Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Road, recently announced its upcoming programs. For more information, call (585) 340-8720.
Income tax forms available to the public: Sometime in January, the Penfield Public Library expects to make available to the public copies of the basic standard tax forms and publications for federal and state returns. More obscure forms are available over the internet at the library. For assistance, consult the information desk.
Open house for Penfield area preschools: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 13. Representatives from area preschools will be available to chat with parents and provide information about their curriculum and programs. Children are welcome. No registration is required.
New Orleans: More Than Just Mardi Gras: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 14. New Orleans is more than Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street. Those who have an interest in celebrity chefs and their restaurants, great place to hear music, shopping or swamp tours are encouraged to come hear Claire Talbot talk about her trip to New Orleans. Talbot will also bring along a list of book suggestions. Registration is recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.
Book Discussion Group: 7 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 18. Leader is Carolyn Smith. Penfield Librarian Kim Catalanello hosts the monthly Book Discussion Group meeting. This month’s selection is “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles. Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk beginning. No registration is required.
Teen Tuesdays: 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays when school is in session. For grades nine through 12. Drop in to the Braman Room to meet up with old and new friends and participate in different weekly activities. The Friends of Penfield Public Library provide free snacks. Registration is not required. Jan. 2 will be a snow day, ring gear to play outside or if there’s no snow there will be inside activities. Make an infinity scarf or play video games Jan. 9. Jan. 16 is Community Service Day, make dog toys and cat beds for Lollypop Farm. Jan. 23 is Exam Week, study with friends in the Braman Room ”Take a Break Stations.” Jan. 30 is National Puzzle Day, tangram mental challenges and Wii Tetris Party competition.
Middle School Crafternoon — Arm Knit an Infinity Scarf: 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 19. For grades six through eight. Join for the monthly crafternoon program-just for middle schoolers. This month, the group will be trying out arm knitting, and participants should be able to complete an infinity scarf. Yarn is provided. Registration is required and will begin Jan. 5. Limited to 12 participants.
Post election politics: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 21. St. John Fisher College political science professors Wes Renfro and Kathleen Donovan will take stock of the Donald Trump presidency one year and one day after his inauguration and discuss the current political environment, including public opinion and policy impacts. The group will also discuss the ways in which Rochester has been affected by the national climate, and what residents might expect heading into the 2018 midterm elections. Registration is required and will begin Jan. 5, but walk-ins are welcome.