Adult Programs 

Call 585-340-8720 to register, or click on the registration link to register online.


7:00  pm - 9:00  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Leader: Camille DelVecchio  Donna Tart fans wait patiently for her novels. They arrive at one-decade intervals: The Secret History (1992); The Little Friend (2003); and then The Goldfinch which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The novel begins with an explosion in the Metropolitan Museum of Art that changes everything for young Theo.  As his life goes on we meet many compelling characters and watch Theo cope with love, memory, friendship and loss.

7:00  pm - 8:30  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

The Alzheimer’s Association of Rochester will offer its popular series of 10 workshops on topics related to Alzheimer’s disease throughout the year.  This month’s topic will be “End of Life.” This workshop reviews the importance of honoring an individual’s wishes. The late stage signs and levels of medical care are also discussed and solutions to supporting one another are reviewed. REGISTRATION for this month’s program begins on Thursday, May 14. The final session in the series will be “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s” on Thursday, June 25.

Unique Salads for Summer
7:00  pm - 8:30  pm

Want some new unique salad ideas?  Tuesday, June 2       7:00-8:30 pm
Join Liz Bauld, popular cooking instructor who previously worked for the Tops Cooking School, as she prepares 4 different types of salads including pasta,
fruit, and two others for great summer meals. Samples will be provided.
REGISTRATION begins on Tuesday, May 19.


Wednesday Teas Book Review
1:00  pm - 2:00  pm

Looking for a book to read?  First Wednesday of the month.  Penfield librarian Camille DelVecchio will review a book of special interest to the people gathered for the “Wednesday Teas” series
co-sponsored with the Penfield Recreation Department.
No registration required.

2:00  pm - 3:00  pm

Looking for materials in the MCLS system?  Learn how to effectively search for a specific title, author, or subject in this version of the LS2PAC online catalog listing the holdings of all Monroe County public libraries.
REGISTRATION begins on Thursday, May 21.

Japan-Tokyo To Hiroshima by Rail and Ryokan
2:30  pm - 3:30  pm

A Sunday travelogue of Japan   Japan is one of the safest, most interesting, and historical places one can visit! Join experienced traveler Tom DeClaire as he travels through this beautiful land by “Shinkansen” (bullet trains) and stay at various “Ryokan” (traditional Japanese Inns).
REGISTRATION begins on Friday, May 22.   

Marketing Plan: The Best Guide to Job Search
10:00  am - 12:00  pm
Age Level: Select - Select

Learn to use LinkedIn and other online tools in marketing   This two hour workshop conducted by staff from Rochester Works as part of a New York State Education Department grant, will take you on a guided tour of how to create a target list of companies using LinkedIn and other on-line tools. You will also learn how to use your marketing plan in networking conversations.
REGISTRATION is limited to 8 persons and begins on Tuesday, May 26.

Celebrating Genius Through Film
6:30  pm - 8:30  pm

Thursday movies at the library.   The film series begins with a look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane based upon her book
Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen (Alma, 2007). This movie directed by James Marsh stars Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, and Tom Prior.
REGISTRATION begins on Thursday, May 28.


Wizard Rock Concert
4:00  pm - 5:30  pm

It's time to rock out at the Library!  Especially for teens and tweens, but all ages may attend

Whether you're a witch, wizard, or muggle it's time to rock out at the library! Featuring performances from Tonks & the Aurors, Kirstyn Hippe, and Tianna & the Cliffhangers, you'll get to hear rock music about your favorite books like Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, John Green, and more! It's going to be magical and a great way to kick-off summer vacation. Registration is not required.

Neighbor Next Door Series
7:00  pm - 8:30  pm

Alzheimer's workshop  The Alzheimer’s Association of Rochester will conclude its popular series of 10 workshops on topics related to Alzheimer’s disease held this past year. This month’s topic will be “The Basics.” Learn about aging, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease; the diagnostic process; the latest research; and how to connect with community resources.
REGISTRATION begins on Thursday, June 11.

Adult Summer Reading Game
10:00  am  

Escape the Ordinary!  Monday, June 29-Friday, August 7
Adults ages 18 and up
“Escape the Ordinary”is the theme of our adult summer reading game. Complete one raffle slip for each book read.
You will be eligible for weekly prizes!
Lists of suggested readings will be available.

Super Songs and Stories with Topher Holt
11:00  am - 11:45  am

For children of all ages and their families  Enjoy interactive storytelling through song and dance that is bound to have you and your child moving about, shaking a maraca or beating a drum.
REGISTRATION begins Thursday, June 18 for Penfield town or school district residents; Thursday, June 25 for all others.


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 To assist our special needs patrons, the library has available: a portable magnifier and Video Eye! for magnifying print size, a large print Internet monitor (available by appointment), and an infrared listening system (please request when registering for programs).

Penfield Public Library welcomes people with special needs into our programs.  In order to make your experience positive and enjoyable, please inform us at least two weeks in advance of any special accommodations you may require.  Sign interpreters  can be arranged one week in advance, made possible through a grant from The Friends of the Penfield Public Library.


Looking for more programs and events?  See what Penfield Recreation has to offer.