Red Jacket Community Library

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

SUMMER HOURS | Mon 3 – 9 pm | Tues, Weds, Thurs  3:30 – 9 pm | Fri 3 – 7 pm | Sat 10 am – 2 pm

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Come on in!

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

Summer reading fun for all ages

It’s not too late! Sign up and join the fun. Read, play Book Bingo, and attend our fun summer events to earn points and win prizes. Programs for pre-K, children, teens and adults. Stop in to the library to register and get your goodie bag – or register online today.


With new restrictions on daytime hours at the library this summer due to the school’s use of the facility, we are working to meet your needs with daytime programs in our beautiful villages and parks.

Concerts at Mike Griffin Memorial Park

Wednesdays in July  | 7 pm
July 22 – Rock-it Science
July 29 – George Hayes

For all ages | Bring a chair and join the community for the annual Village of Manchester Concerts at the Mike Griffin Memorial Park in Manchester. This program began more than 10 years ago with a cooperative grant between the Village and the Library. The concerts moved from the Bandstand to Mike Griffin Memorial Park (Westplex) in 2016.

Movie Night at Budd Park – Help us choose!

Friday July 23 | 8:30 pm

For all ages | What movie do you want to see this week? Contact the Shortsville Village Hall at (585) 289-6104 or email the library director with your suggestion! It must be a family movie, rated G.

Dog Days of Summer Story Time

Wednesdays at Budd Park | 10:30 am

For young children and their caretakers | Stories for young children under the big pavilion. July 7 through August 11. 

Family Crafternoons

Wednesdays in Shortsville @ Budd Park | 2 pm
Thursdays in Manchester @ at Mike Griffin Park | 2 pm

For FAMILIES | Join us to make a simple summer-themed craft to take home. We provide the materials. July 8 – August 12.

Community Gardening at Jones-Blunt Park

Tuesdays through Labor Day  | 6 pm

For all ages | Meet at Jones-Blunt Park (near Budd Park) in Shortsville to help care for our community garden and learn from local gardeners. And stop by the library to check out the Honey Mae Crowell Memorial Seed Library.

Terrific Tuesday Virtual Story Time

Tuesdays on Facebook Live | 10:30 am

For Preschoolers | Join Ms. Jordan for stories, songs and fun every Tuesday morning on Facebook Live. Videos will be recorded and will remain available for viewing at a later time. For children ages 18 months to 5 years and their families.

Go fish!

Stop in to borrow a fishing pole from the Library any time during our open hours.

For kids

Visit the Virtual Children’s Area

Online when you are!

For all ages | Explore online activities and fun learning tools with Ms. Christine. New activities every month.


Seeking community input

As a public library serving the residents of the Manchester-Shortsville School District. we provide services and materials for all ages. We have been located in the school library facility since 1998. The school district has provided the library with notice that it is terminating our joint-use agreement effective Sept. 2022. We hope to work with the school district to put a new agreement in place and remain in this shared facility. Meanwhile we are seeking community input about what you want and need from your public library. We enjoyed hearing from so many community members at our initial forum June 1, and will be sharing the results here. Please email the trustees if you’d like to be involved with future focus groups, etc. Your input will help guide the library trustees as we work on the new agreement and our new long-range plan.

Meetings & Announcements

RJCL Board of Trustees – Annual Meeting

Monday, July 19, 2021 | 7:00 pm

The public is welcome to attend. Please refer to our public comment policy


RJCL Board of Trustees – Regular Meeting

Monday, July 19, 2021 | immediately following the annual meeting

The public is welcome to attend. Please refer to our public comment policy

The Board of Trustees normally meets the third Monday of each month at the library. Open to the public. Learn more

Friends of the RJCL  – Regular Meeting

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 | 7:00 pm

This meeting will take place remotely via video conference. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. You can find the meeting link on our events calendar.

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). The library does not receive state or federal aid. 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.