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Penfield Public Library hosts Spring Into Arts celebration

penfieldOnce again, the Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Road, is hosting its 14th annual "Spring Into Arts" celebration. A number of special cultural activities and programs for all ages are planned throughout the month of March and into early April. Highlighting the arts focused celebration will be a visit from “Froggy,” an appearance by the Nazareth College Story Band, adult art lectures, book talks, movies and a cosmetics workshop for teens with makeup artist Eva Jewel.

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Zentangle For Everybody

 zenThe Charlotte Branch Library, 3557 Lake Avenue, is hosting a unique art instruction program titled, “Zentangle for Everybody.” Zentangle is a meditative art form created by Maria Thomas and Rich Roberts. With Zentangle method, you can create beautiful images using repetitive patterns. It is easy to learn while promoting relaxation and focus. The program dates are Tuesdays March 24 and March 31 plus April 7 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 p.m.

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MCLS library newsletters are just one click away

 emailIt's never been easier to find out what's going on at your local library! The Monroe County Library System has compiled a “one stop” resource page of links for library patrons to sign up for electronic newsletters. Our electronic newsletters are a simple, easy-to-read vehicle to keep you informed about news important to you. Find out about all upcoming library events, free library services and programming, reader’s advisories and more. It’s just one click away.

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Get FREE help with your taxes at Central Library

 taxhelpThe Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is partnering with the New York State Department of Taxation & Finance (NYSDTF) to help local residents file both their State and Federal 2014 returns in the most secure and accurate way. You can prepare and e-file your tax returns with the assistance of NYSDTF certified volunteer representatives on select days through Tuesday, April 14. We will be hosting this service in the Rundel Memorial Building, second floor, 115 South Avenue. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8130.

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Film Festival Highlights Black History Month Events at Central Library

 bhmlogoThe Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County will celebrate the black experience through cinema by hosting our first annual Black History Month Film Festival. Sponsored by the Reynolds Media Center, organizers hope this series of ten acclaimed major motion picture films slated for viewing during the month of February will inspire, educate and empower our audiences. Join us for these FREE programs scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm, Kate Gleason Auditorium, 1st floor, Central Library, 115 South Avenue. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8360.

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IRS Policy Change Taxes America's Libraries

 taxxThe decision by the Internal Revenue Service to limit the distribution of special forms and instruction booklets to filers is taxing people's patience-- and libraries across America are feeling the pinch. The policy change comes at the same time Congress promotes more cuts to Federal Budget spending. The agency announced last month that it will send libraries Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ, but not special forms such as Schedule A for itemizing deductions, the instruction booklets for completing the returns and the tax tables for figuring how much one owes.

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Local Watercolorist Featured at Central Library

 Cretney1Sometimes the beauty of light can only last an instant. If you plan on visiting a new art exhibit at Central Library this winter, you’d better be ready for that moment. Brenda Cretney, a well-known watercolor artist from Brockport, NY will display more than 30 works of stellar art in the Lower Link Gallery, Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County through March 4. Her works of art range in subject matter from Western Art to her unbridled love of animals. The gallery is open during regular library business hours.

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Lower Link Gallery hosts Master Woodcarver Al Jordan

owlbyAJThe Lower Link Gallery of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is pleased to announce the arrival of a new exhibit called, “The Art of Birds in Wood.” The display features 32 life like award-winning sculptures of shore birds, Bufflehead decoys, Ospreys and several Owl species. The exhibit will be on display through March 4.

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Friday, February 27:


Baby Lapsit Story Time - Ogden Farmers' Library. Bring your baby to the library!

Basic Computer Class - Lincoln Branch. Free one hour individual classes in topics including internet, Word, email and more.

FRIENDS OF BML BIG BOOK SALE - Brighton Memorial Library. Through March 2 Most books are 50 cents - $1. Sponsored by the Friends of BML.

MOMMY & ME LAPSIT - Winton Branch. ENGAGE YOUR CHILD AT THE LIBRARY. WE WILL USE BOARD BOOKS, BOUNCE RHYMES, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND PUPPETS.

Monthly Book Sale - Charlotte Branch. Buy quality discards and donations at amazingly affordable prices. On Saturday fill a bag for a dollar!

Preschool Story Time - Ogden Farmers' Library. Drop in for some great stories!

Story Time - Mendon Public Library. Stories and more to encourage early literacy, a love of books and being read to, following simple directions, taking turns, being part of a group, and being a good listener. Best for toddlers and preschoolers. No registration necessary.

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

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 adults is "Heart Garland", the teen craft is "Paperclip Bookmark" and for children we have "Heart Lamb Paper Craft". Samples are on display at the Library!

Tech Tutor - Brighton Memorial Library. Get a personalized session for help with an Internet question or using OverDrive to download e-books. Register @ the Reference Center (784-5300).

Yoga for Kids - Highland Branch. Join Miss Nora from Flower City Yoga for a special yoga class for kids! Relax and stretch after a long day. Due to space restrictions, there is a limit of 15 children for this program. Please call 428-8206 to sign up.

Yoga Storytime - Gates Public Library. A half hour adventure of a storytime while developing a strong physical core.

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