|1985 Baird Road, Penfield, NY 14526
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Wednesday: 1 PM – 7 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 2 PM
We have been open since July 13, 2020. Library materials must still be returned to our outdoor book drop.
How Curbside Pick-Up Works
Effective Thursday, September 10, donations will be accepted at the back of the library (door next to trailer) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Donors should ring the doorbell to alert Sorting Room staff to their presence. Donations must be put into the custody of Sorting Room staff, not just dropped off.
PPL Teen Book Reviews
Teen volunteers review YA books for the PPL community and beyond. Check it out here!
Journaling during COVID-19
Think back on how the pandemic changed every aspect of your life over the past year. Would you like the opportunity to collect these reflections in a book that you can share with family and friends?
If so, here is your chance. Children’s author and occupational therapist Jeanmarie Courtney has prepared a COVID-19 Journal which you can download from her website: https://JNCourtneyPublications.com. Feel free to download your copy of My Survivor’s Story/History of the COVID-19 Pandemic 2019-2020 and record your own feelings. See the sample copy on display and feel free to pick up a bookmark too.
Jeanmarie invites you to participate in this special project throughout February and March until its conclusion on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
Based on public response, the Penfield Public Library may offer a journaling program.
Winter/Spring PPL Smart Beginnings Storytimes (virtual)
Registration for our virtual story times by our children’s librarians is open! Register online or by phone at 340-8720. Enjoy some at-home bonding with your child through stories, songs, and rhymes that stimulate your child’s growing mind! All classes will receive a video link once a week through April 3, 2021.
Baby Storytime: Monday-Saturday, infants & pre-walkers
Wee Walkers: Monday-Saturday, ages 12-23 months
Terrific Twos: Monday-Saturday, ages 24-36 months
Preschool Story Time: Monday-Saturday, ages 3-5
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.
Friends of the PPL Book Sale
The Friends of the Penfield Public Library is pleased to announce that their Used Book Display is not only open but has been enlarged to include more fiction, a shelf with children’s books, and another shelf with young adult books.
With the Friends’ annual September sale having to be canceled because of COVID-19, we hope that you will visit the display often!
Located on the walls behind the copier, the books are available during library hours.
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 Foundation. You may then shop as usual and 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible items will be donated to your designated nonprofit organization!
“The Library is accessible to all, including those patrons with sensory or mobility challenges. We offer devices and installations to assist challenged patrons to enjoy our programs and services. To find out more, visit the Library or call (585) 340-8720.”
You’ll be the first to know about upcoming programs at Penfield Public Library when you subscribe to our monthly library program email newsletter. Every issue contains a link to register for programs online.
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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 ensure staff and patron safety.
Returning Your Items
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 have transitioned back to normal operation 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!
Exploring Mars (virtual)
Tuesday, March 9 from 3:00-4:00 PM
A link to the virtual program will be emailed the morning of March 9. For over a century, Mars has teased us with the possibility of life beyond Earth. In this profusely illustrated talk, Steve Fentress, Director of the Strasenburgh Planetarium at RMSC, will capture the past, present, and future of humanity’s fascination with the “Red Planet”. Includes the latest from the new Perseverance rover. Register here
Stop by the Penfield Public Library to check out our new special poster exhibition – World War I: Lessons and Legacies which will be on display for several months. It examines how the Great War accelerated major changes already underway in the lives of Americans – changes that continue to impact our world today. These include the changing role of women, advancements in medical innovations, and changes in how advertising rallies public support.
This exhibit is organized by the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the National Museum of American History, with funding from the United States World War I Centennial Commision and the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.
Early Bird Senior Access
We are happy to open our doors early to our senior citizen patrons on Wednesdays from 12-1 PM beginning October 7. All mask and social distance requirements must still be met and we look forward to serving you!
Online Tutoring & Job Help with Brainfuse
We have a number of excellent books in our special Literacy collection which will help you with your academic assignments. You can find information on the vaccination debate, the ebola outbreak, and other science-oriented topics. Check out biographies of Andrew Jackson, Ben Franklin, Eleanor Roosevelt, and other historical, sports, and popular-culture figures. For social issues, take a look at titles on racism, sexism, politics, community resources, immigration, the opioid crisis, and the media. Animal lovers can choose books on habitats, extinction, and predators. Those with an eye to the future have a choice of books on topics like artificial intelligence, hybrid and electric vehicles, fuel cells, space exploration, and STEM careers.
Please ask at the Information Desk for additional help in selecting resources to make it easier to complete your assignments. You may call us at (585) 340-8720 or stop in during the library’s open hours.
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!