Adult Programs 

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


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 “Managing Challenging Behaviors.” Changes in the brain also mean changes in behavior, such as repetitive actions, aggression, wandering, agitation, and suspicious thoughts. Learn possible reasons for these behaviors and how to handle these situations. REGISTRATION for this month’s program begins on Thursday, March 12.

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

Looking for an interesting book to read?  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. This series is usually held on the first Wednesday of the month. No registration required.

2:30  pm - 4:30  pm

"Mrs. Cage" by Nancy Barr and directed by Stephanie Roosa will be performed.   The story involves Mrs. Martin Cage in police custody for the shooting of Phyllis Dean in the supermarket parking lot. Mrs.Cage played by Sandi Henschel is interrogated by Lt. Reuben Angel aka Adam Petzold about the crime. As Mrs. Cage talks, she paints a picture of her lonely life where she is ignored by her husband, a defense lawyer and despised by her daughter Elizabeth, a civil lawyer in the midst of her own divorce. Mrs. Cage may be the last person in the world willing to take responsibility for her actions. Sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library. REGISTRATION  begins on Friday, March 20.    

6:15  pm - 8:30  pm

"Mrs. Doubtfire" (20th Century Fox Film Corporation, 1993, 125 min, rated PG-13)  This final film in the series honoring the late actor Robin Williams who died in August 2014 stars Williams who after a bitter divorce disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his two children held in custody by his former wife played by Sally Fields. Daniel Hillard, Williams’ character, is transformed into Mrs. Iphegenia Doubtfire, a Scottish nanny who creates a whole new life for his family. The film directed by Chris Columbus and sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library also stars Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein, and Polly Holliday. REGISTRATION begins Wednesday, March 25.     


2:00  pm - 3:00  pm

Learn how to effectively search for a specific title, author, or subject in this version of the online catalog listing the holdings of all Monroe County public libraries.  REGISTRATION begins on Thursday, March, 26.

CSA Harvest Share Program
7:00  pm - 8:00  pm

Community supported agriculture programs (CSAs) have become popular among people who want to eat healthy and local.   In a CSA, members purchase a seasonal share of a farm’s harvest, and pick up their fresh-from-the-farm produce on a weekly or biweekly basis. Bill and Debbie Wickham from Wickham Farms of Penfield will provide an overview of the CSA trend and why it benefits farmers, consumers, and the community. They will also share some of their experiences in their first two seasons of providing a CSA, including their new effort to meet the needs of single people, couples, and those who are short on time. REGISTRATION begins Wednesday, April 1.     

Penfield Heritage Association
2:30  pm - 4:00  pm

This program is cosponsored with the Friends of Penfield Public Library.  Bob Klein, a former teacher and antique appraiser, will discuss the interesting topic of antique appraisal. Please bring only one item or valuable for appraisal. REGISTRATION begins Friday, April 3. 

Identifying Allergies
7:00  pm - 8:00  pm

Are you affected by allergies?   Dr. Allison Ramsey with fellowship training in allergy and clinical immunology, Jon Terry, the founder of the Allergy Advocacy Association, and Janet Goldman, the project assistant will provide an evidence-based approach to identifying, diagnosing, assessing, and managing anaphylaxis in order to prevent death from severe allergic reactions. A question and answer period will follow.
REGISTRATION begins Monday, April 6. 

Health and Wellness Challenge
7:00  pm - 8:00  pm

Are you financially literate?   To celebrate April as Financial Literacy Month and in particular Money-Smart Week which is April 18-25, Penfield Public Library is offering a special event that combines planning for financial security and keeping oneself physically fit through proper exercise. The presenters are Kellie Wright, an experienced financial representative at Northwestern Mutual and Mike Hargreaves, owner of Fit Class Studio in Fairport.
REGISTRATION begins on Tuesday, April 7.

Interviewing Beyond Basics
10:00  am - 12:00  pm

Be prepared for your next interview.   Learn what to expect and how to best showcase your qualifications for a competitive edge. This two hour workshop conducted by staff from Rochester Works as part of a New York State Education Department Workforce Development Grant, is helpful to all job seekers.
REGISTRATION  begins Tuesday, April 7.  

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

This month's topic: Driving and Dementia.   The Alzheimer’s Association of Rochester will offer its popular series of 10 workshops on topics related to Alzheimer’s disease throughout the year. Explore how the disease can affect a person’s ability to drive, their senses, and reaction times. Learn about local resources for driver evaluations and strategies for talking aobut when to stop driving. REGISTRATION for this month’s program begins Thursday, April 9. The remaining sessions are “End of Life” on May 28 and “The Basics” on June 25.   

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.      


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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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