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Get Ready to Ride!

 bikeoveDid you know May is National Bike Month? Now that old man winter is behind us, it’s time to make the most of warmer weather by getting our bicycles out of storage and in shape for the summer season. Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County has partnered with our neighborhood bike shop, Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport, 661 South Avenue, to bring local patrons an exciting slate of bike programming during the month of May. National Bike Month is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists.

Rochester’s Rich History: America’s First Aviatrix

bssheadThe next and final program for the 2014 - 2015 season series of Rochester's Rich History will feature one of the more uplifting stories you will ever hear about a local luminary. Born in Rochester, NY, Blanche Stuart Scott was an early twentieth century pioneer in the automotive and aviation industries. In September 1910, only weeks after completing a cross-county coast to coast automobile drive through the United States, she became the first American woman ever to fly an airplane. The talk is slated for Sunday, May 3 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm in the Rundel Auditorium, third floor, Rundel Memorial Building, 115 South Avenue.

Up, Up and Away! Rochester Goes Airborne!

 vintageplaneDo you love aviation, astronomy, science fact and fiction or just enjoy looking up at the stars? If that’s the case, we have a treat for you. Come fly and dream with us at Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County this May as we celebrate our fascination with the skies in our month long programming series of theme-based movies, talks, readings and other activities for the whole family. This programming is sponsored in part by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library.

Gates Public Library opens Early Learning Center

gateselcOn April 20, the Gates Public Library, 902 Elmgrove Road, hosted the grand opening celebration of the Early Learning Center in the Children’s Area of the library. Dozens of library patrons and distinguished guests attended the ribbon cutting and reception, including MCLS Director Patricia Uttaro, MCLS Assistant Director Sally Snow, MCLS Children's Consultant Tonia Burton, State Senator Joe Robach, County Legislator Steve Tucciarello, and Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini. The Early Learning Center is designed to promote “ready to read” activities identified as those necessary for children when entering kindergarten.

Books In Motion

 BIMThe Rochester Public Library, in cooperation with Rotary International, is pleased to announce a new program at Central Library’s Children’s Center titled, “Books In Motion.” This initiative is a book discussion kit designed for children and tween groups to have thoughtful conversations which may motivate them to read more, learn, inspire and develop socialization skills. Popular titles include Frozen/Snow Queen, Jumanji, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Where the Wild Things Are, To Kill a Mockingbird and many more.

Babies need books!

 babybookDid 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. Why don't you check with your MCLS local public library about resources and programs in your neighborhood?

RPL will present historical bicycling exhibit at RoCo

rocoPhotographs and other items from the Rochester Public Library’s Local History & Genealogy Department will be featured in a special exhibit at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, 137 East Avenue, from April 3 to May 15, 2015. “Ride It: Art and Bicycles in Rochester,” is a diverse exploration of bike art, culture, and history featuring projects from a variety of artists and cultural organizations. An opening reception is planned for Friday, April 3 from 6:00 - 10:00 pm. This collaboration is co-sponsored by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8370.

Central Library goes blue for the month of April rundelblue

 The iconic Rundel Memorial Building of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County has been an architectural gem on the City of Rochester skyline since the 1930’s. Perched over the east side of the Genesee River directly above the Johnson and Seymour millrace and the old Rochester Subway bed, the library building continues to excite the architectural and visual senses of downtown residents and visitors at night with its relatively new high-tech lighting capabilities.



Library Events

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

AARP Smart Driver Program - Chili Public Library. Participants must attend both Saturday, April 18 and Saturday, April 25.

Book Adventures - Brockport-Seymour Library. Children in grades 3-5 are welcome to join us to talk about books, have a treat, and do fun book-related activities. Just bring a book you've read recently to share. We'll be discussing fantasy books this month. Registration required.

Books and Pancakes - Lincoln Branch. Do you like pancakes? Do you like books? Then stop by the Lincoln Branch and create and design your own pancakes with an experienced chef while checking out some books.

Children's Film Festival - Charlotte Branch. April is the month of the Young Child. To celebrate, The Children's Film Festival, an innovative collaboration of community organizations, is offering libraries a presentation of high quality short films for children and families. We'll show them on the 25th. We'll even pop the popcorn!

Fashion Show: Presenting the Fashions of the 1940s and 1950s - Central Library. Join us for a look at the fashions and hairstyles of the 1940s and 1950s. Travel back in time with vintage and reproduction clothes, hairstyle demonstrations and samples of period music. Live models from the Visual Communications department of Eastern Monroe Career Center will transform themselves into characters from the time as they show off popular fashions and hairstyles.

Monthly Book Sale - Charlotte Branch. Buy quality discards and donations at amazingly affordable prices. Today fill a bag for a dollar!

Movie: The Lorax - Central Library. Rated PG. A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world

Peter and the Wolf Storytime with the Rochester City Ballet - Penfield Public Library. Peter and the Wolf are coming to the library! 

Practice SAT presented by Chariot Learning - Brighton Memorial Library. For students in grades 9—12. Register @ the Reference Center (784-5300).

Role Playing Gamers Club - Brockport-Seymour Library. Game players age 13 and up are welcome to participate in a variety of role-playing games, Dungeons & Dragons most often. Play face-to-face with other RPG fans.

Stories and More - Brockport-Seymour Library. Children in grades K-2 are welcome to join us for a story, a treat, and fun book-related activities. Registration required.

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.

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 adults is "Butterfly Clothespin", the teen craft is "Popsicle Stick Coasters" and for children we have "Flying Ladybug". Samples are on display at the Library!

TLC Spring Dance and Costume Party - Brockport-Seymour Library. Celebrate spring! Put on your craziest costume and your dancing shoes! Seymour's Teen Library Corps sponsors their third dance night at the library. Prizes for the most awesome costumes, refreshments and great music. 6:30-10 pm - Grades 9-12

Tail Waggin' Tutors - Maplewood Community Library. Read to a dog!

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