Anti-Slavery Newspapers

A collection of Anti-Slavery and Abolitionist Newspapers, has been added to the New York Heritage website, courtesy of St. John Fisher College’s Lavery Library. This collection includes issues of Frederick Douglass newspapers that he published over many years. There are some issues of The North Star (1847 – 1851),  Frederick Douglass’ Paper (1851 – 1860?), Douglass’ Monthly (1858 – 1963) and and …

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Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America opened yesterday on the web. In their own words they say that “the Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written …

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Possible New Library in Irondequoit

This morning the Irondequoit Town Board and the Library Board of Trustees announced a proposal to build a new consolidated library in the Town. Irondequoit currently has 2 branches, the Helen McGraw branch on East Ridge Road and the Pauline Evans branch on Cooper Road. This proposal would build one library on the Town Hall …

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Ghosts at RPL – Review

The episode of “Ghost Hunters” aired last night on the SyFy channel about the possibility of ghost in the Rundel building of the Rochester Public Library. A couple TV stations gave the episode a short 15 second mention. The Democrat & Chronicle ran this story about the episode. The episode mentions a possible ghost being …

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Ghosts at the Rochester Public Library?

For many years staff at the Rundel building of the Rochester Public Library have told tales of doors opening and slamming shut by themselves, elevators that would move on their own and creepy figures that seemed to play hide and seek through the dusty shadows of the upper stacks. The stories were dismissed as overactive …

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Greece Library

The main library in Greece, NY recently underwent renovations. They had their grand re-opening a couple of weeks ago but I didn’t get there until Friday. They made 2 meeting rooms with a divider that can be pulled back to make one big room. They expanded the room for the Friends of the Greece Library …

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New Hours for Rochester Library

I missed the change in hours at the Rochester Public Library, Central Branch; ie. Rundel building and B & L buildings. They shortened their hours once again on May 7th.  The new hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am- 6pm. Thursday 11am-7pm. Saturdays (Labor Day – June) 10am-5pm. Sundays (October-Mid May) 1pm – 5pm. …

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Preserving Books on the Internet

There was a report on the CBS news last Saturday about the Internet Archive using the internet to try to preserve a copy of every book ever published. Libraries from around the country send their old discarded books to the Internet Archive headquarters  where they digitized the book and make it available online for free. …

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RPL 100 Years Book

Last month there was a book published on the history of the Rochester Public Library. Rochester Public Library: 100 Years of Service, 1911 – 2011 was written by a team of staff from the library and retirees. It features over 250 photographs, many never before published. The book not only covers the Central Library but …

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