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New Teen Space at the Chili Public Library!

ChiliOn September 9th the Chili Public Library was very excited to open their new teen space, which has been lovingly named "Teenship" by the library’s Teen Friends. This was accomplished with the help of bullet aid from Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer, and financial support from the Friends of the Chili Public Library and the Gates-Chili Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament and Dinner Auction.

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Construction begins at the Central Library

constructionConstruction for phases 2 & 3 of the Central Library Master Space Plan is beginning the week of September 5, 2016.  During this time the library will be relocating the Central Library's Arts Division to the first floor of the Rundel Library Building. Arts Division will be temporarily closed starting September 7. Materials typically found in the Arts Division (non-fiction books, music scores, graphic novels & framed prints) will be available during renovations, but a majority will require retrieval assistance from the 1st floor reference desk in the Rundel Memorial Library building. 

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Music Play at the Sully Library

MusicJoin us at the Sully Library for our first season of Music Play at Sully Library! Together families and ROC Music Play staff will focus on family-centered music making. Children will experience songs and chants written to help them to develop a listening vocabulary.

 This program will be held on Friday mornings from 11:10 - 11:50 am on September 9, 16, 23, and 30; October 14, 21, and 28; November 4, 11, and 18; and December 2. For more information, call the Sully Library at (585) 428-8208.

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The Rochester Public Library brings “Suffrage and the Flower City” online with Google Arts & Culture’s American Democracy collection

Susan B AnthonyOver 50 artifacts from the Rochester Public Library can now be viewed online by people around the world thanks to a new partnership with Google Arts & Culture.

This partnership is part of the Google Arts & Culture’s American Democracy collection, which brings together over 60 exhibits and 2500+ artifacts from 44 institutions dedicated to the preservation of U.S. political history and the practice of American democracy. The exhibition is open for all at g.co/AmericanDemocracy and through the Google Arts & Culture mobile app for iOS and Android.

The Rochester Public Library’s contribution to this effort includes a new virtual exhibition about Rochester’s role in the woman suffrage movement. Specially curated for online visitors, “Suffrage and the Flower City” tells the story of Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and other Rochesterians who stood at the center of 19th- and early 20th-century American reform movements. In just a few clicks, users will be able to see Susan B. Anthony’s press pass from the Centennial Exposition of 1876, suffrage campaign buttons, pro- and anti-suffrage political pamphlets, and many other treasures from the collections of the Rochester Public Library, the Office of the City Historian, and the City of Rochester. Discover this exhibit here

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Rochester Images are now also available through Library Commerce

Soldiers The Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County has collaborated with Library Commerce Inc. to provide the public with access to some of the library’s most popular digital images from the Rochester Images Collection. Library Commerce has compiled a collection of popular low resolution images from Rochester, NY’s history. Images include MidTown, canal boats and early Monroe County maps as well as Rochester luminaries, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and George Eastman. 

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Saturday, October 1:


Artist at Work: Weaving Demonstration with Peg Cherre - Central Library. Peg Cherre will have her looms set up and will demonstrate weaving techniques.

Creative Journal Writing: A Four-Part Workshop - Central Library. Have you written in a journal or diary off-and-on throughout your life? Or have you always wanted to keep a journal, but have never gotten around to it? Join us in this hands-on, four-week workshop as we practice different creative styles of journal writing and learn how to establish a regular journal writing practice. The sessions will be on the following Saturdays: September 10, 17, 24, and October 1.

Digitizing Day-Charlotte History - Charlotte Branch. Preserve Charlotte's heritage! Archivist Marie Poinan will be on hand to scan and digitize your Charlotte/Greece photos, diary pages, vintage advertising, etc...for possible inclusion in the Charlotte Digital Archives. Help save Charlotte history!

Essential Oils 101 - Gates Public Library. Essential oils can be household cleaning products, natural medicine treatments, personal beauty care and aromatherapy. Emily Bennett will give instructions on what these oils are and how to use them.

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

Friends of the Chili Public Library Book Sale - Chili Public Library. The Book Sale is open to the public today!

Korean Culture: A Family-Friendly Event - Central Library. Interested in learning more about Korean culture? Please stop in to experience a sampling of Korean literature, art, and food. All ages are invited. A variety of Korean poems, novels, folk tales, and other genres will be shown and read. Traditional Korean brush painting will be demonstrated and visitors will have the opportunity to try out this art form themselves. A sampling of authentic Korean refreshments will be provided. There will be free raffles to win Korean literature books and snacks!

Silver Screen Saturday: KUNG FU PANDA 3 - Brighton Memorial Library. Sensory Friendly Screening @ 1 pm Continuing his "legendary adventures of awesomeness," Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats. The afternoon screening will have the lights up, the sound down, and room to move around. Rated PG; 95 min. Snacks are welcome. Sponsored by Friends of BML.

Lego Lab - Central Library. Create! Construct! Build!

MEDICARE 101 - Penfield Public Library. A basic educational introduction into Medicare’s choices, options, and benefits will be offered.

Practice ACT - Ogden Farmers' Library. Prepare for the official ACT by taking a practice test under "real" timed test conditions. Take an officially released, full-length exam with other students, proctored by a test expert. Afterward, learn how to score the exam and interpret the results. Bring pencils, snacks, and a calculator. For students in grades 9-12. Presented by Chariot Learning. Registration is required.

Practice ACT - Pittsford Community Library. Chariot Learning will administer a practice ACT. Please bring a calculator, pencils and an eraser.

Saturday Minecraft - Henrietta Public Library. Make this a super Saturday!

Spooky Magic w/ Cris Johnson - Irondequoit Public Library. In “Spooky Magic,” Cris Johnson presents fun magic tricks wrapped up in spooky sights, and tied with goofy fun! His light, bright, colorful program is especially geared towards children and families. Kids have great fun watching and participating in the show, but Cris also puts in a lot of humor and special touches just for the grown-ups watching. As always, there is a lot of comedy and a lot of audience participation.

Story Time - Arnett Branch. Come join us for some great stories at the Arnett Branch Children’s Room! Registration is not required. Story Times at the Arnett Branch Library take place at 11:15 am on every Tuesday and 1:00 pm on every Saturday that the library is open.

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 teens is "Paper strip Pumpkin", for children we have "Handprint Autumn Tree", and adults can pick up a zentangle page.

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