of computers. We will use a browser to visit internet sites.  No prior computer experience required.  Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


Writing Memoir: The Story of You - A Four-Part Series
2017-09-09; 10:30  am - 12:30  pm
Central Library - Rundel Arts Room, 1st floor Rundel Memorial Building
Age Level: Adult
Do you have a story – or many stories – to tell, but don’t know how to put the words down on paper? In this four-part series led by Jennifer Case we will explore the basics of memoir writing through a variety of activities. Participants will examine what goes into autobiographical writing, respond to writing prompts, and have the opportunity to share their efforts in a safe and friendly workshop setting. The dates for this series are Saturday, September 9, 16, 23, and 30.  


Space is limited and registration is required. Please register here or contact Carol Moldt at 428-8375.

In addition to her full-time work of raising four school-age children, Jennifer Case teaches writing workshops and leads literary discussion groups at local libraries and senior living communities. Prior to becoming a mother, she led creative writing workshops at Borders Books and taught English at East High School. She also spent time as the Director of Programming at Writers & Books. Jen has a B.A. in English from Alfred University and a M.S. in Education from SUNY College at Brockport.

Free and open to the public. Hosted by the Arts & Literature Division.

Rochester Writes is made possible by a grant from the Harold Hacker Fund for the Advancement of Libraires, the Rochester Regional Library Council and the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library.
 


Basic Internet
2017-09-11; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - First Floor Learning Lab of the Bausch & Lomb Building.
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Learn about using the internet through guided visits to several websites.  Course requires knowledge of mouse use. Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


Using Facebook
2017-09-11; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - Primer Piso, Laboratorio de Computadoras en el nuevo Edificio Bausch & Lomb.
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Aprenda sobre como configurar y usar su cuenta de Facebook.  No se requiere experiencia previa.  Puede registrarse llamando al 585-428-8020.


Kiva Application Assistance
2017-09-13; 3:00  pm - 6:00  pm
Central Library - 4th Floor
Age Level: Adult
A Kiva Rochester representative will be on site to assist with Kiva Rochester applications.  Kiva Rochester provides 0% interest loans of up to $10,000 to small business owners and entrepreneurs here in Rochester! Using Kiva's innovative online crowdfunding platform, we connect borrowers to lenders from all over the world.
 


Preserving the Stories of the Vietnam War
2017-09-13; 6:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - KGA
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
A community conversation exploring how Americans remember the Vietnam war and what local groups and individuals are doing to preserve the stories from the war era.  The Vietnam War, a new 10-part documentary series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will premier on WXXI-TV on Sunday, September 17. Please join us for a special preview of the film, followed by a panel discussion and community conversation exploring how Americans remember the war and what local groups and individuals are doing to preserve the stories from the war era.Our panel will be facilitated by Hélène Biandudi Hofer, WXXI-TV. Audience participation is strongly encouraged!Guest panelists: Vietnam Veterans of America - Chapter 20 Representative; Timothy Kneeland, Nazareth College; Steve Nash, Rochester Public Library; Ginny Nguyen, Vietnamese Community; Christine Ridarsky, Office of the City Historian.Resource specialists will be available for information about direct services and support for those who are interested.Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. For more information call 585-428-8375 or 585-428-8368.


Using Your Tablet
2017-09-13; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - First Floor Learning Lab of the Bausch & Lomb Building.
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Learn about the choices in purchasing an inexpensive tablet computer.  Learn about WIFI and how to use the tablet to get on the internet.  You can bring your tablet if you have one and connect it to the library’s free WIFI No prior computer experience nor personal tablet required.  Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


Beginning Word
2017-09-14; 1:00  pm - 2:00  pm
Central Library - First Floor Learning Lab of the Bausch & Lomb Building.
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Learn about setting fonts, formatting and importing pictures through a project-based approach using Microsoft Word 2010.  Course requires knowledge of mouse use.  Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


Rochester's Rich History
2017-09-16; 1:00  pm - 2:30  pm
Central Library - Rundel Second Floor Conference Room
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Gary Craig discusses his new book, Seven Million, and the legacy of the infamous 1997 Brinks heist.   On a freezing night in January 1993, masked gunmen walked through the laughably lax security at the Rochester Brink’s depot, tied up the guards, and unhurriedly made off with $7.4 million in one of the FBI’s top-five armored car heists in history. Suspicion quickly fell on a retired Rochester cop working security for Brinks at the time—as well it might. Officer Tom O’Connor had been previously suspected of everything from robbery to murder to complicity with the IRA. One ex-IRA soldier in particular was indebted to O’Connor for smuggling him and his girlfriend into the United States, and when he was caught in New York City with $2 million in cash from the Brink’s heist, prosecutors were certain they finally had enough to nail O’Connor. But they were wrong. In Seven Million, the reporter Gary Craig meticulously unwinds the long skein of leads, half-truths, false starts, and dead ends, taking us from the grim solitary pens of Northern Ireland’s Long Kesh prison to the illegal poker rooms of Manhattan to the cold lakeshore on the Canadian border where the body parts began washing up.  Gary Craig has been reporting for Gannett newspapers in Rochester since 1990, largely focusing on criminal justice issues. He has won state, regional and national awards for writing and investigative reporting. He is married with two daughters.    


Beginning Excel
2017-09-18; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - First Floor Learning Lab of the Bausch & Lomb Building.
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Formula creation and cell formatting will be taught through a modifying an existing spreadsheet.  Learn about what can be stored in a spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel 2010. Course requires knowledge of mouse use.  Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


The Writings of Bob Dylan: Seeing From a Different Point of View
2017-09-18; 6:30  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - Rundel Arts Room, 1st floor Rundel Memorial Building
Age Level: Adult
Let's get together and talk about Bob Dylan! He has not only been performing and writing for over 50 years, but is now a Novel Prize winner. He was the Voice of a Generation - but he, and we, keep changing as the decades roll by. Let's get to the heart of his writing - his nuanced use of poetic and literary devices, the references to literature and the Bible which are sprinkled throughout his work, his themes and genres and points of view. Bob Dylan has been telling stories of America, and Americans, for so long now, and we are lucky to have him in our midst.  

This is a two-part course with Lisa Kleman, taking place on Mondays, September 18 & 25. Space is limited and registration is required. Please register here or contact Carol Moldt at 428-8375 for more information or to register. Sponsored by the Arts & Literature Division. Free and open to the public.

Lisa Kleman, a former English Adjunct Professor, is now enjoying teaching Creative Writing while she researches, writes, and gives public talks about her relatives - the musical Dossenbachs - who lived in Rochester in the decades just before and after the turn of the 20th century. 
 


Kiva Application Assistance
2017-09-20; 3:00  pm - 6:00  pm
Central Library - 4th Floor
Age Level: Adult
A Kiva Rochester representative will be on site to assist with Kiva Rochester applications.  Kiva Rochester provides 0% interest loans of up to $10,000 to small business owners and entrepreneurs here in Rochester! Using Kiva's innovative online crowdfunding platform, we connect borrowers to lenders from all over the world.
 


Intro. to Powerpoint
2017-09-20; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - First Floor Learning Lab of the Bausch & Lomb Building.
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Learn about preview mode and how to create slideshows with images and text.  Learn about using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. No prior computer experience required.  Call 428-8020 to register for a class.  


Beginning Computers
2017-09-21; 1:00  pm - 2:00  pm
Central Library - First Floor Learning Lab of the Bausch & Lomb Building.
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Learn about the different types of computers you could buy and use: tablets, laptops, smartphones, and desktops.  Learn about WIFI and how to use the mouse.  You will see many different formats of computers. We will use a browser to visit internet sites.  No prior computer experience required.  Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


Beginning Internet
2017-09-25; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - First Floor Learning Lab of the Bausch & Lomb Building.
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Learn about using the internet through guided visits to several websites.  Learn about using the internet through guided visits to several websites.


Kiva Application Assistance
2017-09-27; 3:00  pm - 6:00  pm
Central Library - 4th Floor
Age Level: Adult
A Kiva Rochester representative will be on site to assist with Kiva Rochester applications.  Kiva Rochester provides 0% interest loans of up to $10,000 to small business owners and entrepreneurs here in Rochester! Using Kiva's innovative online crowdfunding platform, we connect borrowers to lenders from all over the world.
 


Brownbag Book Discussion - Commonwealth
2017-09-27; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor Rundel Memorial Building
Age Level: Adult
Please join our book discussion group to discuss the novel, Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. Our group meets on a monthly basis, reads mostly contemporary fiction, although we occasionally read non-fiction, and is always welcoming new participants. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk at Central Library during the month prior to the discussion date.  

Brownbag lunches are welcome. Refreshments are served, and no registration is required. For more information, please contact the Arts & Literature Division at 428-8380, or email Carol.Moldt@libraryweb.org.


Find a Part-Time Job Online
2017-09-27; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - First Floor Learning Lab of the Bausch & Lomb Building.
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Learn to understand the process and avoid traps with online job searching and working.  Learn how to search job-sites such as Indeed.com, post a resume and apply to online jobs.  Also learn the pros and cons of working online.  No prior computer experience required.  Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


Basic Word
2017-09-28; 1:00  pm - 2:00  pm
Central Library - First Floor Learning Lab of the Bausch & Lomb Building.
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Learn about setting fonts, formatting and importing pictures through a project-based approach using Microsoft Word 2010.  Course requires knowledge of mouse use.  Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


Polishing Your Written Work: A Four-Part Series
2017-10-21; 10:30  am - 12:00  pm
Central Library - Rundel Art Room, 1st floor Rundel Memorial Building
Age Level: Adult
So you’ve written something. And you like it, but you’re still not sure. Writing is communication. But communication is not what you say - it is what the reader hears. There are some important things to consider when evaluating a piece you’ve written: Does it say what you meant to say? Will readers get what you meant to say? Is it enjoyable to read? Will readers want to read it, and will they continue all the way through? In this four-part writing workshop with Lisa Kleman, we will explore methods for evaluating, and revising your own written work, so that you are ready to share it with confidence and pride.  

Free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required. Please click here to register. Contact Carol Moldt at 428-8375 or Carol.Moldt@libraryweb.org for more information.

Lisa Kleman, a former English Adjunct Professor, is now enjoying teaching Creative Writing while she researches, writes, and gives public talks about her relatives — the musical Dossenbachs — who lived in Rochester in the decades just before and after the turn of the 20th century.

Rochester Writes is made possible by a grant from the Harold Hacker Fund for the Advancement of Libraries, the Rochester Regional Library Council and the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library. 
 


Brownbag Book Discussion - Small Great Things
2017-10-25; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor Rundel Memorial Building
Age Level: Adult
Please join our book discussion group to discuss the novel, Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Our group meets on a monthly basis, reads mostly contemporary fiction, although we occasionally read non-fiction, and is always welcoming new participants. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk at Central Library during the month prior to the discussion date.  

Brownbag lunches are welcome. Refreshments are served, and no registration is required. For more information, please contact the Arts & Literature Division at 428-8380, or email Carol.Moldt@libraryweb.org.


Brownbag Book Discussion - A Man Called Ove
2017-11-15; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor Rundel Memorial Building
Age Level: Adult
Please join our book discussion group to discuss the novel, A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman. Our group meets on a monthly basis, reads mostly contemporary fiction, although we occasionally read non-fiction, and is always welcoming new participants. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk at Central Library during the month prior to the discussion date.  

Brownbag lunches are welcome. Refreshments are served, and no registration is required. For more information, please contact the Arts & Literature Division at 428-8380, or email Carol.Moldt@libraryweb.org.


Brownbag Book Discussion - My Name is Lucy Barton
2017-12-20; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor Rundel Memorial Building
Age Level: Adult
Please join our book discussion group to discuss the novel, My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout. Our group meets on a monthly basis, reads mostly contemporary fiction, although we occasionally read non-fiction, and is always welcoming new participants. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk at Central Library during the month prior to the discussion date.  

Brownbag lunches are welcome. Refreshments are served, and no registration is required. For more information, please contact the Arts & Literature Division at 428-8380, or email Carol.Moldt@libraryweb.org.






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