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Literature and Media Division


  Rundel Building  

of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County
1st Floor, Rundel Memorial Library Building 

Literature: (585) 428-8380
Media (Audio, Video): (585) 428-8360
Computer Center: (585) 428-8361  Hours 

Literature Division

The Literature area of the department includes a number of special collections and subjects. View the list.  


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Brown Bag Book Discussion Group

Our discussion group meets from Noon - 1:00,  Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor Central Library’s Rundel Building.
Bring your lunch.
Group Moderator:  Carol Moldt, 428-8375,  

Events Calendar Link     

 AAW Film Series   Academy Award Winners Film Series

    Fall 2013 Details     Spring 2014 Details 


Kate Gleason Auditorium - 2:00 p.m.

An American in Paris, Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, and Oscar Levant, Jan 25, 2014

Gigi, Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, and Louis Jourdan, Feb 15, 2014

Born Free, Virginia McKenna, and Bill Travers, Mar 29, 2014

Bullitt, Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bissett, and Robert Vaughn, Apr 19, 2014

Logan’s Run, Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, Farrah Fawcett, and Peter Ustinov, May 17, 2014

2013 Poems 4 Lunch 

Poems for Lunch

Moderated by Kitty Jospe, an active poet.
Come experience the magic that happens when we slow down to read poetry out loud. This lunch “offering” is open to anyone interested in how something ordinary can become astonishing through good language. You are invited to discover all that a poem can do and to share ideas with others.

This is not a writing course, but by learning to be a good reader of poetry, you will start to recognize how good writing works.  Each week Kitty will offer a selection of poems and guide the discussion.

No background is necessary— only an open mind!
Free and Open to the Public – Brown bag lunch welcome. No registration required. Drop-ins are welcome.
12:00  pm - 1:00  pm, Literature Study Room, 1st floor Rundel Bldg.

January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27

Kitty Jospé is currently teaching at Writers and Books. In addition to being a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery, she enjoys collaborations with art, dance and music and giving PowerPoint talks that illustrate the inter-related dialogue between the arts. She has poems in various magazines and anthologies, and three books:

"Cadences," Foothills Publishing, 2009, "Mosaicq," Finishing Line Press, 2013 (semi-finalist for their 2012 Chapbook contest), "Gathering Lines," Blurb, 2013

You can read Kitty’s poetry discussion blog at 


 2013-11-09 Write Your Life 

Write Your Life: A 6-Part Writing Series

You've had a fascinating life. Why not write about it. Come to a monthly, six session exploration of how to share your stories and experiences in a powerful and engaging way.

Bring a notebook and pen (or laptop) with you, because we'll be writing in every session. Over the course of five sessions, you'll create 1 - 2 personal essay drafts that you can then share during the "Writing Roundtable" at the sixth and final workshop in the series.

This  series will be led by Jennifer Blanchard, author and writing coach who believes that sharing your story can change someone's life. Jennifer helps people who share that belief take their writing from idea to draft so they can get their stories out into the world. You can learn more about her at

Nov 9, Dec 14, Jan 11, Feb 1, Mar 8, and Apr 12.
10:30 am - 12 :00  pm
Central Library, Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor Rundel Memorial Bldg., 115 South Ave., Rochester, NY 14604

Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Please contact Carol Moldt in the Literature Division at 585-428-8375 or
Registration deadline is November 6, 2013. 

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World Literature, Philosophy, and Religion at RPL

List of newest acquisitions in World Literature, Philosophy, and Religion available in the Literature division. 


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 World Historical Fiction Bibliographies

 Historical Fiction Set in Africa  

 Historical Fiction Set in Asia  

 Historical Fiction Set in Europe  

 Historical Fiction Set in North America  

 Historical Fiction Set in Oceania  

 Historical Fiction Set in South America  

 Historical Fiction Set in the United Kingdom 

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 The African American Experience Videography  

 The Anime Videography   

 The Foreign Film Videography   

 The Westerns Film Videography  

 The World War Videographies 


Media Division

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2014 JanFeb 


 New Media Center 

New Media Brochure  

New Music Blog  

  New Media Center 


The Media section of the department includes: 

  • Audio visual materials in Blu-ray, DVD and VHS formats, from popular titles to documentaries, non-fiction titles, and educational videos, as well as foreign films from more than 40 countries. 
  • Rundel Xpress DVDs - Borrow for 2 days. See select DVDs on select shelves in the Media Dept. Must be returned to the Rundel Building Circulation Desk ONLY. No renewals or holds. 
  • Audio books: fiction, religion, plays and poetry on cassette and CD; also some on MP3CD & Playaway®. 
  • Audiovisual Equipment Rental. Call (585) 428-8360 or click here for slide projector, 8mm and 16mm film projectors, and projection screens. A 24-hour notice is required for all equipment rental reservations.  
  • Coming Soon - Music CD's currently located in the Arts Division. 


Computer Center

The Computer Center has computers with Microsoft Office software, a scanner, and printers that print both color and black-and-white and oversize. 


Computer Center Hours



10 am - 5 pm


10 am - 5 pm


10 am - 5 pm


11 am - 6:30 pm


10 am - 5 pm


10 am - 4:30 pm (Sept. - June)


1 pm - 4:30 pm (Oct. - mid May)


Materials and Services for People with Disabilities

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