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Henna Demo at Central Library August 13

 henna handsOn Wednesday, August 13, from 1:00 pm -  2:30 pm, the Arts, Music & Recreation Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County will host local artist Robin Jaeckel, who will present and demonstrate the ancient art of Henna. The art of Henna (called Mehndi in Hindi & Urdu) has been practiced no less than 5,000 years in Pakistan, India, Africa and the Middle East. Today, people from all walks of life have adopted the ancient traditions of adorning their bodies with the natural extracts created from the henna plant.

July '64: Darryl Porter Visits Teen Central

DarrylOn July 22, Teen Central of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County hosted a screening of the documentary film, July ’64 to a packed house of youth and parents. Darryl Porter, former president of the Rochester City School District and former City administrator now retired, captivated his audience by his charm, wit and no nonsense approach on how to succeed in life. After the screening, the teens asked Mr. Porter some poignant questions about growing up in Rochester fifty years ago as a gang member— and his answers did not disappoint.

Musical Mondays at Monroe Branch Library

 guitarOn Monday, July 21, 6:30 - 7:45 pm, the Monroe Branch Library, 809 Monroe Avenue, will host The Doug Stone Group with Grammy award-winning special guest keyboardist, George Caldwell. The Doug Stone Group combines the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic landscapes of jazz standards and some original material. These adept jazz improvisers offer a refreshing approach to classic jazz compositions, rooted in the historical traditions while inflecting cutting edge modern and contemporary jazz trends. On Monday evening, July 28, 6:30 - 7:45 pm, the library will host the musical group, String of Pearls. For more information about Musical Mondays, you can call the library at 585-428-8202.

Charity Golf Tournament to benefit local libraries

 golfOn Monday, August 4th, the Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce will host their 18th Annual Charity Golf Tournament and dinner auction to be held at Brook Lea County Club, 891 Pixley Road, Rochester, NY 14624. The tournament will be a shotgun start scramble format and a full day of fun activities are planned. The beneficiaries of the fundraising event this year are the Friends of the Gates Public Library and the Friends of the Chili Public Library.

World Wednesdays coming to Central Library in July

 worldIn collaboration with the Al Mutanabbi Street: Start The Conversation art exhibit at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, the Science, History & Travel Division will be hosting a series of community conversations focusing on our basic freedoms and what it truly means to be a global citizen. The public is invited to join us for this four session program in the month of July titled, "World Wednesdays." 

East Rochester Public Library closed July 14 - August 10 for move

ERThe East Rochester Public Library will be closed Monday, July 14 through August 10 and will re-open on Monday, August 11. The library will not be a valid pick-up branch for holds during this time period. The library is moving from West Elm Street to the Eyer Building, 317 Main Street in the Village of East Rochester, NY, where it will occupy two floors of the building. We appreciate the community’s patience while we transition to our new location.

Central Library’s Children and Family Summer Programs

FBR iconThe Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is concocting a big dose of eye-popping summertime fun for area kids as part of the Fizz! Boom! Read! Summer Reading 2014 initiative. Events and activities will include arts and crafts, variety and magic shows, free movies plus story times. Families who participate can also win tickets to Red Wings baseball games plus memberships to the Strong Museum of Play and the Rochester Museum and Science Center. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8150.

Squirrel Hillbillies to perform at Central Library July 28

SH imageThe Arts, Music & Recreation Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is pleased to announce the scheduling of a free afternoon concert by one of the most unique musical acts travelling the country today. Hailing from Pittsburgh's East End, the Squirrel Hillbillies have become a folk-rock critic’s delight and have garnered a well-crafted reputation for delivering the musical goods. The concert will take place rain or shine on Monday, July 28 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm in the Dorris Carlson Reading Garden or the Kate Gleason Auditorium. For more information, you can call the library at 585-428-8140.


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A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Friday, July 25:

Environmental Education - Charlotte Branch. Learn about the environment, water and the new recycling program in three modules. Please call 428-8248 to register.

Family Bingo - Henrietta Public Library. Play Bingo! Win prizes!

Friday Night Films - Gates Public Library. We have a new series of Friday Night Films and tonight we'll be showing a John Hughes film about a high school sophomore's sixteenth birthday(R), starring Molly Ringwald.

Friday Make and Take Craft - Central Library. Fun new project every week!

Fun Fridays - Charlotte Branch. Join the "imagination station" as we play with play dough, finger paints, and LEGOs! We will also bring out the Wii! Younger children welcome with parental guidance.

Great Decisions Series - Central Library. Great Decisions is a national, civic-education program that encourages participants to learn about United States foreign policy and global issues and discuss multiple viewpoints in a facilitated group setting. The July 25 topic is "United States Trade Policy". Call 428.8350 for more information.

Intro to Blogging on WordPress - Brighton Memorial Library. Register @ the Reference Center (784-5330).

K-2 Book Club - Brockport-Seymour Library. Children going into grades K-2 are welcome to join us for a story, a snack, and fun book-related activities. Registration is required and begins July 1st.

Drop-In Lapsit Storytime - Brighton Memorial Library. Stories and songs for non-walkers accompanied by a caregiver

Lego Club - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. We provide the Legos, just come in with your imagination and build!

Take and Make Crafts - Gates Public Library. Do you love to make things? Every month our Children's and Teen's Librarians put out bags filled with instructions and supplies to make a new craft. This month's craft for children is "Butterfly Windsock Craft", and the teen craft is "Paperclip Bracelet". Samples are on display at the Library!


Monthly Book Sale! - Charlotte Branch. Buy quality discards and donated items at amazingly affordable prices! On Saturday, fill a bag for a dollar!

July ’64 Revisited: Rochester and Race Relations with Blackstorytelling League of Rochester - Central Library. Hear accounts of local storytellers about what happened in Rochester during the race riots of 1964.

SIZZLE, SNAP, AND POP WITH TOPS COOKING SCHOOL - Penfield Public Library. For children entering grades 1 – 6

SIZZLE, SNAP, AND POP WITH TOPS COOKING SCHOOL - Penfield Public Library. For children entering grades 1 – 6

Story Time - Mendon Public Library. Stories and more to encourage early literacy, a love of books and being read to, following simple directions, taking turns, being part of a group, and being a good listener. Best for toddlers and preschoolers. No registration necessary.

Story Time - Charlotte Branch. Art, music, & action mix with literature for a well-rounded program that includes fun with friends! We have blocks, Lincoln Logs, puzzles, puppets, and a much to do! Siblings are welcome.

Summertime READ TO ANNIE - Brighton Memorial Library. Our favorite therapy Shih-Ttzu, Annie, will be back to help us with our annual summer reading program. Bring in or pick out a book to read aloud to Annie. Register in the Children’s Center.

Tail Waggin' Tutors - Gates Public Library. A friendly therapy dog is begging to hear you read a story and cuddle! Read one of our books or bring your own to read.

Teen Writing Group - Chili Public Library. Join us to learn more about the fun of writing with others who share your passion!

Wii Like Video Games - Sully Branch. If you like to play Wii games this is the program for you! We will play a different game each week.

DROP-IN STORYTIME for WOBBLY TODDLERS - Brighton Memorial Library. stories and songs for wobbly toddlers accompanied by a caregiver

American Red Cross Babysitter's Training - Fairport Public Library. Provided by the American Red Cross, this course is designed to provide 11-15-year-olds the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants.

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