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Attention Latino Artists

Latino AmericansThe Rochester Public Library received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association to celebrate Latino culture and the contributions Latinos have made to our culture. The library will be holding a number of programs to bring Latino culture to the public. One of these programs is a Latino Art Exhibit at the Central Library from May 5-June 30, 2016. If you are a local Latino artist and would like to show your work at the Central Library, please contact Nanci Rosenberg-Nugent at by April 5, 2016. We would love to display your art work!! 

No Paper, No Problem, e-file your tax returns for a faster tax refund, with no filing fees

taxIt’s that time of year again…time to file your income tax returns. You should e-file this year. Why not, since you’ll be joining 92% of all New York filers who already file electronically. That is because it’s the safe and accurate way to file. In fact, the error rate for e-file returns is 20 times lower than for paper returns. And, if your combined income for 2015 didn’t exceed $62,000, you can e-file for FREE, at the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County and at the Brighton Memorial Library.

Another plus for e-filers: if you qualify for a tax refund, you’ll get it far faster than if you filed a paper return.

Thanks to a partnership with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, volunteers will be on hand at these libraries to guide you through the process of filing your own return. 

Your Opinion Matters: Please Take Our Online Survey!

Opinion  Tell Us How the Rochester Public Library and the Friends & Foundation of RPL Can Better Serve You and Our Community. 

The Rochester Public Library and the Friends & Foundation of RPL are working together to plan for the future, and we want to know your thoughts to help us remain a vital part of our communities in the years to come.

Please take our brief survey by midnight, Feb. 17.

Thank you for your help!

Rochester Images are now 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. 

Announcing FAFSA Fest 2016

FAFSAREF and our Rochester College Access Network  present FAFSA Fest 2016. This is a series of six public, free events held in January, February and March 2016 for students and families at which trained volunteers provide help filling out and submitting federal financial aid forms for college.

The forms are complicated, and can be particularly difficult for first-generation college applicants. These events help students submit the FAFSA forms on time so they can have opportunities for college scholarships, aid and admission.

We hope that you will join us and help us spread the word about this FREE event, FAFSA Fest, to 12th grade senior high school students and their families.

FAFSA Fest events are scheduled on the following dates.


Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Tuesday, February 9:

AARP Driver Safety Course - Irondequoit Public Library. A classroom driver refresher course designed for drivers aged 50 and over. Graduates are entitled to a 10% discount on their liability and collision insurance. Registration required; call the library at 336-6060. Fee: $20 AARP members (Only checks are accepted). Registration Required. $25 for non-members (Only checks are accepted; no cash) This event includes two breaks and a 30-minute lunch break.

All-Ages Storytime Tuesdays - Henrietta Public Library. Stories and more for all ages! Training - Chili Public Library. Library staff will teach a basic class on researching your family tree using

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. Bring your baby to the library for some rhymes, stories, and songs followed by free play time.

Baby Story Time - Pittsford Community Library. Offered twice each Tuesday morning: 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Baby Storytime - Hamlin Public Library. Stories and educational play for 6-24 month old babies. Second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 10:30am. Siblings welcome.

Baby Storytime - Parma Public Library. Join Mrs Amy & Mrs Becky for stories, rhymes, fingerplays, songs, and play time. No registration required.

Baby Storytime on Tuesdays - Henrietta Public Library. Introduce your little one to reading

Basic Computer Classes - Charlotte Branch. 1-on-1 assistance with computer basics: internet, e-mail, basic Word, e-books. By appointment only. Please call 428-8216 to register.

BML Otakus Anime Club - Brighton Memorial Library. Meet other anime fans, talk about manga, and watch some anime. For grades 6—12. Call 784-5300 to register. Sponsored by Friends of BML.

Contemporary Book Discussion Group:- "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot - Irondequoit Public Library. Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave. New members always welcome! Book copies available across from the circulation desk. No registration necessary.

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

Tax Preparation Assistance - Central Library. E-file to get your tax refund faster! Our online filing program is the free, safe, and accurate way to file.

Junior Friends - Gates Public Library. Junior Friends are volunteers who meet year-round and help the library with event such as book sales, parties, fundraisers and decorating. We also get involved in community service activities. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month.

Knitting Circle - Irondequoit Public Library. Bring your knitting supplies and come join other knitters to knit and chat! #212 Forest House study room. No registration necessary.

Managing Grief and Guilt with Rochester’s Alzheimer’s Association - Irondequoit Public Library. Explore why individuals feel guilty and share communication tips for handling guilt. This program will also cover the causes and responses of grief for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Registration required.

Murder for Lunch Book Group - Pittsford Community Library. "Spider Woman’s Daughter" by Anne Hillerman Come sleuth with us the second Tuesday of each month. Copies of the book will be available at the Check Out/Return Desk. No registration required.

NATIVE PLANTS - Penfield Public Library. Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care

Preschool Activity Club - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join us every Tuesday for a fun art project, craft, or activity. Ages 2-5.

Preschool Playtime - Lyell Branch. Join Ms. Elise for some Preschool Fun. There will be stories, songs, games, crafts and play! Designed for the 4 and under crowd and a caregiver.

Preschool Story Time with Miss Jean - Winton Branch. Please join us for weekly stories, rhymes, music and other fun activities. Child must be accompanied by parent/caregiver.

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

Senior Circle Book Group - Pittsford Community Library. "The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry" by Gabrielle Zevin Copies in regular print, large print, and book-on-CD will be available at the Check Out/Return Desk. No registration required.

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.

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 with Miss Kim - 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 on the front door as story time starts before the library opens.*

TASC Prep - Lyell Branch. Receive tutoring to prepare for the TASC. These prep classes are free and open to the public!

Tech Help - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Adults who need assistance with basic computer and mobile device issues can join us to learn tips and tricks that help improve digital literacy, and gain a better understanding of electronic devices.

Teen Community Service - Pittsford Community Library. Need community service credits? PCL wants teen volunteers to help in the library. Students will straighten the Teen Place and help with various other library tasks. For students in grades 6-12. Registration required.

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