MAY 2021
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May is Mental Health Awareness month and we are proud to feature the work of a group of talented young people who participated in the FLX Kids Are Alright project. Some of the teens attended a training session for library staff on April 26th where they debuted the bookmarks, posters, and zine the created during the project. The group will also be putting out a social media toolkit. Learn more about the project and check out all of the free materials here.

Empire Archival Discovery Cooperative (EmpireADC) is the source of information about archival collections held in cultural heritage organizations across New York State. EmpireADC will soon launch a new user interface that supports institutional landing pages and branding, in addition to the searching, indexing and display of finding aids. With the new system comes a new cost model. Beginning July 1, there will be a charge for participating in the service. The cost model is designed to be as equitable as possible for all institution types and allow us to continue to develop the service to meet community needs. If you’d like to learn more about EmpireADC and how to join, please contact Ryan Hughes.

The Rochester Regional Library Assistants' Group sponsored a fundraiser and raised over $500 to help furnish a meal at the Ronald McDonald House. They were very grateful to receive the donation and shared the following message: "Thank you for supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester. It is through the help and generosity of people like you that we are able to continue our work. Your compassionate support truly makes a difference!"
Miranda Stefano has been accepted to the 2021 Library of Congress Summer Professional Development Program. Participants will work with Library of Congress education specialists and a cohort of fellow educators to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the K-12 classroom. Participants will collaborate with fellow educators from the cohort, create an activity plan, which will be implemented in their home districts and work to educate others on the power of utilizing primary sources in the classroom.
The Rochester Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that on May 1, 2021, they held the annual Genealogy in Bloom all day series of seminars, featuring Mary Kircher Roddy from Seattle, WA, who has has roots in Webster NY. There were over 130 in attendance. The RGS also has indexed nearly 250,000 names to various local church records with over 1,250,000 page views.

Join us May 21, 2021 for Stress in the Library Assistant Profession. In this webinar, we will discuss the science of stress and how it relates to the library assistant profession.

Register today for Changing Environment of Resource Sharing in Academic Libraries, taking place June 11, 2021.Sponsored by the Empire State Library Network, this session is an overview of how resource sharing has impacted library organizations and academic libraries in response to the pandemic. 

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  • Henrietta Public Library: Monarch Butterflies, Thursday, May 20, 7-8pm.  Join Master Gardener John Nelson from the Cornell Cooperative Extension for a presentation on the Monarch butterfly. Learn about the fascinating life cycle of these insects, the multiple threats to their survival, and what upstate New York gardeners can do to help their survival.
  • Greece Historical Society/ Greece Public Library: From Park Avenue to Park Ridge, Tuesday, May 11, 7:00pm via Zoom. Kathleen Britton presents the early history of Unity Hospital from its origins in downtown Rochester as the Park Avenue Hospital through its relocation to Long Pond Road and transformation into Park Ridge Hospital.
This year's event will be held virtually on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Learn more here
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