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Literature Division


  Rundel Building  

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

Literature: (585) 428-8380


Literature Division

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

2015 Self-Published Book Festival 

Join us at the 2015 Self-Published Book Festival, a free event for writers who want to learn how to publish their book independently, and for readers who want to discover some of the Rochester area’s finest self-published authors. The Festival will be held at the downtown Central Library on Saturday, November 7th from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm and Sunday, November 8th from 1:00 – 4:30 pm. Additional self-publishing events will be held at the Phillis Wheatley Community Library on Friday, November 6th at 5:30 pm and at the Sully Branch on Monday, November 9th at 4:00 pm.  

We are excited to announce that Keynote Speaker, Peggy DeKay, self-published author, award-winning writer, and creator of The Business of Writing Today Podcast, will be kicking off the Festival on Saturday at 10:30 am in the Kate Gleason Auditorium, with a talk on “The New Freedom Of Self-Publishing: How to Leverage the Technology.” 

For those interested in learning more about self-publishing, from the novice to the more experienced self-published author, we are offering a variety of programs including “A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Publishing,” “Promote Your Book Online,” “Building Your Author Platform,” “Secrets from a Bestselling Self-Published Author,” and “The Self-Publishing Journey: A Panel Discussion.” Reservations are required for the afternoon programs.  To register for the Saturday programs, please click here: To register for the Sunday program, please click here: 

Alternatively, you can register by calling Mary Fraser at 428-8148. 

To meet some of our area’s best self-published authors, please stop by our Book Fair on Saturday from 11:30 am – 4:30 pm or Sunday from 1:30 – 4:30 pm. The Fair will be held in the Harold Hacker Hall on the 1st floor of the Rundel Building, and books will be available for purchase from individual authors.  









Also included for the first time in this year’s Festival, is a mini Trade Show, where you can meet with self-publishing related vendors and organizations. For more information about the Trade Show, or to participate as a vendor, please contact Jeff Levine at 428-8101. 

For more information, please go to the SPBF blog at or email 




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The Self-Published Book Festival 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.   




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Brown Bag Book Discussion Group


Our discussion group meets monthly on Thursdays from Noon - 1:00 in Central Library's Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor Rundel Memorial Building.

Refreshments are served. Brownbag lunches are welcome.

Group Moderator:  Carol Moldt, 428-8375,  

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2013 Poems 4 Lunch 



Poetry Oasis: Unwind at Noontime


Each Thursday at noon, local poet and teacher, Kitty Jospe, selects a variety of poems for the group to read and discuss. Come experience the magic that happens when we slow down to read poetry out loud in a relaxing setting.

All are invited to join this welcoming group. No poetry background is necessary - only an open mind!

Thursdays, noon - 1pm

Central Library's Literature Study Room, 1st floor Rundel Memorial Building

For more information, contact Carol Moldt, 428-8375, 




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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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The Lithuanian Studies Collection

These books, a gift of retired Branch Manager, Richard Gervickas, “give particular attention to the fields of Lithuanian history, culture, literature, and art”.


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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 


Materials and Services for People with Disabilities

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