The Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Road, announced its November Programs. For more information or to register, visit or call (585) 340-8720.
Library closings: The Penfield Public Library will be closed Nov. 9 for staff training and will also be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22 and will close at 5 p.m. on Nov. 21.
Wycinanki craft: 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 1. Linda Bowers will help attendees create a Thanksgiving table decoration — a layered decorative fowl to be mounted on cardstock. Participants will use color paper and an Exacto knife to create wycinanki, the Polish word for paper-cut design. Registration is limited to 15.
Paddington Bear is coming to the library: 11 a.m. to noon or 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. on Nov. 3. For ages 3-8, accompanied by an adult. Children younger than 3 are welcome to meet Paddington but will be unable to attend the program. Registration is open for Penfield town or school district residents; Oct. 26 for all others.
You can also meet Paddington: 4 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 2. Children of all ages welcome. Child must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.
Alex Sanchez author visit: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 4. In honor of National Novel Writing Month. For teens and adults. Alex Sanchez is the acclaimed and inspiring author of eight novels from Simon and Schuster, including the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults “Rainbow Boys” and Lambda Award-winning “So Hard to Say.” Come meet Sanchez, hear about his journey as an author and pick up some tips for writing a story. Registration is encouraged.
Patenting Tips to Effectively Patent Your Invention: 7 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 6. Dave Bassett, president of IP Bassett Strategies, will discuss trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and patents to protect intellectual property. This session is co-sponsored with the Penfield Business Community. Registration is open.
Little Maker Mondays: 2 to 2:45 p.m. on Nov. 5 and 19. For children ages 3-5, who are able to attend without a parent/caregiver. Two “maker-spaces” to encourage young learners to explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The library will share a story and have hands-on activities using, Fiddle Sticks, Kaleido Gears or jumbo Magnet Tiles. Session is limited to eight children and participants must register separately for each makerspace. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library. Registration is open.
Wednesday Teas Book Review: 1 to 2 p.m. on Nov. 7. The “Wednesday Teas” book review with Penfield Librarian Kim Catalanello is co-sponsored with the Penfield Recreation Department. This month library staff will be offering book reviews. No registration required.
Thanksgiving Day Trivia: 7 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 7. Perk up the conversation at this year’s holiday meal with some little-known facts about the Thanksgiving holiday. Many of the time-honored traditions of Thanksgiving are not related to the Pilgrims but are from some surprising sources. Join presenter Jack Kowiak for a presentation about Thanksgiving. Registration is open.
Teen Tuesdays: 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays. Meet up with friends after school to enjoy a variety of activities. No registration required. For grades nine through 12. Nov. 6 is Election Day; taste test and vote for favorite snacks. Nov. 13 is wire wrapped crystal necklaces. Nov. 20 is readers’ theater; the group will read the script of a short play out loud and then have Thanksgiving desserts. Nov. 27 is movie matinee with free popcorn.
Girls Who Code: 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, except Nov. 14. For grades six through 12. This club, which began in September, is not accepting new participants, but email librarian Lyla Grills at to participate in a future 10-15-week session.
Beginning Microsoft Excel: 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 7. This hands-on class will introduce some of the basic features of Microsoft’s spreadsheet program. Registration is open.
Advanced Linkedin: 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 8. Arthur Catalanello, owner of Arthur Catalanello Consulting and social media strategist for The August Group, will present Advanced LinkedIn. Attendees are assumed to have completed Intro to Linkedin or have beginner-level experience. The instructor will cover LinkedIn’s search feature to find connections and jobs, publishing content through LinkedIn, managing settings and tips for organizing a profile. Note: attendees are welcome to bring laptops/tablets but technical support will not be provided by the presenter. Registration is limited to 60.
Nutcracker story time: 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Nov. 10. For ages 3-10, accompanied by an adult
Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy are returning to the library. The Rochester City Ballet company members will appear in full costume to read the tale of Clara and her Nutcracker, act out some of their roles and will be available for questions and photos after the reading. Registration will begin Oct. 26 for Penfield town or school district residents; Nov. 2 for all others.
Vikings in Sodus Bay: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 11. Joseph O’Toole, director of the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum, will present a short history outlining the Norse “discovery” of the New World. For many years, people believed that Christopher Columbus was the first European to set foot in the New World. However, in 1960, the discovery of remains of a Norse settlement in New Foundland changed what we knew about the European exploration of America. Registration will begin Oct. 26.
Tales for Tails: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 12. For ages 3 and older and their families. Children 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Come read to therapy dogs from Tales for Tails. These specially trained dogs are gentle and great listeners. Drop in; no registration required.
Introduction to canva: 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 12. Librarian Stephanie Hranjec will offer a hands-on introductory experience to, a graphic design website. The user chooses among thousands of layouts and starts designing based on drag-and-drop principle. Participants can change color, text fonts, backgrounds or add frames, shapes and above all enjoy their creativity. Canva is recommended for making posters, invitations, cards, photo collages, bookmarks and website graphics. The tools can be sued for both web and print media design and graphics. The class will cover the “free” features of the website. Registration will begin Oct. 29
Intermediate Microsoft Excel: 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 14. This hands-on class will show participants how to use simple formulas, freeze panes, add headers and footers, and use autofill to improve a spreadsheet. Registration will begin Oct. 31.
Autumn in New Brunswick: 7 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 13. Visit the Maritime province of New Brunswick. See Campobello Island where President and Mrs. Franklin Roosevelt had their summer home. Enjoy the seaside town of St. Andrews, and, the famous Hopewell Rocks along the Bay of Fundy. Librarian Christy Simons will be the guide. Registration will begin Oct. 30.
Crafty Thursday: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 15. Stories and a theme-related craft for children in kindergarten through fourth grade will meet. Registration will begin Nov. 1.
Book Discussion Group — “Free Range Poetry”: 7 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 15. This month, the theme will be “free range poetry:” poems that travel widely the pastures, rivers, deserts, and mountains of the heart, exploring quiet inner moments to those that “strike” the reader, as Frost says, “as if he has taken a mortal wound.” These poems range from heartland to coast, across continents, and through time, from Ancient Rome to the present day. Bring openness and free-ranging thoughts to the discussion. Poetry packets will be provided in advance at the October Book Discussion. No registration required.
Middle school games and snacks: 4 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 16. For grades six through eight. Start out the weekend by meeting up with old and new friends to enjoy board and video games and free snacks. No registration required.
Conversation on Democracy Post Midterm Election: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 18. Professors Kathleen Donovan and Sebastian Lazardeux from the political science department at St. John Fisher College will discuss the outcome of the 2018 midterms. It will be part talk, part Q&A and part discussion.Registration will begin Nov. 8.
“Alexander Hamilton: The Man”: 7 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 19. Learn all about Alexander Hamilton, the statesman, prior to the Broadway show coming to Rochester in April 2019. Ron Mitchell, Life Coach, who has an avid interest in history, will delve into the biography “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow and present interesting facts about the father of the U.S. Treasury. Registration will begin Nov. 5.
Personal safety and self defense: 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 23. For grades seven through 12. Welcome April McCloud back to present another empowering yet fun workshop for teens. Participants will learn how to protect themselves through practical tips and hands-on self-defense techniques. Awareness and some preparation can make a difference in a dangerous situation. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and come ready to learn new skills. Registration will begin Nov. 9.
Parent/child Book Group: 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 29. For the November meeting, read “Number the Stars” by Lois Lowry and come prepared to discuss favorite parts. Lead by children’s librarian, Jennifer Caccavale, the group will meet monthly. Registration is not required. There will be a special gathering on Dec. 20 with more details to follow, and the next formal book group meeting is Jan. 24, 2019.
Crafternoon wire-wrapped crystal necklaces: 4 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 30. For grades six through eight. Learn the technique to make a crystal pendant. Wear it or give it as a gift this holiday season. All supplies are provided. Registration will begin Nov. 16. Limited to 12.
Reading Power Play: Reading Program sponsored by the Amerks: November through January 2019. For grades K-12. For every three books a participant reads, they are entitled to enter the countywide Amerks contest. Two grand prize winners — one for grades K-5, the other for grades six through 12 — will receive box tickets to a February 2019 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 participants, read the more chances they have to win. Look for entry boxes near the children’s room beginning Nov. 2.
Film showing — “War Horse”: 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 29. Touchstone Home Entertainment, 2011, 126 minutes long and rated PG-13. To celebrate the centennial of World War I, “War Horse” is the story of Albert who enlists to serve in WWI after his beloved horse Joey is sold to the cavalry. The film, based on Joe Morpurgo’s novel, stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Emily Watson and is directed by Steven Spielberg. Registration will open Nov. 15.