Adult Programs 

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

 

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.
 


WEDNESDAY TEAS BOOK REVIEW
2017-03-01
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.
 


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.
 


JIM MOTT & THE ART OF CONNECTING: THE ITINERANT ARTIST PROJECT
2017-03-05
2:30  pm - 4:00  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

Since 2000, Rochester artist Jim Mott has spent a month each year traveling the country, living with strangers, and trading paintings done on sight for hospitality.  Come and share in this unique and ongoing creative adventure. REGISTRATION begins on Friday, February 17.
 


THE WORLD OF HUMMINGBIRDS
2017-03-07
7:00  pm - 8:30  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - 18 yrs.

Diane Henderson will discuss Hummingbirds in this program jointly sponsored by the Penfield Hills Garden Club and the Friends of Penfield Public Library.  REGISTRATION begins on Tuesday, February 21.
 


A SIAMSA (An Irish Evening of Entertainment)
2017-03-09
7:00  pm - 8:30  pm
Age Level: 0 mos. - And Up

Just in time for the upcoming celebrations surrounding St. Patrick’s Day and Monroe County’s declaration of March as Irish American Heritage Month, Penfield Library is holding a variety of authentic Irish entertainment including traditional cultural music, step dancing, and historical stories.  The presenters include the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (Irish Musician Association), the Irish American Cultural Institute, and several local Irish dance schools. The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians will also provide a soda bread making demonstration. REGISTRATION begins on Thursday, February 23.
 


BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
2017-03-16
7:00  pm - 9:00  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

Leader: Carolyn Gray Penfield Librarian Kim Catalanello, hosts the monthly Book Discussion Group meeting.  This month’s selection is The Road to Character by David Brooks. No registration required.
 


TATTING DEMONSTRATION
2017-03-18
10:30  am - 12:00  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

Staff from Midge’s Tatters will offer a brief history, tools used and different styles of tatting.  Your grandmothers may have tatted doilies or edges on handkerchiefs and pillowcases. Over the years, tatting has changed and is used today for jewelry, home décor, clothing, and doilies. Come and see examples and learn more about modern day tatting. REGISTRATION begins on Friday, March 3.
 


OPERA GUILD OF ROCHESTER: Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor
2017-03-19
2:30  pm - 4:00  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

Rosalba Pisaturo will discuss Lucia’s madness and composer Gaetano Donizetti’s state of mind.  REGISTRATION begins on Friday, March 3.
 


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.   
 


 


Click on the book cover above for more information on our monthly book discussions. 

 


 

 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.