The Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Road, recently announced its programs for December. For more information or to register, call (585) 340-8720, ext. 4020.
Library closings: The Penfield Public Library will be closed Dec. 24-26 for the Christmas holiday and will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve, and will remain closed Jan. 1, 2019, for New Year’s Day.
Reading Power Play — Reading Program: through Jan. 31, 2019. Sponsored by the Amerks. 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 a participant reads, the more chances they have to win. Look for entry boxes near the children’s room and the young adult area.
Holiday concert with Women of Note: 7 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 3. This classy, jazzy and spirited female vocal ensemble who started 22 years ago and who sing standards, sacred, jazz and seasonal music, will get attendees in the holiday mood with their variety of holiday songs. Registration is recommended.
Sweet Bites — A Taste of Poetry over the Lunch Hour: 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. on Dec. 4. In the tradition of an informal literary “salon,” the library is providing an opportunity to taste the sweetness of poetry paired with dessert through four, 55-minute, lunch hour sessions on the first Tuesday of the month of December, February and March and on the second Tuesday of January. Poet and teacher Kathleen Wakefield will read a selection of poems to get attendees thinking about the relation of poetry to the lived life. Participants will be welcome to share their own literary and life experiences as they explore why poetry matters. Dessert and coffee will be provided. Participants may bring their own bag lunch if they wish. Registration is recommended.
Health care navigator session: 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 4. A CCSI certified application counselor will be present to help individuals enroll in health insurance through the New York State of Health Marketplace. Bring ID, previous year’s tax return and Social Security numbers and birth dates for all family members who will be enrolling. All appointments are scheduled by calling (585) 613-7662.
Wednesday Teas Book Review: 1 to 2 p.m. on Dec. 5. The Wednesday Teas book review with Penfield Librarian Kim Catalanello is co-sponsored with the Penfield Recreation Department. No registration required.
Reading Power Play — Amerk Visit: 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 6. Registration is open. Come meet one of the Rochester Amerks and their moose mascot The player will read a hockey story, give a demonstration of hockey uniforms and equipment, answer audience questions and give autographs. There will be a trivia game where kids can win Amerks memorabilia and each family that attends the appearance will be entitled to one free voucher to an Amerks game.
Gingerbread House — Parent and Child Workshop: 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. or 2 to 3:45 p.m. on Dec. 8. For grades one through five with an adult. Registration is open for town/school district residents and will open Nov. 30 for all others. Participants need to bring a can of creamy white frosting and a box of plain gourmet crackers — Wegmans brand works well. The library will provide instruction, all the candy trim and a sturdy box to transport creations safely home.
Teen Tuesdays: 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays. For grades nine through 12. Meet up with friends after school to enjoy various activities. No registration required. Dec. 4 and 11 will be do-it-yourself gift making and Dec. 18 will be an interactive viewing of “Elf.”
Girls Who Code: 4 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 5, 12 and 19. For grades six through 12. This session began in September and is not accepting new participants, but email librarian Lyla Grills at if interested in a future 10-15 week session. Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. The program will help girls use computer science to impact their community and join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models.
Crafty Thursday: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 13. For grades K-4. Registration is open. Stories and a theme-related craft are the story of the day.
Middle School Crafternoon — DIY Gift Making: 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 14. For grades six through eight. Homemade gifts are the best. The library will have at least three different gifts to choose from; make one or make them all. Registration is limited to 12 participants and will open Nov. 30.
Holiday Craft — No-Sew Quilted Ornaments: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 15. Learn how to create a holiday ornament that resembles a sewn quilt by folding squares of material and pinning them to a Styrofoam ball. Linda Bowers will be the instructor. Registration will begin Nov. 30 and is limited to 15 students.
Parent/Child Book Group: 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 20. For children in grades three through five, accompanied with a parent. For the next book club evening, bring along a favorite book to share with the group. The group will enjoy some special treats and get into a festive spirit. The next formal book group meeting will meet Thursday, Jan. 24. The book selected will be revealed at the December meeting. No registration required.
December Book Discussion Group: 7 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 20. December can be busy. This month, the group will get together to revisit favorite books of the year, recommend choice reads to each other and enjoy some holiday treats. Bring a favorite book(s) to share with the group; there is no specific book selected for discussion. No registration required.
Library Lego Lab: 2 to 3:15 p.m. on Dec. 27. For children ages 6-11 years old. Come join other Lego fans for the Library Lego Lab. The library will provide all the Legos; bring the imagination. Registration will begin Dec. 13 for Penfield town or school district residents; Dec. 20 for all others.
Doll’s Winter Tea Party: 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 28. For children in grades K-5. Attendees and their favorite doll are invited to a “fancy” winter tea party. The group will enjoy sweet refreshments, make a craft and talk about their dolls. Dress up — and the doll, too — in favorite “party clothes” to be ready to stroll down the red carpet. Registration will begin Dec. 14 for Penfield town or school district residents; Dec. 21 for all others.
New Year’s Eve Family Game Day: 2 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 31. For ages 4 and older, must be accompanied by an adult. Children younger than 4 will be unable to attend the program. Ring in 2019 with a rousing family game. Prizes and refreshments. Registration will begin Dec. 17 for Penfield town or school district residents; Dec. 21 for all others.
Great Decisions 2019: 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Jan. 28 to March 25, 2019. Registration is limited with priority given to past participants. Open registration will begin Dec. 10 and will close Jan. 4, 2019. This discussion program in conjunction with the Foreign Policy Association will focus on U.S. foreign policy. This year’s topics will include refugees and global migration; the U.S.’ relationship with Mexico; U.S.-China trade conflict; and the rise of populism in Europe. Participants will be notified when the briefing books — $26 — become available at the library circulation desk for pick-up and purchase. Snow date will be April 1, 2019.