New Hours for Rochester Library

The downtown branch of the Rochester Public Library will be closed today, the 2nd. Then on January 3rd they are starting some new hours for 2017 that include two days with evening hours. Besides these listed hours, the B & L building is open at 9 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday on the …

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More Rochester School Yearbooks

The Rochester Public Library added more yearbooks to their online collection. These new yearbooks are mostly from the 1930s. It appears that most of the High Schools in Rochester at that time had two graduating classes per year; January and June. Some years there are two separate yearbooks and other years the two classes are …

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RPL New Scans

The Rochester Public Library has uploaded some new scanned items for the first time in almost two years. Among the new things is “Rochester’s Part in the World War (I).” It is a 36 page booklet showing the things that people from the Rochester area did to help during WWI. Some of the ladies in …

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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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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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