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Sentinel to be Honored at Library Benefit This Friday

All of us involved with the library project can’t thank Mike Shellman and the staff of The Sentinel enough for their consistent, frequent and often front-page coverage of the new Mendon Public Library project.

It’s a pleasure to let you know that representatives from The Sentinel will be honored guests at the 1st Annual Mendon Public Library benefit this Friday, July 29.

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As if they haven’t done enough already, Carl Arena and Lisa Shellman are planning to present the library with a check at the benefit–$200, plus $1 for every new Sentinel subscription since October 2009, when the Friends of the Library honored the memory of Shirley Thomas Arena (a founder of the Friends of the Library and longtime library supporter) by donating a collection of books on sustainability to the library in her name. (See photo at right.)

Be sure to attend this wonderful event, hear Jon Stills and Stories Galorious, thank The Sentinel team and see the donation be made!

The benefit will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Rabbit Room. Tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for kids aged 10 through high school; and $15 for children ages 2-9, and are on sale at the library.

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Ribbon Cutting Slide Show

Thanks to Don Majewski for putting up this excellent slide show of the ribbon cutting. Don is a member of the HFM Rotary, which held its meeting last night at the library event. Thanks for coming, Rotarians, and for your ongoing support of the library and our community!

It’s Official! (aka Scenes from the Ribbon Cutting)

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The ribbon is cut, thanks to Brad Jacobs (with the big scissors) and other young residents of Mendon. Celebrating with them are (back row, from left): Molly Brazak, vice president of the Mendon Library Board of Trustees; a representative from Congressman Tom Reed's office; State Senator Jim Alesi; Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks; State Assemblyman Sean Hanna; Town Board members Mark Cottle, Shari Stottler and Karla Boyce; Town Supervisor John Moffitt; and Town Board member Moe Bickweat.

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks (at podium) said: "Libraries are not just about books. They're community centers." Ginny Butler Floss, 20-year Mendon resident and YNN newscaster, was co-emcee for the event with HFL Senior Hailey Roth (not pictured here).

Town Board member Moe Bickweat said he couldn't wait to bring his new granddaughter, Maddie, to the library's popular "Sing, Sign and Play" program. Town Board member Mark Cottle's apt (and very brief) address--"How sweet it is"--was over before this photographer could snap a picture. Sorry, Mark!

Library Board of Trustees Vice President Molly Brazak stepped in for Trustees President Larry Young, who had to be out of town. "The Board of Trustees believes that this facility is a sound foundation on which to grow the library community in Mendon well into the future," Brazak said.

New York State Assemblyman Sean Hanna (right), a Mendon resident, presented a certificate recognizing the Mendon community's accomplishment in completing phase 1 of the new library. Town Supervisor John Moffitt was on hand to accept.

Harkening back to the red door on Mendon's 1936 historic library, this red door was a perfect guestbook for the ribbon-cutting event. The door was painted by Vickie Stankaitis, a member of the library's capital campaign committee, and her team. Town Board members Karla Boyce (left) and Shari Stottler were the town's lead organizers of this event.

Hear Stills and Stories at July 29 Rabbit Room Benefit

Jon Stills auditions for the 10th season of American Idol.

An event for people of all ages, the 1st Annual Mendon Public Library Benefit will feature music by Jon Stills, an area resident who competed in the ninth and 10th seasons of American Idol, making it to Hollywood both times.

The event will also feature folktales by mother-daughter duo StoriesGalorious (Rebecca and Rachel Oshlag), hors d’oueuvres and face painting.

The event will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 29, at The Rabbit Room in Honeoye Falls. Tickets are $50 per adult; $25 for kids aged 10-high school; and $15 for children aged 2-9. Tickets can be purchased at the library (22 N. Main Street).

Brooks, Hanna, Alesi, Adair Confirmed for July 20 Ribbon-Cutting

The Town of Mendon Public Library grand opening/ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, July 20, at the new library, 22. N. Main St. (Rte 65), Honeoye Falls.

This event commemorates the lovely new 7,300-square-foot Mendon Public Library building. Come witness this historic moment when members of the Mendon Town Board and Mendon Public Library Board of Trustees officially dedicate Phase 1 of the new library.

In addition to Town Supervisor John Moffitt, the Mendon Town Board members and the library trustees, the following area officials have confirmed their attendance: Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, New York State Assemblyman Sean Hanna, Monroe County Legislator Jeff Adair, and New York State Senator Jim Alesi.

Virginia Butler from YNN/R-News and HFL High School senior Hailey Roth will co-emcee the event.

Years of collaboration and work from our elected officials and countless volunteers will culminate in this special evening. You won’t want to miss it!

New Library Gets ‘Thumbs up’ From Very Special Patron

Submitted by Paula McIntyre, Library Assistant

According to Conan Gillis, 11, the new Mendon Public Library is a welcoming place, especially for someone like him who needs handicap accessibility. In addition to the wide aisles and first floor bathrooms that accommodate wheel chairs and baby strollers, the beautiful new surroundings are warm and welcoming. An added plus is the entire library collection is displayed on one floor.

If you’ve visited the new library and feel like it’s already full, that’s because this building is Phase 1 of a two-part project. Phase 2 involves renovating the old library to create the red door loft children’s area, a teen area, a versatile community meeting room, and a connection hall to the new library, once private funding has been raised.

Mendon Public Library’s summer reading program runs through Aug. 12, with prizes for children, teens and adults. The Art Beyond Borders traveling art exhibit will be on display until July 22. It ties in with the summer reading program theme and includes numerous interactive learning activities for all ages.

Upcoming library events include the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on July 20 at 7 p.m.; Take Flight Paper Airplane Workshop on July 27 at 3:30 p.m. (held at Mendon Community Center); Siegfried the Weird White Peacock Book Talk and Signing by local author Laurie Mercer on July 28 at 11 a.m.; 1st Annual Mendon Public Library Benefit at The Rabbit Room on July 29 at 7 pm (tickets on sale at the library); Baby Sing, Sign and Play on Aug. 4 at 9:30 a.m., and story times for 3-5 year olds at 9:30 a.m. on July 29, Aug. 5 and Aug. 12.

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