Monthly Archives: May 2019

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Without a Net: The Digital Divide in America

Many of us assume that the world, or at least the country, is now fully connected, but throughout American classrooms, there exists a digital divide. In a shockingly large number of schools, access to technology, connectivity, and teacher-training is nonexistent. Many of those underserved schools are located just a few miles from fully equipped schools with technologically adept teachers in better funded districts. This new film from Academy Award® nominated, Primetime Emmy Award winning Director/Producer Rory Kennedy, in which we see the situation through the eyes of students, educators, and policy experts and advocates across the country, clearly lays out the steps we must take a to bring our public education system into the 21st century.

Airs 5/30 at 2 a.m.

Full video



Online Learning with Skillshare

Skillshare is an online learning platform with over 20,000 classes in design, fine arts, tech, personal crafts, and more. RRLC has subscribed to and has 5 individual user account licenses that RRLC members may request on a first-come first-served basis.

Accounts are active for two weeks, during which time you are free to access the videos on At the end of your access time, your account privileges will be deactivated, although your account will remain open on – so that you may request access again as you need more training.

Access the Skillshare library 24/7—even from your iPhone, iPad, Android device, or other mobile device—and watch an entire course or single tutorial video as you need them.

Certificates of completion are available by request; after a course has been completed, contact to request a certificate. Once your request has been processed and verified, we will email your certificate.

Accounts can be requested by submitting the form at this RRLC page.

Safe Haven

In 1944, 982 refugees from 18 European countries were brought to the United States as guests of President Franklin Roosevelt.   FDR agreed to admit this small token group in lieu of a much larger plan to create many safe havens all over the country and bring in possibly hundreds of thousands of refugees. The camp was Fort Ontario Army Camp in Oswego, NY. Through interviews with former refugees and archival footage, Safe Haven, tells the story of America’s only refugee shelter for Holocaust victims. Robert Clary, a former refugee, hosts.

Airs 5/29 at 4 a.m.



We Need Diverse Libraries Event

This coming September, RRLC is hosting an event titled, “We Need Diverse Libraries: Diversifying Your Bookshelves for Young Readers…”. If you’re looking to diversify your collection, this is a can’t miss event. Presented by We Need Diverse Books (, the event will review why a diverse collection is important, what the benefits are, and what the studies show. They will provide a comprehensive title list from board books to YA titles, and they will organize a panel with local authors.

The event will be held Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Henrietta Public Library. Registration is free for RRLC members (this includes all of Monroe 1 and 2 BOCES districts, all Genesee Valley BOCES districts, and more).

Click here for more information and to register.

Sea Change

uses the coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia to exemplify the challenges of Climate Change, sea level rise, rising salinities, weather extremes and other changes that includes local, state, regional and national implications. The effects of Climate Change are far ranging including property and land loss, human health impacts and significant economic and sea life impacts. The impacts examined in this program are not unique to Georgia and South Carolina but reflect the far reaching implications of Climate Change on the entire Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coasts.

Airs 5/28 at 3 a.m.


Full Episode

America Reframed

Through the lens of independent documentaries, AMERICA REFRAMED brings to audiences compelling stories that illuminate the changing contours of an ever-evolving America. The social issue series presents an array of personal voices and experiences through which we learn from our past, understand our present and are challenged to seek new frameworks for America’s future. Hosted by Natasha Del Toro.

#616 “Island Soldier” – – follows members of the Nena family from one of the most remote islands in the world to the training grounds of Texas and the battlefields in Afghanistan. The death of Sapuro “Sapp” Nena in Afghanistan makes waves through his tiny home island of Kosrae – where nearly everyone is connected to the U.S. Military directly or through family members. In an attempt to heal from his own deep wounds, Sapuro’s best friend in the Army, Mario Robles, heads to Kosrae with his family to meet Sapp’s parents for the first time and pay his respects on Veteran’s Day. It is an emotional gathering of two families, from opposite sides of the world, brought together by loss, love and honor. Airs 5/28 at 8 p.m.; 5/29 at midnight; 5/29 at 8 a.m.; 5/29 at 2 p.m.

American Reframed Website

Island Solider Trailer


Independent Lens

Each week Independent Lens brings you an original documentary film made by one of the best independent filmmakers working today.

  • #1920 “Served Like a Girl” –  – Director Lysa Heslov’s powerful documentary, SERVED LIKE A GIRL, follows several American women who were wounded in action and are now transitioning from soldier to civilian after serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan. Struggling with PTSD, homelessness, broken families, divorce, serious illness, and military sexual abuse, these remarkable women harness humor to adapt to the emotional, social and economic challenges they face, through the MS. VETERAN AMERICA competition. Balancing beauty and brawn, they are guided by event founder and veteran Major Jas Boothe, using the competition to regain their identities and way of life that they sacrificed in foreign wars.  It is an engaging and honest look at an often unseen veteran reality.

Airs 5/28 at 6:30 p.m.; 5/29 at 1:30 a.m.; 5/29 at 9:30 a.m.; 5/29 at 3:30 p.m.

Idependent Lens Website

Served Like a Girl Website


Connections: Historical Fiction

If you missed out on Thursday’s Connections with Evan Dawson, he spent the hour discussing Hamilton and the value and drawbacks of historical fiction as a genre. His guests included:

  • Michael Oberg, distinguished professor of history at SUNY Geneseo
  • LindaSue Park, award-winning author
  • Miriam Burstein, professor and associate chair of the Department of English at the College at Brockport

Listen here!


Going to War

What is it really like to go to war? Filled with terror, pain and grief, it also brings exhilaration, and a profound sense of purpose. In Going to War, renowned authors Karl Marlantes and Sebastian Junger help us make sense of this paradox and get to the heart of what it’s like to be a soldier at war. Veterans of various conflicts reveal some universal truths of combat with unflinching candor.

Airs 5/27 at 10:30 p.m.



G.I. Jews:  Jewish Americans in World War II

G.I. Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II tells the story of the 550,000 Jewish American men and women who fought in World War II. In their own words, veterans both famous (director Mel Brooks, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger) and unknown share their war experiences: how they fought for their nation and people, struggled with anti-Semitism within their ranks, and emerged transformed.

Airs 5/27 at 9 p.m.