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New Teen Space at the Chili Public Library!

ChiliOn September 9th the Chili Public Library was very excited to open their new teen space, which has been lovingly named "Teenship" by the library’s Teen Friends. This was accomplished with the help of bullet aid from Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer, and financial support from the Friends of the Chili Public Library and the Gates-Chili Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament and Dinner Auction.

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Construction begins at the Central Library

constructionConstruction for phases 2 & 3 of the Central Library Master Space Plan is beginning the week of September 5, 2016.  During this time the library will be relocating the Central Library's Arts Division to the first floor of the Rundel Library Building. Arts Division will be temporarily closed starting September 7. Materials typically found in the Arts Division (non-fiction books, music scores, graphic novels & framed prints) will be available during renovations, but a majority will require retrieval assistance from the 1st floor reference desk in the Rundel Memorial Library building. 

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Music Play at the Sully Library

MusicJoin us at the Sully Library for our first season of Music Play at Sully Library! Together families and ROC Music Play staff will focus on family-centered music making. Children will experience songs and chants written to help them to develop a listening vocabulary.

 This program will be held on Friday mornings from 11:10 - 11:50 am on September 9, 16, 23, and 30; October 14, 21, and 28; November 4, 11, and 18; and December 2. For more information, call the Sully Library at (585) 428-8208.

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The Rochester Public Library brings “Suffrage and the Flower City” online with Google Arts & Culture’s American Democracy collection

Susan B AnthonyOver 50 artifacts from the Rochester Public Library can now be viewed online by people around the world thanks to a new partnership with Google Arts & Culture.

This partnership is part of the Google Arts & Culture’s American Democracy collection, which brings together over 60 exhibits and 2500+ artifacts from 44 institutions dedicated to the preservation of U.S. political history and the practice of American democracy. The exhibition is open for all at g.co/AmericanDemocracy and through the Google Arts & Culture mobile app for iOS and Android.

The Rochester Public Library’s contribution to this effort includes a new virtual exhibition about Rochester’s role in the woman suffrage movement. Specially curated for online visitors, “Suffrage and the Flower City” tells the story of Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and other Rochesterians who stood at the center of 19th- and early 20th-century American reform movements. In just a few clicks, users will be able to see Susan B. Anthony’s press pass from the Centennial Exposition of 1876, suffrage campaign buttons, pro- and anti-suffrage political pamphlets, and many other treasures from the collections of the Rochester Public Library, the Office of the City Historian, and the City of Rochester. Discover this exhibit here

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Rochester Images are now also available through Library Commerce

Soldiers The Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County has collaborated with Library Commerce Inc. to provide the public with access to some of the library’s most popular digital images from the Rochester Images Collection. Library Commerce has compiled a collection of popular low resolution images from Rochester, NY’s history. Images include MidTown, canal boats and early Monroe County maps as well as Rochester luminaries, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and George Eastman. 

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Library Events

A sampling of what's coming up at MCLS libraries on Wednesday, September 28:


All-Ages Storytime on Wednesdays - Henrietta Public Library. Storytime fun for all ages!

Alzheimer's Disease: Meaningful Activities - Chili Public Library. The Neighbor Next Door Caregiver Education Series for Alzheimer's Disease presents Meaningful Activities.

Are We Ready to Write Grants? - Central Library. With grant sources increasingly deluged with requests, we all want to maximize the use of our time and resources. This workshop is designed to increase your competitiveness for grant proposals.

Around the World in 30 Instruments - Brockport-Seymour Library. Join the band, Four Shillings Short, for a fun family concert. See and hear a variety of instruments as you groove along with the music.

Baby Signing Time with Linda Schmackpfeffer - Irondequoit Public Library. During this fun and interactive class we will use books, songs, and other playful activities to teach caregivers and tots some simple and useful ASL signs. No registration needed.

Brownbag Book Discussion: All the Light We Cannot See - Central Library. Please join our book discussion group to discuss the historical fiction novel, All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. Our group meets on a monthly basis, reads mostly contemporary fiction, although we occasionally read non-fiction, and is always welcoming new participants. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk at Central Library during the month prior to the discussion date.

Classic Book Discussion "Ivanhoe" (first half) by Sir Walter Scott - Irondequoit Public Library. Ivanhoe follows Wilfred of Ivanhoe, one of the few Saxon families when English nobility was dominated by the Normans, who is out of favour with his father for his allegiance to the Norman king, Richard the Lionheart. The gripping storyline beautifully captures the 12th century tensions between Saxons and Normans, Nobility and Commonality and Jews and Gentiles, with a whole host of well-known characters from Robin Hood to Friar Tuck.

College Planning 101 for Parents - Pittsford Community Library. Are you just beginning the process to send your child off to college? John Serafine, lead counselor at Fairport High School, will discuss the college search process

Conversations on Race with Poverty - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Free, facilitated whole-group and small-group conversations about race, awareness of racial identity, segregation in our individual lives, racial privilege, and the connection of race to poverty. Each two-hour conversation is unique and everyone participates.

Creative Kids Coloring Club - Frederick Douglass Community Library. Join us for some afternoon coloring fun. We might have a contest to see who cab color the best picture for a prize! All ages, no registration required.

Fall Prevention Series - Irondequoit Public Library. A simple fall can change your life forever. The good news is that most falls can be prevented. Join us for all three sessions of information and exercise. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers, and be prepared to move.Registration required.

Family Movies at the Library - Charlotte Branch. Join us for a movie and popcorn at the library! Please call 428-8248 for the movie title.

Friends of the Chili Public Library Book Sale - Chili Public Library. The Friends Preview sale is tonight.

Homework Helpers - Arnett Branch. The Homework Helpers will at the library from 3:00 pm - 6:00 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 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm during the school year. For more information please call 585-428-8214.

Knit Clique: Knitting/Crocheting Drop-In - Brighton Memorial Library. Drop in to knit, crochet, or work on other needlework projects, and meet others. Snacks are welcome.

LEGO Club - Monroe Branch. Hear a story and then build a project out of LEGOs! We will display your completed project in the Children's Room.

Pajama Time Storytime - Brighton Memorial Library. Stories for all ages with a caregiver. Bears and jammies are welcome.

Story Time - Irondequoit Public Library. Storytime is a series of 20-30 minute programs of fun and literacy support for young children, Each session features songs, finger plays, and stories and more with a different theme each week. No registration necessary.

Storytime - Parma Public Library. Join Ms Amy for stories, songs, rhymes, coloring and lots of puppets! All ages welcome. No registration required

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 "Handprint Autumn Tree", for teens we have "Apple Core craft" and adults can pick up a zentangle page.

Technology Help with a Teen Tech Tutor - Irondequoit Public Library. Would you like to learn Microsoft Word or Excel? Are you struggling to download an eBook? Come visit our trained Teen Tech Tutors for help with your technology questions. No registration necessary.

TERRIFIC TWOS - Penfield Public Library. Registration for storytime begins Thursday, September 8 for Penfield town or school district residents. Register in person or by telephone at 340-8720. *Please note: due to the volume of calls the first day of registration, we may experience phone difficulties. If possible, it’s best to stop by the library early September 8 to register. All others may register Thursday, September 15. (Online registration for storytime is not available).<br /><br /><br />

The Great Stuffed Animal Sleepover & PJ Story Time - Monroe Branch. Bring a stuffed animal buddy to PJ Story Time & then leave them overnight for a sleepover in the Children's Room. If you can't make it to story time, you can still bring in your stuffed animal before 8:00pm. All stuffed animals must be taken home by 6pm on September 29th, unless other arrangements have been made.

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

Wild Wii Wednesday - Phillis Wheatley Community Library. Get your game on!

Write it & Read it - Parma Public Library. Write It & Read It! will meet at 1 pm on Wednesday, September 28th. Come join us for this writing and sharing program for adults. We are supportive and kind to each other!

Gardening with Spring Bulbs - Fairport Public Library. Interested in gardening? Join Master Gardener Laurie Burtner from Cornell Cooperative Extension to learn about spring bulbs.

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