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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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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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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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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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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New Digital Books from RPL

The Rochester Public Library has some new digital books online that may be of interest of those researching in the area. Blue book: Police Department of Rochester, New York, with complete biographical sketches of each member (1903). (Most the biographies in this book appear on this biography page but without the pictures of Police Officers.) …

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Coming Home to Your Roots – Video

On October 3rd there was an all day genealogy seminar at the Rochester Public Library to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the City of Rochester. The seminar was named Coming Home to Your Roots and was jointly presented by the Rochester Public Library and the Rochester Genealogical Society. The Library now has an overview video …

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Coming Home to Your Roots (this Saturday)

“Coming Home to Your Roots” October 3, 2009 — 9:00 am – 4:00 pm — Central Library downtown The Rochester Genealogical Society is co-sponsoring an exciting event with the Local History/Genealogy Division  of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County It is being held on the 2nd floor of the Rundel Building, as part …

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