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Libraries Change Lives… Let Rochester Public Library Change Yours

June 16, 2011

Libraries Change Lives... Let Rochester Public Library change yoursI am inspired and delighted by the fabulous resource the Rochester Public Library has become for me…Annie S., library patron

If you have visited the library recently, you have probably noticed some changes—along with the inevitable construction signs and yellow tape barriers that accompany these changes. We are in the process of upgrading our checkout areas, adding new and more self-check machines, and expanding the “reserved books” and “new fiction” areas. We are making these changes in response to user surveys, which some of you reading this likely participated in filling out.

Here at the library, we truly believe that Libraries Change Lives. And in order to keep changing and enhancing lives, we realized that we needed to make some changes that will better accommodate some of the services we offer. Of course, we do our best to listen to you, our customers, within the current budget constraints. Much of the expense of the current changes is accommodated through outside donations. We hope you find these updates—and our continuing services, listed below—friendly and helpful. Our hope is that as the library continues to change and enhance your life, you will continue to support the library.

What can you do at the Rochester Public Library?

  • Check out a book. Pick up the newest bestseller, re-read an old favorite, or check out our downloadable books in a variety of formats for many different devices.
  • Attend a program. Whether you’re interested in author visits or history lectures, children’s story times or independent and international film nights, we have a full schedule of activities.
  • Take a class. Your library offers many different classes on a range of subjects, such as computer basics, eBooks and downloadable audio books, e-mail, genealogy, and digital cameras.
  • Get homework help. Our Online Homework Help and on-site Homework Help programs (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays) help area students every week.
  • Access databases. Get the information you need with the library’s online databases, such as Alldata Online Auto Repair Information, which is a comprehensive online resource for automotive diagnostic and repair information.
  • Go online. Enjoy the library’s free wifi and computers for accessing the Internet.
  • Get your questions answered. Ask a reference librarian for helping finding almost anything.
  • Enjoy a summer read. Participate in the summer reading programs for children and young adults.
  • Watch a movie. Check out the many DVDs available, including feature films, foreign films, children’s movies, documentaries, TV series, and exercise videos.
  • Start a book group. The library has nearly 150 adult Book Discussion Kits, and more than 20 children’s Book Discussion Kits to get started.
  • Use the adapted workstation. Visually impaired patrons can use the adaptive workstation to access the Internet and printed material.
  • Revisit childhood. Visit the children’s area at the library to try some of the new games, page through a favorite picture book, or spend a few minutes watching the fish in the fish tank.

Libraries Change Lives…let Rochester Public Library change yours!

The Rochester Public Library Foundation supports the library by securing key funds that represent the “margin of excellence” that allows the library to go the extra mile in providing advanced and innovative services – services which support the many needs in our community and change lives for the better.

Please join us in supporting these efforts by making a tax-deductible gift to the Rochester Public Library Foundation. Every gift, no matter the amount, is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your support


Bill Wiktor, President
Rochester Public Library Foundation

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