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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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August Music Month in the Garden

Music in the gardenOutdoor Lunchtime Concerts in August at Central Library

Looking for something to do downtown during the lunch hour? Enjoy free outdoor concerts by local musicians in ‘August Music Month in the Garden,’ a series offered by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library and the Arts Division of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. Each hour-long concert will begin at 12:15pm in the Dorris Carlson Reading Garden of Central Library, 115 South Avenue in downtown Rochester. The rain location will be Kate Gleason Auditorium of Central Library.

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Drive-In Movie at the Gates Public Library

Drive-InJoin us on Friday, August 14th for a free outdoor showing of a 2014 Disney animated family film starring Baymax. The movie will be shown on a 24' movie screen in the Gates Public Library parking lot at 902 Elmgrove Road. We will begin selling concessions at 8 pm and the movie will begin at 9 pm. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and your friends!

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mcls appThe Monroe County Library System is looking for YOUR input about our new downloadable collection through OverDrive. Please take this survey and share your feedback with us. Take our Survey Here  

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Glimpses of Greece- Photo Contest

braddock bay(6)Do you have a passion for digital photography? Do you take pride in your town? The Town of Greece contains over 764 acres of land, 8 miles of Lake Ontario shoreline and 17 parks. What is your favorite “Glimpse of Greece”?

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Tuesday, August 4:


Star Wars Movie Nights (rated PG) - Hamlin Public Library. Popcorn and drinks provided. Register at 964-2320

Toddler/Preschool Storytime - Winton Branch. Please join us for weekly stories, rhymes, music and other fun activities.

Adult Book Discussion - Chili Public Library. This book club will not be meeting during the month of August.

Baby Storytime - Parma Public Library. Join Miss Amy and Miss Becky 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 only; please call 428-8216 to register.

Big Screen Heroes: BALTO (G) - Brighton Memorial Library. An outcast half-wolf risks his life to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska. Rated G. 78 min. Snacks are welcome. Sponsored by friends of BML>

Book Swap Party! - Webster Public Library. Give a book, take a book at our Book Swap Party! Bring in five of your gently read children's and teen books and exchange for books you've never read. Games and activities will also be provided. Bring the entire family! No registration required.

Teen Community Service - Pittsford Community Library. Earn community service hours for school credit by helping in the library! Activities include shelf reading and creating displays. For tweens and teens entering grades 6-12. Weekly registration required.

Gazebo Story Hour - Ogden Farmers' Library. Enjoy stories canal-side at the Spencerport Gazebo.

Greek Gods and Heroes - Brockport-Seymour Library. Learn some interesting facts about different heroes and gods as we do a variety of fun projects. Registration required.

Hero Soap-Making - Ogden Farmers' Library. Making soap from scratch is easy!

Intro 2 Cosplay - Create Heroically! - Central Library. Be creatively crafty with artist Shawn Dunwoody!

Jazz in the Garden: Mark Viavattine Trio - Brighton Memorial Library. Tuesday, August 4 @ 7 pm Join us for a concert in the garden (indoors in the event of bad weather). Sponsored by Friends of BML.

Just for Teens! Superhero string art program. - Hamlin Public Library. Call 964-2320 to register.

LEGO CLub - Chili Public Library. Come to the library and have fun building with LEGO bricks and making new friends!

Magician Richard McClendon - Pittsford Community Library. Magical entertainer Richard McClendon mixes amazement and wonder with magical illusions to make your mind and brain work.

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

Outdoor Lunchtime Concert - Central Library. Looking for something to do downtown during the lunch hour? Enjoy free outdoor concerts by local musicians in ‘August Music Month in the Garden,’ a series offered by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library and the Arts Division of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. Each hour-long concert will begin at 12:15pm in the Dorris Carlson Reading Garden of Central Library, 115 South Avenue in downtown Rochester. The rain location will be Kate Gleason Auditorium of Central Library.

Preschool Playtime--Stories and Songs Edition - Lyell Branch. Join Miss Elise for some Preschool Fun. There will be stories, songs, games, crafts, and play! Designed for the under 4 crowd and a caregiver. Call 428-8218 for more information.

Stories & More Story Time - Penfield Public Library. For children ages 3-6, older siblings welcome.

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 plus fun with friends mix with the best in children's literature. After stories, linger to play with blocks, Lincoln Logs, puzzles, puppets, and a castle... so much to do! *Please knock at the front door to enter.

Summer Reading Party Celebration with Magician Richard McClendon - Charlotte Branch. Join us for an amazing magic show with Magician Richard McClendon in the Children's Room! We're even going to have face painting!

Super Babies - Brockport-Seymour Library. Babies, toddlers, and their caregivers are welcome to join us for a variety of sensory activities and fun.

Super Babies & Books - Monroe Branch. Babies & Books is a great way to introduce your baby to stories, music, and rhythm, while you both get a chance to socialize.

Super Talent Show - Chili Public Library. Do you have a hidden talent that you'd like to share?

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 is for adults is "Embellished Bobby Pins", for children it's "Handprint Hermit Crab", and for teens we have "Dragonfly Clip". Samples are on display at the Library!

Teen Movie Makers - Brockport-Seymour Library. Interested in learning more about creating, editing and posting your own videos? Join Teen Movie Makers where we share our knowledge and talents to create wonderful and wacky teen-made movies. Grades 6-12

Tween Craft: God's Eye - Gates Public Library. Weave a memory catcher with yarn for a beautiful decoration. All materials will be provided courtesy of the Friends of GPL.

Wee Read: Baby and Toddler Story Time - Central Library. Join us for songs, stories, and toys.

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