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Make Fleece Blankets for Shelter Animals

fleece1Are you an animal lover like we are? Well, here is a great opportunity to provide a warm gift to a shelter animal this holiday season. Come to the Arts, Music & Recreation Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County on Saturday, November 1 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm to learn how to make no-sew fleece blankets for shelter animals. The workshop will be located on the second floor of the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building of Central Library.

Local History Exhibit and Lecture October 25

trunkOn Saturday, October 25 the Local History & Genealogy Department of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County will be hosting an opening reception in the Local History Main Hall, 2nd floor, Rundel Memorial Building from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. The exhibit is titled, “Property of Charles A. Ritz: A Rochester Time Capsule.” The reception will be immediately followed by a public conversation titled, “Creating the Charles A. Ritz Exhibit,” Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor, Rundel Memorial Building.

November is NaNoWriMo!

NNWMNovember is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and writers nation wide are taking on the annual challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. With that in mind, the Literature Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is pleased to announce it will be sponsoring a related workshop dedicated to making you a better novelist. The program is slated for Saturday, October 25 from 10:30 am – Noon in the Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Avenue.

Financial literacy a top priority for area libraries

 FINRAAs the People’s University, the Rochester Public Library (RPL) is dedicated to serving the needs of all its community members. In that spirit, for several years now RPL has been a host site for teaching English (ESOL) to immigrants and refugees in the Greater Rochester area. RPL is also a proud official partner of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB). And starting this October, RPL will be introducing financial literacy information as part of the ESOL curriculum at the Maplewood Community Library, 1111 Dewey Avenue. There will be a kickoff celebration at the first class session with library officials and local dignitaries of the refugee communities on Tuesday, October 2 at 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

“Artist at Work!” series back for third season

AAW1The Arts, Music & Recreation Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is hosting the third season of the very popular “Artist at Work!” series, which begins Saturday, September 20, 2014. On the third Saturday of each month from September through June 2015, a local artist will visit the Arts Division at Central Library from 1:00 – 3:00 pm demonstrating their art, and informally interacting with interested observers. It’s a very relaxed program that allows people to meet some talented local artists, talk to them about their work and see art as it is being created. Famed oil and watercolor artist Peggy Martinez will be the first local artisan scheduled for the series.

MCLS re-launches library book sales webpage

 BookSaleBannerDue to the increased demand for information about Monroe County Library System book sales, MCLS is reintroducing our followers and virtual visitors to a re-vamped comprehensive, up-to-date listings page of on-going library book sales throughout our area. Book lovers, buyers, sellers and readers everywhere can now experience one-stop shopping at our new and improved Monroe County Library System book sales page.

BSI begins September 9

BSI thumbThe Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library is pleased to announce the fall schedule for the ever-popular ‘Books Sandwiched In’ book review series. A staple of Rochester cultural activities since 1955, the series begins Tuesday, September 9 with James Norman, President & CEO of Action for a Better Community, reviewing the book titled, The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act, by Clay Risen. Each Tuesday program begins at 12:12 pm, Kate Gleason Auditorium, Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Ave, Rochester, NY.

Poems For Lunch Program Returns to Central Library

 Poetry(1)Are you interested in making the ordinary printed word jump off the page? Why not attend our Poems for Lunch series, hosted by local poet and teacher Kitty Jospé? Due to popular demand, this robust Thursday lunchtime program at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Avenue, has returned for the remainder of the year. This is not a writing course. Under the guidance of an experienced instructor, you will be able to read poems out loud and discuss them in a group setting.


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A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Wednesday, October 22:

Adult Harry Potter Trivia and Craft Program - Chili Public Library. Join us for a fun night of Harry Potter trivia and a Wizarding-themed craft!

Antiques Appraisal - Irondequoit – McGraw Branch. Antiques expert H. Price Prazar will offer a verbal appraisal of an heirloom. A photograph of a piece of furniture is acceptable. Only one item allowed for appraisal and no rugs or firearms. Mr. Prazar has done individual appraisals since 1984 and has worked with WXXI on their Antique Road Show program.

Baby Story Time - Pittsford Community Library. Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and board books.

Batman Trick-or-Treat - Monroe Branch. We're celebrating Batman's birthday!! During the week of October 18-23rd, stop into the library dressed as your favorite Batman character, or wear anything Batman themed, and receive a treat!

Brown Bag Book Discussion "Burial RItes" by Hannah Kent - Central Library. Inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Agnes, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Book Sale - Scottsville Free Library. Last day! Name your price!

Family Movie Night - Charlotte Branch. Enjoy some family time with a movie and popcorn at the library! Please call 428-8248 for the movie title.

HALLOWEEN READ TO ANNIE - Brighton Memorial Library. Help get our favorite shih-tzu, Annie, ready for Halloween! Bring in or pick out your favorite Halloween story to read to Annie. Costumes are welcome! Register in the Children’s Center.

Hiking the Alps - Pittsford Community Library. Join Marueen and Douglas Robb as they present their experience hiking, sking, and bicycling in the Alps of Austria and Northern Italy.

Homework Helpers - Arnett Branch. The Homework Helpers will at the library from 3-6 pm. School kids can stop by and receive help with their homework. This program is sponsored by Dial-A-Teacher. The Homework Helpers are at the Arnett Branch Library most Mondays and Wednesdays, 3-6 pm during the school year.

LEGO Club - Monroe Branch. Come hear a story and then build with LEGOs! We will display your completed project in the Children's Room. Younger children are welcome to hear the story and play with LEGOs with parental supervision.

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 children is "Paper plate Halloween Wreath", the teen craft is "Yarn Ghost" and adult craft is "Clothespin Cat". Samples are on display at the Library!

Making Monsters! - Winton Branch. Please join us for this creative program.

Opera Guild Lecture: Anger and Extreme Frustration as Expressed in Opera - Central Library. Dr. Agneta Borgstedt, president of the Opera Guild of Rochester, will be discussing, "Anger and Extreme Frustration as Expressed in Opera."

Parma Public Library Friends Book Sale - Parma Public Library. Book Sale - Friends Preview - Wednesday, October 22nd from 6:30 - 8:30 pm - The public is welcome to join the Friends at the door for a $5.00 tax deductible donation.

PreK Story Time - East Rochester Public Library. Help your child get ready to read. Join us for stories, finger plays, and a simple craft. For ages 2-4 and a caregiver.

Preschool Stories and Crafts - Irondequoit – McGraw Branch. For ages 3-5 with adult.

Preschool Story Time - Lincoln Branch. Story time for preschoolers with Children's Librarian Rosa Diaz.

Preschool Storytime - Henrietta Public Library. Stories and more for preschoolers!

Read With Seymour- Stiff - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join us for a discussion of Mary Roach's 'Stiff'. Copies are available at the library. Everyone is welcome!

Technology Training - Mendon Public Library. One-hour, one-on-one training sessions customized to your needs: how to use Kindles, Nooks, iPads, tablets, laptops, and more. Also learn how to manage files, use software, find information on the Internet, or set-up and maintain a computer. Please call 624-6067 to register, though walk-ins are welcome if there is an opening.

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

Wacky Wednesday - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Come in to do a craft, play games or watch a movie. Something different every week!

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

Pre-Holiday Concert by Tin Dipper - Fairport Public Library. Pre-holiday concert by Tin Dipper (formerly known as Trivium). Irish music and verse, with some Scottish flavor mixed in.

Crochet Edgings - Fairport Public Library. This class will explore how to attach or work edgings separately for crocheted projects. Please bring an 8'x8' crocheted square (using any weight yarn), the hook used to make the square, and extra yarn for the edgings.

Read to a Dog! - Fairport Public Library. Finley the Doubledoodle is a certified therapy dog who loves to listen to stories, so drop in and read to her. Her owner, Miss Cathy, will be here with Finley and also loves stories. No registration necessary.

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