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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Finding Your Roots at RPL

Below is the full length video  done by local station WXXI that airs before the episodes of Finding Your Roots with host Henry Louis Gates Jr. In this production, Marlene Capes-Bettin is featured showing her researching her family at the Rochester Public Library. This is longer version than the one shown on WXXI. Finding Your …

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Life Records are back

Life Records is the name of the index of vital records in Rochester and Brockport newspapers. It was created by staff at the Rochester Public Library. It has been off-line for 18 months because of problems with finding a vendor able to handle the service. The index is now back with some changes on the …

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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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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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