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Get Hired! Local libraries offer literacy and job training classes

 Get Hired!(2)Are you jumping into the job market for the very first time? Or, 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 fall and winter schedule of adult workforce development workshops for area residents who seek meaningful employment. The next series of classes begin September 2 and end December 29, 2014.

Central Library & NYSERDA: Partnering to Help Your Business Grow

NYSERDAThe Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County and the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) are scheduling a business workshop to help New Yorkers save money and meet their energy goals. The workshop is titled, “NYSERDA: Partnering to Help Your Business Grow.” The program will take place on Monday, September 15 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in the Kate Gleason Auditorium at the Central Library, 115 South Avenue. This program is free with no registration and is open to the public. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8130.

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. 

Charlotte Branch Library turns 95!

 Charlotte1The Charlotte Branch Library, 3557 Lake Avenue, is hosting a Local History talk on Thursday, September 4th at 2 pm in honor of its 95th year of service to our community. The Rochester Public Library branch first opened its doors at 40 Stutson Street, on September 5, 1919. The first Charlotte Branch Library building pictured here was a converted fire house. The library operated at this location from 1919 to 1961, when it then moved to the corner of Lake Avenue and Britton Road. Today, well over 90,000 residents visit the Charlotte Branch Library each year. 

First Wednesdays for Small Business

 FWDo you need resources to help manage your small business? Or, are you thinking of becoming a small business entrepreneur yourself? Well, get out your electronic calendars and Post-It notes—you may want to jot this down or save this data. The Business & Social Sciences Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County and the College at Brockport Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are pleased to announce a series of FREE programs at Central Library designed for current and aspiring small business owners.

Art & Architecture Lecture Central Library September 17

 MAG2The Arts, Music and Recreation Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is pleased to announce it will be hosting a lecture pertaining to the history and evolution of one of Rochester’s most iconic and idyllic settings. On Wednesday, September 17, we will demystify the complex timeline and architectural styling that inhabit one of the most beloved institutions in our area, the original University of Rochester campus on University Avenue-- which is now the home of the Memorial Art Gallery (MAG). This is a free program and you must register to attend.


VHS2The Literature & Media Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is in the giving mood and has declared Christmas in August! The remaining VHS tapes in the Central Library’s collection are now FREE to any and every good home that still loves this format. We have tons of FREE feature films in stock, children’s movies and many other non-fiction titles are also available. To grow your very own library collection, all you need to do is select your favorite titles in person, check them out at the circulation desk and they are yours to keep-- forever! And, oh yes-- did we mention they are FREE?

Boots and Books at the Barn

bbbOn Saturday evening, September 20, the Friends of the Mendon Public Library will host their first ever barn dance called, “Boots and Books at the Barn.” This fundraising event will be held at the 101 year old Avon Century Barn, West Henrietta Road, Avon, NY. The venue is well known for its magnificent cathedral ceiling, rustic barn wood bar, refurbished hardwood floors and a super large outdoor deck that tumbles into a lush green countryside.


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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Thursday, August 21:

Basic Computer Class - Lincoln Branch. Free small-group classes in topics including internet, Microsoft Office, email and more.

Board Games @ Arnett - Arnett Branch. Kids can play some very fun board games every Thursday during July and August at 3:30 pm

Book Discussion - Penfield Public Library. This month's title: "Runaway" by Alice Munro.

Crafty Notions - Scottsville Free Library. A craft program for adults!

End of Summer Reading Event: DIVERGENT - Brighton Memorial Library. Movie (PG-13, 140 min.), snacks, giveaways. Grades 6-12. Register @ the Reference Center.

Knitting for Charity - Pittsford Community Library. This group is dedicated to producing knitted items to benefit local charity organizations.

LEGO Club - Arnett Branch. Kids can have fun building with LEGOs and making new friends. We supply the LEGOs and kids supply the creativity!

Lego Club 2 - Brockport-Seymour Library. Come use your imagination as you build something creative out of our large selection of Legos. For children entering grades K-5. 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 "Paperbag Wolf Puppet", and the teen craft is "Puzzle Photo Frame". Samples are on display at the Library!

Free Movie - Parma Public Library. Movie Madness! Free Movie! Thursday, August 21st at 1pm. No registration. Walk-Ins Welcome! We serve popcorn!

Practice Act - Pittsford Community Library. Please bring pencils, a calculator, and an eraser. Registration required.

Simply SUPER SMASH BROS BRAWL - Penfield Public Library. This program is for people in grades 6-12.

Job Seekers’ Series - Social Media - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. Presented by RochesterWorks! Please call 336-6062 for more information or to register.

Story Time! - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join us for some stories, rhymes, songs, and more!

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

Technology Navigator - Lincoln Branch. Stop by for technical assistance with job applications, resumes and other online forms.

Thursday ESOL Class - Maplewood Community Library. Join us at the Maplewood Community Library every Thursday for English language instruction!

GED Tutoring - Maplewood Community Library. Let us help you prepare for the GED exam.

Wii Mania - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Come in and play our favorite Wii games! No registration required.

Introduction to Linkedin - Webster Public Library. This workshop will provide the information, tools and strategies you need to develop your LinkedIn profile so that you can begin networking for your job search and your professional career.

Yoga Story Time in Highland Park - Highland Branch. Join Miss Lauren from Rochester Yoga Preschool for a yoga story time full of stretching and stories! We'll be meeting at Poet's Corner in Highland Park.

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