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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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Construction on Broad Street Bridge

constructionVisitors to the Central Library, be advised that the Broad Street Bridge construction project will begin Monday, May 2nd.  

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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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Check Out What Local Authors Are Writing About

SELF-e The Monroe County Library system has purchased a subscription to BiblioBoard SELF-e, which offers online access to self-published eBooks. SELF-e is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard that enables authors and libraries to work together and expose notable self-published eBooks to voracious readers looking to discover something new.

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Monroe County Library System Electronic Newsletters

Electronic NewslettersIt's never been easier to find out what's going on at your local library! Click Here sign up for an electronic newsletter with upcoming events, new library services, recommended reading, and more. You'll receive library news delivered right to your email inbox! You may sign up for as many newsletters as you'd like. Check back often, as more libraries will be adding newsletters in the future.

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Friday, July 29:


National Teen Lock-in - Pittsford Community Library. Come hang out at the library after it’s closed! It’s National Teen Lock-in night at the library! Complete a scavenger hunt, play games, craft, eat pizza and hang out with your friends. Meet at the back staff entrance. For students entering grades 6-12. Registration required.

ACT Practice Test - Gates Public Library. Prepare for the ACT by taking a practice test under simulated test conditions. Chariot Learning will proctor an officially released, full-length exam with multiple students. After the test learn how to score the exam and interpret the results.

BABY STORY TIME WITH MISS JEAN - Winton Branch. Engage your baby at the library. We will use board books, bounce rhymes, song, musical instruments and puppets.

Book Sale - Charlotte Branch. Great books at amazingly affordable prices. On Saturday fill a bag for a dollar!

EN GARDE. READY? FENCE! - Penfield Public Library. With Olympic Fencer Iris Zimmermann and the Rochester Fencing Club For children entering grades K – 6

Escape from Seymour Library - Brockport-Seymour Library. Test your problem solving skills to escape the library, just like in Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein. For kids going into grades 3-5. Registration required.

Family Fitness Fridays with S&S Fitness - Hamlin Public Library. Join us for a fun and active program for all ages led by S&S Fitness. Bring a water bottle. A healthy snack will be provided. No registration required

Friday Craft - Central Library. Fun new project every week!

Friday Flicks - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Enjoy a good sports film.

Fun Fridays - Charlotte Branch. Come have fun with play dough, paint, and the Wii! Younger siblings are welcome with parental guidance.

Marvelous Movies for the Whole Family - Chili Public Library. Call us or come in to find out what movie we will be showing.

One on One Assistance with Health Insurance Enrollment - Irondequoit Public Library. Open enrollment for the New York State Health Insurance Marketplace has ended. However, you may qualify for a special enrollment period if you have a birth or death in the family, a loss of essential coverage, a change in income, gotten married or divorced, moved from one county to another, or other criteria. Additionally, enrollment for Medicaid and the Essential Plan is year round. Register for one-on-one assistance with a Certified Application Counselor who can assist you in enrolling for health insurance. ***Bring ID, the previous year’s tax return, four most recent paystubs, immigration or naturalization papers if applicable, and the social security numbers and birth dates of all family members. *** Registration required-- appointments are for one hour.

Play with Your Food! - East Rochester Public Library. Learn about healthy eating and keeping your body strong with fun crafts and food activities. For all ages.

Sports Movie Friday - Brockport-Seymour Library. Come out of the heat and enjoy a movie with popcorn and drinks at the library.

Story Time - Charlotte Branch. Art, music, and action mix with literature and playtime for a well-rounded program.

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