Red Jacket Community Library

A public library serving the residents of the Manchester-Shortsville School District in New York.

Monday through Thursday 4 – 9 pm | Friday 4 – 7 pm | Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
We also have daytime programs in the villages! See listings below.

Closed Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day

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Take Route 21 to Lehigh Ave. We’re on the left, between the middle and elementary schools.

The Community (Public) Library and the School District

The Red Jacket Community Library has been grateful and proud to share the joint-use facility in the school building, providing public library services to all residents. This symbiotic relationship provided an affordable option for creating a public library, and has served our community fairly well for more than 20 years.

We find that the new agreement offered by the school district will not allow the RJCL to sustainably meet the needs of the community we are chartered to serve. We have reached the difficult decision to begin the process of securing a new location.

For background information on our decision, see the Community Library Q&A  and our Long Range Plan as well as the 2021 Annual Report to the Community.

We appreciate and value the cooperation that the school has extended over the course of this relationship. We are excited by the new possibilities for new hours, services and programs as we enter our next phase of service to the community as your public library!

Budget Vote and Trustee Elections

On May 16 the voters approved our 2022-23 budget by a vote of 89-30. Thank you for your support! Kerry Adams and Amanda Bement were elected as trustees to serve five-year terms starting July 1, 2020.  Learn more about the budget.

New and Noteworthy

Manchester Gateway Trail 10th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, June 4  | 10 am – 4 pm
At the Manchester Fire Hall

FOR ALL AGES | Free family event and community celebration brought ot you by the Village of Manchester. Stop by our booth! Free live music, many local vendors, food available for purchase.  See more details including the music schedule at vendor list at the event website

Get even MORE free eBooks and audio books with your library card

Your electronic library just got a lot bigger! Access the entire online collection of THREE regional library systems: Our own OWWL (Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming, Livingston) System plus the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier Library Systems. Bring in your phone or tablet any time, and we’ll show you how to set up and use the Libby App to access this amazing collection. Free with your OWWL Library Card!

1-on-1 Tech Help

Call for an appointment

Need help downloading an e-book or using it on your device, sharing pictures from your phone, navigating online job applications, or other technology task? We can help. Call (585) 289-3559 to make an appointment.

Programs for Adults and Teens

Pizza ‘n Pages – Teen Book Club

MONTHLY on the last Saturday of the month | 12-1 pm
At the Library

FOR TEENS GRADES 6-12 | We choose the theme at random, you pick a book that fits the theme. Then we discuss and eat pizza! Please register.

First Draught Book Club

Second Wednesday of the Month  | 6-7 pm
At Reinvention Brewing Company in Manchester

FOR ADULTS | Join us for a lively book discussion and a local brew. New members call us for this month’s book and register ahead so we can plan for seating.

Dungeons & Dragons

First Saturday of the Month | 1-3 pm
At the Library

FOR GRADES 5-12 | Learn the basics and play Dungeons & Dragons at the library! No experience needed. We’ll provide the dice. We will meet the first Saturday of each month. Registration required for new members, call 585-289-3559 or register online.

Programs for Kids & Families

Make & Take Kits for Kids and Adults

This month’s take and make crafts are a Bookish Alpaca Shrinky Dink kit for adults, and Melted Perler Bead Bracelet kits for kids. They will be available all month long while supplies last.

Take & Make Kids Crafts

at the Library

Pick up a kids craft kit that relates to this week’s story time theme. Perfect for virtual story times. Supplies are limited. Call 585-289-3559 to reserve yours.

Toddler Time

Mondays at 10:30

At the Manchester Fire Hall

Ages 1-2 | Meet at the Village Offices (Fire Hall) on Clifton Street for stories, songs and crafts. Call 585-289-3559 or register online

Storyland Explorers

Thursdays at 10:30

At the Shortsville Fire Hall

For Ages 3-4 | Meet us in the Shortsville Fire Hall on Sheldon Street for stories, rhymes and songs. Call 585-289-3559 or register online.


Meetings & Announcements

RJCL Board of Trustees – Regular Meeting

Monday, June 27, 2022 | 7 pm
(Fourth Monday due to Juneteenth holiday)
At the Library

The Board of Trustees normally meets the third Monday of each month at the library. Meetings are open to the public. Please refer to our public comment policy. The agenda and documents to be discussed in the open meeting are available at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. Email the trustees to request the documents.

Learn more about the RJCL Board of Trustees.

Friends of the RJCL  – REGULAR MEETING

Tuesday, June 10, 2022 | 7:00 pm

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Not a member yet? No problem! You can become a member at the meeting. Membership starts at just $2.50 (student) or $5 (individual).

Friends meetings are usually the Second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.  Learn more or join the Friends!

Long Range Plan for 2022-2027 Adopted

The Board of Trustees has adopted its Long Range Plan for 2022-2027. We developed this plan based on community input from the June forum on the future of the library, our fall focus group sessions, and surveys collected over the summer and fall.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide input!  

Everyone Reads Free

Red Jacket Community Library no longer charges overdue fines for print materials and media checked out at the Red Jacket Community Library. Learn more.