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The New York State Education Department announced that $6.2 Million in federal funding is available for libraries and cultural organizations to help address the digital divide. The Rochester Regional Library Council will receive more than $400,000 of this funding.
Read more here about this exciting opportunity that will allow RRLC to collaborate with others throughout the Rochester region and address the digital divide.

New to New York Heritage

Check out two new collections from our region in New York Heritage!

Palmyra Community Library just added a substantial number of photographs to their Family Photo Collection. The collection contains photographs of people, families, schools and students, community groups, sports teams, and landmarks.  

Mendon Public Library added new volumes to their Honeoye Falls Lima Yearbook Collection. This project was funded by a RRLC Technology Grant.

If you want to see your collections in New York Heritage or learn how RRLC can help you fund your digitization project contact Ryan Hughes.

In collaboration with the Rochester Regional Library Council, Monroe Community College is providing geospatial training to library staff with the aim of reducing barriers for college students completing geospatial information technology coursework. The deadline to apply to participate is Friday, September 10th -- learn more or apply here!

Demetre Morris recently joined the East Rochester Public Library staff. Welcome, Demetre!
Ryan Tolnay has joined RIT Libraries as the liaison librarian for Global Education, University Studies, and the School of Individualized Study. Welcome, Ryan!
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Central Library's Art of the Book exhibit, which was first held in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Rochester Public Library. To learn more about the exhibit, this year's winners, and to read a feature article in Fiber Art Now click here.
Larry Naukam of the Rochester Genealogical Society and Michelle Finn, of the Local History and Genealogy Division of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, gave a talk to the Region 11 meeting of the Association of Public Historians in late July. He also reports that they RGS has had over 1.25 million hits to its free online indexes of local church records and historical indexes. Learn more about the Wayne Historians Organization (WHO) here.
Register for That Happened Here?!: Using Local Primary Sources in the Classroom with presenter Miranda Stefano. This webinar, taking place August 18, 1:30-2:30 pm, will focus on how primary sources can ignite a passion for history and sharpen critical information literacy skills. In this webinar, participants will discuss how to bring primary sources to life in the classroom. Learn more here.
Join presenter Catherine Stollar Peters for the next webinar in the RRLC Summer Data Series. This webinar, Library Data in Context, will take place Thursday, August 26, 11:00-12:30 pm. Learn how to use a combination of public and local data sources to make decisions through context evaluation, visualization, and data analysis. Learn more here
Jery Y. Huntley, MLS, on behalf of the Keene Valley Library, will be talking about three projects sponsored by the library and lauded by librarians, school library media specialists, and teachers across New York State and the nation. They demonstrate how libraries have evolved and how important it is to meet our patrons, especially students, in the media they prefer, online. Learn more about this webinar taking place Wednesday, September 29, 2:00 pm here.

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  • Livonia Public Library: Zoom Event- Writer's & Books Reading Series featuring author Mike Bond: America: A Novel. Saturday, August 14, 1:00 pm.  
  • Henrietta Public LibraryBuJo: The Art of Bullet Journaling. Thursday, August 19, 7-8 pm. Ever heard the term "bullet journal" and wondered what that could possibly mean? A bullet journal is a cross between a planner, to-do list, a diary, and anything in between. Join Sarah Dennison on Zoom as we begin to explore the world of bullet journaling.
  • Henrietta Public LibraryTrue Crime Book Club. Tuesday, August 24, 7-8 pm. Join other true crime fanatics on the fourth Tuesday of every month to discuss a different book. The August discussion will be My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams.
  • Antique Wireless Museum: launches a new series, AWA Shares, beginning Wednesday, August 18, 8:00 pm. Join for a monthly Zoom presentation by experts on a variety of communication topics. Free for all to attend. Learn more and register here
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