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


  • Saturday, Dec. 24
  • Saturday, Dec. 31
  • Tuesday, January 2 

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Visit us at our new location, 89 South Main Street, Manchester


Card Making Club | Weds, Dec. 7 at 5-7 pm. Manchester Village hall. Free, all materials provided. Please register online or call us!

Healthy holiday recipes | Weds. Dec. 13 at 11:30 am. At the library. Free adult class by SnapEd NY. Please register.

Animanga Club for teens | Friday, Dec. 16 at 3-4 pm (new time). At the library.

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Programs for Kids & Families

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Sensory Play Time

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

FOR TODDLERS & PRESCHOOLERS | Children and their caregivers will be able to 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. Registration required. See the events calendar for dates and register online,  or stop in, or give us a call.

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Family Story Time

Saturday, December 17   | 10:30 am
Saturday, December 29  | 10:30 am
At the Library

FOR ALL AGES | This story time is best suited for families with children under age 8 but everyone is welcome. Dec. 17 will feature an elf theme and Dec. 29 will be a New Year theme.

Story Time

Thursdays | 10:30 – 11:00 am
At the Library

FOR PRESCHOOLERS  | We’ll explore a different theme each week with stories, songs, finger plays and a simple craft. For children under the age of five with a caregiver. Please register in-person or online.

Kids Club

Wednesdays | 4-5 pm
At the Library

FOR GRADES K-5 | Join us for crafts, STEM activities, board games, books and more. Come once, or every week!  Dec. 7 – Build a Sled STEM Challenge | Dec. 14 -Sensory Bottle Snow Globe | Dec. 21 – Hot Chocolate and Candy Cane Experiment

Registration required. Stop in to register or register online using the events calendar .

Programs for Adults

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 so we can plan for seating.

First Draught Book Club | Second Wednesday of the Month  | 6-7 pm
At Reinvention Brewing Company in Manchester
Lively book discussion over a local brew. NO DECEMBER MEETING.  We will resume January 11 with A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.

Rachel’s Theme Book Club | Tuesday, Dec. 20  | 12-1 pm
At the Manchester Village Hall
December’s theme is Christmas with The Christmas Boutique by Jennifer Chiaverini

Cozy Mystery Book Club | Wednesday, Dec. 28  | 5:30-6:30 pm
At the Manchester Village Hall

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Board Games

Thursdays | 3:00 – 4:30 pm
At the Manchester Village Hall

FOR ADULTS ONLY | Come pass the afternoon in friendly competition. Each week we’ll play a different classic or new board game.


NEW Card Making Club

MONTHLY – see the events calendar for dates
At the Manchester Village Hall Meeting Room

FOR ADULTS |  FREE adult class. We will use a Sizzix die cut machine, along with a variety of dies and LOTS of card making supplies to make lovely greeting cards! Each participant will have the opportunity to make 5 cards. Registration is required. See the events calendar for dates and registration links

Sit ‘n Knit

Every other Wednesday – starting Nov. 2 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Every other Saturday – starting Nov. 5 | 11 am – 12 pm
At the Library

FOR ADULTS AND OLDER TEENS | A group for all fiber artists, whether you knit, crochet, embroider, or any other kind of portable fiber art. Get advice on your project, learn a new skill, or share what you’re working on. ALL skill levels welcome.  See the events calendar for all dates.

1-on-1 Basic Technology Assistance

Tuesdays and Fridays | 2-5 pm

If you need help with basic technology skills such as: email, smartphone use, Libby or Microsoft programs then this is for you! Please call 585-289-7063 to set up an appointment

Programs for Teens

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Animanga Club

Friday, December 16 | 3-4 pm NEW TIME
At the Library

FOR GRADES 6-12 | Watch anime, chat about manga, and enjoy some snacks while working on a craft. For December we will be watching “Spy X Family” and making a fun craft! You can also find the first volume of the manga available to check out at our library. Register online using the events calendar or email Sam with questions.

Dungeons & Dragons

SATURDAY Dec. 3 and SATURDAY Dec. 17  | 12 – 2 pm
At the Library

FOR GRADES 6-12 | Join us on the high seas in December. Newcomers welcome but please register online using the events calendar or email Sam with questions.

Pizza ‘n Pages – Teen Book Club

Friday, December 2 | 3-4 pm
At the Library

FOR TEENS GRADES 6-12 |  Check a book off of your to-read list that fits the monthly theme, and let’s sit down to eat and chat!  Check the events calendar for the monthly book theme and please register so we can order enough pizza. 


Meetings & Announcements

RJCL Board of Trustees – Regular Meeting

Monday, December 19, 2022 | 7 pm
At the Library

The Board of Trustees normally meets the third Monday of each month at the library. Meetings are open to the public. (Note, the library is open only for the meeting that evening.) 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.

RJCL Board of Trustees – Committee Meetings

Policy Committee | Monday, December 12 at 1:00 pm
Finance and Audit Committee  | Tuesday, December 13, 11:30 am

Meetings are open to the public. (Note, the library is open only for the meeting on Mondays.) Please refer to our public comment policy.

Friends of the RJCL  – ANNUAL Meeting

Saturday, November 12, 2022 | 12:30 – 2:00 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!

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 in 2022 will not allow the RJCL to sustainably meet the needs of the community we are chartered to serve. We reached the difficult decision to move to a new location.

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! Thank you for your patience and support.

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. and the 2022-23 budget approved by voters in May.