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Books In Motion

 BIMThe Rochester Public Library, in cooperation with Rotary International, is pleased to announce a new program at Central Library’s Children’s Center titled, “Books In Motion.” This initiative is a book discussion kit designed for children and tween groups to have thoughtful conversations which may motivate them to read more, learn, inspire and develop socialization skills. Popular titles include Frozen/Snow Queen, Jumanji, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Where the Wild Things Are, To Kill a Mockingbird and many more.

StoryCorps is coming to Rochester Public Library

 storycorpsThe Rochester Public Library, NY has been selected to be a 2015 StoryCorps @ your library (SCL) site; RPL was one of ten libraries selected from over 300 applicants. StoryCorps @ your library (SCL) is a project of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and StoryCorps with additional funding support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The oral histories will be collected during the months of June through October 2015 at Central Library, 115 South Avenue, Maplewood Branch Library, 1111 Dewey Avenue, and other city branch locations.

RRLC's Library of the Year Contest runs April 5-18, 2015

rrlcsealDo you have a favorite local library? What does your library mean to you and to your community? Inquiring minds want to know! In recognition of National Library Week, April 12 - 18, 2015, the Rochester Regional Library Council will name three area libraries -- one public, one school and one academic/special –- as the “RRLC Library of the Year 2015.” Winners will receive a banner and engraved plaque to hang in their library, a $100 gift card, and will be recognized at the RRLC Annual Meeting in June at Casa Larga Vineyards, Fairport, NY.

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?

Central Library hosts local author Sonja Livingston

 sonjaAuthor, educator and essayist Sonja Livingston, a Rochester, NY native, will read from her most recently published work, Queen of the Fall: A Memoir of Girls and Goddesses (Uni. Of Nebraska Press, 2015) at Central Library’s Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Avenue, Saturday, April 18 at 2:00 pm. Livingston’s memoir draws from personal recollections, myth and popular culture that explores the complex lives of girls and women. Of particular note, Rochester serves as the backdrop for many of the essays highlighted in the book.

Old school meets the digital age

 MendonThanks to generous support from the May K. Houck Foundation, the Honeoye Falls-Lima School District's yearbook collection is now available in digital format. The Mendon Public Library's digital collection can be accessed via New York Heritage Digital Collections, where pictorial records of the HF-L School District school years 1954-2009 are now searchable. In the coming months, the Mendon Public Library hopes to make collections of local newspapers, specifically the Honeoye Falls Times and the Sentinel, available in digital format as well. 

National Library Week April 12 - 18

 nlwdbuttonNational Library Week will be observed April 12-18, 2015 highlighting the theme, "Unlimited possibilities @ your library®." First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country. Each April, it is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries will participate again this year -- school, public, academic and specialty libraries. National Library Worker's Day is Tuesday, April 14.

RPL will present historical bicycling exhibit at RoCo

rocoPhotographs and other items from the Rochester Public Library’s Local History & Genealogy Department will be featured in a special exhibit at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, 137 East Avenue, from April 3 to May 15, 2015. “Ride It: Art and Bicycles in Rochester,” is a diverse exploration of bike art, culture, and history featuring projects from a variety of artists and cultural organizations. An opening reception is planned for Friday, April 3 from 6:00 - 10:00 pm. This collaboration is co-sponsored by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8370.


Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Saturday, April 18:

AARP Smart Driver Program - Chili Public Library. Participants but attend both Saturday, April 18 and Saturday, April 25.

Artist at Work! - Central Library. Meet award-winning artist Mia Sohn and watch her create traditional Ukranian designs on real eggs.

Children's Film Festival - Brockport-Seymour Library. Drop by the library to see some or all of the short films in this year's film festival. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

Emmie the Reading Dog - Irondequoit - Evans Branch. Emmie, an adorable Shetland sheepdog, loves to hear stories! Bring your own book or pick one from the library. No registration necessary.

How to Catch a Mouse: Simple Machines at Work with Balloon Artist Larry Moss - Pittsford Community Library. Some people know science is fun. Others need to be convinced.

Marvel Movie Month - The Avengers - Gates Public Library. Join us as we screen all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, leading up to the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron! Tonight's feature is "The Avengers".

Sonja Livingston: Book Reading & Signing - Central Library. Rochester native, Sonja Livingston, reads from her most recent book, Queen of the Fall. Livingston’s memoir draws from memory, myth and popular culture to consider the lives of girls and women, with Rochester serving as the backdrop for many of the essays.

Spring Collage Art Saturday - Henrietta Public Library. Teens can create a unique spring collage

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

Tail Waggin’ Tutors - Central Library. Cuddle up with a dog and a book.

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 "Butterfly Clothespin", the teen craft is "Popsicle Stick Coasters" and for children we have "Flying Ladybug". Samples are on display at the Library!

Make a Terrarium - Gates Public Library. Perk up an indoor space with an eye-catching terrarium!

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