We want to make sure that as many of you as possible can connect with our adult programming quickly and easily. Recognizing that not everyone is active on Facebook, and that notices in newspapers or emails can get lost in the shuffle, we have created this page as a one-stop destination for information on accessing all of our ongoing events, which are listed in alphabetical order below. In most cases, once you’ve registered for one session, you will be registered for that ongoing program through at least the end of the year, and will receive reminders ahead of each session. (If you’d ever like to stop receiving reminders, contact us as we will de-register you.) You can reach us at (315) 536-6114 or info@pypl.org.

Note: all listed dates are subject to change due to presenter availability, unforeseen circumstances, etc. The library’s Zoom calendar will be updated with any changes, which will be reflected in the reminders you receive. Keep an eye out and when in doubt, check with library staff.

Apple User Support Group

3rd Thursday of each month at 4:00 on Zoom. Registration link: https://bit.ly/PYPLmac

Bring your questions and expertise about Apple products to this user-directed information sharing and help session. We also encourage you to check out the Hammondsport Mac User Group, which can be found here.

Arts & Drafts

3rd Saturday of odd months at 6:30 pm on Zoom. Registration link: https://bit.ly/artsdraftspy

Register for each session to receive a free materials kit for a fun art project with local artist Jeannette McDunnah. Note for 2022: Some of these sessions will be in-person and outdoors, weather permitting! Registration will still be necessary. Check the current edition of the LibraryLink newsletter for details.

Close Reads @ PYPL: The 1619 Project

Every other Monday starting April 11 at 7:00 pm on Zoom. Registration link: https://bit.ly/py1619

A slow, deliberate read of the important book compiled by Nikole Hannah-Jones stretching through the spring and summer. Interested in in-person, outdoor sessions instead of the virtual version? Register at the link above to be kept in the loop on your options!

Community Read: Dancing in the Mosque by Homeira Qaderi

Fridays in June (10, 17 and 24) at 3:00 pm on Zoom. Registration link: https://bit.ly/pyread22

Penn Yan Public Library, in collaboration with the Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates and under the leadership of Penn Yan Action Coalition, is proud to offer this third annual Community Read. This year, we offer a book about a mother’s love her son and the pursuit of knowledge under the Taliban’s repressive rule.

Diverse Voices Matter

2nd and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 8:00 pm on Zoom. Registration link: https://bit.ly/PYPLvoices

One route to greater empathy is through an exploration of the arts in all their forms, and discovering the work of diverse creators is an invitation to understanding.  Explore and celebrate the work of these artists with us in this ongoing program, in which we will read, view or listen to a few pieces per session, and reflect privately on what they awaken in us.

For more on PYPL and the library field’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism, click here.

Family Research Support Group

2nd Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm on Zoom. Registration link: https://bit.ly/PYPLfam

Check in on your genealogical journey with fellow ancestry enthusiasts!  Bring your questions, wisdom, and fascinating discoveries.  Whatever your level of experience, all are welcome

Friends of PYPL Annual Meeting

Thursday, May 5 at 4:00 pm. Registration link: https://bit.ly/pyfriends22

Graphic Novel Book Club

4th Thursdays of even months at 7:00 pm. Registration link: https://bit.ly/GNBCPY

Read and discuss examples of this uniquely American artform. They’re so much more than capes and tights. Check the current edition of the LibraryLink newsletter for the current theme, and click here for suggested titles.

Joy of French Cinema

4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm on Zoom. Registration link: https://bit.ly/frnfilm

Grab your croissants and join us for a lively discussion series spanning the history of French cinema! Each month we will announce a film that you will be able to find through the library system or common streaming services. Portions of the conversation may be conducted in French, as this is a great opportunity to practice the language, but all skill levels are welcome (you don’t have to speak French at all, even!).

Justice & Equity Literacy Basics

4th Wednesdays monthly at 7:00 pm. Registration link: https://bit.ly/pyequity

Are you committed to building a more just world, but aren’t certain where to begin? In this ongoing program, we are committed to providing the tools you need to participate meaningfully in this important, ongoing life-work. We are all still learning, so let’s do it together. Feel free to drop in and out as able, but everyone will get the most ou of this experience by participating as regularly as possible.

For more on PYPL and the library field’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism, click here.

Keuka Compass Film Night – on hold!

Keuka Writes

Partner organization event. Monthly on the second Tuesday at 6:00 pm on Zoom. In 2022, Keuka Writes is back to interspersing workshop opportunities with themed prompt night. For more information, please contact the organizers at keukawrites@gmail.com.

Resilient Penn Yan

3rd Saturday of even months at 1:00; sometimes on Zoom and sometimes in person and outdoors. Registration link: https://bit.ly/resilpy

For more information on PYPL’s commitment to environmental sustainability, see here.

Sondheim Salon

3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm. Registration link: https://bit.ly/pysond2

Celebrate the life and work of Stephen Sondheim, the greatest musical lyricist-composer of the 20th century, who passed away in November 2021. Each month we will listen to a selection of his songs organized around a theme, such as parenthood, love, or powerful women, and discuss our reactions. Sondheim’s music is complex, witty, and deeply rooted in the human experience – we hope you will come out of each session thinking, “I know things now!”

Tech Basics

3rd Saturday of odd months at 1:00 on Zoom. Registration link: https://bit.ly/techbaspy

Drop in on this virtual roundtable to bolster your computer tech knowledge.  In each session we’ll share a quick tip and a bigger “life hack” certain to enrich your technological know-how, then we’ll go in depth on an important tech topic of the day.  Feel free to bring general questions, too.

Virtual Game Night – on hold!

Miss a session of something, but interested in any materials that may have been covered? Click here (under construction) for access to such resources, where applicable. And check our YouTube channel for recorded events, including our recently completed Understanding Film series with media scholar and educator Mike Reiff.