Red Jacket Community Library

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

HOURS  Tues & Wed 11am-8pm | Thurs & Fri 10am-5pm | Sat 10am-2pm | Sun & Mon closed

May Holiday Closures

Saturday, May 25th

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Search our holdings plus the entire collection of the OWWL Library System. Find print books, large print books, eBooks, audio books, CDs and DVDs, and more! Use your library card to place a hold (request the item) online.


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Visit us at our new (temporary) location at 89 South Main Street, Manchester NY.


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Programs for Adults

Library Trustee Basics: How the libraries are organized and the role of public library trustees

Wednesday, May 22nd| 7:00pm

FOR ADULTS | Interested in joining our Board of Trustees? Join us for an information session about the basics of the position to see if it’s right for you!

1-on-1 Employment Assistance

First Tuesdays| Drop in any time between 11:15 am – 1 pm

FOR ADULTS | Amanda Bollinger from Ontario County Workforce Development will be here to offer one-on-one assistance. She can help you find a job, fill out job applications, work on your resume, prepare for an interview, etc. No appointment or registration necessary. Drop in!


RJCL Walking Club

Thursdays| 9:30 AM

 FOR ADULTS | We will meet in the RJCL parking lot. All ages welcome. We will walk the trail behind the Library. We kindly ask that you register ahead of time so we know to expect you. 

Adult Genealogy

First Wednesdays | 1 – 3 PM

Third Wednesdays | 6 – 7:45 PM

FOR ADULTS | Come join the fun of learning about your ancestors. Please bring a laptop if you have one! We kindly ask that you register ahead of time. Register online or give us a call.

Adult Craft Night

Tuesday, May 7th | 6 PM

FOR ADULTS | For our adult craft night this month, we will be using watercolors to paint designs onto musical note paper. We kindly ask that those planning

Adult Watercolor Class

Tuesday, May 28th | 6:00 PM

FOR ADULTS | Local artist Deb Havert will teach you the basics of watercolor painting. Each month you will learn a different watercolor technique. This class is best suited for newbies/beginners. You must register in advance to attend this program. Space is limited. 

Card Making Club

First Wednesdays | 5 – 7 PM
At the Shortsville Presbyterian Church, 59 W. Main Street.

FOR ADULTS | Come make homemade greeting cards with us! All supplies included. Free; adults only. Registration is required.  Register online or give us a call.

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Coffee & Crafts

Saturdays|11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

FOR ADULTS | Bring any portable craft you have to work on in the company of other artists. Types of crafts include but are not limited to knitting, crocheting, latch hooking, embroidery, cross stitching, quilting, sewing, felting, drawing, painting, etc. Any skill level from beginner to expert is welcome and encouraged! Free coffee will be provided. No registration is required.

Book Clubs

FOR ADULTS | New members welcome, even if you haven’t read the book! Check the events calendar for the monthly book selections and stop in to pick up your copy. Please register.

First Draught Book Club – Second Wednesdays | 6:00 pm
At Reinvention Brewing Company in Manchester

Jan’s Theme Book Club – Third Tuesdays | 11:00 am
At the Library

Programs for Kids & Families

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Makerspace Art Station

FOR GRADES K – 6th | Let’s get creative Drop in anytime from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm. We will have a wide range of art supplies available for use. Bring your creativity and see what you can create. Parent supervision is required. 

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Hero’s Journey

Tuesdays May 7th & 21st|4 PM – 5:30 PM

FOR GRADES 3rd – 6th |Interested in Dungeons & Dragons but want something simple to start? Join us as we explore different types of tabletop role-play games that are easy to learn and fun to play!

This month’s game we will be playing is:

Honey Heist!: It’s HoneyCon 2024. You are going to undertake the greatest heist the world has ever seen. Two things: One: You have a complex plan that requires precise timing. Two: You are a BEAR.


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Homeschool at the Library 

Fridays | 1 – 3 PM 

FOR AGES 5-12 | Parent supervision is not required but we ask that if you know your child will need extra assistance with the activity then please stay to provide support to them.  Thank you. 

 Please register.

Youth Empowerment Group

Second Wednesdays | 4 – 5 PM

FOR GRADES K-5 | Jena from Safe Harbors of The Finger Lakes will be at the Library on the second Wednesday of every month from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Come learn social-emotional skills while participating in a wide range of fun activities. A snack will be provided. Registration is required.  Please register.

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Family Story Time

First Saturdays of the month| 10:15 AM
At the Library

Each month story time will have a different theme. We will read books and do a craft related to that theme. A snack will also be provided. For June our theme will be Gardens/Flowers. 

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Sensory Play Time

Most Fridays | 10:30 – 11:30 am
At the Library

FOR TODDLERS & PRESCHOOLERS | Children and their caregivers can engage in sensory activities, messy art projects and more! Please dress your child in messy clothes and plan to supervise your child closely during this program. Please register. See the events calendar for dates and register online, or give us a call.

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Literacy & Legos 

Wednesday, May 22nd | 4:00 PM
At the Library

AGES 5 – 10 | Come listen to a story while having a snack and then complete a lego challenge based on the theme of the book. Best suited for ages 5-10. We kindly ask that you register ahead of time.

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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program

Register at the circulation desk today!

FOR AGES 0 – ENTERING KINDERGARTEN SEPT. 2024 | Join this self-paced program to read 1,000 books to your child before they start kindergarten. Enjoy fun prizes as you reach a milestone along the way! 

Programs for Teens

Teen Advisory Board

Thursday, May 9th |  3:15 PM

FOR TEENS GRADES 6-12 | We will be discussing volunteer opportunities and future teen programming ideas.

Teen Hangout

Tuesday, May 14th & May 28th|  3:00 – 5:00 pm

Join us from 3-5 pm for board games, card games, and some Nintendo Switch time! A snack will be provided. We ask that only teens attend this program. 

Teen Game Day

Wednesday, May 17th | 3:00 PM

FOR TEENS GRADES 6-12 | Join us for board games and card games, or bring your favorites to play with others.  No registration is required. 

Dungeons & Dragons

Saturdays|  11 AM – 1 PM  – see the calendar 

TEENS GRADES 9-12  | Meeting at the Library, on February 10th and 24th 

TWEENS GRADES 4-8 | Meeting at the Library, on January 3rd and 17th

New & Noteworthy

New Books Coming Soon!

Check out our new titles for children, young adults, and adults; fiction and non-fiction, plus large print! Stop in to browse.

Meetings & Announcements

RJCL Board of Trustees – Regular Meeting

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 | 7 pm
At the Library

The Board of Trustees normally meets on the third Tuesday 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 Director to request the documents.

Learn more about the RJCL Board of Trustees.

RJCL Board of Trustees – Committee Meetings

See the event calendar. Committee meetings are open to the public. Please refer to our public comment policy.

Friends of the RJCL – Annual Chicken BBQ

Tuesday, May 21st, 2024 | 3:30 pm until sold out
RJ High School Parking Lot


In June 2023 the voters approved our 2023-2024 budget with 85% in favor. Thank you for your support! Visit our Annual Report page for more information.