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Central Library hosts Vietnam Veterans event June 6

 VVThe Local History & Genealogy and the Science & History departments of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, in partnership with the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 20, are hosting a new exhibit titled, “Vietnam Veterans: Serving Then and Now.” The exhibit will be on display, second floor, Rundel Memorial Building, 115 South Avenue June through December 31, 2015. An afternoon opening reception and lecture are slated for Saturday, June 6.

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Rochester Public Library debuts Books by Bike

 bbbThe City of Rochester and the Rochester Public Library are well-known for its celebrated, tightly-wrapped social and environmental stitch that is woven deep into our community's fabric-- and a literary and library culture that has flourished for well over a century. It is also one of the most bike-friendly, if not bike-crazed, urban spaces in the nation, as measured by commuters, retail sales and bike lanes. And just recently, all of these forces merged while conceiving, “Books by Bike,” a mobile “pop-up” library now serving library patrons of the City of Rochester.

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First Wednesdays: Social Media 101

 firstwedThe Business & Social Sciences Department of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County and the College at Brockport Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are sponsoring a free program for small businesses and entrepreneurs titled, "Social Media 101" on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm in the Kate Gleason Auditorium, Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building, 115 South Avenue, Rochester, NY.

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Arnett Branch Library named 2015 Public Library of the Year

arnett1On May 4, the Rochester Regional Library Council formally announced the winners of the RRLC Library of the Year contest. Library advocates will be proud to know a record 1,448 people shared their stories about how much they love their their library services. Rochester Public Library’s Arnett Branch Library, 310 Arnett Blvd., located in the 19th Ward won the public library category. The Maplewood Community Library, located at 1111 Dewey Avenue was also awarded an honorable mention.

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Call For Work: Self-Published Book Festival Deadline June 1

 self pub(1)Due to the overwhelming positive response to our first annual Self-Published Book Festival & Fair held at the Central Library last year, the newly designed event planned for 2015 will be expanded to a two-day festival that will now include books for children, teens and adults. The Self-Published Book Festival & Fair, slated for November 7 and 8, will provide an opportunity for self-published local authors to promote and sell their books; interact with new audiences and network with vendors and other authors. Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2015.

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Get Ready to Ride!

 bikeoveDid you know May is National Bike Month? Now that old man winter is behind us, it’s time to make the most of warmer weather by getting our bicycles out of storage and in shape for the summer season. Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County has partnered with our neighborhood bike shop, Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport, 661 South Avenue, to bring local patrons an exciting slate of bike programming during the month of May. National Bike Month is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists.

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Babies need books!

 babybookDid you ever wonder about the benefits of reading to your baby? Granted, an infant won't completely understand everything you're doing or why. However, reading aloud to your baby is a wonderful shared activity you can experience for many years to come — and it's an important form of stimulation and critical to early childhood development. Why don't you check with your MCLS local public library about resources and programs in your neighborhood?

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MCLS library newsletters are just one click away

 emailIt's never been easier to find out what's going on at your local library! The Monroe County Library System has compiled a “one stop” resource page of links for library patrons to sign up for electronic newsletters. Our electronic newsletters are a simple, easy-to-read vehicle to keep you informed about news important to you. Find out about all upcoming library events, free library services and programming, reader’s advisories and more. It’s just one click away.

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Tuesday, May 26:


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.

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

Baby Storytime - Parma Public Library. Storytime for Babies and caregivers. Join us Tuesday mornings for stories, fingerplays, songs, rhymes, and play time. No registration required

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

Bonsai, Ikebana, Suiseki, and Japanese Incense - Brighton Memorial Library. Bonsai, Ikebana, Suiseki, and Japanese Incense demonstration presented by Gail Newman and Jerome Cushman. Register (784-5300) @ the Reference Center. Sponsored by Friends of BML.

Club de Lectores / Spanish Book Club - Lincoln Branch. Si le gusta leer y platicar de libros en español, entonces venga a Lincoln para el único club de libros en español en Rochester!

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

Crafty Kids - East Rochester Public Library. Share your love of all things creative with other kids. We'll read stories together and make a craft. For ages 5-10. Younger siblings welcome with a caregiver.

Fabulous Films at the Library - Pittsford Community Library. Please call 249-5481 for the title of tonight’s movie. No registration required

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.

GED/TASC Tutoring - Maplewood Community Library. Receive free tutoring to prepare for the GED/TASC.

Homework Helpers Monday through Thursdays - Highland Branch. Stop in for homework and reading help after school.

Junior Friends Meeting - Chili Public Library. Share your library passions with other teens!

Movie Tuesday - Highland Branch. Relax and watch family-friendly movie with us!

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 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.

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

Teen Craft: Spring Bracelets - Gates Public Library. Deb Coller is teaching you how to create your own unique Spring bracelet

Teen Tech Club - Parma Public Library. Robots, computers, MakeyMakey Boards and more! No registration required

TEEN TUESDAYS - Penfield Public Library. Grades 9-12

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