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Adult Programs

The Making of In This Moment (virtual)
Thursday, June 10, 7:00-8:00 PM
Registration opens May 27 | Register here

A link to the virtual program will be emailed the morning of June 10. Hear from Amanda Chestnut, curator of the In This Moment chapbook series, as she discusses the inspiration and process behind the creation of the ten-part project that culminated in ten teams of Black writers and photographers profiling ten Black leaders from across the city of Rochester. Among those profiled are trumpet player Herb Smith, disabilities advocate Luticha Doucette, and renowned local artist Shawn Dunwoody. This program is co-sponsored by Pittsford Community Library and Penfield Public Library.


Stop Fake News: Responsible Sharing on Social Media (virtual)
Monday, June 14, 2:00-4:00 PM
Registration opens May 31 | Register here

A link to the virtual meeting will be emailed the morning of June 14. Join Miranda Stefano, librarian and information specialist, to discuss the science of misinformation, and how to act intentionally when sharing information online and with others. This presentation will also include activities and examples on spotting misinformation and fake news.


Book Discussion Group: Summer Book Sharing! (virtual)
Thursday, June 17, 2:00-3:30 PM
Registration opens May 20 | Register here

A link to the virtual program will be emailed the morning of June 17. This month we get together to revisit our favorite books of the year so far! Please join us to recommend choice reads to each other. Bring your favorite book (or books) to present/share with the group. No need to prepare anything formal – just a casual sharing of a few of our favorites! Librarians Kim Catalanello and Candice Johnson will co-host.


Born in Babylon (virtual)
Thursday, June 24, 7:15-8:45 PM
Registration opens June 10 | Register here

A link to the virtual meeting will be emailed the morning of June 24. Luticha Doucette with moderator/ITM curator Amanda Chestnut focuses on disabled persons, the in-between and unseen, and how they are often left out of major equity initiatives. Luticha is owner of Catalyst Consulting which helps organizations examine equity across race, gender identity, and disability in policies, practices, procedures, and relationships. This program is co-sponsored by Pittsford Community Library and Penfield Public Library.


Tails & Tales Adult Summer Reading
Tails & Tales: Adult Summer Reading Program
Monday, June 28-Friday, August 6
No registration required

For ages 18+; complete one raffle slip for each book read to be eligible for weekly prizes!


Townwide 4th of July Parade
Saturday, July 3, 10:00 AM
For All Ages

Come join the Penfield Public Library parade contingent as we celebrate! Families and people of all ages are invited. Contact the PPL Library Director at (585) 340-8720 if you are interested in marching with us.


Sweet Bites: A Taste of Poetry (virtual)
Tuesday, July 6, 12:00-1:00 PM
Registration opens June 22 | Register here

Taste the sweetness of poetry! A link to the virtual meeting will be emailed the morning of July 6.


Basics of Organic Composting (virtual)
Tuesday, July 13, 2:00-3:00 PM
Registration opens June 29 | Register here

A link to the virtual meeting will be emailed the morning of July 13. Sue Nelson, a Master Gardener from Cornell Cooperative Extension and a certified Compost Specialist, will show you how to recycle garden waste and kitchen scraps in order to create a healthy environment for all organisms. This helps drive sustainability and production in one’s garden.


Book Discussion Group (virtual)
Thursday, July 15, 2:00-3:30 PM
Registration opens June 17 | Register here

A link to the virtual program will be emailed the morning of July 15. This month’s selection is Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain, led by Lisa Robbins Theuman. Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk or for curbside pickup starting mid-June. Librarians Kim Catalanello and Candice Johnson will co-host.


Living with Black Bears in New York State (virtual)
Tuesday, July 20, 2:00-3:00 PM
Registration opens July 6 | Register here

A link to the virtual meeting will be emailed the morning of July 20. Dr. Paul D. Curtis, Professor of Wildlife Science in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at Cornell University, will explain how the management of black bears in New York State is a success story. During the past decade, populations in the southern part of the state have grown, and bears have expanded their range northward. An abundance of bears in the Adirondacks and northern NYS has remained relatively stable. Bears can now be seen in almost any NYS county, and they are becoming more abundant near suburban communities. Consequently, conflicts between bears and people sometimes occur. Dr. Curtis will touch on bear biology, behavior, and ways to reduce potential human-bear conflicts.


Ninety Feet Under: What Poverty Does to People (virtual)
Thursday, July 29, 7:00-8:30 PM
Registration opens July 15 | Register here

A link to the virtual meeting will be emailed the morning of July 29. A retired math teacher, John Strazzabosco, has mentored, trained mentors, and counseled people who live in poverty in urban Rochester and also rural Kentucky. John will discuss socioeconomic class misunderstanding, language use, chromosomes under attack, trauma-induced hormone problems, and much more. People who live in poverty are under assault from inside and outside. Come find out why.