Category: Events

MEHNDI at Penfield

Mehndi artist Meena Ross stopped by Penfield Library on Wednesday night to apply some amazing temporary henna tattoos to the wrists and ankles of 20 teens! Check out the photos! She will be at some other MCLS libraries this summer. So check the teen program schedule at your favorite library!

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What a hoot!

The teens at the Lincoln Branch chose an awesome mascot with a sweet name! Please meet Professor Hootie. Got questions? He knows the answer! In trouble? He’ll be the first to lend a helping wing. Not sure what to read? His eyes can scan the bookshelves for a good book even faster than a librarian!

Salsa Dance, Crochet at Penfield Library!

Two exciting programs are coming up at Penfield Public Library! Of course these are FREE (thanks to the Friends of PPL)!!

Learn to SALSA DANCE on Wednesday, July 13 at 7:00 pm. You’ve seen it on TV- salsa dancing is hot! Learn some basic moves in this no-pressure, fun class taught by an Inikori Dance Studios instructor. No dance experience is necessary!! Wear loose, comfortable clothing and hard-bottomed or dance shoes. Dessert will be served.  SIGN-UP is required- call 585-340-8720 or go to and select “Program sign-up.”

Learn to CROCHET in 2 beginner level classes on Mondays, July 11 & 18 at 7:00 pm. Then, take it to the next level and sign up to CROCHET A FRENCH BERET on Wednesday, July 20 at 7:00 pm. This is part of “France week” at the library so we will be serving French pastries as well. SIGN-UP TODAY!

Where’d this little guy come from and why’s he talking about the summer reading programs? Keep checking out the blog to find out!

Howard the Bird
Howard is originally from Manhattan.  He loves big cities with the constant hustle and bustle.  Howard lived in a big nest above the main New York Public Library branch with his friends Susan and Greg.
Susan and Greg always boasted to Howard about their world travels.  They had been to many different places in many different countries, and never hesitated to tell Howard all about where they have been.  Howard usually just pretended that he didn’t mind that he never traveled with them.  Secretly, he wished that Susan and Greg would ask him on their trips, but they were a couple and Howard never wanted to feel like a third wheel.  So, he pretended to be content listening to their travelogues about Prague, Madrid, Paris and Athens.
The one place that interested Howard the most was Athens in the country of Greece and hearing his friends talk about the Parthenon and the Acropolis.  Howard just knew that he had to leave Manhattan to visit Greece.  So one mild, late spring day, Howard set off for Greece.  He flew and flew and was delighted to reach Greece so quickly, especially since Susan and Greg said it had taken them weeks and weeks to fly there.  Howard was quite impressed with himself, with how fast he had reached his destination.
When he arrived in Greece, he tried to find the Parthenon and the Acropolis.  He figured they would be very large and that it would be hard to miss them.  But, he couldn’t find them.  Instead, he found Lake Ontario, the Greece Ridge Mall, Jackson’s Bakery, and the Greece Public Library.  Sensing that he was not in the country of Greece, Howard stopped by the Greece Public Library to find out exactly what was going on.  They told him he was in the Town of Greece in New York State.  The friendly library staff gave Howard a tour of the library, showcasing the wall-length aquarium, the Quiet Study area, the inviting children’s room, and the wonderful Teen Space.  Howard knew from the moment he saw the new bookshelves in the Teen Space, the large Graphic Novel and Comic collection, and the extensive selection of current teen fiction materials that this is where he belonged.
Howard wrote to Susan and Greg back in Manhattan, telling them of his accidental detour to the town of Greece, New York.  He told them that he had decided to stay in Greece, living amongst the Gossip Girl series, and the Fruits Basket graphic novels.  Howard now spends his days reading Teen fiction, recommending good books to library patrons, and dreaming of his next great adventure.  For now, Howard is where he belongs.

Summer Reading Raffles

Register at home for the summer reading program here:
OR Register at the library for summer reading
AND Everyone can log in to the site here:

Every time you:
1. come to the library (tickets are at the library)
2. come to a program (tickets are at the library)
3. read a book (log in on the site)
4. write a review of a book (log in on the site)
5. answer our weekly question (log in on the site)

you’ll enter our weekly raffles. We’ll be raffling off books that have been signed by some amazing new teen authors. The books you might win will be displayed in the library and on the site each week.

Summer is officially here!

What are you going to do with your summer? Don’t know yet?
Why not find out what this guy will be doing over the summer at different public libraries!

Zero lived in China in a very tiny hut in a very tiny village. When he turned 17 years old, he decided it was time to travel. He had heard of this place called Atlantic City, in the land of New Jersey.  Zero packed his purple suitcases with his most cherished belongings. First was his collection of horror movies, his pop cds. He even had room to bring the manga series Bleach with him! He traveled by planes, trains and automobiles to the land of New Jersey. He boarded one final train to take him to Atlantic City and immediately fell asleep. It felt like moments that he was sleeping, but actually, it was hours when he finally woke up. He peered out the windows expecting to see seagulls and taffy shops, but instead, all he saw was a city sign stating that he was in Rochester. And to make things worse, his suitcases were gone! He wandered around Rochester alone for days without any of his belongings.  As soon as the homesickness reached its peak he stumbled into the Sully Branch Library. He had nothing left to fear, he found everything he lost within the walls of the library… And even though there was no saltwater taffy, he did find  a beach and many friends to hang out there with.

To celebrate the anticipation of the release of the final movie in the series Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part II the Henrietta Public Library is excited to welcome four Wizard Rock bands including  Whomping Willow for a summer concert to be held on Friday, July 1 from 6:00-8:30pm.  Come and Rock Out with fellow HP fans!!!  No registration required.

Watch out for him in the corners!

This guy could be lurking anywhere at the Chili Library!

Once upon a time a long time ago. Norm the Ninja was born. He grew up in an average everyday household. His parents were good parents except for one thing. They didn’t encourage reading (gasp) When Norm got older and had graduated from Ninja college, he started to get curious about libraries. He had never stepped foot in one and didn’t even know what they were for. So one day he decided to take a risk and go to the Chili Public Library. When he got there the first thing he noticed was the friendly atmosphere. This place isn’t so bad Norm thought to himself. He browsed through the DVDs and CDs and was blown away that he could actually borrow them for free if he got a library card. Norm got a card and felt good about his trip to the library. He even planned to go back the next day. The next day he went back to the Chili Public Library and looked at the books. Norm avoided the books the day before because he remembered that his parents didn’t like reading. But since he was trying new things Norm picked up a book and started to read it. An hour later he finished it. “Wow I really liked this book, Green Eggs and Ham” Before Norm could check out his new favorite book he heard a large CRASH. A giant panda broke into the library and had a blue pen and a large garbage bag. “Give me all the Dr. Seuss books or I’ll mark up the classics!” As if proving a point he grabbed a copy of Little Women and scribbled all over the pages. Librarians were in total panic and tried to find all the Dr. Seuss books they could find. “Sir, could you please give me that book. It’s by Dr. Seuss.” “Not on my watch” He set the book down and karate kicked the giant panda right in the gut. “Ooof.” The giant panda got up and gave him an angry glare. Now it was war. But Norm was too quick, he was already taking books out of the garbage bag. Before the giant panda could protest, Norm grabbed the pen and stabbed him in the leg. “ROAR!” He fell to the ground in pain. The library erupted in cheers. The giant panda was defeated and Norm was a hero. And that was the day he was asked to be the Chili Public Library mascot.

Summer Reading at BML Starts Friday!

Enter online starting June 24 for a chance to win gift cards and book prizes through Brighton Memorial Library’s Summer Reading Program! Every book you read between 6/24 and 8/12 is good for one chance at that week’s drawing. Happy reading and good luck!

Ahh! Don’t look at me!

Those eyes! That mouth! You won’t hurt me (or steal my books) will you?

Irondequoit Public Library – Pauline Evans Branch

Library Mascot, Tomo Picatso

Tomo Picatso was born on Atlantis around 1836. Not much is known about his early life. It is believed he swam to Rochester, showing up on the banks of Lake Ontario in the town of Irondequoit around 1850. Tomo has lived in the teen section of the Pauline Evans branch of the Irondequoit Library since its doors opened in 1963.  He is an avid reader, and has finished every single teen book in the library. He really really likes romance novels, and his favorite author is Meg Cabot. If you are looking for a good book, Tomo is the guy to ask. He recently began acting. His first movie, “Nuns with Guns”, is coming to a theater near you this fall and is expected to be an enormous hit. Tomo is a very modest man, and says that, regardless of his future success on the big screen, he will stay at the library to read and recommend books to the teens of Irondequoit.