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Weaving Autumn Gourds

Gourd WeavingLearn how to weave on autumn gourds with artist Sandra Kampat at the Central Library, 115 South Ave., Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building - 2nd floor Arts Division, on Saturday, October 4, from 1 - 2:30 pm.

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.

“Take a Seat, Make a Difference”

 auction3“Take a Seat, Make a Difference” Friendship Chair Project has brought together a select group of local artists to re-purpose a vintage auditorium chair that will be auctioned to raise funds for the Friendship Children’s Center. For over 85 years, the Center has provided creative and educational care within a safe environment for Rochester’s poorest families. Throughout the Online Auction period, September 11 until midnight October 9, all 41 “Friendship Chairs” will be on exhibit at Harold Hacker Hall, Rundel Memorial Building, Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Avenue, Rochester, NY.

9th Annual Empire State College Art Show

 ESCASThe Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is pleased to announce that it will once again be hosting the ninth annual Empire State College alumni, student & faculty art show at the Lower Link Gallery, Central Library, 115 South Avenue from September 8 through October 9, 2014. An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, September 11 at 5:30 to 7:00 pm and is open to the public. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy great art, light hors d'oeuvres and punch. For more information about this exhibit, you can contact Timothy Cosgriff at 585-224-3271.

Marketing and Managing the Millennials

 BSBDCThe Business & Social Sciences Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County and the College at Brockport Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are sponsoring a free workforce program on Wednesday morning, October 1 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building, 115 South Avenue, Rochester, NY. This workshop is part of the Small Business First Wednesday program series.

“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.

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.

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 Wednesday, October 1:

College Assistance Plus - Gates Public Library. For parents and students in grade 9 - 12.

Family Movie Night - Charlotte Branch. Enjoy some family time with a movie and popcorn at the library! Please call 428-8248 for the movie title.

First Wednesdays for Small Business - It’s Their World and Welcome to it!: Marketing and Managing the Millennials - Central Library. First Wednesdays for Small Business is a free series of workshops for aspiring or current small business owners.

Harvest Book Sale - Central Library. The Friends & Foundation of RPL will be hosting a fiction used book sale from October 1st-14th. Over 7,000 adult and children's titles will be available! Hardcovers: $1, Paperbacks $0.50.

Lap Sit for infants—pre-walkers accompnaied by a caregiver - Brighton Memorial Library. Stories and songs for infants—pre-walkers accompanied by a caregiver

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!

Medicare Made Clear - Brighton Memorial Library. Presented by ROC Insurance Consulting

Preschool Story Time - Maplewood Community Library. Join us at Maplewood for Preschool Story Time with Ms. Marcia! Includes stories, songs, activities, and crafts. No registration necessary.

Preschool Storytime - Henrietta Public Library. Stories and more for preschoolers!

Preschool Storytime - Lincoln Branch. Storytime for preschoolers with Children's Librarian Rosa Diaz.

Spinning Yarns Knit and Crochet Group - Chili Public Library. Bring your yarn and needlecraft projects and join us for this new monthly group!

5x7xDesign - Brighton Memorial Library. October1-December 1 Juried art contest for 6th-12th graders living in or attending school in Brighton. Get rules on our website or in the library. Prizes will be awarded in junior and senior divisions. Artwork will be displayed at the library through January 31, 2015. Sponsored by the Friends of BML.

Time for Tots - Gates Public Library. Forty minutes of free play with toys followed by a 20 minute story time.

U.S. Citizenship Class - Maplewood Community Library. Study for the U.S. Citizenship exam at Maplewood Community Library! Classes cover English language skills and citizenship test topics.

Wacky Wednesday - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Come in to do a craft, play games or watch a movie. Something different every week!

Wednesday ESOL Class - Maplewood Community Library. Join us at the Maplewood Community Library every Wednesday for English language instruction!

Wednesday Teas Book Review - Penfield Public Library. Looking for a good read this fall?

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

Crochet a Christmas Stocking - Fairport Public Library. For this three part class, please bring three colors of worsted weight yarn, about 200 yards each, an I or J crochet hook, scissors, tapestry needle, and any extra embellishments for your stocking. Several different patterns for crocheted stockings will be available in class, or bring your own.

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