Kids Events, Workshops, Literary Events, Lectures, Art Events

Penfield Library January Programs

When: Jan. 2-31 2020

Your Health for 2020
Saturday, January 4, 10:30-11:30 AM
Functional Health Coach Debbie Waidl will offer ten simple changes to make your overall health vision a reality. Learn how to eat whole foods, find the right exercise for you, evaluate your sleep habits, learn strategies to deal with stress, and implement fun in your day.
Sweet Bites: A Taste of Poetry Over the Lunch Hour
Tuesday, January 7, Noon-1:00 PM
Taste the sweetness of poetry paired with dessert and coffee! Registrationd is requested, but not required.
Health Care Navigator Session
Tuesday, January 7, 4:30-8:00 PM
Call (585) 613-7662 to register and find out what to bring. Get help from a certified counselor at CCSI to enroll in the NY State of Health Marketplace.
Income Taxes and You!
Thursday, January 9, 7:00-8:00 PM
We survived the major changes to 2018 taxes and yet there are still more changes and notifications. Please join Sue DeVuyst of Penfield’s Block Advisors (H&R Block) office to find out what is new and get YOUR questions answered.
Book Talk & Signing – "The Beatles, The Bible and Manson: Reflecting Back with 50 Years’ Perspective" By Tim and Deb Smith
Sunday, January 12, 2:30-4:00 PM
The authors retell the story of the Manson Family, a desert commune and cult active in California in the late 1960s and early 70s led by Charles Manson. The Smiths take a unique approach to analyzing how Charles Manson used the lyrics of the Beatles and the verses of the Bible to weave a philosophical tapestry which managed to manipulate his family of believers into thinking their crimes were part of God’s work to initiate the course of racial and social upheaval that he called “Helter Skelter.” Copies of the book will be available for sale ($19.95 - paperback) and autographing.
Book Discussion Group
Thursday, January 16, 7:00-9:00 PM
Penfield Librarian Kim Catalanello hosts the monthly Book Discussion Group meeting. This month's selection is Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, led by Carolyn Scott. Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk. No registration required.
Walking the Coast of Portugal
Sunday, January 19, 2:30-3:30 PM
Join veteran traveler Diane Zielinski as she describes her October, 2019 visit to Portugal – still an undiscovered jewel of Europe. See the tourist sites of Lisbon, the gorgeous city of Porto, and the pristine sea coast of Spain’s smaller neighbor where she spent several days walking to her destination in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Great Decisions 2020
Mondays, January 27-March 23, 7:00-8:30 PM or Thursdays, January 30-March 26, 2:00-3:30 PM
This discussion program in conjunction with the Foreign Policy Association focuses on U.S. foreign policy. This year’s topics include: climate change, India and Pakistan, U.S. relations with the Northern Triangle, and China’s involvement with Latin America. Participants will be notified when the briefing books ($26.00) will be available at the circulation desk for pick-up and purchase. No sessions on February 17 or 20; snow dates will be March 30 and April 2. Registration is limited with priority given to past participants. Open registration begins on Monday, December 9 and closes on Monday, January 6.

Teen Nintendo Game Party
Thursday, January 2, 2:00-3:30 PM
For Grades 6-12
Got cabin fever? Energy to burn? Bring your best moves to the track, gym, ring, and water with dozens of different games everyone will enjoy in “Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020”! Show off your style with the new “Just Dance 2020” as well! We’ll have free snacks and drinks to keep you fueled up plus prizes for all contestants. Co-sponsored by Penfield Recreation and the Friends of Penfield Public Library.
Teen Tuesdays
Every Tuesday when school is in session: January 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2:30-4:00 PM
For teens. Teen Tuesdays are held every Tuesday when school is in session. Video games, board games, arts, and crafts are set up. Drop in to meet up with some old or new friends. Free snacks, too, provided by the Friends of PPL. No registration required.
Homeschool Writing Club – Info Session & First Meeting
Wednesday, January 8, 10:30-11:30 AM
For Grades 6-12. Get the scoop on this fun club, led by writer Dani Galens and librarian Lyla Grills. Writing experience is not required. This club will be held on the second Wednesday of each month.
Hand Bookbinding Art Class with Laura Jackett
Monday, January 20, 2:00-3:30 PM
For Grades 6-12. Learn the art of creating your own bound book.
Practice ACT
Saturday, January 25, 10 AM-2 PM
For Grades 10-12. Proctored by Chariot Learning. Take a practice exam under simulated, timed conditions and then discover your score. Bring number 2 pencils, a calculator, and snacks if you wish.

Reading Power Play: Reading Program Sponsored by the Amerks
November, 2019-January, 2020
For Grades K-12. For every three books you read, you are entitled to enter the county-wide Amerks contest. Two grand prize-winners (one for grades K-5, one for grades 6-12) will receive box tickets to a February, 2020 Amerks game, a catered dinner in the President’s Lounge at the Blue Cross Arena that evening, and the chance to participate in the ceremonial dropping of the puck. The more you read, the more chances you have to win. Look for entry boxes near the children’s room in late November.
Open House for Penfield Area Preschools
Saturday, January 11, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Representatives from area preschools will be available to chat with parents and provide information about their curriculum and programs. Children are welcome; no registration required.
Mama Goose on the Loose* with Meredith Stockman-Broadbent
Saturday, January 18, 10:30-11 AM
For Ages 1-6, with caregiver. “Mama Goose on the Loose” is a great way to have fun with your child and enjoy great music. Come sing along to live piano and guitar songs – and fun finger play songs, too.
Magic Show with Chris Wilkinson*
Monday, January 20 (no school), 11-11:45 AM
For Ages 4+ (children under 7 must be with an adult) We are delighted to welcome back Chris Wilkinson, The Magic Guy! Don’t miss his fun-filled, hilarious magical extravaganza, which is sure to astound, amuse, and confuse.
Drop-In Saturday Family Story Times
Saturdays, January 25-May 16, 10:30-11 AM
For toddlers & preschoolers, with an adult. Weekly stories, songs, and finger plays. No registration required. (No story times February 1, March 7, April 4, or May 9 due to other fun children’s programming.)
Library LEGO Lab*
Monday, January 27 (no school), 2:00-3:15 PM
For Ages 6-11. Do you love to build with LEGOs? Come join other LEGO fans for our Library LEGO Lab! We’ll provide all the LEGOs, you bring your imagination. Registration required.
K-4 Crafty Fun Days
Wednesday, Jan. 29, Feb. 26, Mar. 25, & Apr. 29, 4:15-5:15 PM
For Grades K-4. Children in kindergarten through 4th grade will meet for stories and a theme-related craft. Registration required. Please register separately for each individual date; online registration is available.
Parent-Child Book Group*
Thursday, January 30, 6:45-7:30 PM
For Grades 3-5, with a parent. For the January meeting, please read Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein and come prepared to discuss your favorite parts. Led by our children’s librarian, Jennifer Caccavale, the group will meet monthly. Books are available at the circulation desk. No registration required.
Registration for Penfield Public Library Story Times Registration for story time begins Thursday, January 2 for Penfield town and school district residents. Register online or by phone at 340-8720. Walk-ins welcome.
*Please note: due to the volume of calls the first day of registration, we may experience phone difficulties. All others may register Thursday, January 9.
*We reserve the right to cancel a story time if fewer than ten children register for it.
Baby Story Time
Fridays, 10-10:30 AM (February 7-April 17)
For infants & pre-walkers. A session of stories, songs, and finger plays. (No story times February 21 or April 10; siblings welcome.)
Wee Walkers Play Time
Fridays, 11:30 AM-12:15 PM (February 7-April 17)
For ages 12-23 months, with a caregiver. Enjoy some play time and socialization with your child through stories, songs, and rhymes that stimulate your child’s growing mind. Siblings welcome. (No play time February 21 or April 10.)
Terrific Twos
Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays, 9:40-10:05 AM January 28-May 4
For two-year-olds, with a caregiver. A weekly session of stories, songs, and finger plays. A parent or caregiver must attend with the child; siblings welcome. (No story times on Mondays – February 17 or April 6; Tuesdays – February 18 or April 7; or Wednesdays – February 19 or April 8.)
Wednesday Preschool *(New Class) Wednesdays, 10:30-11:00 AM (January 22-April 22)
For ages 3-5 who are able to attend without an adult A weekly session of stories, songs, and finger plays. (No story times February 19 or April 8.)