1985 Baird Road, Penfield, NY 14526
(585) 340-8720
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday: CLOSED
We’re reopening Monday, July 13.  Library materials must still be returned to our outdoor book drop.

Penfield Public Library is offering limited curbside pick-up services beginning Monday, July 13.

How Curbside Pick-Up Works

  • Hours of service: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 1 PM-4 PM; Wednesday, 3 PM-6 PM.
  • Call (585) 340-8720 to submit a request for items (no more than ten items at a time, please) and to schedule a day for pick-up, either the same day, if the request reaches us early enough, or the next day.  You may also submit a request using our online form.
  • You may claim your items at any time during the range of pick-up hours on the day you chose for pick-up.  Items not picked up will be returned to the shelves.
  • To pick up your requested items, come into the lobby of the Community Center wearing a mask and identify yourself to the staff member stationed there.  Your requested materials will be placed on the table for you to claim.


We are unable to accept book donations until further notice – please do not leave your donations outside. Thank you!


Teen Writing

Teen Summer Writing Club

Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21, & 28 from 3:00-4:00 PM

For grades 7-10. “Imagine Your Story” in this Teen Writing Group led by writer and library aide Dani Galens and YA librarian Lyla Grills. You will create two characters and take them on a different adventure every week! During our virtual meetings, we will brainstorm different situations for the characters. Read more & register



Imagine Your Story virtually with the ScienceTellers:

“Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress”

Friday, July 17 from 11:00-11:45 AM (via Facebook)

For children going into grades K-5; no registration required. “Long, long ago, two kids go on a daring adventure to find a dragon and save the kingdom from the Ice Sorceress. When things don’t go as planned, however, they must turn to themselves (and to science) for the answer. A fun fantasy adventure with dry ice effects.”


Womba Africa Drumming

Imagine Your Story virtually with WOMBA Africa

Friday, July 17 from 11:00-11:45 AM (via Facebook)

For children of all ages & their families. Come hear wonderful stories, African drumming, and get ready to dance and laugh as WOMBA Africa performs an entertaining show full of musical talents! “WOMBA” means “we are coming”. Imagine your story by dancing along with WOMBA Africa!


Benjamin Berry

Circus for All!

Wednesday, July 29 from 3:00-4:00 PM

For grades 6-12. You may remember Benjamin Berry from his Hoop Dance program two years ago! In this program, he will share his expertise of object manipulation circus arts, highlighting the accessibility and inclusivity of the circus community. Participants will also be educated about the physical, emotional, and social benefits of circus arts, and learn some DIY circus arts they can do at home. Learn more & register


Bubblemania with Doug

Reading Game Celebration with BubbleMania

Monday, August 10 from 7:00-8:00 PM (virtually; registration required)

For reading game participants only. We’ll celebrate the end of our summer reading program in a grand finale of fun, excitement, and laughter with BubbleMania! Bubble man Doug Rougeux will entertain us with his amazing soap bubble artistry that will keep you mesmerized as he creates fantastic bubble sculptures! Coming to you virtually from the Penfield Community Center. Register here


Story Time

Summer Family Story Time – Virtual Story Time

Join us for virtual preschool storytime. Enjoy books, songs, fingerplays and fun with Mrs. Carpenter. Register to receive a link to a short virtual storytime video clip each week on Monday mornings, June 29 – August 10. Though 10:00-10:30 AM is listed as the scheduled program time, the video link will be posted for you to watch at your leisure!

Access on Demand

New On-Demand Video Streaming Services

Penfield Public Library is proud to now offer access to Access Video on Demand: Master Collection and Access Video on Demand: Just for Kids to our patrons! Find out more about all the options available to you and your family through this platform.


Mobile Hotspot

Mobile Hotspots Available at PPL

If you’re in need of wifi, a limited quantity of mobile hotspots are available at the PPL for check-out and curbside pick-up!


Healthcare Navigator Session

Need Health Insurance?

CCSI’s Navigator and ABD Facilitated Enrollers are working remotely and can help you apply for health insurance over the phone for free! Navigators assist those up to age 65 with applying for health insurance (call 585.613.7662, remain on the line, and you will be assisted to schedule an appointment for a navigator to call you back). ABD Facilitated Enrollers assist those over age 65, blind, or disabled to apply for Medicaid programs (call 585.613.7662, press #3 to leave an message, and an FE will call you back). This program serves Monroe and Livingston Counties.


Reopening to the Public

Our services and hours are limited. Please see this infographic to learn the services we will offer and the cooperation we will need from our visitors to insure staff and patron safety.

Changes to Item Due Dates

All items charged to your account as of Sunday, June 7 have a due date of Wednesday, July 1. Beginning Monday, June 8, all items checked out from Penfield Public Library via curbside pick-up will have “normal” due dates. For instance, if you check out a book from PPL on June 8, that book will be due back in three weeks. In the same way, if you check out a DVD from PPL on June 8, that DVD will be due back in one week.

Our outdoor bookdrop remains open 24/7, so you may return your items at your leisure. Please keep track of your items’ due dates as we transition back to normal operating due dates.

Items returned to PPL via our bookdrop undergo a mandatory quarantine period that requires a minimum of 72 hours to complete, after which your items will be discharged from your account. You will not be charged overdue fees for the days your items are in quarantine even if your account lists those items as overdue.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above, please feel free to call us during hours of service at 340-8720. Thank you!


Imagine Your Story

2020 Summer Reading Program

For Children:
This summer we’re offering online reading game registration for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Your child must be registered in order to pick up materials curbside at Penfield Public Library. Penfield Public Library has purchased access to the READsquared App to make registering and logging information easier! Search your Google Play Store or App Store for the READsquared App and install on your phone. Once installed, search for Penfield Public Library and you can begin. View more details, including pick-up times for reading game materials, in our children’s flier.
For Teens:
Writing club, author visit, circus – find out about the cool virtual programs we’re having for teens in our teen flier!
For Adults:
For every book you read beginning June 29, fill out an entry slip for a chance to win a prize. Details on how to submit your entries will be released at a later time. Meanwhile, you can view and print the entry slip to fill out at home, or wait until we release submission information to complete your entries.


You Brought Me the Ocean

Author Visit with Alex Sanchez

Wednesday, July 15 from 3:00-4:00 PM

For grades 8-12. Alex Sanchez is the author of numerous teen books including the groundbreaking Rainbow Boys series and, most recently, his first graphic novel You Brought Me the Ocean, which features a gay teen superhero from the DC Universe! Alex’s presentations are always upbeat and inspiring as he speaks about overcoming challenges, being true to yourself, and helping to make a better world. Read more & register


Beauty Beast

Imagine Your Story virtually with Omnipresent Puppet Theater:

“Beauty and the Beast”

Friday, July 24 from 11:00-11:45 AM (via Facebook)

For children of all ages & their families. A selfish prince is cursed by a witch to remain a beast until he can learn to love and be loved in return. After he imprisons a miller who stumbles upon his castle, the miller’s feisty daughter agrees to stay at the castle to win her father’s freedom. During her stay, they grow closer as she gradually melts his icy heart. A classic tale re-told in Omnipresent’s fast-paced, comic style. After the show, stay tuned for a puppet demonstration.


Scott Gibala-Broxholm

Imagine Your Story virtually with Scott Gibala-Broxholm:

“Drawing Your BFFs (Beast Fantasy Friends)”

Friday, July 31 from 11:00-11:30 AM (via Facebook)

For children entering grade 2 and up. Grab your magic wand (a.k.a. pencil) and join illustrator Scott Gibala-Broxholm as he shows you how to draw fantasy creatures from fairy tales, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and more!


Census Fact

The 2020 Census

Please don’t forget to respond to the 2020 Census, as this data will directly affect how resources are allocated throughout our communities. More information about the census, including how your information is kept secure, can be found here. Thank you for taking an interest and active part in the future of our community!



BookBrowse: Your Guide to Exceptional Books

Penfield Public Library now offers our members free access to BookBrowse.com, a leading book recommendation and review website. BookBrowse believes that the very best books entertain, uplift, and educate. They wrap us in their world, giving us a window into the lives of others or a mirror to reflect on ourselves. These are the books you’ll find on BookBrowse.

Some of BookBrowse’s content is publicly available, but many premium features are accessible only by subscription. Library patrons can now use their library card to access members-only content!


Did you know that whenever you shop on Amazon, you can benefit the library at the same time? Log into smile.amazon.com. You will be prompted to select a benefitting organization. We hope you’ll choose Penfield Public Library. You may then shop as usual and 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible items will be donated to your designated nonprofit organization!


Wireless Access
We now offer wireless printing! Whether inside or outside the library, just go to http://www.printeron.net/ppl/main , upload your document, then pick it up using our document station. Our station will remember your document for 3 days.  The cost is 15¢ per black and white side and $1.00 per color side.


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