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Steampunk Jewelry Workshop at Central Slated for November 8

 SteampunkThe Arts, Music & Recreation Department of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is offering interested crafts people the opportunity to make Steampunk Jewelry. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, November 8 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Please meet on the second floor of the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building, Central Library, 115 South Avenue. Registration is required.

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Monroe County Libraries Hosting Healthcare Navigators

 ACALibraries across Monroe County will be hosting healthcare navigators during the next rollout of the Affordable Healthcare Act open enrollment period. This is the time when you can find a new marketplace health care insurance plan, keep your current plan or see if you qualify for a subsidy to help pay for your plan. The official open enrollment period to apply for health insurance in accordance with the Affordable Care Act will begin November 15, 2014 and continue through February 15, 2015. A healthcare navigator will be here at Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, fourth floor of the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building on the following Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm beginning November 26, 2014.

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Art of the Book exhibit returns to Central Library

AOTBPThe Rochester Public Library and the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library is pleased to announce the opening of the fourth annual juried exhibition, “Art of the Book” which is on display at Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County now through January 4, 2015. An opening reception is slated for Thursday, November 6 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in the Lower Link Gallery, 115 South Avenue. The reception is free and open to the public.

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NYS Library announces continuation of NOVELNY

 NYSLBernard A. Margolis, Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and who serves as our State Librarian, is pleased to announce the continuation of the current NOVELNY (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) databases. NOVELNY is an online virtual library connecting New Yorkers to 21st century information via libraries and library systems statewide. NOVELNY is an online library of literally hundreds of magazines, newspapers, maps, charts, research and reference books that are available to every New Yorker-- free of charge.

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November is NaNoWriMo!

NNWMNovember is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and writers nation wide are taking on the annual challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. With that in mind, the Literature Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is pleased to announce it will be sponsoring a related workshop dedicated to making you a better novelist. The program is slated for Saturday, October 25 from 10:30 am – Noon in the Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Avenue.

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Financial literacy a top priority for area libraries

 FINRAAs the People’s University, the Rochester Public Library (RPL) is dedicated to serving the needs of all its community members. In that spirit, for several years now RPL has been a host site for teaching English (ESOL) to immigrants and refugees in the Greater Rochester area. RPL is also a proud official partner of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB). And starting this October, RPL will be introducing financial literacy information as part of the ESOL curriculum at the Maplewood Community Library, 1111 Dewey Avenue. There will be a kickoff celebration at the first class session with library officials and local dignitaries of the refugee communities on Tuesday, October 2 at 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

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“Artist at Work!” series back for third season

AAW1The Arts, Music & Recreation Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is hosting the third season of the very popular “Artist at Work!” series, which begins Saturday, September 20, 2014. On the third Saturday of each month from September through June 2015, a local artist will visit the Arts Division at Central Library from 1:00 – 3:00 pm demonstrating their art, and informally interacting with interested observers. It’s a very relaxed program that allows people to meet some talented local artists, talk to them about their work and see art as it is being created. Famed oil and watercolor artist Peggy Martinez will be the first local artisan scheduled for the series.

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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.

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A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Thursday, October 30:


Baby Storytime on Thursdays - Henrietta Public Library. A great way to introduce babies to reading!

BABY TIME - Irondequoit – McGraw Branch. For babies 0-23 months and their care giver.

Basic Computer Class - Lincoln Branch. Free weekly classes in topics including internet, Word, Excel, e-mail and more.

Book Sale - Mendon Public Library. Join us for another fantastic Friends of the Mendon Public Library book sale! Admission to this first day is $1 for current Friends of the Mendon Public Library and K-12 students and $5 general admission. This sale will be held in the "old" Mendon Library at 15 Monroe Street, Honeoye Falls.

Building Buddies - Mendon Public Library. This combination of story time and play time fosters early literacy, social skills, creativity, fine motor skills, and parallel play among young children. Grown-ups can socialize or browse through a magazine or newspaper in our comfortable Jacobs Family Reading Room while children play with building blocks. No registration necessary.

Classic Book Discussion: "The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. The group meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 3:00 pm at the Evans Branch on 45 Cooper Road. New members are always welcome!

Halloween Spooktacular! - Lyell Branch. Stories and Halloween fun for the school age crowd. Costumes optional.

The History of Halloween - Henrietta Public Library. Learn how Halloween became one of America's favorite celebrations!

LEGO CLUB: BUILD WITH LEGO! - Brighton Memorial Library. We provide the bricks, you provide the creativity! Ages 6-12. Register (784-5330).

Take and Make Crafts - Gates Public Library. Do you love to make things? Every month our Librarians put out bags filled with instructions and supplies to make a new craft. This month's craft for children is "Paper plate Halloween wreath", the teen craft is "Yarn Ghost" and adult craft is "Clothespin Cat". Samples are on display at the Library!

Monthly Book Sale! - Charlotte Branch. Buy quality discards and donated items at amazingly affordable prices!

Neighbor Next Door Series - Penfield Public Library. Need information on Alzheimer's disease?

Pajama Storytime - Chili Public Library. Join us for an evening storytime in your pajamas, with your favorite stuffed friend!

Simply Stories - Chili Public Library. Join us for a special storytime full of stories, songs, and fun!

Spooky Stories - Brockport-Seymour Library. Do you like scary stories? Here's your chance to create one of your own to share. Grades 2-5. Registration required.

Story Time Stars - Pittsford Community Library. Join us for a half hour of stories, songs, and fingerplays.

Story Time Stew - Lyell Branch. Stories, songs and activities for children under 4 years old and their caregiver.

STORYTIME FOR TALKERS (age 2 - 3 with adult) - Irondequoit – McGraw Branch. 20-30 minutes of stories, songs, finger plays and literacy support for young children, with a different theme each week. . Fall series begins September 15 and continues weekly through November 20 (no Talkers on September 29 or October 2, 13, 16).

Thursday Morning Story Time - Highland Branch. Join us for stories, songs and more! Recommended for children ages 2 to 5 years old.

Thursday Night Story Hour - Hamlin Public Library. Story time and craft for children ages 5-10. 6:45 - 7:30 pm. (Free program-no registration required)

Toddle Time - Ogden Farmers' Library. If you are two, OFL is the place for you!

Toddler Storytime on Thursdays - Henrietta Public Library. Storytime fun for toddlers!

Wii Mania - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Come in and play our favorite Wii games! No registration required.

Year Round Storytime - Parma Public Library. Join Miss Amy for stories, songs, coloring, and lots of puppets! Siblings welcome. No registration required.

Baby's Morning Out - Fairport Public Library. Drop in for a morning of play and socialization with your baby or toddler. No Registration Necessary!

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