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Women's Social and Civic Group Has a Literary History
On November 6, 1939, nine women from Penfield gathered together to form the “Friday Club,” taking its name from the day it met. This literary group gathered monthly to discuss books and other cultural topics. The ladies donated books from their own collections and originally set up a lending library in the front room of one of their homes, establishing the groundwork for the development of a public library in Penfield.

On February 25, 1942, Penfield Free Library opened its doors at 811 Liberty Street. In 1949, the library received a full New York State charter and, in 1950, moved to the basement of the old Town Hall, 2131 Five Mile Line Road. In 1952, Penfield Free Library became the first suburban library to join the Monroe County Library System. In September 1985, Penfield Public Library moved to its current location in the Penfield Community Center at 1985 Baird Road, the former Baird Road School. The library underwent a large expansion in fall 2000.

Over the years, Friday Club members have continued to meet to discuss and share opinions on books and current events. Their dedication to the mission and growth of Penfield Public Library has never faltered. They have raised funds to enhance the library experience for all ages with donations to purchase more varied children’s materials, and supplies and equipment for teen programs. Their support has made the library more accessible for those with visibility and mobility challenges.

In recent years, membership has dwindled to the point where the Friday Club is planning to disband. To commemorate its integral part in the success of Penfield Public Library, a plaque will be installed in a place of honor in the library.

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