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Join us for Generation Listen: NPR Listening Gathering

Gen Listen Where Do Our Politics Come From? 

An NPR Listening Gathering is an awesome way to bring together folks from the community for a fun and refreshing social experience that is usually solitary: listening to radio. Wherever you find those audio stories that stoke your curiosity and make you think a little differently about what goes on around you. NPR offers a window into the world through great storytelling.

Central Library Extends Evening Hours

Hours Beginning in 2017, the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County will be offering extended evening hours two nights a week. 

The hours will begin on January 4th.  The new schedule is:


The Rochester Public Library brings “Suffrage and the Flower City” online with Google Arts & Culture’s American Democracy collection

Susan B AnthonyOver 50 artifacts from the Rochester Public Library can now be viewed online by people around the world thanks to a new partnership with Google Arts & Culture.

This partnership is part of the Google Arts & Culture’s American Democracy collection, which brings together over 60 exhibits and 2500+ artifacts from 44 institutions dedicated to the preservation of U.S. political history and the practice of American democracy. The exhibition is open for all at and through the Google Arts & Culture mobile app for iOS and Android.

 In just a few clicks, users will be able to see Susan B. Anthony’s press pass from the Centennial Exposition of 1876, suffrage campaign buttons, pro- and anti-suffrage political pamphlets, and many other treasures from the collections of the Rochester Public Library, the Office of the City Historian, and the City of Rochester. Discover this exhibit here

Rochester Images are now also available through Library Commerce

Soldiers The Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County has collaborated with Library Commerce Inc. to provide the public with access to some of the library’s most popular digital images from the Rochester Images Collection. Library Commerce has compiled a collection of popular low resolution images from Rochester, NY’s history. Images include MidTown, canal boats and early Monroe County maps as well as Rochester luminaries, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and George Eastman. 

Monroe County Library System Electronic Newsletters

Electronic NewslettersIt's never been easier to find out what's going on at your local library! Click Here sign up for an electronic newsletter with upcoming events, new library services, recommended reading, and more. You'll receive library news delivered right to your email inbox! You may sign up for as many newsletters as you'd like. Check back often, as more libraries will be adding newsletters in the future.


Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Tuesday, January 17:

Adult Coloring Evenings - Irondequoit Public Library. Adult coloring promotes mental well-being and can put you in a state of “flow.” Join us for a relaxing and fun evening! We’ll supply the coloring sheets, colored pencils, and crayons. Registration required.

All-Ages Storytime on Tuesdays - Henrietta Public Library. Storytime fun for all ages!

Babies & Books - Monroe Branch. Join us at the Monroe Branch for a drop-in baby story time! Enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and fingerplays with your baby, while you both get a chance to socialize. Ages 0 -18 months with caregiver(s); older siblings are welcome to play quietly or participate.

Babies and Books - Chili Public Library. Join us for stories, songs, and fingerplays followed by an open play session!

Babies and Books - Brockport-Seymour Library. Stories, songs, and rhymes for babies and their caregivers followed by time to play.

Baby Story Time - Pittsford Community Library. Offered twice each Tuesday: 9:30 and 10:30 am.

Baby Storytime on Tuesdays - Henrietta Public Library. Introduce your baby to reading!

Baby Storytime - Parma Public Library. Join Ms. Amy for stories, fingerplays, rhymes, music and play time! No registration required.

Basic Computer Classes - Charlotte Branch. 1-on-1 assistance with computer basics: internet, e-mail, basic Word, e-books. By appointment. Please call 428-8216 to register.

Book Club - Maplewood Community Library. Every third Tuesday of the month from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Please see our events postings for the most up to date information on which book will be read during each month.

Read the Book—Join the Discussion! SEABISCUIT: AN AMERICAN LEGEND - Brighton Memorial Library. Also on Wednesday, January 18 from 7-8:30 pm. In 1938, a single, legendary figure stole the national spotlight from FDR, Hitler, and Mussolini. He was a thoroughbred racehorse named Seabiscuit. Author Lauren Hillenbrand tells the story of this underdog, and focuses on the people who helped Seabiscuit become a champion. Ask for a copy @ the Circulation Desk. Sponsored by Friends of BML.

Crafts with Rachel - Charlotte Branch. Come see what fun craft project Miss Rachel has dreamed up! Siblings are welcome with parental assistance.

The Diversity of Eggs - Lyell Branch. Find out how we are all a part of the same human family through Martin Luther King Jr's message (with the assistance of two eggs) Please register by calling 428-8218. NOTE: Eggs will not be eaten.

ADULT NON-FICTION EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION - Parma Public Library. Come join us on Tuesday, January 17th at 7 pm for our non-fiction, night book discussion. We will be discussing 17 Carnations by Andrew Morton. Cookies will be served! This non-fiction evening group is in ADDITION to our usual 2 pm, 2nd Wednesday of every-month daytime Book Discussion.

Experimental Crafts - Light Bulbs - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Will a drawing on a light bulb with a Sharpie cast shadows? Let's find out!

Food For Thought Book Discussion Group - Charlotte Branch. "After You" by Jojo Moyes is on the agenda for our discussion this month. "For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await." (Amazon Review) Come enjoy a warm drink and some stimulating discussion!

Emerald Ash Borer - Chili Public Library. This series of gardening programs are co-sponsored by the Chili Lion's Club and the Library, and are presented by Master Gardeners from the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Genealogy Group - Ogden Farmers' Library. Join us for an informal evening of research and discussion. Bring individual projects and come to seek or offer help. All are welcome! No registration is required.

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