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Tree PuzzleHelp us plan our Fall Genealogy Workshop  

On Saturday, October 24, 2015, the Local History & Genealogy Division of the Central Library and the Rochester Genealogical Society are co-sponsoring a free daylong genealogy workshop on researching immigrant ancestors.

Glimpses of Greece- Photo Contest

braddock bay(6)Do you have a passion for digital photography? Do you take pride in your town? The Town of Greece contains over 764 acres of land, 8 miles of Lake Ontario shoreline and 17 parks. What is your favorite “Glimpse of Greece”?

StoryCorps is coming to Rochester Public Library

 storycorpsThe Rochester Public Library, NY has been selected to be a 2015 StoryCorps @ your library (SCL) site; RPL was one of ten libraries selected from over 300 applicants. StoryCorps @ your library (SCL) is a project of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and StoryCorps with additional funding support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The oral histories will be collected during the months of June through October 2015 at Central Library, 115 South Avenue, Maplewood Branch Library, 1111 Dewey Avenue, and other city branch locations.

MCLS re-launches library book sales webpage

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

Vietnam Learning Center

vietnamThe Science and History Division on the 3rd floor of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County would like to announce the Vietnam Learning Center.  A generous gift from Local Chapter 20 of the Vietnam Veterans enabled the division to purchase display cabinets, in country maps, the magazine “Between the Lines”, and many circulating books.


Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Monday, July 6:

Baby Story Times - East Rochester Public Library. Support your baby's early literacy and language development with books, songs, and play. For babies and their caregivers.

Baby Story Time - Gates Public Library. Babies from birth to 2 years old and their caregivers will enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and play time.

Chalk the Walk - Charlotte Branch. Celebrate summer by creating sidewalk art with chalk! Then play with bubbles, sign in your summer reading progress, return books and movies and borrow some more!

Chess Club - Chili Public Library. Our chess club is an informal group where children can learn and play the game of chess in a welcoming atmosphere!

Craft Mondays - Highland Branch. We'll be making a fun craft each Monday!

Drop-in Toddler Story Time - Pittsford Community Library. Stories, songs, and fingerplays make up this fun 20-minute program for children 18 months to 3 years old (with a caregiver).

Every Hero Has a Story Summer Reading Kickoff & Registration - Monroe Branch. Every Hero Has a Story! Sign up for the 2015 Summer Reading Program starting on July 6th! Program runs through August 15th. We'll have a Summer Reading folder for you which includes an Every Hero Has a Story bookmark, a Summer Reading Time Log, a Rochester Public Library Summer Learning Activity Puzzle (Grand Prize: bicycle; one winner from each library will get a backpack & $20 gift card to Barnes & Noble), a Monroe Branch Activity & Program Handout, Red Wings Summer Reading info, and meal vouchers for Applebee's and Golden Corral! Come back each week for weekly prizes, craft times, special programs, and your chance to win one of our Grand Prizes!! If this is your first visit to our library, you'll earn an Explore Your World puzzle piece for the Rochester Public Library Summer Learning Activity Puzzle.

Family Challenge - Brockport-Seymour Library. Spend some time as a family at the library and challenge yourself to complete each week's task.

Film Movement Series: Independent and Foreign Films - Pittsford Community Library. If You Don’t, I Will / 2014 / 102 min. / Not rated / France

GED/TASC Tutoring - Maplewood Community Library. Receive free tutoring to prepare for the GED/TASC.

Gravitational Bull - Central Library. Be amused! Be amazed! Either way, stand back because you never know what will be thrown around in this juggling comedy show.

Knitting Nights with Nancy - Pittsford Community Library. Whether you would like to finish UFOs (Unfinished objects) or start on holiday gifts, please come to Knitting Nights with Nancy.

Lunch Bunch Book Group - Brockport-Seymour Library. Bring your lunch and discuss a different chapter book each week in this teen-run book group for children going into grades 4 and 5. Registration required.

Mad Scientists' Dream Lab - Brockport-Seymour Library. Explore the wonderful world of science with hands-on experiments. For children entering grades 3-5. Registration required.

Minecraft Madness Matinee - Chili Public Library. Bring your tablet and play this exciting game with some new friends!

Munchkin Monday Story Hour - Hamlin Public Library. Stories and craft for child and caregiver.

Neighborhood Explorers - Arnett Branch. Join other 19th Ward students and the 19th Ward Community Association as we learn about our community through writing, investigation, and fun! This program takes place on Mondays 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27 at 2:30-3:30 pm. Questions? Email or call 328-6571

Preschool Activity Club - Brockport-Seymour Library. Preschoolers are welcome to join us for a craft or art activity. Ages 2-5.

Sing, Sign, and Play Storytime - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. Sing, Sign, and Play with Linda Schmackpfeffer, Baby Signing Time Instructor. During this fun and interactive class we will use books, songs, and other playful activities to teach caregivers and tots some simple and useful ASL signs. No registration needed.

STEM Super Heroes With 4-H - Chili Public Library. Join 4-H for fun activities that explore topics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics!

Story Time with Mary Jo - Gates Public Library. For ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver. Stories, songs, fingerplays, circle games, toys and a snack are all part of this program.

Summer Family Storytime - Penfield Public Library. For children of all ages, accompanied by an adult.

Summer Family Storytime - Irondequoit – McGraw Branch. Summer Family StoryTime is a series of 20-30 minute programs of fun and literacy support for young children ages 2-5. Each session features stories, songs, finger plays and more with a different theme each week. Choose from three weekly sessions: Mondays at 10:30 am, Tuesdays at 1:00 pm or Thursdays at 11:30 pm. Summer Family Storytimes begin June 29 and continues through July 30. No registration needed.

Tech Tutor - Brockport-Seymour Library. Do you need help with your e-reader, laptop,tablet, or smart phone? Come in and have a one-on-one 30 min session with a librarian. Other tech questions? Bring those, too! Registration required.

US Citizenship Class - Maplewood Community Library. US Citizenship test preparation.

Winton Reading Group - Winton Branch. Reading Selection: The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith.

Creative Writing Group - Gates Public Library. A self-directed group for writers to have the opportunity to share their efforts in a safe and friendly workshop setting.

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