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Winter 2024 talks showcased some of RPL’s Branches

Watch Cathy Kyle’s presentation on the Lyell Branch (and forthcoming Mobile Library)

Watch Bruce Tehan’s presentation on the Arnett Branch

Watch Sarah Lehman’s presentation on the Lincoln Branch and the Toy Library

Watch Johanna Buran and Mark Hafer’s presentation on the Maplewood Branch

Winter 2023 talks supported RPL’s tagline ‘More Than You Think.’

Jeff Bostic, Central Library’s Digital Media Associate for the imagineYOU Digital Media Learning Lab gave an overview of the Lab’s major components: Music Production, Video Production, Digital Art, Photography, and eSports.

watch Jeff’s presentation

View/download Jeff’s PowerPoint presentation

Jay Osborne shared his experience (via Zoom)  working in the Rochester Public Library’s Technology Center, and the essential role his division has in empowering some of the city’s neediest residents.

Antoine Ajani McDonald, Librarian in Central’s Local History & Genealogy Division, provided an overview of how the Library helps to foster Equity and Justice in our society with diverse cultural community representation in programs and services, including Central’s Archive of Black History and Culture Project.

Winter 2022 (click to view)

Our Winter 2022 series was online only. We focused on RPL’s critical role in fostering Children’s Literacy, Jobs and the Economy, and Equity and Justice.

Winter 2021 (click to view)

Our Winter 2021 series was online only. We focused on racial equity and the role of Libraries throughout the pandemic. Our roster included new content as well as relevant past programs. Please note: only the 3 talks on racial equity/inclusion are on this playlist; relevant past programs aren’t cross-referenced.

Winter 2020 (click to view)

Winter 2019 (click to view)

Winter 2018 (click to view)

Winter 2017 (click to view)

Winter 2016 (click to view)

Winter 2015 (click to view)