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East Rochester Public Library Closed Till Mid-August

ERThe East Rochester Public Library is now closed through mid-August. The library will not be a valid pick-up branch for holds during this time period. The library is moving from West Elm Street to the Eyer Building, 317 Main Street in the Village of East Rochester, NY, where it will occupy two floors of the building. The library appreciates the community’s patience while they transition to the new location. Please stay tuned to the MCLS homepage for further developments and updates as they become available.

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BBQ & Blues for Books

 BBQ logoThe Irondequoit Public Library and the Irondequoit Library Foundation are pleased to announce the scheduling of the Second Annual BBQ and Blues for Books fundraiser at Camp Eastman to benefit the new Irondequoit Library. This year’s extravaganza is a two day event slated for Friday evening, August 22 and all day Saturday, August 23. A generous portion of the proceeds of this event will benefit the construction and planning operations of the new library building at the Town Hall campus. 

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Henna Demo at Central Library August 13

 henna handsOn Wednesday, August 13, from 1:00 pm -  2:30 pm, the Arts, Music & Recreation Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County will host local artist Robin Jaeckel, who will present and demonstrate the ancient art of Henna. The art of Henna (called Mehndi in Hindi & Urdu) has been practiced no less than 5,000 years in Pakistan, India, Africa and the Middle East. Today, people from all walks of life have adopted the ancient traditions of adorning their bodies with the natural extracts created from the henna plant.

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Central Library’s Children and Family Summer Programs

FBR iconThe Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is concocting a big dose of eye-popping summertime fun for area kids as part of the Fizz! Boom! Read! Summer Reading 2014 initiative. Events and activities will include arts and crafts, variety and magic shows, free movies plus story times. Families who participate can also win tickets to Red Wings baseball games plus memberships to the Strong Museum of Play and the Rochester Museum and Science Center. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8150.

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Fizz! Boom! Read!

FBRSummer Reading 2014 at Monroe County libraries is an annual program initiative that brings children, teens and families into local public libraries for reading and fun activities. With the rising interest in STEM subject matter, the theme for summer reading programs this year is called, Fizz! Boom! Read! and will inhabit a truly "scientific" flair! The deadline to register for summer reading programs in Monroe County is August 4.

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Teen Tech Tutors available at Fairport Public Library

TTTThis summer, the Fairport Public Library will be linking tech savvy teen volunteers with adults to help them build basic computer skills such as creating and saving word documents, setting up an email account and to efficiently navigate the internet. The library's Teen Tech Tutors will also help the older generation learn their way around laptops, e-readers, smartphones or tablet devices. Registration is not required. For more information about this program, you can call the library at 585-223-9091.

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Get Hired! Local libraries offer summer literacy and job training classes

 Get Hired!(2)Jumping into the job market for the first time? Are you looking to fine tune your résumé or brush up on your career advancement skills? The public library is here to help. With generous financial support from the New York State Education Department, the Monroe County Library System and the Rochester Public Library are pleased to announce the summer schedule of adult workforce development workshops for area residents who seek meaningful employment. Classes begin July 7, 2014.

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Al-Mutanabbi Street: Start The Conversation

 al muta 3On March 5th, 2007, the unthinkable happened. During the midway point of the Iraq War, a car bomb exploded on Al Mutanabbi Street in the City of Baghdad. This bombing specifically targeted the most popular book seller’s street with the sole intention to stop access to books and control information sharing. Since that day, the democratic, literary and artistic world has never been the same. In response to this terrorist act, a groundbreaking public art project emerged on the world stage. The Rochester Public Library and The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library are extremely pleased to announce this new exhibit, called "Al-Mutanabbi Street: Start The Conversation," will be visiting the Rochester area beginning June 2, 2014. The show will be on exhibit through September 2, 2014.

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Saturday, August 2:


CHALK THE WALK - Winton Branch. Meet Mrs. McManus outside for chalk. Choose a section of the library's sidewalk to decorate and have fun.

Exotic Animal Program - Scottsville Free Library. Family program presented by the Wildlife Educators Coalition

Take and Make Crafts - Gates Public Library. Do you love to make things? Every month our Children's and Teen's Librarians put out bags filled with instructions and supplies to make a new craft. This month's craft for children is "Paperbag Wolf Puppet", and the teen craft is "Puzzle Photo Frame". Samples are on display at the Library!

Saturday ESOL Class - Maplewood Community Library. Come learn English at the Maplewood Library!

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.

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