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Houseplants 101: An Introduction to Plant Parenthood

Houseplants are all the rage right now. Whether you're looking to spruce up your home or searching for a new recreational pastime, this is the class for you. Participants will learn the basics of houseplant care, including light, watering, fertilizer, types of soil, drainage, and when to trim or repot. No green thumb required. 

About the presenter: Shelby Beyler is a Rochestarian…

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Open Veteran's Day

The library will be open on Veteran's Day, Wednesday, November 11, from 10am-7pm. Thank you to all veterans for your service and sacrifice.

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Interview Prep - Knock it Out of the Park!

Do you get nervous for interviews? This class on November 12 will give you tips on calming yourself down before walking into that big interview. You will also learn the right way to prep for interviews, including doing research, utilizing LinkedIn, and preparing questions and answers. This class is ideal if you're looking to knock it out of the park…

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Prepare. Respond. Recover.

Disaster can strike at any moment with little or no notice. Are you ready? In this emergency preparedness training, delivered by the American Red Cross on October 29, participants will receive a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for natural and man-made disasters that occur in New York State and how to respond to and recover from them. Learn about…

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A History of Racial Segregation in Rochester Schools

Democrat and Chronicle education reporter Justin Murphy shares research on the history of housing and education discrimination in the Rochester area. He will discuss local demographic changes and the way racist housing policies and actions by the Rochester City School District in the Civil Rights Era paved the way for segregated education in Monroe County. The talk is based on his…

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In-Person Library Hours

Welcome back! During in-person library hours, visitors may browse our collections, use our public computers and printer, and access circulation services such as applying for a library card. Our service desks are open for reference and recommended reading, but please remember that all assistance from our staff will be touch-free--think technology assistance--and occur from a safe distance. Library events will continue…

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Curbside Pickup Procedure

Curbside pickup remains an option for all!

Materials and Requests

Curbside pickup requests may be placed by telephone (585-359-7092) or email ( Please include your library card number in your email message.  Most formats of library materials (including regular and large print books, audiobooks, magazines, DVDs, CDs, video games, and DIY Kits) are eligible for curbside pickup.  You may request specific titles…

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One-on-One Appointments with Health Insurance Navigator

Do you need help applying for health insurance? An experienced Health Insurance Navigator from LawNY can help you explore your options and enroll in coverage through the New York State of Health Marketplace (NYSOH). Schedule your one-on-one phone appointment with a helpful navigator on Friday, October 23. Appointments are offered in one-hour increments and registration is required. During the stay-at-home order, appointments…

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