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Spreading the Love of Reading Person to Person

WBNWORLD BOOK NIGHT USA (WBN) is fast approaching! Don’t be surprised next Wednesday, April 23 if a total stranger comes up to you on the street and gives you a shiny, new, bright, big, beautiful book—just because. WBN is a celebration of literacy by publishers, bookstores, libraries and everyone who loves books and reading. Many local book givers will be out in force in the Rochester and Monroe County area-- so don't be surprised if a book drops in your lap!

SBA-U: Igniting Innovation and Growth

SBAThe Business and Social Sciences Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is partnering with the US Small Business Administration (SBA) to offer relevant workshops to assist area residents in developing the tools necessary to compete in today's competitive marketplace. All interested small business owners with two or more years of experience are encouraged to attend this dynamic afternoon presentation on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Central Library's Kate Gleason Auditorium. Registration is required.

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.

READ Poster Campaign Kicks Off National Library Week Celebration

 Maggie(1)The Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County is calling attention to Rochester’s budding culture of reading with colorful READ posters of local elected officials and celebrities posing with their favorite book. The posters are part of a larger initiative to celebrate National Library Week April 13-19, World Book Night April 23 and summer reading programs all across New York State. The Central Library windows on South Avenue and Broad Street, plus many street light fixtures near the Central Library campus are now sporting brightly colored banners reminding and encouraging local residents to pick up a book and “READ.”

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.

FFRPL Co-host Conversations on Race

COR(1)The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library in collaboration with several other local organizations are sponsoring community based programs designed to raise awareness about the impact of race in our everyday lives. More than 600 people have already participated in these conversations at participating libraries throughout Monroe County.


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