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Owl statue returns to Central Library after 43 years of flight

 owlIn 1971, nine year-old Scott Stewart loved coming to the Central Library's Rundel Memorial Building in downtown Rochester, NY. He would often take advantage of borrowing books, framed prints and three-dimensional sculptures, stating that his family didn’t have many resources and it certainly helped beautify the home he shared with his mother and brother. However, there was one item in particular that resonated with him beyond words-- he had a hard time letting it go and probably for a very good reason. 

Sokol High School Literary Awards Contest Now Accepting Entries

SokolAward  The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library encourages all interested Monroe County student writers in grades 9 – 12 to enter the 2015 Sokol High School Literary Awards Contest. Organizers and judges are now accepting entries for categories including poetry, short fiction prose and/or recorded performances. The deadline for all submissions is midnight Friday, January 30, 2015.

Civil Air Patrol exhibit now on display at Central Library

capIn honor of 73 years of service to our nation, the Science, History & Travel Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County has teamed up with motivated area Civil Air Patrol families to host an enlightening exhibit of memorabilia and display items. The exhibit is now on display through December 31, 2014 in the Science, History & Travel Department of Central Library, second floor, Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building, 115 South Avenue.

Holiday Fiction Sale at Central Library

librarystoreLove a bargain? You can avoid the maddening crowds at the mall this holiday season by shopping local-- at your public library! Come and browse our giant selection of gently used books or library related offerings at The Library Store beginning Monday, December 1, at Central Library, 115 South Avenue. A wide variety of hardcover and paperback fiction for children and adults will be on sale, with most items costing one dollar or less. The sale will continue through Wednesday, December 31.

Fairport Public Library relocates for renovations

 FairportThe Fairport Public Library will be temporarily closing December 1 while library staff relocates the collection and services to 30 Perinton Hills Mall, Fairport, NY. The tentative date for re-opening at the temporary site is January 2. Renovations to the Fairport Public Library, 1 Fairport Village Landing, will take approximately nine months. Therefore, beginning December 1, the Fairport Public Library will not be a pick-up destination for holds until further notice. If you have any questions about your library account or services during the month of December, please contact another library near you.

Babies & Books!

 readtochild1Did you ever wonder about the benefits of reading to your baby? Granted, an infant won't completely understand everything you're doing or why. However, reading aloud to your baby is a wonderful shared activity you can experience for many years to come — and it's an important form of stimulation and critical to early childhood development.

Monroe County Libraries Hosting Healthcare Navigators

 ACALibraries across Monroe County will be hosting healthcare navigators during the next rollout of the Affordable Healthcare Act open enrollment period. This is the time when you can find a new marketplace health care insurance plan, keep your current plan or see if you qualify for a subsidy to help pay for your plan. The official open enrollment period to apply for health insurance in accordance with the Affordable Care Act will begin November 15, 2014 and continue through February 15, 2015. A healthcare navigator will be here at Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, fourth floor of the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building on the following Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm beginning November 26, 2014.

Art of the Book exhibit returns to Central Library

AOTBPThe Rochester Public Library and the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library is pleased to announce the opening of the fourth annual juried exhibition, “Art of the Book” which is on display at Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County now through January 4, 2015. An opening reception was held on Thursday, November 6 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in the Lower Link Gallery, 115 South Avenue. 


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A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Friday, December 19:

Preschool Dance Party - Gates Public Library. Come and dance, march and wiggle with us!

Anonymous Otaku Anime Club - Brockport-Seymour Library. Fans of Japanese animation are welcome to share snacks and watch an anime movie with other otaku. What better way to spend a Friday afternoon? Grades 6-12

A Passion for Paint - Painting Program for Adults - Parma Public Library. "A Passion for Paint" meets on the 3rd Friday of EVERY month at 1 pm to "Paint"! No experience needed. (Be brave…we are in this together! All Adults Welcome! No registration! Walk-Ins Encouraged!)

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

Baby's Morning Out: Holiday Party - Brockport-Seymour Library. Babies, toddlers, and their caregivers are welcome to join us for a variety of sensory activities and projects with a holiday twist.

DROP-IN STORYTIME FOR WOBBLY TODDLERS - Brighton Memorial Library. Stories and songs for wobbly toddlers accompanied by a caregiver.

eBook & eMagazine Demonstration - Pittsford Community Library. Stop by to learn how to download library eBooks and Zinio™ eMagazines onto your tablet or smartphone.

Fitness Fridays - Highland Branch. Be active at the library with Zumba, dancing and more!

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

Affordable Care Act Healthcare Navigator - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. Health Insurance Enrollment

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 "Handprint Christmas Tree", the teen craft is "Paperclip Angel". Samples are on display at the Library!

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

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.

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

Tween & Teen Winter Reading Program - Pittsford Community Library. The Tween & Teen Winter Reading Program is a mini summer reading program.

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