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 Dec. 24 and 25

Closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1

Find books, eBooks, audio books and magazines

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Find a book | Place a hold online

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Browse and download eBooks, audio books and digital magazines

Come on in!

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

We currently require everyone to wear a mask inside the library, regardless of vaccination.

These are just a few of the many new books for adults coming to our collection. Stop in and browse! Or call us to place a hold and we’ll have them ready for you to pick up.

Programs for All Ages

Storywalk at the Lehigh Valley Railroad Memorial

Through November

FOR ALL AGES |Our newest storywalk book is up at the Lehigh Valley Railroad Memorial Site. Stroll along in the open air as you read “Olive, the Other Reindeer”  and get in the mood to Walk or Run with the Reindeer on the 26th.

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 please register ahead here so we can plan for seating, space is limited! Thank you!

Toddler Time

Mondays | 10:30 – 11 am
At the Manchester Fire Hall

FOR AGES 3 – 4 | Meet at the Manchester Fire Hall (on Clifton Street in Manchester) to read stories, sing songs and make a craft! Masks are required for ages 2 and up. Call 585-289-3559 or register online

Storyland Explorers

Thursdays | 10:30 – 11 am
At the Shortsville Fire Hall
Stories are also posted Friday mornings on our YouTube channel

FOR AGES 1-2 | Meet at the Fire Hall (on Sheldon Street in Shortsville) to read stories, sing songs and make a craft! Masks are required for ages 2 and up. Call 585-289-3559 or register online

Can’t make it in person? Stop by and pick up your Take & Make craft kit that relates to the weekly story theme, and check out the recording on our YouTube channel Friday mornings.  

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, call 585-289-3559 or check the events calendar for the registration link.

Teen Knit & Crochet

Tuesdays  | 4 – 5 pm
At the Library

FOR GRADES 6-12 | Come learn to knit or crochet, or share what you are working on. Beginners welcome, no experience needed! Please contact us if you have questions and for a list of basic supplies you may need. Remember masks are required in the library.

Sit ‘n Knit / Yarn Works

Wednesdays | 1:00 – 3:30 pm |  At the Manchester Village Offices
Thursdays     | 1:00 – 3:30 pm |  At the Shortsville Fire Hall
Saturdays      | 11 am – noon   |  At the Library

FOR ADULTS | 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. Hosted by Library Clerk Patsy Olszweski.

New and Noteworthy

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.

Murder Mystery – Take & Solve Kit

For Adults and older teens | Come in and get your Murder Mystery Kit. Take it home and try to solve the mystery. A new mystery every month!  The kits are available at the circulation desk. 

Meetings & Announcements

RJCL Board of Trustees – Regular Meeting

Monday, December 20, 2021 | 7 pm

This will be a “hybrid” meeting both in person and online.

  • In person: Join us at the library. Masks are required.
  • Online via Zoom: Join the meeting (Meeting ID 811 6243 7846 Passcode 934824)

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 Director to request the documents. Learn more about the RJCL Board of Trustees.

Friends of the RJCL  – REGULAR MEETING

Tuesday, Dec. 14 | 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!

2021-2021 Library Budget Passes – Thank You!

The community approved the 2021-2022 budget and re-elected Kim Sutter to the Board of Trustees.

The budget of $243,079 is a 4.75% increase ($11,005). The tax levy is a 4.39% increase ($10,000). For most households, the increase should be less than $10 a year. Major new expenses were cleaning ($5,000), automation contracts allowing us to access data required by state law regarding public use of school library materials, as this information is no longer provided to us by the school ($5,000), and anticipated legal fees as we negotiate a new agreement with the school district for shared use of the facility ($10,000). These increases were primarily offset by a plan to increase donations ($5,000) and reduce staffing expenses ($5,000). See the budget details and contact the director or the board of trustees if you have questions.

Want to know more about our value to the community? View past years’ budgets and annual reports here.

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.