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Central Library Events:

"instrumental" by Dave Chisholm - Book Talk, Sales & Signing, Soundtrack Release
2017-05-31; 6:30  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - Kate Gleason Auditorium, 1st floor of the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building
Age Level: All Ages
From the critically acclaimed jazz musician Dave Chisholm, "Instrumental" is a high-spirited, suspenseful, formally inventive, visually musical graphic novel, an epic yet intimate riff on our longing search for what’s next.  Instrumental includes a download of an original jazz soundtrack, composed and performed by author Dave Chisholm.

Books will be available to purchase or bring your own copy for the author to sign!

For more information, please call the Reynolds Media Center at 428-8360.

The Central Library is accessible to people with disabilities. To request specific accommodations, call 585-428-8304 ten days prior to the program.


The Nuts and Bolts of Self-Publishing: A Four-Part Series
2017-05-31; 6:30  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - Rundel Arts Room, 1st floor Rundel Memorial Building
Age Level: Adult
Learn how to publish your own book, from formatting and cover design to uploading at the retailers and creating print copies. We’ll also cover basic marketing, how to setup a mailing list and strategies for increasing sales. This is a four part series. The dates are as follows: Wednesdays, May 17, 24, 31 and June 7 from 6:30 - 8:00pm.  


Registration for this program is now closed. Please contact Carol Moldt at 428-8375 or carol.moldt@libraryweb.org to be wait listed.

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.  


Online Job Search Help
2017-05-31; 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.  Learn how to search job-sites such as Indeed.com, post a resume and apply to online jobs.  No prior computer experience required.  Call 428-8020 to register for a class.


Votes for Women! A 5-Part Reading and Discussion Series
2017-05-31; 6:45  pm - 8:15  pm
Central Library - Rundel Conference Room, 2nd floor, Rundel Memorial Builing
Age Level: Adult
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in New York State. Join us for a reading and discussion series on this interesting and important topic!  Our book selection includes history, biography, and fiction, and provides a window into the often overlooked stories and actors behind one of America's greatest social movements. Our meeting dates are March 1, March 22, April 19, May 10, and May 31. Books will be loaned to participants. Registration is required. Please call Michelle Finn at (585) 428-8368 and sign up today!  


Intro. to Powerpoint
2017-06-01; 1:00  pm - 2:00  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. 


Be My Neighbor Day
2017-06-03; 11:00  am - 3:00  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- Select - Select
Come join us as we celebrate Be My Neighbor Day!  Join WXXI Kids and our neighbors as we host a day of free family fun with hands-on learning activities, meet-and-greets with community helpers, a special visit from a very grr-iffic friend, and more! 


Lego Lab
2017-06-03; 10:30  am - 11:30  am
Central Library - Children's Center, Secret Room
Age Level: Child -- 5 yrs. - And Up
Create! Construct! Build!  Do you love building with Legos? This is the place for you! Come build a Lego masterpiece and then display your work for all to see. This program is best for children five and older. Come to the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County at 10:30am on the first Saturday of the month to stretch your creativity with other kids. We will be meeting on Saturday, June 3, 2017. For more information call the Children's Center at 428-8150. 


Writing About Place: The Physical World
2017-06-03; 10:30  am - 12:00  pm
Central Library - Rundel Arts Room, 1st floor Rundel Memorial Building
Age Level: Adult
Come write about the dynamics and interconnections that exist in the places you have lived. Consider the complex responses to the concept of “home.” Think of the elements of your environment that you might take for granted. Place could become a character, a primary subject, or an emotional landscape well beyond a dot on the map. Open to writers of all levels. Instructor, Gail Hosking is the author of the memoir Snake's Daughter: the Roads in and out of War and the poetry chapbook The Tug. Her work has been anthologized several times. She holds an MFA from Bennington College and taught for many years at RIT. Her poems and essays have been published in such places as Lilith Magazine, Nimrod, The Chattahoochee Review, Tar River Poetry and The Fourth Genre. Two recent essays were considered "most notable" in Best American Essays 2014 and 2015.  

Rochester Writes is hosted by the Arts & Literature Division. All programs are free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required. Please click here to register or contact Carol Moldt at 428-8375 or carol.moldt@libraryweb.org 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.


 


Drop In Resume Help (Spanish & English)
2017-06-05; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - First Floor Learning Lab of the Bausch & Lomb Building.
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Write a new resume or work on your existing resume.  Bring you work history and we can teach you how to incorporate it into a resume using Word 2010.  Call 428-8020 to register for a class.  


Intro. to Computers
2017-06-05; 12:00  pm - 1:00  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, 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. 


RochesterWorks!@The Central Library: Being Your Own Boss
2017-06-06; 1:00  pm - 3:00  pm
Central Library - Science Division Program Area, 3rd Floor Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building
Age Level: Adult -- 18 yrs. - And Up
Have you thought about starting a business but not sure if it's for you?  This workshop will explore what to consider when working for yourself and next steps to get started. Registration for this FREE program is required. To register call Melanie Lewis at 585-428-8312 or sign up in the Job Search Computer Lab located on the 1st floor of the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building.


June Jazz Duets: Theresa Chen, keyboard, and Jakob Ebers, bass
2017-06-06; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Dorris Carlson Reading Garden (rain location, Kate Gleason Auditorium)
Age Level: All Ages -- Select - Select
Enjoy an hour of live jazz in the beautiful Dorris Carlson Reading Garden.  Jazz pianist Theresa Chen has studied with legendary jazz artist Harold Danko, has had her jazz compositions recorded, and is an instructor in the jazz program at the Eastman School of Music.  Born in Buffalo and raised in Taiwan, she believes jazz is a free art form which has multiple cultures among music. Through her music, Ms. Chen hopes to bring peace, love and harmony to audiences around the world. Bassist Jakob Ebers performs with various jazz groups in Connecticut and New York. 


First Wednesdays for Small Business - Patents and Intellectual Property Considerations for Small Business Owners
2017-06-07; 10:00  am - 12:30  pm
Central Library - Kate Gleason Auditorium
Age Level: Adult
Free programs for aspiring and current business owners.  Carla Vazquez, Certified Business Advisor, and Dave Bassett, Patent Agent, will present “Patents and Intellectual Property (IP) Considerations for Small Business Owners.” Those attending will learn about key basic patent and IP issues that small business owners should consider.  The program is appropriate for both first-time entrepreneurs and those who have recently started a small business. Dave Bassett has been registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office since 2004 and is experienced with patent work in various business industries.First Wednesdays is brought to you by the Business & Social Sciences Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County and the College at Brockport Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  To register please call 585-428-8130 or clickHERE. This program is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. The Central Library is accessible to people with disabilities.  To request specific accommodations, call 585-428-8304 ten days prior to the program.


Intro.,to Computers
2017-06-07; 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 different types of computers you could buy and use: tablets, laptops, smartphones, 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 (Spanish)
2017-06-08; 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. This course is taught in Spanish.  Course requires knowledge of mouse use. Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


Media in Focus - (title)
2017-06-09; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Kate Gleason Auditorium, 1st floor of the Bausch & Lomb Public Library bldg.
Age Level: Adult
(program details)  Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County
115 South Avenue, Rochester NYFor more information please call the Reynolds Media Center at 585-428-8360www.facebook.com/RocCentralLibrary  The Central Library is accessible to people with disabilities. To request specific accommodations, call 585-428-8304 ten days prior to the program.
 


Beginning Internet
2017-06-12; 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. 


Buy a New SmartPhone
2017-06-12; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - First Floor Learning Lab of the Bausch & Lomb Building.
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Learn about all the aspects of deciding to purchase a smartphone.  What is a data plan?  Can I use wifi to download apps?  What is an app?  Answer all these questions and more in this class.  Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


Pop-Up Grocery Tour!
2017-06-12; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Kate Gleason Auditorium
Age Level: Adult
Have you ever wondered what is better - fresh, frozen, or canned?  Do you know how to use unit pricing to make the most budget-friendly purchase? Well, join us for our next nutrition program from the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County, and learn ways that you can shop cheaper and healthier! Michelle Weiler, an Eat Smart nutrition expert, will take us on a visual tour of the grocery store, providing us with money-saving tips and healthy options in each department. There will also be free giveaways, including vouchers for the Foodlink curbside truck! Everyone is welcome to attend this free nutrition program but registration is strongly recommended. Please click here, or call the Science Division at (585) 428-8110 for more information. 


June Jazz Duets: Danny Ziemann, bass and Michael Sherman, guitar
2017-06-13; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Dorris Carlson Reading Garden (rain location Kate Gleason Auditorium)
Age Level: All Ages
Bring your lunch and enjoy live jazz in the beautiful Dorris Carlson Reading Garden. Rain location is the Kate Gleason Auditorium.  


Drop-In Resume Help
2017-06-14; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - First Floor Learning Lab of the Bausch & Lomb Building
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Write a new resume or work on your existing resume.  Bring you work history and we can teach you how to incorporate it into a resume using Word 2010.  Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


Self-Published Authors Group
2017-06-14; 6:30  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - Rundel Arts Room, 1st floor Rundel Memorial Building
Age Level: Adult
Are you a self-published author seeking support and wondering what steps to take next? Or perhaps you are a writer considering the path of self-publishing, but don’t know how, or even whether, to begin. This monthly group, facilitated by successful self-published local author, Amy Gamet, is open to all interested in self-publishing with any level of experience. A specific self-publishing topic will be covered each month, with time built into the group to share your experiences with success and difficulties and receive support while on your self-publishing journey. Topics that will be covered in these monthly groups include cover design, formatting, distribution choices, reviews, writing highly marketable books, advanced book marketing, and creating a business plan.  

Amy Gamet is a wife, mother and successful romance author who used to teach math in East Irondequoit.  A woman of many talents, her children call her “the fun ender” and she’s taken a sudden and strange interest in tent camping and geocaching. She’s written eight novels, sold more than a hundred thousand copies of her books, and given away another half million for free since 2012.  She’s the creator and administrator of the Romance Super Bundle boxed sets, which have sold nearly a quarter of a million copies and hit the USA Today bestseller’s list.

This program is hosted by the Arts & Literature Division. All programs are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Please contact Carol Moldt at 428-8375 or Carol.Moldt@libraryweb.org  for more information about this and other Rochester Writes programs.

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. 
 


Basic Word
2017-06-15; 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. 


Could Your Home be Making You Sick?
2017-06-15; 12:10  pm - 12:50  pm
Central Library - Kate Gleason Auditorium
Age Level: Adult
Learn about environmental health hazards and how to stay safe at our next Got Health talk!  Our presenters will be Cait Fallone and Jennifer Becker from the University of Rochester. Together, they will discuss mold, pests, indoor air quality, toxic chemicals, and other hazards that can affect our health. By the end of this program, you will know how to protect yourself and your family from environmental hazards in the home, and what services are available to help when you need it.

  No registration is required for this health talk. You are welcome to bring your own lunch, or grab one of the light snacks provided. There will also be a free raffle drawing at the end of this program, with prizes generously provided by our partners at the Center for Community Health. We hope to see you there!


The Basics: Understanding Alzheimer's Disease
2017-06-17; 11:00  am - 12:00  pm
Central Library - Science & History Division
Age Level: Adult
Join us at the Central Library for a free discussion on aging and dementia, presented by the Alzheimer's Association of Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region!  This first class in the community education series will explore what distinguishes Alzheimer’s disease from normal aging, how it is diagnosed, and what community resources are available to you. It will take place in the Science & History Division's meeting space on the 3rd floor of the Bausch & Lomb public library building. Registration is requested in order to help us better prepare for the program, but is not required. Please click here or call the Science Division at (585) 428-8110.

If you would like to attend this class and need someone to stay at home with your loved one who has dementia, you may call the Alzheimer's Association at 1-800-272-3900 to arrange for in-home respite care during the class. Please give at least one week’s notice. 


Basic Excel
2017-06-19; 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. 


Intro. to Word
2017-06-19; 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 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. 


June Jazz Duets: Rosanna Moore, harp and Erin Futterer, French Horn
2017-06-20; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Dorris Carlson Reading Garden
Age Level: All Ages
Bring your lunch and enjoy live jazz during the lunch hour in the beautiful Dorris Carlson Reading Garden. Rain location is the Kate Gleason Auditorium.  


Intro. to HTML (Webpage Programming)
2017-06-21; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - First Floor Learning Lab of the Bausch & Lomb Building
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
This course will cover the basics of using HTML tags to create or modify a basic webpage.  Learn about HTML tags and how to modify text, colors and embed links and images into a webpage. Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


Job Search Online
2017-06-22; 1:00  pm - 2:00  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.  Learn how to search job-sites such as Indeed.com, post a resume and apply to online jobs.  No prior computer experience required.  Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


African Culture Through Art
2017-06-24; 12:30  pm - 1:30  pm
Central Library - Rundel Arts Room
Age Level: Adult -- 16 yrs. - Select
Join us for an informative and culturally enriching discussion looking at the symbolism within African art and how those symbols were important establishing and transmitting cultural and spiritual values through art. Also traditional African artistic motifs and symbolism impact on modern artist globally will be discussed. Participants will learn the about the vibrant cultures that shaped the art of African societies and its various ethnic groups. Cultures like the Yoruba and the Ashanti will be highlighted, as well as Ancient Egypt and ancient Nubia. All those who attend the lecture will leave with a greater understanding and appreciation for African art and art in general for all cultures. This lecture also will highlight the works on display.  


Think Genealogy It's Saturday: Ancestry.com
2017-06-24; 10:15  am - 11:00  am
Central Library - Local History
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Join us for our monthly genealogy series on the fourth Saturday of every month from September through June. Taught by Staff Genealogist Barb Koehler, each session features tips, tools, discussions, and demonstrations on a different topic each month!  This repeat of our most popular program is designed to send you off into a great summer of research. The Library Edition of Ancestry.com is FREE to use in the Local History & Genealogy Division, along with 12 town libraries and is a must-have database for every researcher!  We will also take a look at how the Library Edition differs from personal subscriptions. 


How the Rochester Suffrage Movement Propelled A Local Immigrant’s New Business Model Worldwide
2017-06-24; 1:30  pm - 2:30  pm
Central Library - Hacker Hall
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Join author and historian Jane Plitt for an exploration of the life and work of Rochester businesswoman and women's rights pioneer Martha Matilda Harper.   Jane Plitt, scholar of the life and work of Martha Matilda Harper,  will discuss “How the Rochester Suffrage Movement Propelled A Local Immigrant’s New Business Model Worldwide.” The talk will highlight the key role of the Rochester men and women (including Susan B. Anthony and attorney John Van Voorhis) in supporting Martha Matilda Harper’s healthy hair and skincare concept.  Ultimately, Harper launched modern retail franchising around the world, putting poor servant and factory women into ownership positions and providing them with new economic and social options to live their lives.  It was a brilliant display of networking that spread Harper’s success.    


Martha's Magical Hair with author Jane Plitt
2017-06-24; 11:30  am - 12:30  pm
Central Library - Hacker Hall
Age Level: Child -- Select - Select
Join author and historian Jane Plitt for a reading of her children's book Martha's Magical Hair, about the life of Rochester entrepreneur and women's rights heroine Martha Matilda Harper.   Jane Plitt will be presenting two sessions in Hacker Hall, in front of the Suffrage Centennial exhibit. The first, for children, will be at 11:30AM. She will read from Martha’s Magical Hair, a children’s picture book for youngsters 3-8 years old and engage them in the penetrating questions such as, “Where will your hair take you?”    


Intro. to Powerpoint
2017-06-26; 12:00  pm - 1:00  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. 


Intro. to Tablets (Spanish)
2017-06-26; 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. This class will be taught in Spanish.  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. 


Summer Reading Kickoff Book Sale
2017-06-26; 12:00  pm - 6:00  pm
Central Library - Youth Services Programming Room - 2nd floor, BLB
Age Level: All Ages -- Select - Select
Start your summer vacation off right by attending our Summer Reading Kickoff Sale! This one day sale will feature hundreds of gently used children’s and teen books for just 50 cents each. Picture books – Chapter books – Craft and project books – Manga – and MORE!  For information call The Library Store at 428-8181.


Brownbag Book Discussion - A Gentleman in Moscow
2017-06-28; 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 Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. 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.


Intro. to Python Programming
2017-06-28; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - First Floor Learning Lab of the Bausch & Lomb Building.
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Get introduced to programming in the modern computer language Python.  This course will cover the basics of using the computer language Python for number, text and graphic manipulation.Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies: The Wild
2017-06-28; 1:00  pm - 2:30  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- Select - Select
Rated G. An adolescent lion is accidentally shipped from the New York Zoo to Africa. Now running free, his zoo pals must put aside their differences to help bring him back.  Run to the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, and be sure you don’t get lost! You won’t want to miss a single second of the animated movie The Wild with Keifer Sutherland and Jim Belushi. This free screening, rated G will start at 1pm on Wednesday, June 28. It is about an adolescent lion that is accidentally shipped from the New York Zoo to Africa. Now running free, his zoo pals must put aside their differences to help bring him back. This movie will appeal to families with children of all ages. There is no need to register and we have plenty of space, so be sure to bring along the whole family (and some neighbors, too). For more information, call the Children’s Center at 428-8150. 


Beginning Computer
2017-06-29; 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, 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 Computer (Spanish)
2017-07-03; 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 different types of computers you could buy and use: tablets, laptops, smartphones, desktops. This class will be taught in Spanish.  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
2017-07-03; 12:00  pm - 1:00  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, 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. 


Lego Lab
2017-07-05; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- 5 yrs. - And Up
Create! Construct! Build!  Do you love building with Legos? This is the place for you! Come build a Lego masterpiece and then display your work for all to see. This program is best for children five and older. Come to the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County at 7:00 pm most Wednesdays this summer for Lego Lab, to stretch your creativity with other kids. We will be meeting on Wednesdays July 5, 12, 19, August 2, and 9. Note we will not meet on Wednesday July 26, but come anyway so you can see Rap, Rock and Read with Miss Nina. For more information call the Children's Center at 428-8150. 


Using your Smartphone
2017-07-05; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - First Floor Learning Lab of the Bausch & Lomb Building.
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Learn about how to use the many features of your Smartphone.  Learn about downloading apps and connecting to your email through your Smartphone.  You can bring your own Smartphone to class and connect it to the library’s free wifi.  Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies: The Lego Movie
2017-07-05; 1:00  pm - 2:30  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- Select - Select
Rated PG. An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together.  Unglue yourself from your house and hop on down to the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County for a free showing of the The Lego Movie. An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together. Starting at 1:00pm on Wednesday July 5, the movie is rated PG, so everyone will be able to enjoy it!  For more information, please call the Children’s Center at 428-8150. 


Basic Word (Spanish)
2017-07-06; 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. This class will be taught in Spanish.  Course requires knowledge of mouse use.  Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


WXXI & Central Library Exploration Stations
2017-07-06; 11:00  am - 4:00  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- 4 yrs. - 12 yrs.
Exploration Stations are back, co-hosted by WXXI & Central Library! Join us for Fairy Tale STEAM programs.  This series features classic fairy tales with a twist. The kids help fairy tale characters solve problems through hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities. Come to the Children’s Center to play and learn with Anansi the Spider, The Little Red Hen, Abiyoyo, Chicken Little, and the Blind Men and the Elephant. Featuring WXXI & PBS KIDS resources, this free, drop-in series takes place from 11am to 4pm on consecutive Thursdays this summer. All material will be supplied, while they last. This program is open to families with children ages 4 to 12 and will occur on July 6, 13, 20, 27, and August 3. Please call the Children’s Center at 428-8150 for more information. 


Make & Take
2017-07-07; 1:00  pm - 4:00  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- 3 yrs. - And Up
Fun new project every week!  Friday is Craft day in the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. Come create a new project every week anytime between 1:00 and 4:00pm while supplies last. Dates are Fridays July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4, and 11. For more information, please call the Children’s Center at 428-8150. 


Basic Excel
2017-07-10; 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. 


Beginning Tablet
2017-07-10; 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. 


In Jest: Build a Better World
2017-07-10; 10:30  am - 11:30  am
Central Library - Kate Gleason Auditorium
Age Level: Child -- Select - Select
Nels will perform daring feats of danger, juggle various scary items and fruit, and if we are lucky, he will even balance on his unicycle.  Are you ready for an all new, side-splitting, gravity-defying comedy variety show with Nels Ross from In Jest? Nels will perform daring feats of danger, juggle various scary items and fruit, and if we are lucky, he will even balance on his unicycle. Everything will start in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County at 10:30 am on Monday, July 10. This free program will appeal to families with children of all ages as well as families with no children. So bring a friend and rush on down so you won’t miss a single second. For more information, please call the Children’s Center at 428-8150. 


In Jest: Juggling Workshop
2017-07-10; 1:00  pm - 2:00  pm
Central Library - Youth Program Room
Age Level: Child -- 8 yrs. - And Up
Learn from the pro!  Anyone, no matter how young or old, can learn how to juggle, especially, when they are working with the master Nels Ross himself. Nels will give you tips and strategies for keeping many balls in the air as well as time to practice. Even if you don’t go home an expert juggler, you will have enough knowledge to do so if you practice, practice, practice. The juggling class will be offered at 1pm in the Youth Program Space on the second floor of the Bausch and Lomb Public Library Building on Monday, July 10, 2017. It will be widely enjoyed by families with kids who are eight years old and older. All materials will be supplied and there is no need to register, so come one, come all, and bring along a friend or two. For more information, please call the Children’s Center at 428-8150. 


In Jest: The Greatest show on Mirth
2017-07-10; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - Kate Gleason Auditorium
Age Level: Child -- Select - Select
This will be a laugh-until-it-hurts variety show that blends clean comedy, flying objects, acts of balance, absurd theatrics, and assorted fruits and vegetables.  Nels Ross is returning to the Central Library on Monday, July 10 at 7:00pm with his Greatest Show on Mirth, which is a laugh-until-it-hurts variety show that blends clean comedy, flying objects, acts of balance, absurd theatrics, and assorted fruits and vegetables. This free program will appeal to people of all ages and will be held in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, located at 115 South Avenue. Since registration is not required, please bring your family, friends, and neighbors. For more information, please call the Children’s Center at 428-8150. 


All Ages Storytime
2017-07-11; 11:00  am - 11:30  am
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- Select - Select
Join us for stories, songs, the stretchy band, and parachute fun!  The Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County is inviting children and their caregivers to join us for an All Ages Storytime. We’ll read stories, sing songs, play with the stretchy band, and shake a colorful parachute. It’s the perfect Storytime for the whole family! All Ages Storytime will take place from 11-11:30am on consecutive Tuesdays: July 11, July 18, July 25, and August 1. No registration is required. Please call the Children's Center at 428-8150 for more information.  


Baby & Toddler Storytime
2017-07-11; 10:00  am - 10:30  am
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- 3 yrs. - And Under
Join us for songs, books, colored scarves, musical instruments, and toys.  The love for reading and books begins before a child can read his or her first word. The Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County is inviting all babies, toddlers, and caregivers to join us for a Baby & Toddler Storytime. We’ll sing songs, play with egg shakers and colored scarves, share simple books, and play with toys. Children are not expected to sit still and be quiet. There will be time for children to play with toys and parents to socialize at the end of the Storytime. Baby & Toddler Storytime will take place from 10-10:30am on consecutive Tuesdays: July 11, July 18, July 25, and August 1. No registration is required. Please call the Children's Center at 428-8150 for more information. 


Concert: Alexander Pena, viola
2017-07-11; 12:00  pm - 1:00  pm
Central Library - Dorris Carlson Reading Garden (rain location Kate Gleason Auditorium)
Age Level: All Ages
Enjoy live music during the lunch hour in the beautiful Dorris Carlson Reading Garden.  


Lego Lab
2017-07-12; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- 5 yrs. - And Up
Create! Construct! Build!  Do you love building with Legos? This is the place for you! Come build a Lego masterpiece and then display your work for all to see. This program is best for children five and older. Come to the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County at 7:00 pm most Wednesdays this summer for Lego Lab, to stretch your creativity with other kids. We will be meeting on Wednesdays July 12, 19, August 2, and 9. Note we will not meet on Wednesday July 26, but come anyway so you can see Rap, Rock and Read with Miss Nina. For more information call the Children's Center at 428-8150. 


Microsoft Word
2017-07-12; 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 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. 


Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies: Ratchet & Clank
2017-07-12; 1:00  pm - 2:30  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- Select - Select
Rated PG. When the galaxy comes under the threat of a nefarious space captain, a mechanic and his newfound robot ally join an elite squad of combatants to save the universe.  Rush to the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County so you can get here by 1:00 on Wednesday, July 12. That’s what time we will be starting the recently released movie Ratchet & Clank. This movie, which is rated PG, will appeal to families with children of all ages. When the galaxy comes under the threat of a nefarious space captain, a mechanic and his newfound robot ally join an elite squad of combatants to save the universe. There is no need to register and we have plenty of space, so be sure to bring along a friend or two. For more information, please call the Children’s Center at 428-8150. 


Intro. to Powerpoint
2017-07-13; 1:00  pm - 2:00  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. 


WXXI & Central Library Exploration Stations
2017-07-13; 11:00  am - 4:00  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- 4 yrs. - 12 yrs.
Exploration Stations are back, co-hosted by WXXI & Central Library! Join us for Fairy Tale STEAM programs.  This series features classic fairy tales with a twist. The kids help fairy tale characters solve problems through hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities. Come to the Children’s Center to play and learn with Anansi the Spider, The Little Red Hen, Abiyoyo, Chicken Little, and the Blind Men and the Elephant. Featuring WXXI & PBS KIDS resources, this free, drop-in series takes place from 11am to 4pm on consecutive Thursdays this summer. All material will be supplied, while they last. This program is open to families with children ages 4 to 12 and will occur on July 13, 20, 27, and August 3. Please call the Children’s Center at 428-8150 for more information. 


Make & Take
2017-07-14; 1:00  pm - 4:00  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- 3 yrs. - And Up
Fun new project every week!  Friday is Craft day in the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. Come create a new project every week anytime between 1:00 and 4:00pm while supplies last. Dates are Fridays July 14, 21, 28, August 4, and 11. For more information, please call the Children’s Center at 428-8150. 


Help with Resume (Spanish)
2017-07-17; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - First Floor Learning Lab of the Bausch & Lomb Building.
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Write a new resume or work on your existing resume. This help session will be conducted in Spanish.  Bring you work history and we can teach you how to incorporate it into a resume using Word 2010.  Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


Job Search Online
2017-07-17; 12:00  pm - 1:00  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.  Learn how to search job-sites such as Indeed.com, post a resume and apply to online jobs.  No prior computer experience required.  Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


Omnipresent Puppet Theater Presents…The Three Little Pigs
2017-07-17; 10:30  am - 11:30  am
Central Library - Kate Gleason Auditorium
Age Level: Child -- Select - Select
The story of the three little pigs is twisted in this funny puppet tale.  The Omnipresent Puppet Theater is back with a new puppet tale: the Story of the Three Little Pigs. The Big Bad Wolf is back, and he’s menacing three pigs, who are just out on their own in the world. But the brick house is only half finished! A story of teamwork, as it takes all the pigs’ efforts to complete the house before the wolf comes! This puppet show will be presented in the Kate Gleason Auditorium in the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County at 10:30am on Monday, July 17. Families with kids of all ages will enjoy being a part of this free program. There is no need to register, so bring along the whole family. For more information, please call the Children’s Center at 428-8150. 


All Ages Storytime
2017-07-18; 11:00  am - 11:30  am
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- Select - Select
Join us for stories, songs, the stretchy band, and parachute fun!  The Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County is inviting children and their caregivers to join us for an All Ages Storytime. We’ll read stories, sing songs, play with the stretchy band, and shake a colorful parachute. It’s the perfect Storytime for the whole family! All Ages Storytime will take place from 11-11:30am on consecutive Tuesdays: July 18, July 25, and August 1. No registration is required. Please call the Children's Center at 428-8150 for more information.  


Baby & Toddler Storytime
2017-07-18; 10:00  am - 10:30  am
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- 3 yrs. - And Under
Join us for songs, books, colored scarves, musical instruments, and toys.  The love for reading and books begins before a child can read his or her first word. The Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County is inviting all babies, toddlers, and caregivers to join us for a Baby & Toddler Storytime. We’ll sing songs, play with egg shakers and colored scarves, share simple books, and play with toys. Children are not expected to sit still and be quiet. There will be time for children to play with toys and parents to socialize at the end of the Storytime. Baby & Toddler Storytime will take place from 10-10:30am on consecutive Tuesdays: July 18, July 25, and August 1. No registration is required. Please call the Children's Center at 428-8150 for more information. 


Beginning Computer
2017-07-19; 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 different types of computers you could buy and use: tablets, laptops, smartphones, 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. 


Lego Lab
2017-07-19; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- 5 yrs. - And Up
Create! Construct! Build!  Do you love building with Legos? This is the place for you! Come build a Lego masterpiece and then display your work for all to see. This program is best for children five and older. Come to the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County at 7:00 pm most Wednesdays this summer for Lego Lab, to stretch your creativity with other kids. We will be meeting on Wednesdays July 19, August 2, and 9. Note we will not meet on Wednesday July 26, but come anyway so you can see Rap, Rock and Read with Miss Nina. For more information call the Children's Center at 428-8150. 


Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies: Angry Birds
2017-07-19; 1:00  pm - 2:30  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- Select - Select
Rated PG. Find out why the birds are so angry. When an island populated by happy, flightless birds is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to three unlikely outcasts - Red, Chuck and Bomb - to figure out what the pigs are up to.  You’ve played the game(s). Now you can find out the backstory about why the birds are so angry and what the piggies did to them. Fly your way to the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County to at 1pm on Wednesday, July 19 to see the free showing of the movie Angry Birds. This movie is rated PG and will appeal to families with children of all ages. There’s no need to register, and there’s plenty of space, so feel free to bring along a friend or two. For more information, please call the Children’s Center at 428-8152. 


Beginning Computer (Spanish)
2017-07-20; 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, desktops. This class will be taught in Spanish.  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. 


WXXI & Central Library Exploration Stations
2017-07-20; 11:00  am - 4:00  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- 4 yrs. - 12 yrs.
Exploration Stations are back, co-hosted by WXXI & Central Library! Join us for Fairy Tale STEAM programs.  This series features classic fairy tales with a twist. The kids help fairy tale characters solve problems through hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities. Come to the Children’s Center to play and learn with Anansi the Spider, The Little Red Hen, Abiyoyo, Chicken Little, and the Blind Men and the Elephant. Featuring WXXI & PBS KIDS resources, this free, drop-in series takes place from 11am to 4pm on consecutive Thursdays this summer. All material will be supplied, while they last. This program is open to families with children ages 4 to 12 and will occur on July 20, 27, and August 3. Please call the Children’s Center at 428-8150 for more information. 


Make & Take
2017-07-21; 1:00  pm - 4:00  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- 3 yrs. - And Up
Fun new project every week!  Friday is Craft day in the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. Come create a new project every week anytime between 1:00 and 4:00pm while supplies last. Dates are Fridays July 21, 28, August 4, and 11. For more information, please call the Children’s Center at 428-8150. 


Beginning Internet
2017-07-24; 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. 


Build a Better Plate with the Storybook Cook
2017-07-24; 10:30  am - 11:30  am
Central Library - Kate Gleason Auditorium
Age Level: Child -- Select - Select
Join the Storybook Cook for a couple of good stories and make (and eat!) some fun food creations.  Liz Bauld, the Storybook Cook, is coming to help kids make some fun and nutritious goodies to eat. We will read a food related story or two, and then make (and eat!) some delicious treats. In the process, we will learn a little something about good nutrition. The fun starts at 10:30am on Monday, July 24 in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Central Library. The free program, entitled Build a Better Plate, will have a wide appeal to families with kids of all ages; as usual, all materials will be provided while they last. (Don’t worry; we have lots and lots of supplies!) For more information, call the Children’s Center at 428-8150. 


Smartphone Photography
2017-07-24; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - First Floor Learning Lab of the Bausch & Lomb Building.
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Learn how to take, send, and delete photos with your smartphone.  Send your smartphone photos through e-mail and to facebook.  Learn how to manage your photos in albums.  Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


Writing Prompts: Get Your Creative Juices Flowing
2017-07-24; 6:30  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - Rundel Arts Room, 1st floor Rundel Memorial Building
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Join us for an evening of writing prompt exercises in a friendly and supportive environment. These exercises are fun and stimulating and designed to get your creative juices flowing. Writing prompts are helpful in breaking through writer’s block and providing new ideas and inspiration. Open to writers of all levels. Lisa Kleman has been teaching writing courses for more than two decades, both at the college level and for community workshops. Currently, Lisa is researching and writing a book and articles about her own Rochester relatives (the Dossenbachs), as well as giving local talks at the George Eastman Museum, the Century Club, Historic Brighton, Greece Historical Society, and for Central Library's Rochester’s Rich History Series.  

All programs are free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required. Please click here to register.
Or contact Carol Moldt at 428-8375 or Carol.Moldt@libraryweb.org 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.    


All Ages Storytime
2017-07-25; 11:00  am - 11:30  am
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- Select - Select
Join us for stories, songs, the stretchy band, and parachute fun!  The Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County is inviting children and their caregivers to join us for an All Ages Storytime. We’ll read stories, sing songs, play with the stretchy band, and shake a colorful parachute. It’s the perfect Storytime for the whole family! All Ages Storytime will take place from 11-11:30am on consecutive Tuesdays: July 25, and August 1. No registration is required. Please call the Children's Center at 428-8150 for more information.  


Baby & Toddler Storytime
2017-07-25; 10:00  am - 10:30  am
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- 3 yrs. - And Under
Join us for songs, books, colored scarves, musical instruments, and toys.  The love for reading and books begins before a child can read his or her first word. The Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County is inviting all babies, toddlers, and caregivers to join us for a Baby & Toddler Storytime. We’ll sing songs, play with egg shakers and colored scarves, share simple books, and play with toys. Children are not expected to sit still and be quiet. There will be time for children to play with toys and parents to socialize at the end of the Storytime. Baby & Toddler Storytime will take place from 10-10:30am on consecutive Tuesdays: July 25, and August 1. No registration is required. Please call the Children's Center at 428-8150 for more information. 


Brownbag Book Discussion - Nora Webster
2017-07-26; 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, Nora Webster by Colm Toibin. 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.


Clean up your Email
2017-07-26; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - First Floor Learning Lab of the Bausch & Lomb Building.
Age Level: Adult -- Select - Select
Learn how to navigate your e-mail account, unsubscribe from services, create folders, and delete large amounts of junk mail.  This class is for e-mail accounts you use on your phone, tablet, laptop or on our library computers.  You must be able to access your e-mail account on your device or our library computers.  Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


Rap, Rock & Read with Miss Nina
2017-07-26; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - Kate Gleason Auditorium
Age Level: Child -- Select - Select
Miss Nina is coming back! And we are so excited!   We hope you are as excited as we are that Miss Nina is coming back to the Central Library! She will be performing in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Central Library Wednesday evening at 7pm on July 26, 2017. The program, Rap, Rock & Read, is interactive from the get-go, with kids waving, clapping, stomping, shaking, dancing, and singing along. Although everyone is welcome, the program will appeal particularly to families with young children. The auditorium is a huge space, so be sure to bring along a couple of friends. For more information, please call the Children’s Center at 428-8150. 


Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies: Bugs’ Life
2017-07-26; 1:00  pm - 2:30  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- Select - Select
Rated PG. A misfit ant, looking for "warriors" to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers, recruits a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troupe.  March two by two or even four by four to the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. However you get here, be sure to make it by 1:00 pm on Wednesday, July 26 so you won’t miss a second of the PG-rated movie, A Bugs’ Life. It is about a misfit ant, looking for "warriors" to save his colony from greedy a grasshopper, who recruits a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troupe. This free screening will appeal to families with children of all ages. There is no need to register, and there’s plenty of space, so feel free to bring along a friend or two. For more information, call the Children’s Center at 428-8150.
 


Basic Excel
2017-07-27; 1:00  pm - 2:00  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. 


WXXI & Central Library Exploration Stations
2017-07-27; 11:00  am - 4:00  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- 4 yrs. - 12 yrs.
Exploration Stations are back, co-hosted by WXXI & Central Library! Join us for Fairy Tale STEAM programs.  This series features classic fairy tales with a twist. The kids help fairy tale characters solve problems through hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities. Come to the Children’s Center to play and learn with Anansi the Spider, The Little Red Hen, Abiyoyo, Chicken Little, and the Blind Men and the Elephant. Featuring WXXI & PBS KIDS resources, this free, drop-in series takes place from 11am to 4pm on consecutive Thursdays this summer. All material will be supplied, while they last. This program is open to families with children ages 4 to 12 and will occur on July 27, and August 3. Please call the Children’s Center at 428-8150 for more information. 


Make & Take
2017-07-28; 1:00  pm - 4:00  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- 3 yrs. - And Up
Fun new project every week!  Friday is Craft day in the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. Come create a new project every week anytime between 1:00 and 4:00pm while supplies last. Dates are Fridays July 28, August 4, and 11. For more information, please call the Children’s Center at 428-8150. 


Animal Adaptations with the Wildlife Defenders
2017-07-31; 10:30  am - 11:30  am
Central Library - Kate Gleason Auditorium
Age Level: Child -- Select - Select
Live animals! Learn all about them!  Meet some live, exotic animals that you may never have met before and see how they have adapted to their environment.  The Wildlife Defenders will present lots of information and introduce you to some real, live animals. They will be in the Kate Gleason Auditorium at 10:30am on Monday, July 31, 2017. Don’t be late; you won’t want to miss a single second! This program will appeal to families with children of all ages, so don’t be shy; bring along the whole family. Bring some friends, too! For more information, please call the Children’s Center at 428-8150. 


Beginning Word
2017-07-31; 12:00  pm - 1:00  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. 


Intro. to Facebook (Spanish)
2017-07-31; 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. This class will be taught in Spanish.  No prior computer experience required.  Call 428-8020 to register for a class. 


All Ages Storytime
2017-08-01; 11:00  am - 11:30  am
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- Select - Select
Join us for stories, songs, the stretchy band, and parachute fun!  The Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County is inviting children and their caregivers to join us for an All Ages Storytime. We’ll read stories, sing songs, play with the stretchy band, and shake a colorful parachute. It’s the perfect Storytime for the whole family! All Ages Storytime will take place from 11-11:30am on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. No registration is required. Please call the Children's Center at 428-8150 for more information.     


Baby & Toddler Storytime
2017-08-01; 10:00  pm - 10:30  am
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- 3 yrs. - And Under
Join us for songs, books, colored scarves, musical instruments, and toys.  The love for reading and books begins before a child can read his or her first word. The Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County is inviting all babies, toddlers, and caregivers to join us for a Baby & Toddler Storytime. We’ll sing songs, play with egg shakers and colored scarves, share simple books, and play with toys. Children are not expected to sit still and be quiet. There will be time for children to play with toys and parents to socialize at the end of the Storytime. Baby & Toddler Storytime will take place from 10-10:30am on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.  No registration is required. Please call the Children's Center at 428-8150 for more information. 


Lego Lab
2017-08-02; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- 5 yrs. - And Up
Create! Construct! Build!  Do you love building with Legos? This is the place for you! Come build a Lego masterpiece and then display your work for all to see. This program is best for children five and older. Come to the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County at 7:00 pm most Wednesdays this summer for Lego Lab, to stretch your creativity with other kids. We will be meeting on Wednesdays August 2, and 9.  For more information call the Children's Center at 428-8150.    


We Write Short Shorts: The Art of Writing Flash Fiction - A Four-Part Series
2017-08-02; 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.  
  


Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies: Wild Life
2017-08-02; 1:00  pm - 2:30  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- Select - Select
Rated PG. A daring parrot recounts how Robinson Crusoe came to be stranded on a tropical island.  Swim on over to the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County to see the movie The Wild Life. In this story, rated PG, a daring parrot recounts how Robinson Crusoe came to be stranded on a tropical island. We will start the film rolling at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, August 2, so hold on to your hats and come along for the ride! This movie will appeal to families with children of all ages. There is no need to register, so feel free to bring along a friend or two. For more information, please call the Children’s Center at 428-8150. 


WXXI & Central Library Exploration Stations
2017-08-03; 11:00  am - 4:00  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- 4 yrs. - 12 yrs.
Exploration Stations are back, co-hosted by WXXI & Central Library! Join us for Fairy Tale STEAM programs.  This series features classic fairy tales with a twist. The kids help fairy tale characters solve problems through hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities. Come to the Children’s Center to play and learn with Anansi the Spider, The Little Red Hen, Abiyoyo, Chicken Little, and the Blind Men and the Elephant. Featuring WXXI & PBS KIDS resources, this free, drop-in series takes place from 11am to 4pm on consecutive Thursdays this summer. All material will be supplied, while they last. This program is open to families with children ages 4 to 12 and will occur on August 3, 2017. Please call the Children’s Center at 428-8150 for more information. 


Make & Take
2017-08-04; 1:00  pm - 4:00  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- 3 yrs. - And Up
Fun new project every week!  Friday is Craft day in the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. Come create a new project every week anytime between 1:00 and 4:00pm while supplies last. Dates are Fridays August 4, and 11. For more information, please call the Children’s Center at 428-8150. 


If You Give a Mouse a Tool Belt…
2017-08-07; 10:30  am - 12:00  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- Select - Select
You know what happens when you give a mouse a cookie. Find out what happens when you give him a toolbelt! Photo Opportunity, Activities, Crafts, and more!  Bring your camera because you’re sure to want to get a picture of yourself with the mouse. The mouse will get a tool belt, and you know what happens if he gets one thing…he wants something else! Come at 10:30am on Monday August 7, to see what else he’ll want. We’ll have lots of fun mousie activities and crafts to do! This program will be held in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. Mouse books will be offered for sale, or come up to the Children’s Center and see if we have any left to be borrowed. For more information, call the Children’s Center at 428-8150.  


Lego Lab
2017-08-09; 7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- 5 yrs. - And Up
Create! Construct! Build!  Do you love building with Legos? This is the place for you! Come build a Lego masterpiece and then display your work for all to see. This program is best for children five and older. Come to the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County at 7:00 pm most Wednesdays this summer for Lego Lab, to stretch your creativity with other kids. We will be meeting on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. For more information call the Children's Center at 428-8150. 


Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies: Nut Job
2017-08-09; 1:00  pm - 2:30  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- Select - Select
Rated PG. An incorrigibly self-serving exiled squirrel finds himself helping his former park brethren raid a nut store to survive, that is also the front for a human gang's bank robbery.  Go nuts in the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County when you come to the movie Nut Job at 1:00pm on Wednesday, August 9. Families with children of all ages will enjoy this silly movie about an incorrigibly self-serving exiled squirrel who finds himself helping his former park brethren raid a nut store to survive, that is also the front for a human gang's bank robbery. There is no need to register for this free movie, and there’s plenty of space, so feel free to bring a friend. For more information, call the Children’s Center at 428-8150. 


Make & Take
2017-08-11; 1:00  pm - 4:00  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- 3 yrs. - And Up
Fun new project every week!  Friday is Craft day in the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. Come create a new project on Friday, August 11, 2017 anytime between 1:00 and 4:00pm while supplies last. For more information, please call the Children’s Center at 428-8150. 


Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies: Bolt
2017-08-16; 1:00  pm - 2:30  pm
Central Library - Children's Center
Age Level: Child -- Select - Select
Rated PG. The canine star of a fictional sci-fi/action show that believes his powers are real embarks on a cross country trek to save his co-star from a threat he believes is just as real.  Race your way to the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County in time to see the free screening of the movie Bolt. The movie starts at 1pm on Wednesday, August 16. It is rated PB and will appeal to families with children of all ages. The canine star of a fictional sci-fi/action show that believes his powers are real embarks on a cross country trek to save his co-star from a threat he believes is just as real. There is no need to register, so feel free to bring along a friend or two. For more information, call the Children’s Center at 428-8150. 


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.


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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