Local History & Genealogy Dept. Closed for Renovations

The Local History & Genealogy Department of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County will be closed for renovations on Thursday, February 19 and Friday, February 20. The department will re-open to the public at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 21. The renovations will accommodate the new Walter F. Becker Digital History Center, providing …

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Scrapbooks of Biographies of Men

The Rochester Public Library has scanned and uploaded a set of 20 scrapbooks with newspaper clippings. This set contains biographies of men that are mostly in the form of obits. The time period of these scrapbooks are from about 1924 to 1942. It appears that these scrapbooks were a project that never was completed as …

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Scrapbooks with Women’s Biographies

A recent addition to the Rochester Public Library website are 20 scrapbooks of biographical newspaper¬† clippings of women. Start out on the bottom of this page with the listings and links to the scrapbooks. RPL also has created an index to those scrapbooks. The description of the scrapbooks says that they contain clippings from 1920 …

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Talk on 19th Century Fashions

On Saturday, September 14, 2013 from noon to 1:00 the Central Library is sponsoring the free program “19th Century Fashion: Jane, Dandies, Victoria, and Gibson Girls.” The program will be in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Public Library Building located at 115 South Ave., Rochester. Malinda Byrne, historic interpreter from the …

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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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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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