The Pittsford Community Library, 24 State St., announced its October programs. Visit or call (585) 249-5481 for more information or to register.
Children and families
Baby Story Time: 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays. Introduce a baby to rhymes, songs, fingerplays and board books. For ages 18 months and younger with a caregiver. Drop in. Registration not required.
Toddler Time: 9:15, 10 and 10:45 a.m. on Mondays. Stories, songs and fingerplays make up this 20-minute story time for children 18 months to 3 years old with a caregiver. Drop in. Registration not required. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes on Oct. 29.
Story Time Stars: 10 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Children ages 3-5 can enjoy a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes on Oct. 25-26.
Adults and teens/tweens
The Great American Read Book Discussion — “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith. 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 13. Joseph O’Toole will use selections from the PBS Great American Read to discuss why certain books resonate with readers by examining the merits (and shortfalls) of five novels from the list. How families cope with difficulties will be the unifying theme in this book discussion series. Copies of the upcoming books will be provided at the session before, and any additional copies will be available at the Circulation Desk. This reading and discussion series is made possible through Humanities New York. Registration required. Upcoming series dates include “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck on Nov. 17, “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving, “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Jan. 12, 2019, and “The Joy Luck Club” by Amy Tan on Feb. 23, 2019.
My “Amazing” Uncle Mike: 2 to 3 p.m. on Oct. 14 in the Fisher Meeting Room October is National Family History Month. Join Stephan Clarke, a long-time genealogist, to hear a story based on his genealogical research. He will trace the story of a relative who came to the U.S. in 1895, fought in the Spanish American War, the Philippines Insurrection, the Boxer Rebellion, and chased Pancho Villa along the Mexican border, all before becoming a U.S. citizen. No registration required.
Journey through Southern Sweden: 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 in the Fisher Meeting Room. Travel to Sweden and visit the cities of Stockholm, Göteborg, Malmö, Ystad, and Mar-strand. Some of the places participants will visit in this armchair travelogue presented by Christine Simons include the Drottningholm and Stockholm Palaces, Swedish churches, the Nordic, Vasa and Volvo Museums. No registration required.
Halloween Bash: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 in the Fisher Meeting Room. Join in on some Halloween fun by decorating a pumpkin, indulging in a caramel apple customized at the candy topping bar and by creating a craft. For students in grades six through 12. Registration required.
Savory Food Book Group — “Salt, Sugar, Fat” by Margaret Powell: 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 in the Fletcher Steele Room. Join the Savory Book Group to read and discuss fiction and nonfiction books related to food. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk. No registration required.
Frankenstein Lives! The Continuing Relevance of Mary Shelley’s Shocking Novel: 7 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 16 in the Fisher Meeting Room. Published 200 years ago, Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein” is as “immortal” as any novel can be. Victor Frankenstein and his rejected creation are not that far removed from today’s discussions on fetal tissue research, life-extension and human cloning. This talk will discuss the novel, how it differs significantly from its many film adaptations, as well as the various controversies it has inspired since its original publication in 1818. Presented by Tim Madigan, professor and chair of philosophy at St. John Fisher College. No registration required.
Knitting for Charity: 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 18 in the Fletcher Steele Room. This group is dedicated to producing knitted items to benefit local charity organizations. Basic knowledge of knitting is recommended. Bring knitting needles and yarn. No registration required.
The Fox Sisters and Modern Spiritualism: 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 in the Fisher Meeting Room. In the winter of 1848, the Fox family began to hear mysterious rappings in their new Hydesville home. Maggie and Kate Fox began to communicate with the source of the sounds and went on to become 19th-century celebrities who brought about a new religion in spiritualism. Tracy Murphy, curator and custodian of the Fox Sisters’ Hydesville Memorial Park in Wayne County, will share their story and its connection to modern spiritualist beliefs. No registration required.
Microsoft Word 3.0 — Mailing Labels: 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 in the Learning Center. Prerequisite: Attendance at Word 1.0 or a working knowledge of Microsoft Word.
In this class, participants will learn how to create mailing labels, both return and shipping addresses, using special forms and the mail merge functionality in Word. Registration required.
Teen Community Service: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 23. Need community service credits? PCL wants teen volunteers to help in the library. Students will straighten the Teen Place and help with various other library tasks. For students in grades six through 12. Registration required.
Fabulous Films at the Library: 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 in the Fisher Meeting Room. The film is 106 minutes long and rated PG-13. After Ted Kennedy kills a woman in a car crash, he tries to protect his presidential aspirations by using his family’s political power to control the subsequent scandal. No registration required.
Friday Movie Matinee: 1 p.m. on Oct. 26 in the Fisher Meeting Room. The film is 123 minutes long and rated R. Come and join in celebrating 200 years of Frankenstein with a screening of this gothic monster classic starring Kenneth Branagh, Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter and John Cleese. No registration required.
Tina Turner Knits: Bandana Scarves: 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Oct. 27 in the Fletcher Steele Room. Resident master knitter and teacher Tina Turner will guide participants in a bandana scarf. Free patterns can be downloaded from Choose from: Escarpment Cowl by Shireen Nadir (beginner), On the road of Snowdonia, Bandana Cowl by Camille Coizy Delahaie (intermediate), A Loved Thing by Caitlin ffrench (French) (experienced). Bring needles and yarn according to pattern instructions. Registration required.
Local History — Pittsford’s Cobblestone Academy: 7 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 29 in the Fisher Meeting Room. Join for the history of Pittsford’s Cobblestone Academy and its creator Samuel Lee Crump. Crump came from England to America in 1842, the year the schoolhouse was built. Samuel Crump’s great-great-granddaughter Joni Mack Monroe will be presenting this talk. Refreshments provided by Historic Pittsford. No registration required.