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Town of Irondequoit Breaks Ground for New Centralized Library

IronEarlier today (April 23, 2014), state officials, leaders of the Town of Irondequoit and library staff held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new centralized library. Voters overwhelmingly approved a plan in December to borrow $13 million to build a 40,000 square-foot library, combining the town's two existing branches. The ceremony was held at noon at the Irondequoit Town Hall on Titus Avenue.

Central Library hosts PANTONE® Colors Photography Project

 Pantone1The Arts, Music and Recreation Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is sponsoring a creative and unique visual arts opportunity for interested photographers. Project organizers are asking for submissions for a community photography album to be published on Facebook using PANTONE® color swatches. Deadline for submissions is June 30, 2014.

HPL Pop-Up Library at your service

 HPL2The folks over at the Henrietta Public Library (HPL) can hardly contain their excitement these days-- and for a very good reason. A new library project launched last month called the Pop-Up Library is going gangbusters. HPL staff created this innovative outreach project which is designed to help community residents connect with library services in an artful new way.

“TBF Live” Slated for May 17

TBF(1)Once again, Nazareth College will be the host site for the highly anticipated, Ninth Annual Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival (TBF) slated for Saturday, May 17, 2014. This event brings together thousands of area teens who individually own a smorgasbord of literary tastes. At the festival, local teens can meet some of their favorite international award-winning authors and illustrators. TBF is a fun-filled, action packed all-day event.

New Art Exhibit Featured by Central Library's Lower Link Gallery

Bennett exhibitThe Lower Link Gallery at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is hosting a new mixed media art show titled, “Round Trips,” by Rochester area artist John Bennett. The foundation of Bennett’s work is influenced by sound and musical interpretations. His extremely detailed work demonstrates the mapping of musical patterns to canvas and are created by using oil, water and colorful tape. The show will be on exhibit from April 15 through May 15, 2014.

Rochester-Toronto Connections During the Underground Railroad Era

 FrostThe Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library and the Local History & Genealogy Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County are co-sponsoring a history program that explores the complex and intertwined connection between two cities that border the shores of Lake Ontario. Award-winning author and historian Karolyn Smardz Frost (see photo) will present a program at Central Library titled, "Hogtown and the Flower City: The Underground Railroad's Twin Terminals on Lake Ontario." 

Call for Work: Exhibit Opportunities at Central Library

 Call for WorkThe Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County is now offering a truly unique opportunity to showcase your antiques, crafts, collectibles or creative artwork. The Lower Link Gallery, located in the subterranean corridor space that connects the Rundel Memorial Building and the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building under South Avenue, is now accepting calls for work.

Consumer Reports now available online

Consumer(1)The Monroe County Library System (MCLS) is pleased to announce that the system subscription to Consumer Reports Online is now available on the library website. Visitors can access the electronic version of the popular magazine by searching for the “Magazines and Databases" link on the MCLS homepage.


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A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Friday, April 25:

Anonymous Otaku - Anime Club - Brockport-Seymour Library. Fans of Japanese animation are welcome to share snacks and watch an anime with other otaku.

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

BFF Doll Collecting Club - Monroe Branch. Make a hooded poncho & an umbrella for your special doll. Each attendee nay enter a drawing for free doll accessories. Registration required.

Book Sale! - Mendon Public Library. Please join us for the kick off of our booksale! This day is specially reserved for members of the Friends of the Mendon Public Library, but if you're not a member, don't worry! You can join at the door and enjoy first access to the books available for purchase! This sale will be held in the old Mendon Library building at 15 Monroe Street, Honeoye Falls.


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

Family Friday Movie - Sully Branch. It's been a long week. Sit back, have some popcorn, and watch a family friendly movie in our storytime room.

Fun Fridays - Charlotte Branch. Join the "imagination station" as we play with play dough, finger paints, and LEGOs! We will also bring out the Wii! Younger children welcome with parental guidance.

Take and Make Crafts - Gates Public Library. Do you love to make things? Every month our Children's Librarian puts out bags filled with instructions and supplies to make a new craft. This month's is "Bee Mobile". A sample is on display at the Library.

Mini Book Sale at the Monroe Branch - Monroe Branch. Find that special treasure of a book at our mini book sale!

MOMMY AND ME LAPSIT WITH MISS JEAN - Winton Branch. Engage your child at the library. We will use board books, bounce rhymes, musical instruments and puppets.

Mystery Loves Company - Chili Public Library. A daytime mystery book club discussion that meets the 3rd Friday of the month.

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

Story Time - Charlotte Branch. Art, music, & action mix with literature for a well-rounded program that includes fun with friends! We have blocks, Lincoln Logs, puzzles, puppets, and a much to do! Siblings are welcome.

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

Tail Waggin Tudors - Highland Branch. Read a good book to specially trained service dogs!

Tech Tutoring One-on-One - Brighton Memorial Library. Get a personalized 20-minute session for help downloading e-books or with an Internet question.

Technology Navigator - Lincoln Branch. Stop by the Lincoln Branch Library for one-on-one technical assistance with online job applications, resumes and other internet forms and documents.

Tutoring for Children and Teens - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Need help with homework? Come in and ask for Ben, our tutor from Fallsview Academy. He is here Monday-Friday every week!

Prepare A Resume That Automatic Tracking Systems Love - Fairport Public Library. This workshop will demonstrate how to write an ATS Optimized Resume and how to customize resumes for positions.

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