Adult Programs 

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

 

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
2017-01-19
7:00  pm - 9:00  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

Leader: Carolyn Smith Penfield Librarian Kim Catalanello hosts the monthly Book Discussion Group meeting.  This month’s selection is Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg. Copies will be available to borrow, starting December 16, at the Circulation Desk. No registration required.
 


KNITTED FINGERLESS GLOVES
2017-01-21
2:00  pm - 4:00  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

It is the perfect time of year to knit yourself a pair of stylish and warm wristlets!  Beginner knitters are welcome and all supplies are included, although you may bring your own size 13 knitting needles and super bulky (size 6) if you have them. Knitting expert Tamara Kelley will be our instructor. REGISTRATION is required and begins on Friday, January 6. Space is limited to 8 participants per session. 
 


THE FROST FAMILY OF ROSELAND IN PENFIELD
2017-01-29
2:30  pm - 4:00  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

Join Penfield Town Historian Kathy Kanauer in learning about the Frost family.  This family contributed four soldiers for the Union cause during the Civil War, and produced a very prolific photographer in the late 1800’s. We will explore both joys and sorrows of the family. This programis a joint collaboration with the library and the Local History Room staff. REGISTRATION begins on Friday, January 13.    
 


GREAT DECISIONS 2017
2017-01-30
7:00  pm - 9:00  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

Mondays, January 30-March 27 (no session on February 20)   This is a discussion program in conjunction with the Foreign Policy Association that focuses on U.S. foreign policy. This year’s topics include: the future of Europe, the South China Sea, Saudi Arabia, Latin American politics, and nuclear security. Participants will be notified when the briefing books ($22.00) will be available  at the library circulation desk for pick up and purchase. Snow date will be Monday, April 3. REGISTRATION is limited with priority given to past participants. Open registration begins on Monday, December 12, and closes on Friday, January 6.
 


2017 TAX LAW CHANGES
2017-02-01
7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

Sue DeVuyst, a Master Tax Advisor from Block Advisors in Penfield will discuss what is new for 2016 taxes, and how education, children, work, investment, or retirement affect your taxes.  Learn about specific credits and deductions that will help you. Come prepared with your questions. REGISTRATION begins on Wednesday, January 18.
 


WEDNESDAY TEAS BOOK REVIEW
2017-02-01
1:00  pm - 2:00  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

Penfield Librarian Kim Catalanello, will review a book or books of special interest to the people gathered for the “Wednesday Teas” series co-sponsored with the Penfield Recreation Department.  This series is usually held on the first Wednesday of the month. No registration required.
 


COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ON RACE AND POVERTY
2017-02-02
6:00  pm - 8:00  
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

A facilitated conversation to promote understanding of the intersections of race and poverty.  Every conversation is unique, and everyone participates. This program is co-sponsored with the Friends and Foundation of Rochester Public Library (FFRPL) and community partners. REGISTRATION begins on Thursday, January 19. 
 


FILM SHOWING: THE GREEN MILE
2017-02-04
1:00  pm - 4:00  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

(Warner Bros., 1999, 188 min., Rated R)  The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift. The film directed by Frank Darabont is based on Stephen King’s novel of the same title and stars Tom Hanks and Michael Clark Duncan. REGISTRATION begins on Friday, January 20.
 


COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ON DEMOCRACY: POST ELECTION
2017-02-05
2:30  pm - 4:30  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

St. John Fisher College professors Dr. Wesley B. Renfro and Dr. Kathleen M. Donovan return to provide a post-mortem of the 2016 Presidential election.  It will feature an analysis of trends in turnout, issues in polling, and likely outcomes during the next four years. The first program held on Sunday, October 23 attracted a large audience. REGISTRATION begins on Friday, January 20, Inauguration Day.  
 


CHOCOLATE MAKING
2017-02-08
7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, learn all about the art of chocolate making from Lindsay Tarnoff, owner and chief chocolatier of Laughing Gull Chocolates at the Rochester Public Market.  REGISTRATION begins on Wednesday, January 25. 
 


THE ROCHESTER STORYBOOK PROJECT
2017-02-09
7:00  pm - 8:00  pm
Age Level: Select - Select

Britton Hopkin, director of Episcopal Prison Ministry, will discuss this project of providing incarcerated parents of young children with a short story that can then be recorded onto a CD.  Britton Hopkin, director of Episcopal Prison Ministry, will discuss this project of providing incarcerated parents of young children with a short story that can then be recorded onto a CD. The children can then read along in the book while listening to his or her parent read the story. In so doing, this program benefits both the child and the parent. The Storybook Project, located at Monroe Correctional Facility, began operation in February 2016. REGISTRATION begins on Thursday, January 26.
 


FILM SHOWING: THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
2017-02-11
1:00  pm - 3:30  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

(Warner Bros., 1994, 142 min., rated R)  Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. The film, based on Stephen King’s short story Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, is also directed by Frank Darabont and stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. REGISTRATION begins on Friday, January 27.
 


SUFFRA TEA
2017-02-15
2:00  pm - 3:00  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

Join us as for our first Suffra Tea as the Town Historian, Penfield Recreation, and Penfield Public Library kick off this year’s centennial celebration of women’s right to vote in New York State.  The event will be held in the Senior Lounge and does not require registration.  
 


BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
2017-02-16
7:00  pm - 9:00  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

Penfield Librarian Kim Catalanello, hosts the monthly Book Discussion Group meeting. Our December 2016 book sharing meeting was cancelled due to weather.  Penfield Librarian Kim Catalanello, hosts the monthly Book Discussion Group meeting. Our December 2016 book sharing meeting was cancelled due to weather. So, this month we will get together to revisit our favorite books of the previous year and recommend choice reads to each other. Please bring one of your favorite books to present/share with the group. There is no specific book selected for discussion. No registration required.
 


FILM SHOWING: DEAD MAN WALKING
2017-02-23
6:30  pm - 8:30  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

(Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1995, 122 min., rated R)  Thursday, February 23; 6:30-8:30 pm A nun while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both killer and his victim’s families. The film, based on Sister Helen Prejean ‘s book of the same title, is directed by Tim Robbins and stars Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. REGISTRATION begins on Thursday, February 9.
 


NEW YORK’S DEATH PENALTY SAGA
2017-03-02
7:00  pm - 8:30  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

Monroe County ranks third in the state for frequency seeking the death penalty since 1995, making it a topic of some interest for Rochesterians.  The death penalty has an intriguing history in the state of New York. Dating back to the Colonial era and peaking during the years 1900-1935, it was at one time accidentally abolished by the State Legislature. The electric chair debuted here, before subsequent use at Sing-Sing Prison in the first civilian execution for espionage in the United States. Along the way our state’s high court and the U.S. Supreme Court have both weighed in on its constitutionality. This program traces the legal history of the death penalty and places it in context of famous trials, key players, and changing social attitudes in New York. The presenters are Betsy Vipperman, Director of the Appellate Division Law Library and Assistant Librarian Andrew Kloc. REGISTRATION begins on Thursday, February 16.
 


AUTHOR VISIT: RENE DENFELD: THE ENCHANTED
2017-03-29
7:00  pm - 9:00  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

On Wednesday evening, March 29 at 7:00 pm Rene Denfeld, author of three non-fiction works All God’s Children, The New Victorians, and The Head Will Fall will discuss her latest book The Enchanted ( Harper, 2014).  Denfeld, by profession a death penalty investigator who works with men and women facing execution, explores an unexpected enchanted world: a death row in an ancient stone prison viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him. The female investigator searches for buried information from prisoners’ pasts that can save those soon-to-be-executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, and reveals shocking secrets of her own.This event is sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library and the Gift & Memorial Fund of the Penfield Public Library. REGISTRATION begins on Wednesday, March 1.   
 


 


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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.

 

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