Adult Programs 

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

 

19th ANNUAL ADULT WINTER READING FESTIVAL
2016-02-01
10:00  am  

Monday, February 1 - Monday, February 29   “LEAP INTO READING” will be the theme of this year’s
Adult Winter Reading Festival as February is Leap Year.
Read any book and 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.
 


CATALOGPLUS
2016-02-11
2:00  pm - 3:00  pm

Learn how to effectively search for a specific title, author, or subject   in this new version of the LSPAC2.8.5 online catalog listing the holdings of all Monroe County public libraries. REGISTRATION has begun.


CONVERSATION ON RACE AND POVERTY
2016-02-11
6:30  pm - 8:30  pm

A facilitated conversation   to promote understanding of the intersections of race and poverty. Every Conversation is unique, and everyone participates.
This program is co-sponsored with the Friends and Foundation of Rochester
Public Library (FFRPL) and community partners.
REGISTRATION begins on Thursday, January 28.  
 


FAMILY GAME DAY
2016-02-17
2:00  pm - 3:00  pm

For ages 4 and up, accompanied by an adult.   (Children under 4 will be unable to attend the program)
Let’s banish the winter blaahs with a rousing family game.
Prizes! Refreshments! Excitement! Don’t miss out on this special
afternoon of family fun!
 REGISTRATION begins Wednesday, February 3 for Penfield town or school district residents; Wednesday, February 10, for all others.
 


BOOK DISCUSSION
2016-02-18
7:00  pm - 9:00  pm

Adult book discussion.   Title: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Leader: Carolyn Smith
 


WALKING THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
2016-02-21
2:30  pm - 3:30  pm

Debbie Tuttle will share her experience   and that of her daughter Catherine who walked the 800 km medieval pilgrimage “the camino” across the north of Spain to Santiago de Compostela. This is the same journey that inspired the 2010 movie The Way (Arc Entertainment, 2010).
REGISTRATION  begins on Friday, February 5.
 


ANCIENT GODDESS ROLE MODELS with Jack Kowiak
2016-02-23
7:00  pm - 8:30  pm

Ancient stories about the heroic exploits of ancient goddesses    were not just for entertainment. They imparted important moral lessons and guidance for generations of ancient women (and men). This presentation will retell some famous Goddess stories from different parts of the ancient world. The lessons that these original “Strong Women” have to impart are as relevant today as they were in ancient times.
REGISTRATION begins on Tuesday, February 9.


FILM SHOWING
2016-02-24
6:30  pm - 8:15  pm

Teen detective Nancy Drew   accompanies her father on a business trip to Los Angeles, where she happens upon clues to a murder mystery involving a movie star. The film directed by Andrew Fleming stars Emma Roberts, Tate Donovan, and Max Thieriot.
REGISTRATION begins on Wednesday, February 10.
 


NEIGHBOR NEXT DOOR SERIES
2016-02-25
7:00  pm - 8:30  pm

The Alzheimer's Association of Rochester   will offer its popular series of workshops on topics related to Alzheimer’s disease throughout the year. This month‘s topic will be “Personal Care.” Learn how dementia, the
environment and communication affect the way a person responds to personal care. Topics will include eating, bathing, dressing, toileting and dental care. REGISTRATION begins on Thursday, February 11.
Additional sessions will be  “Legal and Financial Issues” on March 31 and “Grief and Guilt” on April 28.
 


WEDNESDAY TEAS BOOK REVIEW
2016-03-02
1:00  pm - 2:00  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

Penfield librarian Kim Catalanello, 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.
 


CATALOGPLUS
2016-03-03
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 new version of the LSPAC2.8.5 online catalog listing the holdings of all Monroe County public libraries.  REGISTRATION begins on Thursday, February 18.
 


BOLAND SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE
2016-03-06
2:30  pm - 3:30  pm
Age Level: 0 mos. - And Up

Get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day in style with the students of the Boland School of Irish Dance who will perform traditional dances in full costume.  For all ages!  This program will be held in the Community Center Room across from the library. Sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library. REGISTRATION begins on Friday, February 19.
 


GREAT DECISIONS 2016
2016-03-07
7:00  pm - 8:30  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

This is a discussion program in conjunction with the Foreign Policy Association that focuses on U.S. foreign policy.  This year’s topics include: the Middle East, the Koreas, Migration, Kurdistan, and Cuba. Participants will be notified when the briefing books ($22.00) will be available at the library circulation desk for pick up and purchase. Snow date will be April 4. Sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library. REGISTRATION is limited with priority given to past participants. Open registration began on Monday, December 14 and closed on Tuesday, January 5.
 


SUMMER FLOWERING BULBS
2016-03-08
7:00  pm - 8:30  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

Summer-flowering bulbs can provide bright, bold colors, often over a long period. to prepare your garden for summer bulb planting.  Master Gardener Ken Harbison will discuss the culture of a number of bulbs and how to over-winter them for subsequent years. This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library and the Penfield Hills Garden Club. Sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library. REGISTRATION begins on Tuesday, February 23.
 


FILM SHOWING: THE HOURS
2016-03-10
6:30  pm - 8:30  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

(Paramount Home Entertainment, 2002, rated PG-13, 114 minutes)  This is the story of how the novel Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives. The film directed by Stephen Daldry and based on Michael Cunningham’s novel of the same name, stars Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Julianne Moore. Sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library. REGISTRATION begins on Thursday, February 25.
 


GREAT DECISIONS 2016
2016-03-14
7:00  pm - 8:30  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

This is a discussion program in conjunction with the Foreign Policy Association that focuses on U.S. foreign policy.  This year’s topics include: the Middle East, the Koreas, Migration, Kurdistan, and Cuba. Participants will be notified when the briefing books ($22.00) will be available at the library circulation desk for pick up and purchase. Snow date will be April 4. Sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library. REGISTRATION is limited with priority given to past participants. Open registration began on Monday, December 14 and closed on Tuesday, January 5.
 


OPERA GUILD OF ROCHESTER - Bad Girls in Opera
2016-03-15
2:30  pm - 4:00  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

Carol Crocca of the Opera Guild of Rochester will discuss “Bad Girls in Opera,” Including those from the truly evil to the merely naughty.  It includes behavior from murder to unconventionality in various forms. Included will be Medea (Meede), L’incoronazione di Poppea, Jenufa, Salome, Carmen, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Cosi fan tutte, Don Pasquale, and War and Peace:  child murder to teenage rebellion.  Sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library. REGISTRATION begins on Friday, February 26.
 


AUTHOR VISIT: SONJA LIVINGSTON
2016-03-16
7:00  pm - 9:00  pm

Sonja Livingston, author of Ghostbread (University of Georgia, 2009) will discuss her latest book   Queen of the Fall: A Memoir of Girls and Goddesses in the American Lives series (University of Nebraska, 2015). Queen of the Fall considers the lives of women, whether pulled from the folds of memory, channeled through the icons of Greek mythology and Roman Catholicism, or filtered through the lens of pop culture. Ms. Livingston explores the legacies of those she has crossed paths with in life and in the larger culture and weaves together strands of memory with richly imagined vignettes to explore becoming a woman in late 1980’s and early 1990’s America.Her work is a dazzling meditation on loss, possibility, and ultimately, what it means to be human. 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, February 17.
 


GREAT DECISIONS 2016
2016-03-21
7:00  pm - 8:30  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

This is a discussion program in conjunction with the Foreign Policy Association that focuses on U.S. foreign policy.  This year’s topics include: the Middle East, the Koreas, Migration, Kurdistan, and Cuba. Participants will be notified when the briefing books ($22.00) will be available at the library circulation desk for pick up and purchase. Snow date will be April 4. Sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library. REGISTRATION is limited with priority given to past participants. Open registration began on Monday, December 14 and closed on Tuesday, January 5.
 


NATIONAL PARKS OF THE SOUTHWEST
2016-03-22
7:00  pm - 8:30  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

Randi Minetor, author of 17 books on the great outdoors including several hiking guides, and her photographer husband Nic in 1992 began travelling to see our national parks which celebrate their centennial in August 2016.  Randi Minetor, author of 17 books on the great outdoors including several hiking guides, and her photographer husband Nic in 1992 began travelling to see our national parks which celebrate their centennial in August 2016. The couple discovered the backcountry wonders of these parks and this program will focus on the great Southwest. Sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library. REGISTRATION will begin on Tuesday, March 8.
 


GREAT DECISIONS 2016
2016-03-28
7:00  pm - 8:30  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

This is a discussion program in conjunction with the Foreign Policy Association that focuses on U.S. foreign policy.  This year’s topics include: the Middle East, the Koreas, Migration, Kurdistan, and Cuba. Participants will be notified when the briefing books ($22.00) will be available at the library circulation desk for pick up and purchase. Snow date will be April 4. Sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library. REGISTRATION is limited with priority given to past participants. Open registration began on Monday, December 14 and closed on Tuesday, January 5.
 


NEIGHBOR NEXT DOOR SERIES
2016-03-31
7:00  pm - 8:30  pm
Age Level: 18 yrs. - And Up

The Alzheimer’s Association of Rochester will offer its popular series of workshops on topics related to Alzheimer’s disease throughout the year.  This month’s topic will be “Legal and Financial Issues.” A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia means many changes. Planning is essential. A lawyer will explain what legal and financial issues to consider and what factors to address as one looks to the future. REGISTRATION begins on Thursday, March 17. Additional sessions will be “Grief and Guilt” on April 28, “The Basics: Understanding Alzheimer's Disease" on May 26, and “Meaningful Activities” on June 30.                                 
 


 


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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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