Local Libraries get Construction Grants

State Education Commissioner David Steiner recently announced that the New York State Library has awarded $14 million in grants for library construction and renovation projects. “At a time when libraries statewide are seeing increased use within their respective communities and so many library budgets are declining, we are pleased to provide these funds,” Commissioner Steiner …

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First 100 books at RPL

As part of the Centennial of the Rochester Public Library, they have  this web page which lists the first 100 books that they received. The library still has 90 of those books in their collection. Undoubtedly some of the books have been been replaced by newer copies over the years but there are some originals  …

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Treasures at RPL

Today I went to the Rochester Public Library for a presentation on “Treasures of the Central  Library” by Robert Scheffel. Bob is the Assistant Division Head of the Local History  Division of the Rochester Public Library. Along with him was the City Historian, Christine  Ridarsky who added some historical facts. This is part of the …

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Local Libraries Need Funding

There is an article on the Democrat & Chronicle website that is about some Monroe County libraries and how they are trying to obtain funding in difficult economic times. Irondequoit is trying to decide the future of their two libraries in the Town. Mendon and Gates are building new libraries. Fairport wanted to build a …

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RPL – Digital Future

Yesterday, I went to a talk by Patricia Uttaro at the Rochester Public Library (RPL). She is the Director of the Rochester Public Library and Monroe County Library System and she was talking about expanding their Digital Library. A Digital Library is a concept that will always be in flux as technology changes but it …

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Local library news

There have been two articles about local libraries in the Democrat & Chronicle in the last two days. The first news article dealt with the fact that the Monroe County Library system is thinking about adding fees for services that are currently free. The Library system which is an umbrella organization for over 30 Town …

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Library of Michigan petition drive

The State of Michigan has been hit really hard by the bad economy. In order to save money, the Governor has proposed closing down the Department of History, Arts and Libraries. That means that the Library of Michigan would be closed and the collection spread out to other places. Now, in reaction to the possible …

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