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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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Make Fleece Blankets for Shelter Animals

fleece1Are you an animal lover like we are? Well, here is a great opportunity to provide a warm gift to a shelter animal this holiday season. Come to the Arts, Music & Recreation Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County on Saturday, November 1 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm to learn how to make no-sew fleece blankets for shelter animals. The workshop will be located on the second floor of the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building of Central Library.

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Local History Exhibit and Lecture October 25

trunkOn Saturday, October 25 the Local History & Genealogy Department of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County will be hosting an opening reception in the Local History Main Hall, 2nd floor, Rundel Memorial Building from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. The exhibit is titled, “Property of Charles A. Ritz: A Rochester Time Capsule.” The reception will be immediately followed by a public conversation titled, “Creating the Charles A. Ritz Exhibit,” Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor, Rundel Memorial Building.

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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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BSI begins September 9

BSI thumbThe Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library is pleased to announce the fall schedule for the ever-popular ‘Books Sandwiched In’ book review series. A staple of Rochester cultural activities since 1955, the series begins Tuesday, September 9 with James Norman, President & CEO of Action for a Better Community, reviewing the book titled, The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act, by Clay Risen. Each Tuesday program begins at 12:12 pm, Kate Gleason Auditorium, Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Ave, Rochester, NY.

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Saturday, October 25:


Craft: Bat Mobile - Central Library. It’s Batman’s birthday!

Creepy Crawly Creativity - Mendon Public Library. Just in time for Halloween, come learn more about one of the planet's most intriguing life forms: spiders! Participants will be thoroughly engaged by an interactive presentation, specimens, and live tarantulas. No registration necessary.

Drop-in Craft Time - Monroe Branch. Make crafts at the library!

Fall-O-Ween Party - Charlotte Branch. Join us for our annual autumn bash. There'll be crafts, games, snacks, and at noon we'll be having a hilarious magic show performed by Professor Klutzo. Wear your Halloween costume if you like. See you there!

Children's Halloween Party - Ogden Farmers' Library. Enjoy an hour of Halloween fun.

HALLOWEEN SCRAP ART WITH MARY JANE WENNER - Winton Branch. CREATE A HALLOWEEN CRAFT TO KEEP OR TO GIVE AWAY. MRS. WENNER WILL BRING ALL OF THE SUPPLIES.

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!

NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month - Central Library. November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and writers nation-wide are taking on the annual challenge to write a 50,000 novel in 30 days.

Parma Public Library Friends Book Sale - Parma Public Library. Book Sale -

Role Playing Gamers Club - Brockport-Seymour Library. Teen players are welcome to participate in a variety of role-playing games. D&D is still the top! Join the group and share your favorites!

Story Time - Arnett Branch. Come join us for some great stories at the Arnett Branch Children’s Room! This event is best suited for preschool age children. Registration is not required. Story Times at the Arnett Branch Library take place at 11:15 am on every Tuesday that the library is open and at 1:00 pm on most Saturdays.

Teen Improv Coffee House - Henrietta Public Library. Enjoy funny skits and improv games!

Trick or Treat at the Library - Chili Public Library. Bring your littlest ghouls and goblins dressed in costume to our annual Halloween Party!

Fall Fruits and Veggies - Gates Public Library. Wegman's staff will be here to bring fruits and vegetables for us to taste, and to recommend ways to prepare these, as well as to pair different varieties with other flavors.

Music and Movement Preschool Storytime - Fairport Public Library. This preschool storytime is for children ages 2-5 and includes stories, musical instruments, scarves, beanbags and lots of fun!

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