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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 Wednesday, August 31:


Active Games Inside & Out - Charlotte Branch. Join us as we have a great time romping around the library!

Family Movies at the Library - Charlotte Branch. Join us for a movie and popcorn at the library! Please call 428-8248 for the movie title.

Movie: Happy Feet - Central Library. Rated PG. Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!

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

Summer Science Fun - Charlotte Branch. Join us as we conduct some cool science experiments!

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 teens is "Corner Critter Bookmark", for children we have "Corn on the Cob craft" and adults can pick up a zentangle page.

Technology Help with a Teen Tech Tutor - Irondequoit Public Library. Would you like to learn Microsoft Word or Excel? Are you struggling to download an eBook? Come visit our trained Teen Tech Tutors for help with your technology questions. No registration necessary.

Time for Tots - Gates Public Library. Forty minutes of free play with toys followed by a 20 minute story time.

Welcome to Kindergarten! Storytime - Brighton Memorial Library. Children entering kindergarten in Brighton are invited to enjoy stories about going to school, make a craft to take home, and meet their fellow schoolmates. Registration is required (784-5300). Sponsored of Friends of BML. Also on Thursday, September 1 @ 10 am.

Write it & Read it - Parma Public Library. Write It & Read It! will meet at 1 pm on Wednesday, August 31st Come join us for this writing and sharing program for adults. We are supportive and kind to each other!

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