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First Wednesdays for Small Business

BusinessThe Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County and the College at Brockport’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) present “First Wednesdays,” a free monthly series of programs for aspiring and current business owners. Those attending will learn about key issues that need to be considered when starting a small business. Topics discussed will include feasibility, legal structure, financing, business plan basics and more. The program is appropriate for both first-time entrepreneurs and those who have recently started a small business. First Wednesdays is brought to you by the Business & Social Sciences Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County and the College at Brockport Small Business Development Center (SBDC). To register please call 585-428-8130 or click HERE.

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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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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Thursday, August 25:


Coloring for Adults - Frederick Douglass Community Library. Come relax and feel the stress melt away!

Adult Coloring Club - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Color some patterns that are simple or intricate. Unwind and color away!

Basic Computer Class - Lincoln Branch. Free one hour individual class in topics including internet, Word, e-mail and more. Call 428-8210 to reserve a spot.

Beekeeping Part 2 - Ogden Farmers' Library. Pat from NY Bee Wellness will teach a two-part informational session all about keeping your own bees! Part 1: Learn all about how to set up your own hive, hive maintenance, and beginner basics. Part 2: Learn more in-depth and complicated details of beekeeping, like honey processing. Registration Required.

Bubbles, Chalk, & More! - Charlotte Branch. Sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and outdoor fun! Siblings are welcome with parental assistance.

Classic Book Discussion discusses "Women in Love" by D.H. Lawrence - Irondequoit Public Library. Set before World War I, Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen who first appeared in Lawrence's earlier novel, The Rainbow, each fall in love. New members always welcome! Book copies available across from the circulation desk. No registration necessary.

Farmer’s Market Storytime - Irondequoit Public Library. Join Mrs. Otto (6/30, 7/21), Miss Emily (7/7, 7/14), Miss Amy (7/28, 8/11, 8/25), or Mr. Matt (8/4, 8/18) for stories at the Irondequoit Farmers’ Market! We meet by the Blacksmith’s Shop. Feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chairs! Ages 2-6 w/ a caregiver. No registration necessary.

FINISH IT! - Parma Public Library. NEW ADULT PROGRAM - "FINISH IT!" Stop in at the Parma Public Library on Thursday, August 25th from 1-3 pm. BRING YOUR "IN PROGRESS" ART OR CRAFT PROJECT TO THE LIBRARY AND "FINISH IT!" All Adults Welcome! No registration! Walk-Ins Encouraged!

GCV&M Moveable Museum: History in the Kitchen - Brighton Memorial Library. Discover how food, recipes, cooking techniques and the kitchen changed in the 19th century from a one room log house to the turn of the century modern kitchen. A GCV&M cook will demonstrate some of these changes with examples of cookware, utensils, and cookbooks that illustrate a "tasteful" approach to learning about the past. Sponsored by Friends of BML.

Minecraft for Teens - Henrietta Public Library. Play Minecraft with fellow teen gamers!

Paradigm Shift Outdoor Concert - Henrietta Public Library. Relax and enjoy a concert on the library lawn!

Practice ACT with Chariot Learning - Brighton Memorial Library. Practice ACT with Chariot Learning presented by Chariot Learning. Call 784-5300, or stop at our Information Center to register. Thursday, August 25 from 10 am--2 pm Grades 9--12. Registration is required (784-5300).

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

Storytime - Parma Public Library. Join Ms Amy for stories, songs, rhymes, coloring and lots of puppets! All ages welcome. No registration required

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read, Move, Laugh & Play with Robert Rivest - Maplewood Community Library. Fun activities for the Summer Reading Program, with comic mime Robert Rivest entertaining kids and families with the joy of laughter and movement.

Traveling Campfire - Charlotte Branch. Come and sit around an imaginary campfire with Rick Merritt and company for stories, poems, and songs!

Book Discussion Group - Ogden Farmers' Library. Join us as we read "Proof of Heaven" by Eben Alexander. Every 4th Thursday of the month. Extra copies available at the front desk.

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