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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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Poems For Lunch Program Returns to Central Library

 Poetry(1)Are you interested in making the ordinary printed word jump off the page? Why not attend our Poems for Lunch series, hosted by local poet and teacher Kitty Jospé? Due to popular demand, this robust Thursday lunchtime program at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Avenue, has returned for the remainder of the year. This is not a writing course. Under the guidance of an experienced instructor, you will be able to read poems out loud and discuss them in a group setting.

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Tuesday, October 21:


Alzheimers Series: Role Changes and Transitions - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. Second Thursday of each month at 7:00. Presented by the Rochester & Finger Lakes chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Neighbors Next Door” program. Registration required. Please call 336-6062 for more information or to register.

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

Babies and Books - Brockport-Seymour Library. Share some stories, rhymes, and songs with your baby or toddler, then stick around for some playtime. For children up to 24 months with a caregiver.

Baby Playtime - Central Library. Join us for songs, stories, and toys.

Baby Storytime on Tuesdays - Henrietta Public Library. A great way to introduce babies to reading!

Book Adventures Story Time - Pittsford Community Library. Children ages 4-5 can enjoy stories and songs.

Book Sale - Scottsville Free Library. Bag of books for $2.00

Books Sanwiched In- Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces by Radley Balko - Central Library. Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces by Radley Balko. Reviewer: James Maley, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, MCC, and retired Irondequoit Police sergeant.

Computers 101 - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Open Computer class for questions, help with resumes, email accounts, Internet searching and basic computer skills.

Crafts With Miss Emily - Charlotte Branch. Join Miss Emily to make a cool craft you can take home. Siblings are welcome with parental assistance.

EVENING FAMILY STORYTIME - Irondequoit – McGraw Branch. For children ages 2 and up with an adult. Once a month on Tuesday evenings.

Friends of the WPL Fall Book Sale - Webster Public Library. Preview Night for Friends of the Webster Public Library Book Sale.

Food For Thought Book Discussion Group - Charlotte Branch. This month we'll be reading "Cleopatra: A Life" by Stacy Schiff. For those who think they know enough about Cleopatra or have the enigmatic Egyptian queen all figured out, think again. Schiff provides a new interpretation of the life of one of history's most enduringly intriguing women. No registration required.

Introduction to Meditation - Pittsford Community Library. Susanne Dianetti, a Certified Yoga Warrior Teacher who teaches at Wegmans’ Corporate offices, will show you how to drain your brain with meditation and manage stress! Registration required.

Lego Club - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. We provide the Legos, just come in with your imagination and build!

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!

Maplewood Adult Reading Group - Maplewood Community Library. The Maplewood Adult Reading Group welcomes new members throughout the year.

Medicare & More - Mendon Public Library. This program will discuss the complexities of Medicare including enrollment, eligibility, the four components of the program, what is covered by Medicare and what is not. Participants will also learn about the usage of private insurance to cover medical expenses not covered by Medicare and how to plan for the challenges healthcare and long-term care expenses can have on one's assets in retirements. Please call 624-6067 to register.

Medicare and More - Mendon Public Library. This program will discuss the complexities of Medicare, including enrollment, eligibility, the four components of the program, what is covered by Medicare, and what is not. Participants will also learn about the usage of private insurance to cover medical expenses not covered by Medicare and how to plan for the challenges healthcare and long-term care expenses can pose to someone's assets in retirement. Please call 624-6067 to register.

Mock Interviews Workshop - Central Library. Practice your interviewing skills with real people.

Movie Tuesdays - Highland Branch. Relax and watch a fun family movie with us!

Pintrest 101 - Chili Public Library. Back by populare demand, this class is the perfect introduction for anyone wanting to learn more about getting started with the website Pintrest!

Pajama Story Time - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join Miss Natalie for a fun evening out with stories, songs, rhymes, and more. Stuffed animal friends and siblings welcome. Ages 2-5.

STORYTIME PRE-READERS (ages 3 - 5, adult encouraged to stay) - Irondequoit – McGraw Branch. StoryTime is a series of 20-30 minute programs of fun and literacy support for young children. Each session features stories, songs, finger plays and more with a different theme each week. Developmentally appropriate programs are available for ages birth through kindergarten. Fall series begins September 16 and continues weekly through November 18 (no Pre-Readers on September 30 or October 14).

Preschool Activity Club - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join us for a fun craft or art project at the library each Tuesday. We'll provide the materials and handle the clean up.

Preschool Story Time - Monroe Branch. Come and enjoy stories, rhymes, and fingerplays. Reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Younger siblings are welcome.

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

Jumpstart's Read for the Record - Lyell Branch. We will join people across the country in reading Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells in support of Jumpstart's mission of having every child in America entering Kindergarten ready to succeed.

“Read for the Record” Storytime: BUNNY CAKES written by Rosemary Wells - Brighton Memorial Library. We’re joining with JumpStart to try to break the world record for reading the same book on the same day. We’ve planned a whole story time of Max and Ruby’s adventures!

Rochester Medical Museum & Archives - Ogden Farmers' Library. This talk is sponsored by Ogden's Genealogy group.

Savory Food Book Club "Art of Eating In" by Cathy Erway - Pittsford Community Library. Copies of the book will be available at the Check Out/Return Desk. No registration required.

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 - Charlotte Branch. Art, music, & action mix with the best in children's literature for a well-rounded program that includes fun with friends! Siblings are welcome. Please knock on the front door on Tuesdays to enter.

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.

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

Tech Tutor - Brockport-Seymour Library. Don't have a resume and want help getting started? Do you have questions about email, Microsoft Word, Excel, Tablet Computers, Smartphones, Laptops, or the Internet? Help is here for you! There will be four 30min one-on-one session with a librarian for questions and answers on basic computer skills. Bring a disc or USB drive to save your files to. Registration is required!

Technology Training - Mendon Public Library. One-hour, one-on-one training sessions customized to your needs: how to use Kindles, Nooks, iPads, tablets, laptops, and more. Also learn how to manage files, use software, find information on the Internet, or set-up and maintain a computer. Please call 624-6067 to register, though walk-ins are welcome if there is an opening.

Teen Movie Day - Parma Public Library. Watch a teen selected movie rated PG-13 or less

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