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Public Input Needed!

FLREDCThe Finger Lakes Regional Economic Council is seeking public input on its draft Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) plan and draft 2015 Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Progress Report. The Council needs your comments and ideas that will help make this year’s competitive submissions as strong as possible. These reports will help the Rochester Region to win a competitive statewide process that would bring about $500 million in state money toward economic growth in the area.

StoryCorps and Immigration Topic at Library

storycorpsHear the stories of New Americans and learn about immigration and refugee resettlement issues on Thursday, September 10th from 5:30 – 7pm in Kate Gleason Auditorium at Central Library, 115 South Avenue in downtown Rochester. The program is part of our New American Journeys project at the Rochester Public Library, a StoryCorps@yourlibrary audio recording initiative. The program will feature excerpts from storytellers’ life experiences in other countries and the United States, followed by a panel of experts who will remark on the immigration process in Rochester. These experts include Walter Ruehle, an attorney with the Immigration Law Unit of The Legal Aid Society of Rochester, and Quyen Luu, a refugee resettlement advisor through the Lake Avenue Baptist Church.

For additional information on the project, visit

Rochester's Rich History 2015-2016 Series

Rochester Rich HistoryRochester's Rich History is back for another year! Hosted by the Local History and Genealogy division. We would love for you to join us in the Rundel Auditorium on the third floor of the Rundel Memorial Building from 1:00pm-2:30pm for a brand-new season of fascinating monthly Saturday afternoon lectures! Our first program will be held on Saturday September 19th with "The Rochester Royals and the Legacy of Maurice Stokes and Jack Twyman" presented by Patrick Farabaugh from St. Francis University. Please note that Rochester's Rich History programs will be held every Third Saturday of the Month.

For more information about each program please visit the Local History and Genealogy Division webpage Here or call 585-428-8370.

Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library Announces Fall ‘Books Sandwiched In’ Series

book sandwichThe Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library is pleased to announce its ‘Books Sandwiched In’ book review series for the fall. A staple of Rochester cultural activities since 1956, the series begins Tuesday, September 15, with Malik Evans and Jim Kraus reviewing Huck Finn’s America: Mark Twain and the Era that Shaped his Masterpiece, by Andrew Levy.  Some other reviewers in this series include Rochester Area Community Foundation President and CEO Jennifer Leonard; Frederick Marshall, MD, geriatric neurology; Jane Liesveld, MD, hematology & oncology; and Strong National Museum of Play Curator Nicolas Ricketts.

All reviews are in Kate Gleason Auditorium at Central Library, 115 South Avenue in downtown Rochester. Books Sandwiched In reviews are held on Tuesdays from 12:12-12:52pm and are free and open to the public. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. See also our Events Calendar for more information about these upcoming programs Here 

Bee for Books Spelling Bee

bees for booksJoin the Friends of the Webster Public Library on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 70 Barrett Drive, Webster, NY. It will be an exciting and lively competition between adult teams representing our friends and neighbors, as well as, local organizations and businesses. Our emcee will be Carmen Gumina, Superintendent of the Webster Central School District. For more information see our events calendar Here


Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Wednesday, September 2:

All-Ages Storytime Tuesdays - Henrietta Public Library. Stories and more for all ages!

Business First Wednesdays - Small Business Start Up: Doing it Right! - Central Library. Free workshops for business professionals and aspiring business owners.

Drop-In Lap Sit Storytimes - Brighton Memorial Library. Stories and songs for non-walkers accompanied by a caregiver.

Family Movie Night - Charlotte Branch. Enjoy family time with a movie and popcorn at the library! Call 428-8248 for the movie title.

iPhotography - Pittsford Community Library. Mike Kuhn and Rob Banwar from TechKnowU will demonstrate and give you tips on managing and taking photos with your iPhone or iPad. Registration required.

LEGO Club - Monroe Branch. Hear a story and then build a project out of LEGOs! We will display your completed project in the Children's Room.

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 Hermit Crab", for teens we have "Dragonfly Clip", and for adults the craft is "Embellished Bobby Pins". Samples are on display at the Library!

Time for Tots - Gates Public Library. Forty minutes of free play with toys followed by a 20 minute story time.

Timeless Classics Book Club - Pittsford Community Library. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy Copies of the book will be available at the Check Out/Return Desk. No registration required.

U.S. Citizenship Class - Maplewood Community Library. U.S. Citizenship Preparation Class.

WEDNESDAY TEAS BOOK REVIEW - Penfield Public Library. Penfield librarian Camille DelVecchio will review a book of special interest to the people gathered for the "Wednesday Teas" series co-sponsored with the Penfield Recreation Department.

Year Round Storytime - Parma Public Library. Join Miss Amy for stories, songs, coloring and lots of puppets! Siblings welcome. No registration required.

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