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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a new Library program that encourages all Rochester area families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten. Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary. Each child will receive a reading log for tracking books, or you can download the app to track your reading. For more information, visit

When you reach 50 books, bring in your reading log, and get a small prize! At each 100-books mark, you get a “100 books!” sticker and prize. Upon completion your child’s name goes on the 1,000 Books Wall of Fame!

Story Times

Toddler Time | Mondays 10:10a.m. – 10:30a.m.

Toddler Time is for kids aged 19-35 months, with an adult. Siblings are welcome. This energetic story-time is just right for your tot. No registration required. Drop-ins welcome!

Toddler Time and Lapsit Dates
March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th April 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

There will be no Toddler Time or Baby Lapsit on May 29th

Lapsit | Mondays 10:40a.m. – 11:00a.m.

Lapsit story-time is for kids aged 0 to 18 months. Join us for songs, simple stories, movements, and play. No registration required. Drop-ins welcome!

Morning Story-time | Wednesdays 10:30 a.m.- 11:15a.m.

Morning story-time is for ages 2-5 years old. We’ll have fun reading stories, singing songs, and making crafts. No registration required. Drop-ins welcome!


1st-“Lions and Lambs”, 8th-“Purple”, 15th-“St. Patrick’s Day”, 22nd-“Spring”, 29th-“Crayons”
5th-“Flowers”, 12th-“Easter”, 19th-“Babies”, 26th- “Foxes”
3rd-“Happy”, 10th-“Butterflies”, 17th-“Dessert”, 24th- “Pirates”

Evening Story-time | NEW DATE! Mondays 6:30 p.m.- 7:15 p.m.

Evening story-time is for ages 2-5 years old. We’ll have fun reading stories, singing songs, and making crafts. No registration required. Drop-ins welcome!


6th-“Purple”, 13th-“St. Patrick’s Day”, 20th-“Spring”, 27th-“Crayons”
3rd-“Flowers”, 10th-“Easter”, 17th-“Babies”, 24th- “Foxes”
1st-“Happy”, 8th-“Butterflies”, 15th-“Dessert”, 22nd- “Pirates”

Monthly Programs

Chess Club | 1st Tuesday of the Month from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
March 7th, April 4th, May 2nd
Looking for a place to meet other chess players?  Want to learn the basics?  The library will host a Chess Club for players aged 6-12 years old.  Bring your own chess set or use the library’s set.  No registration required. Drop-ins welcome!

Special Events

What a Wonderful World | Saturday, April 22nd at 10:00 a.m.
Come to the Library today to celebrate Earth Day! We’ll read stories and make a craft that celebrates our planet. Register Now

Mommy & Me Paint Date| Saturday, May 13th at 1:30 p.m.
Bring your mom (or Grandma or favorite aunt!) to our Mommy and Me Paint Date with Lindsay Patterson, from Painted Love by Lindsay, just in time for Mother’s Day. The cost for this program is $35 per pair of attendees. Registration and payment are required by Friday, April 28th.  Register Now


Luck o’ the Irish  | Saturday, April 22nd at 10:00 a.m.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we will be reading stories and making crafts at this all-ages family program! So, wear green, bring your good-luck charms, and head to the library for a fun evening with the whole family! No registration required.

Family Movie Day | Saturday, March 25th at 1:00 p.m.
In celebration of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them being released on DVD, we will be showing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at the library! Bring your friends and family and any pillows or blankets you need to make yourself comfortable, and we’ll provide the popcorn!

Technology/STEM Programs
Pre-Registration Required for All Technology Programs

A Day at the Races | Tuesday, March 21st, from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Come and build a balloon-powered car out of simple materials! When everyone is finished, we’ll race the cars to see whose goes the farthest and fastest!

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Code Your Name | Tuesday, April 18th from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Learn about binary coding a.k.a. computer language using 1s and 0s. Find out how to code your name and create a piece of jewelry with your name in code to take home

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Slime Time | Tuesday, May 16th from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Who doesn’t love SLIME? During this fun program, we will play with homemade slime and make our own play-dough to take home!

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Homeschool Day Programs
Pre-Registration Required for All Homeschool Programs

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Women’s Work |Thursday, March 9th from 1:00-2:00 p.m.
March is Women’s History Month, so we will be learning about some of history’s most famous women! For instance, did you know that the world’s first computer programmer was actually a woman? We will talk about this famous lady (Ada Lovelace) along with many others, some of whom might be familiar to you and some of whom you might never have heard of before.

Planet Power| Thursday, April 13th from 1:00-2:00 p.m.
During this program, we will learn about Earth Day, recycling, sustainability, and being “green.” We will also discuss gardening (with the help of our very own Youth Services Assistant, Denise!), talk about the library’s new Seed Library, and everyone will receive a starter plant to take home!

C’mon, Get Messy!  | Thursday, May 11th from 1:00-2:00 p.m.
It’s our last program before Summer Reading begins and we can’t think of a better way to wrap things up than by making fun, messy art! So wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and come prepared to get messy as we let our artistic sides out to play!


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