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80th Anniversary Celebration
Penfield Public Library 80th Anniversary Celebration
September 18-23


Instagram Challenge for All Ages
The grand opening of the Penfield Library was held on February 25, 1942 in a tiny house on Liberty Street.

Penfield has certainly grown since then. Whether it is a building of historical significance, the Little League baseball field, or the scenic hiking trails of Channing Philbrick Park, there are many special places we share.

For our Instagram challenge, take up to five pictures of yourself, a friend, or a family member holding a library book in front of a favorite location in Penfield. Post your picture to #penfieldlibrarycelebrates80 anytime during the month of September.

Prizes will be awarded for the following:
  • Best photography
  • Most interesting location
  • Most unique use of book in photo
No registration required for this special month-long event. The Library will have the right to reproduce submitted photos to post or share with community members.

Family Celebration: Story Laurie on the Lawn
1:30-3:00 PM | Sunday, September 18
For kids of all ages & family | No registration required

Award-winning children's performer Story Laurie brings her rollicking fun family concert of tales and tunes to the Penfield Public Library as part of the library's 80th anniversary celebration. Come enjoy the show and you will see why Story Laurie was named "Best Children's Performer" by Hudson Valley Magazine.

Special anniversary treats and activities for all ages begin at 1:30; concert begins at 2:00. Bring folding chairs or blankets. If raining, the concert will take place inside the Community Center.

80th Anniversary Book Discussion: A Forger's Life by Sarah Kaminsky
2:00-3:30 PM | Thursday, September 22
For adults | Register here

Join Library Trustee Judie Marinucci and PPL librarians for a lively discussion of Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger's Life by Sarah Kaminsky. The gripping true story of a life-long forger working for the French Resistance and the clandestine organizations, as told to his daughter. At the age of seventeen, Adolfo Kaminsky had narrowly escaped deportation to Auschwitz and was living in Nazi-occupied Paris, using forged documents to hide in plain sight. Due to his expert knowledge of dyes and his ability to masterfully reproduce official documents, he soon became the primary forger for the Resistance in Paris, saving an estimated 14,000 men, women, and children from certain death.

Copies of the book will be available four weeks prior to the meeting. Light refreshments will be served!

80th Anniversary Movie Night: Casablanca
6:30 PM | Thursday, September 22
For adults | Register here

Academy Award winners Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman light up the screen in one of the most enduring romances in movie history - Casablanca. Rick Blaine owns a nightclub in Vichy-controlled Casablanca, frequented by refugees desperate to escape German domination. Despite the ever-resent human misery, Rick manages to remain uninvolved in World War II now raging across Europe and North Africa. But all that changes when Ilsa Lund walks through the front door of Rick's club - Rick must now choose between a life with the woman he loves or becoming the hero that both she and the world need.

80th Anniversary Celebration Afternoon Tea Party
2:00-3:30 PM | Friday, September 23
For adults | Register here

The Penfield Friday Club was formed by nine women who first met in 1939 as a social and literary group. The club was the nucleus of the group which met in 1941 to form the Penfield Free Library. Join current Penfield Friday Club members and library staff as we celebrate the founding of the Penfield Public Library in February, 1942. See photos of the first members who were responsible for starting our library. Enjoy tea, scones, and lively conversation. Live music will be presented by our talented library staff members, Mary Catherine Pietropaoli and Rigel Eklund.