Red Jacket Community Library

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

HOURS Tu & Th 10am-6pm | Wed 12-8pm | Fri 12-7pm | Sat 10am-2pm | Sun & Mon closed

NOW OPEN at our new location! 89 South Main St. Manchester

Stop in for “housewarming” Sept. 20-24 for free apple cider and donuts.

The dropbox is now in service at the new location. Our phone is not yet in service. Thank you for your patience and support during the move.

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

In memoriam

It is with great sadness that we share the loss of our beloved Patsy Olszewski, who served the Red Jacket Community Library and the Manchester-Shortsville Community for more than 22 years. The family has requested that donations, in lieu of flowers be made to the Red Jacket Community Library.

Read the obituary / share a memory.

Programs for Kids & Families

Story Time

Tuesdays or Thursdays | 10:30 – 11:00 am

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. Choose either the Tuesday or Thursday session each week – please register in-person or online.

Kids Club

Wednesdays | from bus drop to 5 pm
Starting October 12 – register today!

FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS | Join us for this Wednesday after-school clubhouse! We’ll have arts and crafts, board games and books at our NEW location. The school bus will drop off registered Kids Club members. Registration required. Stop in to register or email Meghan Bailey with questions.

Programs for Teens and Adults

Dungeons & Dragons

SATURDAY Oct. 1, Oct. 15 and Oct. 29 | 12 – 2 pm
At our NEW location

FOR GRADES 6-12 | We’re back! This month’s campaign will be themed after “Stranger Things.” We have extra character sheets and seats. Please register here or email Sam with questions.

Pizza ‘n Pages – Teen Book Club

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

FOR TEENS GRADES 6-12 | Our theme for October 7 is Horror / Sci-fi / Paranormal. Check a book off of your to-read list that fits in one of those categories and let’s sit down to eat and chat! We’ll order the pizza – Please register.

Sit ‘n Knit

Every other Wednesday – starting Oct. 19 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Every other Saturday – starting Oct. 22 | 11 am – 12 pm

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.

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. On October 12 we will be discussing The Woman with the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff. New members welcome, (even if you haven’t read the book!) but please register here so we can plan for seating.


Meetings & Announcements

RJCL Board of Trustees – Regular Meeting

Monday, October 17, 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. 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

September 27, 2022 | 6:00 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.

Everyone Reads Free

We do not charge overdue fines for print materials and media checked out at the Red Jacket Community Library. Learn more.