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Old school meets the digital age

 MendonThanks to generous support from the May K. Houck Foundation, the Honeoye Falls-Lima School District's yearbook collection is now available in digital format. The Mendon Public Library's digital collection can be accessed via New York Heritage Digital Collections, where pictorial records of the HF-L School District school years 1954-2009 are now searchable. In the coming months, the Mendon Public Library hopes to make collections of local newspapers, specifically the Honeoye Falls Times and the Sentinel, available in digital format as well. 

Tim Hortons Closes Central Library Location

 THCentral Library patrons and staff, downtown workers and city residents are now scrambling to find a morning jolt or an afternoon pick-me-up. The Tim Hortons location inside the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Avenue, closed permanently as of Wednesday, March 25. Downtown's only other Tim Hortons franchise — at the Four Corners intersection — also closed earlier this month. Both store locations opened in 2012. The closings come as Canada-based Tim Hortons Inc. merged with Burger King Worldwide Inc. at the end of 2014 into a new company, Restaurant Brands International.

RRLC's Library of the Year Contest runs April 5-18, 2015

rrlcsealDo you have a favorite local library? What does your library mean to you and to your community? Inquiring minds want to know! In recognition of National Library Week, April 12 - 18, 2015, the Rochester Regional Library Council will name three area libraries -- one public, one school and one academic/special –- as the “RRLC Library of the Year 2015.” Winners will receive a banner and engraved plaque to hang in their library, a $100 gift card, and will be recognized at the RRLC Annual Meeting in June at Casa Larga Vineyards, Fairport, NY.

National Library Week April 12 - 18

 nlwdbuttonNational Library Week will be observed April 12-18, 2015 highlighting the theme, "Unlimited possibilities @ your library®." First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country. Each April, it is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries will participate again this year -- school, public, academic and specialty libraries. National Library Worker's Day is Tuesday, April 14.

RPL will present historical bicycling exhibit at RoCo

rocoPhotographs and other items from the Rochester Public Library’s Local History & Genealogy Department will be featured in a special exhibit at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, 137 East Avenue, from April 3 to May 15, 2015. “Ride It: Art and Bicycles in Rochester,” is a diverse exploration of bike art, culture, and history featuring projects from a variety of artists and cultural organizations. An opening reception is planned for Friday, April 3 from 6:00 - 10:00 pm. This collaboration is co-sponsored by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8370.

Rochester, NY: Then and now through photographs

iraRochester’s Rich History Series resumes Sunday, April 12 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm in the Rundel Auditorium, third floor, Rundel Memorial Building, 115 South Avenue. This program is sponsored by the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County’s Local History & Genealogy Department. This visually stunning eye-popping presentation will be hosted by our very own City of Rochester photographer, Ira Srole. Did you know that Rochester is one of a handful of cities in the United States to employ its own photographer? Mr. Srole has been an omnipresent player in documenting Rochester’s rich history and has been a City of Rochester photographer for more than thirty-five years. If you love photography, you'll love this program!

Central Library goes blue for the month of April rundelblue

 The iconic Rundel Memorial Building of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County has been an architectural gem on the City of Rochester skyline since the 1930’s. Perched over the east side of the Genesee River directly above the Johnson and Seymour millrace and the old Rochester Subway bed, the library building continues to excite the architectural and visual senses of downtown residents and visitors at night with its relatively new high-tech lighting capabilities.


Local artist featured in new exhibit at Central Library's Lower Link Gallery

 vcThe Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is pleased to announce the opening of a new fine art exhibit titled, “womanscape,” by local artist Virginia Cassetta. The artwork will be on display now through April 15 in the Lower Link Gallery, 115 South Avenue. You can see the exhibit free of charge by visiting the Central Library during regularly scheduled business hours. 


Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Tuesday, March 31:

MAKEUP WORKSHOP FOR TEENS WITH EVA JEWEL - Penfield Public Library. Learn the basic techniques of how to apply makeup, the correct products to use and the right tools to apply them with!

Babies & Books - Monroe Branch. Join us at the Monroe Branch for a drop-in baby story time! Enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and fingerplays with your baby, while you both get a chance to socialize. Ages 0 -18 months with caregiver(s); older siblings are welcome to play quietly or participate.

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

Babies and Books - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join us for some books, rhymes, and songs for your baby followed by time to play and socialize.

Baby and Toddler Playtime - Henrietta Public Library. Join us for a fun morning of play!

Baby Playtime - Central Library. Join us for songs, stories, and toys.

Basic Computer Classes - Charlotte Branch. 1-on-1 assistance with computer basics: Internet, e-mail, basic Word, e-book assistance. Please call 428-8216 to register.

BINGO - Central Library. Everybody loves Bingo!

Books Sandwiched In - Central Library. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.

Crafts With Miss Caitlyn - Charlotte Branch. Come see what Miss Caitlyn is creating in the wild world of crafts! Siblings are welcome with parental assistance.

Dr. Seuss Party - East Rochester Public Library. Celebrate one of our favorite authors with Seuss-themed crafts, snacks, and games. For age 5 and up. Younger siblings welcome if accompanied by a caregiver.

Free ESL class with ESOL Associates of Rochester, NY - Sully Branch. Free English class for immigrants and refugees in the Rochester area. Students of all ages and from all countries are welcome. Whether you are new to America or have been here several years, you are welcome.

Frozen Party - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. Meet your favorite princesses and enjoy movie related activities! All ages are welcome. Registration is required.

Get Hired! Resume Development Lab - Lyell Branch. This workshop will help you format and arrange your resume, reword phrases and get something down on paper. You must have some knowledge of computers and/or keyboarding, a revised and working copy of your resume (handwritten or electronic), and a flash drive (no CD’s) to save your work. Put all your resume elements together and leave with a document ready to offer employers. This class will help you “dress up” your information.

Greyhounds at the Library! - Charlotte Branch. Representatives from Greyhound Adoption of Greater Rochester will bring retired racing greyhounds to the Children's Room to meet you. Learn all about greyhounds and pet these gentle dogs!

Invention Connection - Irondequoit – McGraw Branch. We provide the materials, you provide the creativity. Let's see what you can make. No registration required.

Lego Block Party - Pittsford Community Library. Build something fabulous! We supply the LEGO (and DUPLO) blocks and you supply the imagination.

Movie Tuesdays - Highland Branch. Come relax and watch a G-rated family friendly movie with us!

Origami Competition - Sully Branch. Do you know how to make origami? Show us what you can do by participating in our origami competition. You will be able to compete in one of four age groups: Ages 7 and under Ages 8-12 Ages 13-18 Ages 19-119 We will accept submissions from Tuesday March 24, 2015 – Tuesday March 31, 2015.

Oscar Movie Night - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join us for a showing of one of the movies nominated for "Best Picture" at the 87th Academy Awards

Preschool Activity Club - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join us each Tuesday for a fun art project or activity. We'll provide the materials and handle the cleanup.

Preschool Story Time - Ogden Farmers' Library. Drop in for some great stories!

Scrap Art - Brighton Memorial Library. Can you turn scraps into art? Join Mary Jane Wenner as she brings her scraps to BML so they can be transformed into works of art in the ultimate version of upcycling! Ages 6 and up. Sponsored by the Friends of BML.

Story Time - Charlotte Branch. Art, music, and action mix with the best in children's literature for a well-rounded program that includes fun with friends! Siblings are welcome. *Please knock at the front door on Tuesdays to enter.*

Story Time - Arnett Branch. Come join us for some great stories at the Arnett Branch Children’s Room! This event is best suited for preschool age children. Registration is not required. Story Times at the Arnett Branch Library take place at 11:15 am on every Tuesday that the library is open and at 1:00 pm on most Saturdays.

Story Time with Hannah - Gates Public Library. For ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver. Stories, songs, fingerplays, circle games, toys and a snack are all part of this program.

Storytime - Irondequoit – McGraw Branch. Storytime is a series of 20-30 minute programs of fun and literacy support for young children. Each session features stories, songs, finger plays and more with a different theme each week. Winter series begins Tuesday January 20 and ends Thursday February 26. No registration necessary

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 adults is "Crepe Paper Carrots", the teen craft is "Minion-Chip Clips" and for children we have "Paper Bag Lion". Samples are on display at the Library!

TALES FOR TAILS - Penfield Public Library. For children ages 4 and up and their families

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