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Penfield Public Library October Programs

When: Oct. 1-31 2019

Sweet Bites: A Taste of Poetry Over the Lunch Hour
Tuesday, October 1, Noon-1:00 PM
Taste the sweetness of poetry paired with dessert and coffee. Registration is requested but not required.
Health Care Navigator Session
Tuesday, October 1, 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.
Wednesday Teas Book Review
Wednesday, October 2, 1:00-2:00 PM
The “Wednesday Teas” book review series coordinated by Librarian Kim Catalanello is co-sponsored with the Penfield Recreation Department. No registration required.
Reversing Global Warming: Intro to Drawdown
Thursday, October 3, 6:30-8:30 PM
Learn all about Project Drawdown, a scientific study that identified 100 solutions that, combined, could actually reverse global warming by 2050. This is the second introductory session.
Project Drawdown Solutions: Getting Into Action Workshops
Thursdays, October 10, 17, 24, and November 21, 6:00-8:30 PM
Registration opens Thursday, September 29 and it is important that one attend all four sessions as they build upon one another.
James Baldwin’s America
Thursday, September 19, 7:00-8:30 PM
Thursday, November 14, 7:00-8:30 PM
Wednesday, October 16, 7:00-8:30 PM
Thursday, December 12, 7:00-8:30 PM
Registration is full for this four-part series facilitated by St. John Fisher Asst. Professor Kathleen Donovan. This reading and discussion program explores how Baldwin’s early novels, stories, and essays are particularly relevant today and was a grant from Humanities New York. Register early to be sure copies of both Collected Essays and Early Novels and Stories are available.
Mason Jar Lid Pumpkins
Saturday, October 5, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Linda Bowers will show you how to create a decorative pumpkin using mason jar bands, ribbons, and other decorative items. All supplies provided. Registration opens Friday, September 20 and is limited to 15 participants.
Grand Canyon Travelogue
Sunday, October 6, 2:30-3:30 PM
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Grand Canyon by visiting the Northern Rim of the canyon and the stunning national and state parks of Utah. Presenter Christy Simons will also discuss Monument Valley.
Intro to Canva
Monday, October 7, 7:00-8:30 PM
Librarian Stephanie Hranjec will offer a hands-on introductory experience to, a graphic design website. The user chooses from thousands of layouts and starts designing based on drag-and- drop principles. You can change color, text fonts, backgrounds, or add frames, shapes, and above all, enjoy your creativity. Canva is perfect for making beautiful posters, invitations, cards, photo collages, bookmarks, website graphics, and more. The tools can be used for both web and print media. The class will cover the “free” features of the website. Registration is limited to six participants.
Facebook for the Novice User
Monday, October 14, 7:00-8:30 PM
Facebook is the largest social media platform in the world with over 2.4 billion users worldwide. Arthur Catalanello, owner of Arthur Catalanello Consulting and Social Media Manager for the August Group, will present this program. He will demonstrate how to create an account, navigate the site, and interact with friends and businesses on Facebook. Bring your questions.
Book Discussion Group
Thursday, October 17, 7:00-9:00 PM
Penfield Librarian Kim Catalanello hosts the monthly Book Discussion Group meeting. This month's selection is A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles, led by Christina Gutt. Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk beginning September 19. No registration required.
NLM Reading Book Club: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot
Monday, October 21, 7:00-8:30 PM
A book discussion revealing an important medical breakthrough conducted as part of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) All of Us Research Program partnership. Copies of the book and discussion questions will be available at the circulation desk. Registration is limited and opens Friday, September 13.
Microsoft Word
Monday, October 28, 7:00-8:30 PM
This workshop, offered by Librarian Stephanie Hranjec, will introduce you to the newest features of MS Word, including inserting a “live” YouTube or other video into a document, new horizontal/vertical alignment guides, and other great enhancements. Bring your questions and Word techniques to share. Registration opens Monday, October 14; limited to six participants.
James H. Johnson: Architect
Tuesday, October 29, 7:00-8:30 PM
This program is co-sponsored with the Penfield Local History Room and the Penfield Recreation Department. Christopher M. Brandt and Katie Eggers Comeau spent 18 months exploring Rochester architect James H. Johnson’s drawings and slides, interviewing colleagues and family members, and visiting many of his buildings including the Liberty Pole and Mushroom House. Mr. Johnson designed buildings inspired by forms in nature and complex geometry. Registration opens Tuesday, October 15.

Teen Tuesdays
Every Tuesday when school is in session, October 1-29, 2:30-3:30 PM
For Grades 9-12. Meet up with friends after school to socialize and participate in rotating activities! Free snacks are provided by the Friends of PPL. No registration required.
Girls Who Code Club
Information Session: Thursday, October 3, 4:00-4:30 PM
Club Sessions: 9 Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 PM (Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19)
For Grades 6-9. Girls Who Code is an international non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology careers. Led by the Teen Services staff, the PPL GWC Club will work on coding activities and learn about women working in some exciting technology careers.
Hive Alive: The Amazing Honey Bee
Saturday, October 5, 2:00-3:00 PM
For All Ages. Join educators from The Harley School to learn more about the only insect that makes food we eat – the honey bee. Harley has its own hives that are used with students of all ages. Learn interesting facts about honey bees, how they make honey, how it is harvested, and how this is part of the school’s sustainability curriculum. View live bees in an observation hive and much more in a fun presentation that is fascinating for all ages. This program is perfect for the whole family.
Horror In the Library
Friday, October 11, 4:00-5:00 PM
For Grades 6-12. Do you like suspense? Scary stories? Ghosts? Creepy plots? More? Master magician Cris Johnson has created a new program called "Horror In the Library." It's a scary, creepy magic show that highlights the plots of several popular and classic YA/teen horror novels! The magic is in the style of Criss Angel, so it's sure to shock you, scare you, and get you interested in several fun horror books! Come for the creepy magic...stay for the scary books!
Practice SAT Administered by Chariot Learning
Saturday, October 26, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
For Grades 10-12. Take a practice exam under simulated, timed conditions and then discover your score. Bring pencils, a calculator, and snacks if you wish. Registration opens Saturday, October 12.
Making the Most of Your College Tours
Monday, October 28, 7:00-8:00 PM
For High-Schoolers & Parents. Visiting colleges is an important part of the college choice process. Spend an hour learning how to evaluate a school when you are on campus, developing a list of core questions to ask as well as key elements to identify. This program will be presented by College Admissions Consultant Jodi Rosenshein Atkin. Registration opens Monday, October 14.

Hive Alive: The Amazing Honey Bee
Saturday, October 5, 2:00-3:00 PM
For All Ages. Join educators from The Harley School to learn more about the only insect that makes food we eat – the honey bee. Harley has its own hives that students of all ages use. Learn interesting facts about honey bees, how they make honey, how it is harvested, and how this is part of the school’s sustainability curriculum. View live bees in an observation hive and much more, in a fun presentation that is perfect for the whole family.
Library LEGO Lab
Friday, October 11 (Conference Day – no school for K-12), 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. Creations will be photographed then dismantled for our next LEGO Lab!
Penfield Fire Company Is Coming!
Monday, October 14 (Columbus Day – no school for K-12), 10:30-11:15 AM
For Ages 3-10, with an adult. In honor of National Fire Safety Month, the Penfield Fire Company is coming to visit the library! We’ll talk about fire safety, watch the firefighters put on their gear, and meet “Sparky”, the robotic Dalmatian. Then we’ll all go outside to tour the fire engine; children will be able to climb aboard and explore its equipment.
National Pizza Month Celebration*
Monday, October 14 (Columbus Day – no school for K-12), 1:00-2:30 PM
For Grades 1-5. October is also National Pizza Month and we’re going to celebrate with a pizza party! We’ll enjoy some delicious pizza (of course) and then you’ll decorate your very own cloth aprons to take home. Just bring your appetite and imagination and we’ll provide all the rest!
Spooky Halloween Snacks with Liz Bauld, the Storybook Cook
Saturday, October 19, 2:00-3:00 PM
For Grades 1-5. Come make and munch on some boo-licious Halloween treats! Spooky Owl Pretzels, Brownie Bite Witches hats, Apple Slice Monster Mouths, Magic Milk with Wand. All supplies provided. Registration opens Friday, October 4 for residents and October 11 for all others.
Parent-Child Book Group
Thursday, October 24, 6:45-7:30 PM
For Grades 3-5, with a parent. For the October meeting, please read The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry and come prepared to discuss your favorite parts. Led by our children’s librarian, Jennifer Caccavale, the group will meet monthly; our next meeting is Thursday, November 21. Books are available at the circulation desk. No registration required.
Drop-In Saturday Family Story Times
Saturdays, Now-December 21, 10:30-11:00 AM
For toddlers & preschoolers, with an adult Weekly stories, songs, and finger plays. No registration required. (No story times November 9 or 16.)
Crafty Mondays
Mondays, October 28, November 25, December 16, 4:30-5:30 PM
For Grades K-4. Children in kindergarten through 4 th grade will meet for stories and a theme-related craft. Registration opens Monday, October 14.