Adult Programs 

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


18th Annual Adult Summer Reading Program, June 30 - August 8
10:00  am - 9:00  pm

For adults 18 and up.   “Literary Elements” is the theme of our adult summer reading game which runs from Monday, June 30 through Friday, August 8. Complete one raffle slip for each book read. You will be eligible for weekly prizes! Lists of suggested readings will be available.
Sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library.

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

Looking for a 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.

Summer Slow Cooker
7:00  pm - 8:30  pm

Have you used your slow cooker this summer?  Remember, crockpots are not just for cooking in the winter. Come see what it can do for summer meals too. Tops Cooking School manager Liz Bauld will return to demonstrate 3-4 slow cooker recipes including: spinach-artichoke dip, apricot pulled chicken paninis, no fail BBQ ribs, and caramel pear cake. Sample tastings will be offered. Sponsored b y the Friends of Penfield Public Library. REGISTRATION begins on Monday, July 28 and is limited to 35 persons. 

Edible Landscaping
7:00  pm - 8:30  pm

Learn how you can grow your own food.   Using edibles in landscape design can enhance a garden by providing a unique ornamental component with additional health, aesthetic, and economic benefits. Homeowners with small or large yards can benefit from a trellis of cherry tomatoes cascading over the entryway, a fragrant border of colorful and flavorful basils, or a prolific semi-dwarf apple tree or two. Together we’ll cover the practical integration of food plants within an ornamental or decorative setting, substituting edible plants such as lettuces, blueberries, vegetables and fruit trees for some of the otherwise unproductive plant material.  Grossmans Garden and Home Center of Penfield will be conducting this program sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library. REGISTRATION begins on Wednesday, July 30.

2:00  pm - 3:00  pm

Looking for materials in the Monroe County Library System?   Learn how to effectively search for a specific title, author, or subject in this version of the LSPAC2.0 online catalog listing the holdings of all Monroe County public libraries.
REGISTRATION begins Thursday, July 31.

Summertime Flicks
6:30  pm - 8:30  pm

Come watch our Summertime Flick at the library.   Ben Stiller directs and stars in this film, based on James Thurber’s classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance, and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristin Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. Sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library.
REGISTRATION begins Thursday, July 31.

Book Discussion
7:00  pm - 9:00  pm

This month's title: "Runaway" by Alice Munro.  “Almost all the stories in …this book contain gaps and jumps in time, from a few months to 40 years; in two of them an intense episode in a young woman's life is remembered decades later, with humour and astonishment. The effect in each case is of a life revealed, not a life explained, and certainly not a life explained away.”  --  Alan Hollinghurst The Guardian

Mock Interviews
1:00  pm - 3:00  pm

Practice interviewing with real people.   This two hour workshop conducted by staff from Rochester Works as part of a New York State Education Department workforce development grant  is 100% interactive. The session provides you with the opportunity to use your interviewing skills and practice your SCAR stories. This program is for any job seeker looking to perfect his interview skills. REGISTRATION begins Wednesday, August 13 and is limited to 12 persons, so sign up early.


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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.


Looking for more programs and events?  See what Penfield Recreation has to offer.