Read, Learn, Discover.

Welcome to the Webster Public Library!

We enhance our community’s intellectual and creative pursuits by providing expertise in combination with an eclectic collection. We are committed to providing the highest quality of service at the greatest value in a comfortable and inclusive environment.

Support

Donations to the Webster Public Library Foundation help support large-scale projects that improve our community’s experience using the library and ensure the library’s ability to meet our community’s changing needs. The Foundation has supported the loaning of WiFi units, starting the Wonderbook collection, and hoopla.

Period Product Drive

In collaboration with Hope House we are collecting period products for the month of April.

Exchange Table

During the month of April we will be exchanging party supplies in the name of celebrations!  If you have any you’d like to donate bring them in and take what you like!

Tuesday Movie Matinee: Champions

Join us for a movie on the big screen in our Community Room, Tuesday, April 16 at 1pm! Today’s movie is Champions (2023) Running time 124 minutes. A former minor-league basketball coach is ordered by the court to manage a team of players with intellectual disabilities. He soon realizes that despite his doubts, together, this team can go further than they ever imagined. Starring Woody Harrelson.

Hearing loop available.

Webster Business Spotlight Series – M/Body

With all the information floating around out there about prenatal and postpartum fitness, it can feel overwhelming to know what is best for you. Join M/Body owner Molly Flaherty (mother of seven) and Pre/Postnatal Fitness Trainer Jenny Holahan (mother of two), Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30pm to learn more about what kind of exercise is not only safe, but also extremely beneficial to stay strong and healthy during pregnancy and the early postpartum period. Juice samples will be provided.

Registration is required for M/Body.

Lunchtime Book Discussion – The Library Book

Thursday, April 18 at 1pm we are reading The Library Book by Susan Orlean.  All are welcome to come to any session; no registration necessary. The books for discussion are available at the Circulation Desk the month before the scheduled discussion. The group meets the third Thursday of the month at 1 PM. Books chosen for discussion have been nominated for or won a book award.

Ready to Recycle?

Join Meagan Evans-Saurini, Thursday, April 18 at 6:30pm, the Environmental Educator for Monroe County’s Department of Environmental Services, to learn more about the county’s recycling programs, such as the Monroe County/Waste Management Ecopark.

Bring your important questions ready to be answered.

Registration is required for Ready to Recycle.

2024 Special Needs Parent Resource Fair

Our second Special Needs Parent Resource Fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 20 from 10am-12pm.

Looking for resources for your loved one with special needs? Are you a parent or caregiver looking for more information to help your family member? We want to help families find resources and make connections at our Special Needs Parent Resource Fair. For more information about the Special Needs Parent Resource Fair see our page on the website. 

Registration is recommended for the Resource Fair if you would like to be reminded about the fair but is not required. Caregivers can come any time during the time of the fair and ask questions and get information. If you are unable to attend, information about the attending organizations will be available by request.

If you are an organization that would like to participate, please email jennifer.paxson@libraryweb.org.

Spring Friends of the Webster Library Book Sale

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 4-7 pm FWPL Members Only Night (FWPL membership required)

Memberships can be purchased through our website or at the door for $10.00/year.

Thursday, April 25, 2024 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Hardcover books are just $1 each! Paperbacks are only 50 cents!

Friday, April 26, 2024 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 27, 2024 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

BYOB Bag Sale! $5 fills a bag! Bring Your Own Bag

Credit cards accepted.

Harp Concert Featuring Roxanne Ziegler and John Gaspar

Be enthralled by the sight and sound of the unique lyre/lyre harp duo performing a bedazzling program of Broadway hit songs on Monday, April 22 at 6:30pm. Harpists Roxanne Ziegler and John Gaspar will play favorites from Camelot, West Side Story, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady and more.

Register for Harp Concert.

Books ‘n Bites

A book club specifically created for folks in their 20s, 30s, and 40s (although anyone who is interested in reading the books we select is welcome!) If you want to read fun, trendy, and unique books and enjoy lively conversations (and snacks) with other lit-loving locals, you should check us out! Meeting is on Thursday, April 25 at 6pm. Register for Books ‘n Bites.

Diverse Abilities Dialogues – Real Parent Experience Panel

Are you a parent or caregiver of a person with developmental disabilities? Have you ever thought, “I’ve learned a lot from other parents and caregivers, where can I learn more?” Join us for a panel, on May 1 at 11am, of parents with children with developmental disabilities. Each parent will talk about their unique situation and answer questions that you might have. While these parents are not physicians, they can give you their practical experience dealing with every day issues.

Parents Helping Parents, Challenger Miracle Field and the Webster Public Library are partnering to host this panel presentation. Panel presenters will be Brittany Jencik, President, Kim Dooher, Vice President, Danielle Salamone, Secretary from Parents Helping Parents Coalition, Beth Cunico, Director from Challenger Miracle Field, Mandy Kresge, Chair of Webster SEPTA, and Jenny Paxson from the Webster Public Library.

Nazareth students will be available for respite while you attend the program.

Register for Diverse Abilities Dialogues.

All are welcome to come on Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30pm; no registration necessary. This month’s title is The Measure by Nikki Erlick.

Books are available the month before the discussion at the check out desk or via drive-up pick-up service.

Night Out at the Library: Mini Rock Cactus Planters

Grab your best friends, your significant other, or just yourself for a night out at the library on Thursday, May 2 at 6pm! This month’s activity will be making mini rock cactus planters.

All supplies provided. Adults 18+ welcome. Register for Mini Rock Cactus Planers.

The Nine Mile Point Boarding House – Fishermen, Diaries, and Bootleg Whiskey

Webster was anything but a sleepy 1800’s pioneer town. Come, Thursday, May 2 at 6:30pm, meet the early settlers who put Webster on the map. You’ll read a young boy’s diary, learn why fishermen turned us into a resort town, find out how Webster kept bootleggers in business and find out how our town unknowingly killed off Rochester residents.

Presented by Cherie Wood, Webster Union Cemetery’s Resident Historian. Register for Nine Mile Point.

Author Day

Please join us, Saturday, May 4 from 10am-2pm, as we welcome three distinguished and local published authors, Karen Miller, Charles Benoit, and Ruth Rosenberg Naparstek, for a day of laughs and enlightenment. We will hear from each author as they describe the path that took them from beginning writer to published nationally-known author. Each session is one hour long and there will be time for questions at the end of each session. We can’t wait to hear from these three dynamic and enthralling authors. To register for either or all events for Author Day.

AARP Smart Driver Course

The cost for the program is $25 for AARP members, $30 for non-members, payable at the class. Make your check payable to AARP. No cash, please. Also, to be eligible for your insurance discount and/or DMV point reduction, remember to bring your driver’s license! Part 1 is on Tuesday, May 7 and Part 2 is Thursday, May 9 from 1pm-4pm both days. Registering for the first session registers you for both Smart Driver Courses.

HLAA Hearing Test Presentation

Have you ever wondered if you would benefit from a hearing device? Wanted to get your hearing tested but don’t know where to start?

HLAA-Rochester provides friendly support to deal with the challenges of hearing loss, education on how to cope when living with hearing aids and assistive devices, and advocacy to create more hearing friendly environments.

Come, Wednesday, May 8 at 2pm, and learn about hearing assistive equipment, new over-the-counter hearing aids at the pharmacy, the library’s hearing loop and get a free hearing test too! An express hearing check kiosk is also available for individuals to gain perspective on how well they are hearing.

Register for HLAA.

Join us, Thursday, May 9 at 6:30pm, for this informative program as we hear from area faith leaders as they talk about death in relation to funeral customs and rituals.

Featured speakers include: Rabbi (Dr) Shalom Schlagman, both a rabbi and palliative care medical doctor; Abu Saeed Islam from the Muslim community and the Rev. Ken Williams representing the Christian community.

Registration is for Tending to Life.

Friends of Webster Trails Hike – Gosnell Big Woods Park

In collaboration with Webster Public Library, the Friends of Webster Trails are hosting a hike, Saturday, May 11 from 9am-11am, at Gosnell Big Woods Park. This hike is open to all ages and will be about two miles in length. Participants will be emailed before the day of the hike with details.

Registration required for Gosnell Big Woods.

Volunteer Fair

Are you looking for ways to give back to your community? Do you want to help make the world a better place? Then become a volunteer! We are hosting local organizations, Saturday, May 11 from 10am to 12pm, looking for volunteers at our Volunteer Fair. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity, come and peruse the tables and find an organization that you would like to work with. If you are a student looking for volunteering opportunities this is the perfect opportunity to find something that you might click with.Registration is recommended for the Volunteer Fair.  For participating organizations go to our events calendar.

Make it Monday: Pressed Flower Suncatchers

Join us, Monday, May 13 at 6pm, for a monthly craft night! Tonight we will be making pressed flower suncatchers. Teens (grades 4 and up) and adults are welcome to join us. Registration is required for Suncatchers. All supplies will be provided.

Tuesday Travelogue – Columbia

Enjoy the sights and sounds of South America, Tuesday, May 14 at 2pm, with a fascinating journey through Colombia! We travel to Salento, an Andean town known for it’s coffee estates and verdant scenery, then on to Medellin, the second largest city in Colombia nicknamed the “City of Eternal Springs” and end in Cartagena, a city on the northern coast along the Caribbean Sea. Learn about some of the fascinating history and culture that makes this country in Latin America a must see destination! Our travel guide is Brenda Nitsch. Registration is requested for Columbia.

Webster Business Spotlight Series – Woofs Canine Club and Indoor Dog Park

Do you have a dog? Join us, Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30pm, for a conversation to find out more about Woofs Canine Club and Indoor Dog Park and what they can offer your dog family!

Registration is required for Woofs Canine Club.

Lunchtime Book Discussion – If I Survive You

This month’s title is If I Survive You by Jonathan Escoffery. All are welcome on Thursday, May 16 at 1pm; no registration necessary. The books for discussion are available at the Circulation Desk the month before the scheduled discussion. The group meets the third Thursday of the month at 1 PM. Books chosen for discussion have been nominated for or won a book award.

Libby Tips and Tricks

Need help in understanding how to use ebooks and audiobooks with Libby? Do you have questions or just want to learn some tricks that you might not know about? Join Jenny Paxson’s presentation, Thursday, May 16 at 2:30pm on different things that Libby has to offer. There will be time for your burning questions. Registration is required for Libby Tips and Tricks.

Barn Quilts with Marie Warda

Join us Thursday, May 16 at 6:30pm. Since 1982, Marie Warda from 11th Hour Barn Quilts has embraced the world of quilting and sewing. Over the decades, she has dedicated herself to inspiring and instructing others in the art of quilting, sewing and, most recently, painting Barn Quilts. The potential for incorporating traditional quilt blocks into the realm of painting and décor is boundless, limited only by one’s imagination.

Barn Quilts became a fascination to Marie a few years ago and she has developed a significant following for her workshops at the Village Quilt Shoppe in Webster, The History Center of Tompkins County in Ithaca and The Purple Painted Lady in Palmyra.

To view some of Marie’s work and that of her students, please consider following her on Facebook under 11th Hour Barn Quilts.

Registration is required for Barn Quilts.

ROC City Ringers

Join us, Saturday, May 18 at 2pm for an afternoon of music with the ROC City Ringers, a community handbell ensemble which includes musicians from all around Rochester. Formed in 2013, the group performs a wide range of styles of music including classical, pop, sacred and secular music.

Registration is required for Roc City Ringers.

Tuesday Movie Matinee – The Color Purple (2023)

Join us, Tuesday, May 21 at 1pm,  for a movie on the big screen in our Community Room! Today’s movie is The Color Purple (2023) Running time 140 minutes.

Musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel about the life-long struggles of an African American woman living in the south during the early 1900s.

Hearing loop available.

Nostalgic Scents: Connecting with Our Memories Through Our Sense of Smell

Do you ever catch a faint breeze with a hint of freshly-mown grass and all of a sudden you are a young kid pushing that heavy lawnmower in unending rows across the yard on a hot day to earn your allowance? Our brains are hard-wired to link our sense of smell with our memories. Come, Thursday May 23 at 6:30pm, and learn about how we connect scents with our memories and why, after years, we can still suddenly vividly recall an earlier experience after just a brief hint of the right certain smell.

About the presenter: Melinda Wallington grew up immersed in this concept of emotions evoked by scent, with her father working as a chemist creating fragrances for lots of big-name companies over the course of his 30-year career. After about 10 years in the University of Rochester’s Rare Books and Special Collections Department, Melinda now expounds upon a variety of historical topics any chance she gets.

Registration is required for Nostalgic Scents.

Give the Gift of Life! Make an appointment for, Wednesday, May 29 from 1-6pm, using the Red Cross Donor App or at www.redcross.org/give-blood.html

Digital Literacy Computer Help

Anthony from Digital Literacy volunteers is here most Mondays from 1-4pm at the public computers giving computer help to people who need it. Anthony will help with basic computer skills, saving a document, navigating the Internet, applying for jobs, making an email address, and helping with Microsoft office and Google docs. Please stop by to see him!

Walk In Tech Tutor

Have tech questions? Our Tech Tutor Jenny will be available to help you find answers! Drop in Tech Tutor hours will run from 1:00-2:00 pm every Tuesday and Thursday! No registration is required.

New on Kindle Fire!

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros, First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston, The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride and The Women by Kristin Hannah.

Ask at the information desk to borrow a Kindle and check out our page for all the titles available.

hoopla @WPL!

Use hoopla to access music, movies, TV series, graphic novels/comics, ebooks, and audio books. for more information check out the hoopla page.

Drive-Up, Pick-Up Service is Available!

Our Drive-Up, Pick-Up service is available Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 7:30 pm and Friday – Saturday 10 am – 4:30 pm! Email your book, movie, audiobook, music, video game requests to webster.reference@libraryweb.org. Be sure to include your name and library card number with the request. We’ll email you back with instructions on how to pick it up when it’s ready!