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Musical Mondays at Monroe Branch Library

 guitarOn Monday, July 21, 6:30 - 7:45 pm, the Monroe Branch Library, 809 Monroe Avenue, will host The Doug Stone Group with Grammy award-winning special guest keyboardist, George Caldwell. The Doug Stone Group combines the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic landscapes of jazz standards and some original material. These adept jazz improvisers offer a refreshing approach to classic jazz compositions, rooted in the historical traditions while inflecting cutting edge modern and contemporary jazz trends. On Monday evening, July 28, 6:30 - 7:45 pm, the library will host the musical group, String of Pearls. For more information about Musical Mondays, you can call the library at 585-428-8202.

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Charity Golf Tournament to benefit local libraries

 golfOn Monday, August 4th, the Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce will host their 18th Annual Charity Golf Tournament and dinner auction to be held at Brook Lea County Club, 891 Pixley Road, Rochester, NY 14624. The tournament will be a shotgun start scramble format and a full day of fun activities are planned. The beneficiaries of the fundraising event this year are the Friends of the Gates Public Library and the Friends of the Chili Public Library.

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World Wednesdays coming to Central Library in July

 worldIn collaboration with the Al Mutanabbi Street: Start The Conversation art exhibit at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, the Science, History & Travel Division will be hosting a series of community conversations focusing on our basic freedoms and what it truly means to be a global citizen. The public is invited to join us for this four session program in the month of July titled, "World Wednesdays." 

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East Rochester Public Library closed July 14 - August 10 for move

ERThe East Rochester Public Library will be closed Monday, July 14 through August 10 and will re-open on Monday, August 11. 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. We appreciate the community’s patience while we transition to our new location.

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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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Squirrel Hillbillies to perform at Central Library July 28

SH imageThe Arts, Music & Recreation Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is pleased to announce the scheduling of a free afternoon concert by one of the most unique musical acts travelling the country today. Hailing from Pittsburgh's East End, the Squirrel Hillbillies have become a folk-rock critic’s delight and have garnered a well-crafted reputation for delivering the musical goods. The concert will take place rain or shine on Monday, July 28 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm in the Dorris Carlson Reading Garden or the Kate Gleason Auditorium. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8140.

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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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50 Years Later: Remembering the Race Riots/Rebellion of 1964

RRR thumbThe Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library and the Office of the City Historian are pleased to announce a series of library programming in July that revisits a turbulent time in the race relations history of the City of Rochester, NY. On the night of July 24, 1964, frustration and resentment brought on by institutional racism, overcrowding, the lack of job opportunities and a brutal police dog attack exploded in racial violence that brought Rochester to its knees. The public is invited to attend several library programs throughout the month of July to hear personal testimonies and scholarly opinions about one of the most important events in local history.

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A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Tuesday, July 22:


Three Dimensional Bookbinding - Gates Public Library. Spend an hour or two cutting and folding paper to make an accordion stlye book.

Arts and Crafts for Kids - Arnett Branch. Kids can get creative at the Arnett Branch Library every Tuesday in July and August at 3:30 pm.

Babies & Books - Chili Public Library. Join us for stories, songs, and fingerplays followed by an open play session!

Baby Science - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join us each Tuesday for some science activities for babies and toddlers. This week we're getting wet and wild with water science. Swim diapers, swimsuits, and sunscreen recommended.

Baby Storytime - Henrietta Public Library. Join us for a fun way to introduce your baby to books!

Baking Demo- Sourdough: Not Just for Bread! - Brockport-Seymour Library. Most may not be looking for a hearty bread in the summer months, but Mary from The Kneading Life Blog, has other uses for sourdough! Come to this demonstration and see how easy it is to use sourdough starter to make scones and biscuits. Learn where to find locally sourced fruits and herbs, and how to use them to enhance your delicious creations! Bring a container, and you can leave with your own sourdough starter to help you get baking! Registration is required

Book Adventures Story Time - Pittsford Community Library. Children ages 4-5 can enjoy stories and songs.

Chapters and Dessert - Lyell Branch. Spend some time after lunch listening to and discussing stories. Dessert will be provided. For more information call 428-8218.

Computers 101 - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Open Computer class for questions, help with resumes, email accounts, Internet searching and other basic computer skills.

Crafts With Miss Emily - Charlotte Branch. Join Miss Emily as she explores the wonderful world of crafts. Siblings are welcome with parental assistance.

Make it with Duct Tape - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. Use cool and colorful duct tape to make wallets, bags, sandals, and more! Registration required and begins 3 weeks before program date. Call 336-6062 to register.

Fizz! Boom! Movies! THE LORAX PG, 90 min. - Brighton Memorial Library. Snacks are welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of BML.

Gazebo Story Time - Ogden Farmers' Library. Enjoy stories canal-side in the village!

Getting to Know Facebok - Pittsford Community Library. Learn the basics to confidently use Facebook, the world’s most popular social networking website.

Lego Club - Henrietta Public Library. Great creative with Lego!

Lose Your Mind @ Zombie Day - Ogden Farmers' Library. We want to turn YOU into a zombie!

Magic with Magic Joe - Irondequoit – McGraw Branch. Enjoy an afternoon of magical entertainment. No registration required.

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 "Butterfly Windsock Craft", and the teen craft is "Paperclip Bracelet". Samples are on display at the Library!

Martial Arts Interactive Demo with Murray's Martial Arts-for Kids! - Charlotte Branch. Join us for a cool martial arts program here at the library! You'll learn some karate basics and have a lot fun!

Movie Tuesdays - Highland Branch. Relax and watch a fun family movie with us!

Pottery Painting - Mendon Public Library. Kids will love using their creativity to design and paint a one-of-a-kind piece of pottery. Painted pottery is kiln-fired, then returned to the library about a week later to be picked up. Pottery pieces range in price from $5-$10 and the participant fee is $5, payable on the day of the event. Registration is limited to 20 painters, so please call 624-6067 or stop by the circulation desk to register.

Preschool Story Time - Monroe Branch. Come meet new friends and enjoy a special story time at the library!

Quilling - Chili Public Library. Quilling is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped and glued together to create decorative designs.

Screening of JULY ‘64 and teen discussion with Darryl Porter - Central Library. JULY ’64 tells the story of three historic days in two African American neighborhoods of Rochester. Darryl Porter, former president of the Rochester City School Board and gang leader in his youth, will lead a discussion with teens after the screening.

Science Storytime - Parma Public Library. Children in grades 1-3rd Join Miss Amy for science stories, experiments, and an activity to take home. Each sessions will focus on a different aspect of science and art. Registration is required.

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