Adult Programs 

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


10:30  am - 11:30  am
Age Level: Select - Select

For ages 3 – 7, accompanied by an adult  We’re having a winter picnic storytime!  Brrr!  Come enjoy some wintry stories and songs.  We’ll warm up afterwards with some hot chocolate and a sweet treat.  Yum!  Registration begins Friday, January 9 for Penfield town or school district residents; Friday, January 16 for all others. 

2:30  pm - 4:00  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

Several members of the Penfield Heritage Association will portray important personages from Penfield’s past.  Several members of the Penfield Heritage Association will portray important personages from Penfield’s past.  Co-sponsored with the Friends of Penfield Public Library. Registration begins on Friday, January 9.

10:30  am - 12:00  pm
Age Level: 10 yrs. - And Up

Join Amy Raimy and Barbara Brachfeld from Close to My Heart for Valentine’s Day crafts.  Create a Valentine Box card, bookmark, and treat bag for your loved ones! Learn crafty creations in a relaxed atmosphere. Bring your favorite 2-sided tape runner, mini glue dots, and small sharp scissors. Supplies may be purchased from Michael’s, JoAnn’s, or Hobby Lobby. Registration is open to ages 10 and up and begins on Friday, January 16.   

18th Annual Adult Winter Reading Festival
10:00  am  

This annual reading festival runs until Saturday, February 28.   READING ABOUT U.S. PRESIDENTS will be the theme of this year’s Adult Winter Reading Festival as we celebrate the birthdays of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, William Henry Harrison, and Ronald Reagan. Read any book either fiction or non-fiction about a U.S. President. Enter the reading game as often as you would like by coming to the library and completing one slip for each book read. A list of suggested titles will be available. Registration is not required. One grand prize will be drawn.

Excel 2007 for Beginners
7:00  pm - 8:30  pm

This hands-on class will introduce some of the basic features of Microsoft’s popular spreadsheet program.  REGISTRATION begins Tuesday, January 20 for Penfield town or school district residents; Tuesday, January 27 for all others.

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

Looking for something 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.

2:00  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, January 22.

Crockpot Cookery for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
7:00  pm - 8:30  pm

You can use your crockery cooker for more than dinner preparation.   Liz Baud from the Tops Cooking School returns to demonstrate 3-4 crockpot recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and will be serving samples. REGISTRATION is limited to 50 persons and begins on Thursday, January 22.

Social Media and Employment
10:00  am - 12:00  pm

This two-hour workshop will be conducted by staff from Rochester Works as part of a New York  State Education Department workforce development grant.   Whether you are new to social media or have used it for years, join us as we explore social media from a job search perspective to help you manage your online reputation, protect your privacy, and connect with new opportunities at your target companies. REGISTRATION begins on Monday, January 26.          

Intermediate Microsoft Excel
7:00  pm - 8:30  pm

This hands-on class will show you how to use simple formulas, freeze panes, add headers and footers, and use autofill to improve a spreadsheet.   REGISTRATION begins Tuesday, January 27 for Penfield town or school district residents; Tuesday, February 3 for all others.

Healthcare Navigator Session
1:00  pm - 5:00  pm

This is the last session before open enrollment ends on February 15.   A healthcare navigator will be here to answer questions about the new affordable and comprehensive health insurance options available to New York State residents. It is on a first come, first served basis with no appointments being taken.

Tribute to Robin Williams Series
6:15  pm - 8:30  pm

The second film in our series honoring the late actor Robin Williams who died in August 2014 is a drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.    Title: “August Rush” (Warner Home Video, 2008, 114 min., rated PG)  Director Kirsten Sheridan has a cast that stars Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Terrence Howard, and Robin Williams as Maxwell ‘Wizard’ Wallace. REGISTRATION begins on Wednesday, January 28.    
 The third film in the series, “Dead Poets’ Society” will be held on Wednesday evening, March 11 and registration will begin on Wednesday, February 25. The final film “Mrs. Doubtfire” will be held on Wednesday, April 8 and registration will begin two weeks ahead.

Documentary: The Age of Love
2:00  pm - 3:30  pm

The Friends of Penfield Public Library co-sponsor this special Valentine’s Day showing with the Penfield Recreation Department.   A new documentary by local film maker Stephen Loring follows the humorous and poignant adventures of 30 Rochester seniors who sign up for a Speed Dating event exclusively for 70-90-year-olds. The participants discover how dreams and desires change-or-don’t change-from first love to the far reaches of life. A local participant will offer her views on the experience. REGISTRATION begins on Friday, January 30. 

Book Discussion
7:00  pm - 9:00  pm

This group meets the third Thursday of each month.   Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Author: Oscar Wilde
Leader: Kathryn Hill
A classic that everybody knows but very few have read.
The continual fight between Hedonism and Puritanism is still one we must struggle with today, with both sides refusing to take a middle ground, Dorian Gray remains an important text.

The Social Side of Healthy Aging
10:30  am - 11:30  am

The talk covers the role of social connectedness to healthy aging and its impact on physical health and functioning, cognitive health, and well being.  Tara Brundage, case manager of The Senior Connection at Lifespan and Dr. Kim Van Orden of the University of Rochester will discuss a volunteer program that matches older adults with a peer companion. Learn about this new program and how you can participate. REGISTRATION begins Friday, February 6.

7:00  pm - 8:30  pm

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 ”Role Changes and Transitions.” Navigating your relationship with a person who has dementia can be a challenge. Explore the changes that may occur and find some strategies to help you prepare.
REGISTRATION begins Thursday, February 12.
Additional sessions will be “Managing Challenging Behaviors” on March 26 and “Driving and Dementia” on April 23.   


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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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