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Best-Selling Authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely to Headline the Seventh Annual Greater Rochester Teen Read with Their Book All American Boys

GRTRLibrarians across the Monroe County Library System are encouraging teens and adults to read the same young adult novel and meet the authors for our Seventh Annual Greater Rochester Teen Read (GRTR)! This year we are excited to announce award winning authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely as the headline attraction.

The authors will be visiting students at local schools as well as two public events at the Irondequoit Public Library on November 9th at 7 pm and the Central Library on November 10th at 4 pm.

During these events teens can enter to win book prizes! Attend an autographing session that will follow the presentation and refreshments will be provided.

Finding Neverland brings J.M. Barrie and the Lost Boys to life

Lost Boys The Finding Neverland tour stops in Rochester later this month as part of the 2016-2017 M&T Bank Broadway Season, and the Monroe County Library System has partnered with The Rochester Broadway Theatre League for a special celebration of books and theatre! On Tuesday, November 1 from 6 to 8 pm MCLS will host a post-production discussion comparing and contrasting the stage adaptation of Finding Neverland and the story behind it. Participants will be treated to a private tour of the Auditorium Theatre.

Opportunity is Knocking

KnockingPlease join us for a free program called: Opportunity is Knocking: Learn what the Internet Doesn’t Tell You: How to Buy Your First or Next Home. The first program will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 11:30 am-1 pm and will be repeated on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 11 am-12:30 pm. Both programs will take place at the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County in the Kate Gleason Auditorium. This program is presented by the Mortgage Bankers Association of the Genesee Region, the Business & Social Sciences Division and the Science & History Division of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. Click here or call 585-428-8110 for additional details and registration. Participants must register to receive a free giveaway upon arrival--while supplies last.

Construction begins at the Central Library

constructionConstruction for phases 2 & 3 of the Central Library Master Space Plan is beginning the week of September 5, 2016.  During this time the library will be relocating the Central Library's Arts Division to the first floor of the Rundel Library Building. Arts Division will be temporarily closed starting September 7. Materials typically found in the Arts Division (non-fiction books, music scores, graphic novels & framed prints) will be available during renovations, but a majority will require retrieval assistance from the 1st floor reference desk in the Rundel Memorial Library building. 

Music Play at the Sully Library

MusicJoin us at the Sully Library for our first season of Music Play at Sully Library! Together families and ROC Music Play staff will focus on family-centered music making. Children will experience songs and chants written to help them to develop a listening vocabulary.

 This program will be held on Friday mornings from 11:10 - 11:50 am on September 9, 16, 23, and 30; October 14, 21, and 28; November 4, 11, and 18; and December 2. For more information, call the Sully Library at (585) 428-8208.


Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Monday, October 24:

After School Adventures - East Rochester Public Library. Unwind after school in an informal learning environment with a different activity each week. We'll offer stories, crafts, games, cool tech gadgets, science experiments and more. For ages 5 and up.

ALL AGES STORYTIME - Brighton Memorial Library. Stories and songs for children with a caregiver.

Baby Explorers - Henrietta Public Library. Enjoy our interactive baby play time!

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

BabyTime - Irondequoit Public Library. Enjoy the company of other babies and caregivers while supporting your baby's literacy through songs, rhymes, and stories. Then there will be time for play and socializing. No registration necessary.

Basic Internet - Central Library. Learn about using the internet through guided visits to several websites.

Cleaning Without Chemicals - Gates Public Library. Learn methods to clean your house without ingesting toxic chemicals.

Cliffhangers Book Club - Chili Public Library. Join us as we read an exciting new mystery or adventure book each month!

Crafternoon - Frederick Douglass Community Library. Join us for making leaf people, a Frankenstein sun catcher, bead pumpkins, and slime. Take them home to show your family! All ages, no registration required.

Douglass Book Group - Frederick Douglass Community Library. Join us for a discussion of the popular book Room, by Emma Donoghue. Room Is home to Jack, but to Ma it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work. To register, please call 428-8206, or stop in at the Information Desk.

Drop-in Toddler Story Time - Pittsford Community Library. Offered three times each Monday: 9:15, 10:00 and 10:45 a.m.

Unpacking Edgar Allan Poe's Short Stories - Pittsford Community Library. With Halloween just around the corner, October is the perfect time to indulge in a little Edgar Allan Poe.

Family Story Time - Pittsford Community Library. A story time perfect for the whole family!

FINISH IT! - Parma Public Library. NEW ADULT PROGRAM - "FINISH IT!" Stop in at the Parma Public Library on Monday, (YES, IT A MONDAY THIS MONTH!) October 24th from 1-3 pm. BRING YOUR "IN PROGRESS" ART OR CRAFT PROJECT TO THE LIBRARY AND "FINISH IT!" All Adults Welcome! No registration! Walk-Ins Encouraged!

Homework Helpers - Arnett Branch. The Homework Helpers will at the library from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm. School kids can stop by and receive help with their homework. This program is sponsored by Dial-A-Teacher. The Homework Helpers are at the Arnett Branch Library most Mondays and Wednesdays 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm during the school year. For more information please call 585-428-8214.

Kids Write! - Henrietta Public Library. Join other kid writers and write fun stories!

Maker Monday - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Crafts you can create!

MICROSOFT WORD 2013 - Penfield Public Library. Microsoft Word continues to be the best loved word processor in use today, but the 2013 version looks quite different from Word 2010.

Monday Minecraft Madness - Chili Public Library. Bring your tablet or laptop to play this exciting game with some new friends!

Munchkin Monday Story Hour - Hamlin Public Library. Story time and craft for children ages 2-5.

Lunchtime Concert: Mike Kaupa Trio - Central Library. Mike Kaupa Trio plays jazz during the lunch hour.

New York's Holy History - Ogden Farmers' Library. Upstate New York was the center of religious activity in America during the country’s first 150 years. A significant number of important American religious movements and denominations were founded in or linked to Western New York. Many people are aware of story of the Mormons or the Spiritualists, but they were only the tip of the iceberg of New York's religious activity. This presentation will discuss some of the fascinating historical figures and events that went on to influence the religious practices of our entire nation and the world beyond. Presented by Jack Kowiak. Refreshments will be served. Registration is appreciated but not required.

PJ Storytime - Henrietta Public Library. End the day with a snuggle-up storytime

Story Time - Irondequoit Public Library. Storytime is a series of 20-30 minute programs of fun and literacy support for young children, Each session features songs, finger plays, and stories and more with a different theme each week. No registration necessary.

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

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 "Handprint Autumn Tree", for teens we have "Paperstrip Pumpkin" and adults can pick up a zentangle page.

Talking Circles and the Art of Listening - Irondequoit Public Library. While technology continues to increase our capacity to communicate faster, it also affects our ability to communicate in respectful and meaningful ways. Talking circles are an ancient way for communities to share information, enjoy shared time, and make decisions. Registration required.

TASC Prep - Lyell Branch. Anyone who is looking to develop their skills for a TASC (GED) Exam is welcome to join. No registration required - just come in! Ages 18 and older. For more information, please call 428-8218.

Technology Help with a Teen Tech Tutor - Irondequoit Public Library. Would you like to learn Microsoft Word or Excel? Are you struggling to download an eBook? Come visit our trained Teen Tech Tutors for help with your technology questions. No registration necessary.

Toddler Time - Brockport-Seymour Library. Stories, songs, rhymes, and more for toddlers and young preschoolers.

Toddler Time - Chili Public Library. Join us for stories, songs, and fingerplays at the library!

TOT TIME DROP-IN STORYTIME - Brighton Memorial Library. Stories and songs for children with a caregiver.

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