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Rochester Public Library Celebrates 100th Year

  The Rochester Public Library was organized in 1911 to enrich the quality of life in Rochester by providing educational, recreational, aesthetic and informational materials, services and programs to help people follow their own lines of inquiry and enlightenment.

For complete information about the Rochester Public Library 100th Anniversary celebration and for more program details, please visit www.rpl100.org

The Rundel Memorial Building overlooking the Genesee River.Rochester Public Library 100 Programming

This year, as the library system turns 100, visitors are encouraged to help celebrate by taking part in the special RPL 100 programs and events.

Rochester's Rich History Programs

The Rochester's Rich History lecture series of 2011 highlights the Rochester Public Library during its 100th Anniversary year. All lectures and activities take place on Sundays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and are held in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Central Library, 115 South Ave.

  • Jan. 16: Rochester Public Library: The Last 100 Years and the Next 100
  • Feb. 20: Rochester Soldiers in the Civil War
  • April 17: One Hundred Years of Best Sellers: The Memorable, Unforgettable, Scandalous, History-Making Books of the Last 100 Years
  • May 15: Goodwill Messengers: George W. Cooper International Doll Collection
  • Oct. 16: Treasures of the Central Library System
  • Dec. 18: 3rd Annual Victorian Tea

Birthday Parties at the Branches

The Rochester Public Library is 100 years old in 2011, so we're partying all year long and want you to join us.

Celebrate with us each month at a birthday party held at one of the 10 neighborhood branch libraries, or at the Central Library. Parties will feature cake and punch as well as fun programs and activities for children and families. Scheduled parties include: 

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 3 p.m.
Toy Resource Center at Lincoln Branch
851 Joseph Ave.

Thursday, Feb. 24, 3 p.m.
Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County
115 South Ave. 

Thursday, March 10, 4 p.m.
Highland Branch
971 South Ave

Thursday, April 7, 4 p.m.
Winton Branch
611 Winton Rd. North 
Saturday, May 21, 2 p.m.
Sully Branch
530 Webster Ave.

Friday, June 24, 2:30 p.m.
Maplewood Community Library
1111 Dewey Ave.

Friday, July 15, 3 p.m.
Lyell Branch
956 Lyell Ave.

Saturday, Aug. 20, Noon
Monroe Branch
809 Monroe Ave.

Monday, Sept. 19, 4 p.m.
Phillis Wheatley Community Library
33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 3 p.m.
Arnett Branch
310 Arnett Blvd.

Monday, Nov. 7, 4 p.m.
Lincoln Branch
851 Joseph Ave.
Monday, Dec. 5, 4 p.m.
Charlotte Branch
3557 Lake Ave.

Old-Books-on-ShelfArt of the Book Exhibit

In keeping with its 100 year history of promoting books and reading, the Rochester Public Library presents a juried exhibition called Art of the Book, which will be shown at the Central Library beginning Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011.

Artists 18 and older who would like to be included in the show are invited to submit digital photos of their work no later than June 17, 2011. Entries should be submitted on disk to Sally Snow, MCLS Office, 115 South Ave., Rochester, NY 14604. There is an entry fee of $10 for the first piece and $5 for each piece after that. Artists may submit up to 3 entries.

Entries will be juried and decisions on inclusion in the show will be sent the last week in July. Art pieces must be delivered to the Central Library in downtown Rochester by August 28. The show will open and prizes awarded at the opening of the exhibit on Oct. 23, 2011. Cash prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Best of Show - $200 
  • Best Illustration - $100 
  • Best Artist Book - $100 
  • Best Altered Book - $100 

Post Office Special Cancellation Stamp

On Wednesday, June 15, the Rochester Post Office will do a one-day cancelation and ceremony at the Central Library using the Rochester Public Library Anniversary logo. A must for stamp collectors and library users alike!

Children-reading-at-Maplewo100 Years, 100 Books Reading Project

The Rochester Public Library challenges you to their 100 Years, 100 Books challenge. Can you read 100 books, each published from a different year during the last 100 years? After you read each book share your thoughts and opinions with friends, library staff, your book clubs or anyone else you want. Then start the process over.

History of the Library

The Rochester Public Library is also offering history lessons about the library and the different branches that it includes. Interesting information, like a listing of the first 100 books purchased by the library, can be found on the RPL 100 website. A look forward to the next 100 years in library services is also available on the RPL 100 site.

For all other information about the Rochester Public Library 100th Anniversary celebration, please visit www.rpl100.org.


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