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Penfield Public Library hosts Spring Into Arts celebration

penfieldOnce again, the Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Road, is hosting its 14th annual "Spring Into Arts" celebration. A number of special cultural activities and programs for all ages are planned throughout the month of March and into early April. Highlighting the arts focused celebration will be a visit from “Froggy,” an appearance by the Nazareth College Story Band, adult art lectures, book talks, movies and a cosmetics workshop for teens with makeup artist Eva Jewel.

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Zentangle For Everybody

 zenThe Charlotte Branch Library, 3557 Lake Avenue, is hosting a unique art instruction program titled, “Zentangle for Everybody.” Zentangle is a meditative art form created by Maria Thomas and Rich Roberts. With Zentangle method, you can create beautiful images using repetitive patterns. It is easy to learn while promoting relaxation and focus. The program dates are Tuesdays March 24 and March 31 plus April 7 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 p.m.

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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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Get FREE help with your taxes at Central Library

 taxhelpThe Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is partnering with the New York State Department of Taxation & Finance (NYSDTF) to help local residents file both their State and Federal 2014 returns in the most secure and accurate way. You can prepare and e-file your tax returns with the assistance of NYSDTF certified volunteer representatives on select days through Tuesday, April 14. We will be hosting this service in the Rundel Memorial Building, second floor, 115 South Avenue. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8130.

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IRS Policy Change Taxes America's Libraries

 taxxThe decision by the Internal Revenue Service to limit the distribution of special forms and instruction booklets to filers is taxing people's patience-- and libraries across America are feeling the pinch. The policy change comes at the same time Congress promotes more cuts to Federal Budget spending. The agency announced last month that it will send libraries Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ, but not special forms such as Schedule A for itemizing deductions, the instruction booklets for completing the returns and the tax tables for figuring how much one owes.

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“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.

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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.

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First Wednesdays for Small Business

 FWDo you need resources to help manage your small business? Or, are you thinking of becoming a small business entrepreneur yourself? Well, get out your electronic calendars and Post-It notes—you may want to jot this down or save this data. The Business & Social Sciences Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County and the College at Brockport Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are pleased to announce a series of FREE programs at Central Library designed for current and aspiring small business owners.

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Thursday, March 5:


Pajama Story Time - Gates Public Library. A family program for all ages; pajama wear is optional!

Art Talk - Pittsford Community Library. Join Douglas Coffey, painter and RIT fine arts professor emeritus, in a roundtable discussion. No registration required.

Spring Book Sale - Gates Public Library. This is held at the Gates Recreation Room, next to Gates Town Hall. 1605 Buffalo Road, 14624.

Books Sandwiched In: THE ART FORGER - Brighton Memorial Library. Books Sandwiched In: The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro From the Gardner Museum in Boston comes this tale of forged art, copyists, and moral innocence. Reviewed by Marlene Hamen-Whitmore, McPherson Director of Education, Memorial Art Gallery. Sandwiches are welcome; coffee and tea will be available. Sponsored by the Friends of Brighton Memorial Library

Building Buddies Club - Mendon Public Library. This combination story time and play time fosters early literacy, social skills, creativity, fine motor skills, and parallel play among young children. Grown-ups can socialize or browse through a magazine or newspaper in our comfortable Jacobs Family Reading Room while children play with building blocks. No registration necessary.

CATALOGPLUS - Penfield Public Library. Learn how to effectively search for a specific title, author, or subject in this version of the LS2PAC online catalog listing the holdings of all Monroe County public libraries.

Charlotte Local History Program: The Orphan Train - Charlotte Branch. In the mid-nineteenth century 30,000 orphaned and homeless children wandered the streets of New York City. The Children's Aid Society boarded them onto trains (called "Orphan Trains") and sent them to new homes in the Midwest. Local author Michael Keene will tell us about this unique chapter in America's past.

Game Day Thursdays - Highland Branch. We're pulling out our games for some friendly competition! Stop by to see what we'll be playing. We have Uno, Pictureka, Monopoly Deal, Pictionary and more.

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

HOMESCHOOL BOOK CLUB - Penfield Public Library. This fun book club meets the first Thursday of each month.

Knit Knerds Teen Knitting Club - Henrietta Public Library. Enjoy knitting with other teen knerds!

Lego Club - Parma Public Library. Build amazing creations with LEGOs provided by the library. No registration required.

Pittsford Reading Group "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen - Pittsford Community Library. Copies of the book will be available at the Check Out/Return Desk. No registration required.

Poetry Oasis: Unwind at Noontime - Central Library. Come experience poetry together. Each Thursday at noon, local poet and teacher, Kitty Jospe, selects a variety of poems for the group to read and discuss. Come experience the magic that happens when we slow down to read poetry out loud in a relaxing setting.

Sit, Knit and Stitch - Gates Public Library. Bring your own project to work on while enjoying the company of others who enjoy needlecraft like knitting, stitching and crocheting. All skill levels welcome, from beginners to experts.

St. Patrick's Day Floral Arrangement - Henrietta Public Library. Create a St. Patrick's Day floral arrangement!

Preschool Story Time - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join us for some stories, songs, rhymes, and fun.

Story Time Stars - Pittsford Community Library. Enjoy a half hour of stories, songs, and fingerplays.

Story Time Thursdays - Highland Branch. Join Miss Sarah for stories, rhymes, songs and more! Recommended for children ages 1 to 4 years old, siblings welcome.

STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS - Brighton Memorial Library. Stories and songs for preschoolers with a caregiver Thursdays @ 10 am through March 26; March 19 will be art themed

Stretching Kindness Yoga with Erin Moriah R. Wafer - Chili Public Library. Come join the fun - storytime yoga for your little yogis!

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 adults is "Crepe Paper Carrots", the teen craft is "Minion-Chip Clips" and for children we have "Paper Bag Lion". Samples are on display at the Library!

Tech Tutor - Brockport-Seymour Library. Do you need help with your e-reader, laptop, tablet, or smart phone? Come in and have a one-on-one 30 minute session with a librarian. Other tech questions? Bring those too!

Technology Navigator - Lincoln Branch. Stop by for personal assistance with job applications, resumes and basic computer assistance.

TLC - Teen Library Corps - Brockport-Seymour Library. Plan and present activities for older teens. Volunteer and help the library. Join the group and bring a friend! Grades 9-12

Thursday Night Story Hour - Hamlin Public Library. Stories and Themed Crafts for Children (Free Program-no registration required)

Toddle Time - Ogden Farmers' Library. If you are two, OFL is the place for you!

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