1985 Baird Road, Penfield, NY 14526
(585) 340-8720
Monday-Thursday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday*: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Sunday*:  Closed
Penfield Public Library will be closed Saturday-Monday, August 31-September 2 for Labor Day weekend.
*Summer hours in effect through August 25.

Scientific Calculators

Scientific Calculators with Tutor Doctor

Thursday, August 29 from 7:00-8:30 PM

For grades 8+. Will you be using a graphing calculator in math class this school year? Learn how to properly use these powerful tools by attending a 90-minute seminar presented by Tutor Doctor of Rochester. Please bring your own calculator; none will be provided. Register here


Sweet Bites

Sweet Bites: A Taste of Poetry Over the Lunch Hour

Tuesday, September 3 from Noon-1:00 PM

In the tradition of an informal literary “salon”, the library is providing an opportunity to taste the sweetness of poetry paired with dessert and coffee. Poet and teach Kathleen Wakefield will read a selection of poems to get us thinking about the relation of poetry to the lived life. Participants will be welcomed to share their own literary and life experiences as they explore why poetry matters. Dessert and coffee will be provided; participants may bring bagged lunches if desired. Register here


James Baldwin’s America

Sept. 19, Oct. 16, Nov. 14, & Dec. 12 from 7:00-8:30 PM

A reading and discussion program funded by a grant from Humanities New York that focuses on James Baldwin’s early novels, stories, and essays. Baldwin’s essay “Many Thousands Gone” included in Notes of a Native Son, first published 60 years ago, is particularly relevant in today’s society. Dr. Kathleen M. Donovan, Asst. Professor of Political Science at St. John Fisher College, will facilitate the four-part series. Copies of the two texts, The Early Novels and Stories of James Baldwin and The Collected Essays of James Baldwin, will be available. Register here


Penfield Used Book Sale

43rd Annual Penfield Used Book Sale

Thousands of used books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, and videos are available at bargain prices. Most books are $1, but mass market/smaller paperbacks and children’s soft covers are only 50 cents! 85% of the sale collection are donations and 45% are hardcover, sorted into 50 categories that include local history, numberous specials, records, games, puzzles, computer software, and more.

This sale is presented by the Friends of the Penfield Public Library and proceeds will benefit the Penfield Public Library.

*Cash, check, and credit accepted

*Narrow aisles – no strollers, please

*No food or beverages on sales floor

Sale Schedule:

Pre-Sale for Friends of Penfield Public Library: Tuesday, September 10, 10 AM-9 PM (memberships are $10/family, $5/individual or senior couple; renew early or join at the door)

Open to All: Wednesday-Thursday, September 11-12, 10 AM-9 PM

Half-Price Day for All: Friday, September 13, 10 AM-6 PM

Bag Sale for All: Saturday, September 14, 9 AM-2 PM (Wegmans/Tops reusable bags are acceptable; specials remain half-price)



Did you know that Penfield Public Library has an Instagram account just for teens? You can find out about cool programs, fun projects, and the wild poses your friends may be striking at Teen Tuesdays! Check it out here


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Women's Suffrage Movement

On November 6, 1917, women won the right to vote in New York State nearly seventy years after they organized to demand it at the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y.  In the long fight for suffrage, there were many obstacles women faced in their struggle for the vote.  Come see the influence of native communities and world events, the frustrating opposition, and the wide variety of strategies women used to seek their right in an exhibit in our main reading room throughout the month of August.


Special "K" Story Time

Special “K” Story Time & Craft

Monday, August 26 from 10:30-11:15 AM

Our annual summer program is designed for children entering kindergarten this fall. Come join in the fun as we read stories and make a simple craft celebrating this special event! Register here


Healthcare Navigator Session

Health Care Navigator Session

Tuesday, September 3 from 4:30-8:00 PM

A certified application counselor will be present to help individuals enroll in health insurance through the NY State of Health Marketplace. Call (585) 613-7662 to register for an appointment and to find out what you need to bring.


"Smart Beginnings" Story Time Registration

Registration for Fall Story Times

Thursday, September 5 for residents & September 12 for all others

Register online or by phone at 340-8720 beginning September 5 at 10 AM. Walk-ins welcome. Due to the volume of calls the first day of registration, we may experience phone difficulties.

Baby Story Time (infants & pre-walkers): Fridays, October 4-December 6, 10:00-10:30 AM

Wee Walkers Play Time (ages 12-23 months): Fridays, October 4-December 6, 11:30 AM-12:15 PM

Terrific Twos (age 2): Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays, September 30-December 11, 9:40-10:05 AM

Preschool Story Time (ages 3-5): September 23-April, 2020, Mondays or Thursdays, 10:30-11:00 AM, or Tuesdays, 11:00-11:30 AM

Evening Preschool Story Time (ages 3-5): Tuesdays, October 1-April, 2020, 6:45-7:15 PM

*We reserve the right to cancel a story time if fewer than ten children register for it.



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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