Adult Programs 

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


Mansions and Historic Homes of Florida
2:30  pm - 3:30  pm

Travel with us to Florida.  Joyce Roeder, an experienced travelogue presenter from Penfield, will present the fascinating story of the development of Florida
as we visit Flagler’s “Whitehall” in Palm Beach, “Vizcaya” in Miami, “Winter Homes of Edison and Ford in Fort Myers, “Spanish Point and The Ringling Mansion in Sarasota. In addition, tour the “Henry Plant Museum” in Tampa, an old sugar mill near Daytona, quaint St. Augustine with its alligators, bird sanctuaries, gardens, and beaches. REGISTRATION begins Friday, April 10. Sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library.    

Social Media and the Job Search
7:00  pm - 8:30  pm

Learn how to integrate social media with your job search strategies.  Due to high demand, Arthur Catalanello, VP with Harvey Research, Inc. and Social Media Strategist for The August Group, will return with an updated presentation on how to use social media as a job search tool. This overview will detail the roles of LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Google+ in today's job search environment - why they are important, how they fit with other job search strategies and tips to maximize their effectiveness.  Attendees are encouraged to have some prior social media experience. Sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Library. REGISTRATION begins Saturday, March 28.

Floral Decorating
7:00  pm - 8:30  pm

Flowers can enhance every room in your house.   Michael Miller, an award-winning floral designer at Kittelberger Florist and Gifts of Webster, will demonstrate some unique floral designs for your spring decorating occasions. Learn how to create some lovely arrangements for every room in your home including doorways , bedrooms, kitchen, dining and living rooms, and bathrooms. Sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library. 
REGISTRATION begins Thursday, April 16.      

10:30  am - 4:00  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

Join us for our final tribute to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  This year’s theme will highlight the last year of the war and commemorate the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. A full day of lectures is planned along with representatives from Civil War organizations, historians, and enthusiasts. Additional topics to be discussed include the Trial of Mary Surratt, Reconstruction- The Bridge to Unification, Letters from the War, and Mourning Customs during the Civil War. This event open to all ages is co-sponsored by the Penfield Public Library, the Friends of the Penfield Public Library, Penfield Town Historian, the Penfield Recreation Department, and the Penfield Heritage Association. No registration is required.


2:15  pm - 4:30  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

This film documents a history of the LGBT community of Rochester, NY and its influences across the nation.  Shoulders To Stand On began with a small group of students and the formation of the Gay Liberation front at the University of Rochester. Evelyn Bailey, executive producer, and chair of the Shoulders To Stand On documentary project of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, will introduce the film produced and edited by Kevin Indovino. After the screening there will be time for discussion. Panelists Gerry Szymanski, Bruce Woolley, and Whitey LeBlanc will be available to answer any questions. Books on LGBT issues free for the taking will be displayed, in addition to Dr. Atwell’s AIDS posters from the University of Rochester Rare Books and Manuscript Department. Sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library. REGISTRATION begins on Friday, April 17.

2:00  pm - 3:00  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

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, April 23.

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

Robert Hesselberth of Penfield, a retired founder and CEO of Spectracom Corporation in Rochester, will discuss his recently published book Two Shakes of A Lamb’s Tail: The Memoir of a High-tech Company Founder (Artisan Books, 2014, $15.00).  The book covers experiences and episodes during his childhood in West Lafayette, Indiana, coming of age, his 28 year career managing Spectracom, and his retirement years. Copies of Mr. Hesselberth’s book will be available for purchase and signing. Sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library. REGISTRATION begins on Monday, April 27.

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

Musicians Geoff Clough on the keyboards and piano joins with singer Cyndi Kingsley to present the lives and songs of Patti Page, Peggy Lee, and Doris Day.  Take a trip down memory lane as you hear many popular songs including Old Cape Cod, How Much Is That Doggie in the Window? Sentimental Journey, Fever, You Belong To Me, and many others. Sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library. REGISTRATION begins on Tuesday, April 28.    

8:45  am - 5:00  pm
Age Level: 5 yrs. - And Up

At Nazareth College  31 of your favorite authors will be there this year! Plus you can enjoy writing and drawing workshops, teen film festival showings, and more! TBF is free to attend, thanks to many generous sponsors including the Friends of Penfield Public Library. Visit for more information.

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.


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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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