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.

Volunteer Fair

The Volunteer Fair was a great success!  If you missed it and are looking for information about the organizations, we have a binder available for people to look through with all the brochures and handouts.  Any questions ask at the information desk.

May Collection

Did you know that many underserved women and girls regularly miss work and school during their menstrual cycle, because they can’t afford tampons and pads?
During the month of May, the Webster Library will be collecting menstrual products (pads, tampons, menstrual cups etc…) Donations will be assembled into feminine hygiene product kits. A “full cycle kit” contains 15 pads and 5 pantiliners, and 5 tampons, roughly enough to get a woman through one menstrual cycle.
The kits and any other products collected will be donated to Hope House in Webster.

May Library Exchange

May is the mug exchange.  Have a coffee mug you want to get rid of?  or 10?  We’ll take your old mugs and you can upgrade to some different ones!

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.

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.

Red Cross Blood Drive

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

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, May 30 at 6pm. Register for Books ‘n Bites.

Tuesday Movie Matinee – Wonka

Join us for a movie on the big screen in our Community Room! Tuesday, June 4 at 1pm the movie is Wonka (2023) Running time 116 minutes. Based on the extraordinary character at the center of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, with dreams of opening a shop in a city renowned for its chocolate, a young and poor Willy Wonka discovers that the industry is run by a cartel of greedy chocolatiers. Starring Timothee Chalamet.

Hearing loop available.

100 Things to Do in Rochester Before You Die

Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30pm, Robin L. Flanigan shares what went into compiling her just-released book from Reedy Press, 100 Things To Do In Rochester Before You Die, a local’s lowdown on what makes Rochester special (no matter the month or weather). Through stories, a reading and trivia, hear about some obvious and obscure picks that made the cut and how her research caught the attention of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Registration is required for 100 Things to Do.

Diverse Abilities Dialogues – Down Syndrome Panel

Join us, June 5 at 11am, to learn about three wonderful organizations that help the down syndrome community: Flower City Down Syndrome Network, Gigi’s Playhouse and Sage.  Learn about down syndrome and how you can support your loved one with disability.  President of Flower City Down Syndrome Network, Cheryl Carlton. Executive Director of Gigi’s Playhouse, Donna Rush, and Emily Carpenter from Sage will be present to discuss down syndrome and then answer your questions.

In collaboration with Parents Helping Parents Coalition and Challenger Miracle of Greater Rochester.

This event will be on Youtube Live and then recorded.

Register for Diverse Abilities Dialogues.

Book Discussion Group – The Woman in the Library

All are welcome, Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30pm; no registration necessary. This month’s title is The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill.

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

Have you ever wondered about the local history of LGBTQ Civil Rights in Greater Rochester? You’re invited, Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30pm, to participate in an interactive session exploring how local LGBTQ activists and their allies from the 1950s to today have worked to build a more welcoming and affirming environment for everyone in our community. Kesha James (Our Local History), Shane Wiegand (Our Local History) and Jeanette Adams-Price (Monroe One BOCES) will guide participants through an inquiry adapted from Our Local History’s new lessons for high school students.

https://resistancemapping.org/s/m/page/lessons-grade-11-LGBTQ

https://www.ccsi.org/ourlocalhistory/

Registration is required for LGBTQIA+ Discussions.

AARP Smart Driver Course

Saturday, June 8 from 10am-5pm, 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! This is a 6 hour class. Feel free to bring a lunch.

Register for Smart Driver Course

Tuesday Travelogue – Gardens of Paris

A unique look of Paris through its beautiful gardens, this travelogue, Tuesday, June 11 at 2pm, will delight all in its splendor, color, and landscaping. Stroll through the infamous Jardin du Luxembourg, the Tuileries Gardens, the Botanical Gardens, the gardens of the Grand Mosque, and the gardens of the Petit Palais. Lastly, wander through the enchanting gardens outside the Rodin Museum. By the end of this program, you may leave with a green thumb! Registration is requested for Gardens of Paris. Presented by Christine Simons.

Lilies’ Serenade – Ichiyo Ikebana Annual Exhibit

Welcome to Lilies’ Serenade: the 13th Annual Ichiyo Ikebana Exhibit presented by Ichiyo Ikebana of Rochester.

Come and experience some of the rich history of Japanese floral arrangements and culture.

The display will be open to the public all day on June 12 – June 14 and from 10 AM-12 PM on Saturday, June 15 in our Community Room.

Demos will be held Thursday, June 13 from 2-3 PM  and Friday, June 14 from 4-4:45 PM

“Flowing Form” workshop Thursday, June 13 from 6-6:45 PM

“Contrast Form” workshop Saturday, June 15 from 10 AM-12 PM.

Registration is required for demos and workshops see links above to register.

Rochester Renegades A Cappella Women’s Singing Group

Rochester Renegades is a new quartet on the a cappella scene but the members have many years of vocal music experience between them.They met as members of Rochester Rhapsody, which meets Monday evenings at 139 Winton Rd. South in Brighton. Come hear these talented ladies sing, Tuesday, June 13 at 6:30pm, some of your favorite tunes!

Registration is required for Rochester Renegades.

Tuesday Movie Matinee – Harriet

Join us, June 18 at 1pm for a movie on the big screen in our Community Room! The movie is Harriet (2019) Running time 125 minutes. In honor of Juneteenth come watch the incredible true story of one of America’s greatest heroes, Harriet Tubman; from her escape from slavery to the dangerous missions she led, setting free hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad.

Hearing loop available.

Webster Business Spotlight Series: Wise-Transitions

Please join us for our last Webster Business Spotlight featuring Wise-Transitions, Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30pm.

Wise-Transitions is dedicated to supporting professionals who balance the demands of caregiving with career and family responsibilities. They provide practical advice, resources, and coaching to navigate the intricate path of caregiving with grace and resilience. Their mission is to create a community of informed and empowered caregivers while fostering environments of trust and positive transitions.

This should be a very informative night! Come support our last program of this series!

Registration is required for Wise-Transitions.

Lunchtime Book Discussion – This Other Eden

Thursday, June 20 at 1pm we are discussing, This Other Eden by Paul Harding. 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 or authors chosen for discussion have been nominated for or won a book award, or are considered classics.

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, June 20 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.

Summer Kick-Off at Charles E. Sexton Memorial Park!

Help us kick the summer season off with crafts, games, storytime, treats and more!

Join us for this free event located at Charles E. Sexton Memorial Park (formerly known as North Ponds Park), 750 Holt Rd, Webster, NY 14580, Friday, June 21 from 5:30-7:30pm. All ages are welcome!

No registration is required.

Adult Summer Reading Adventure Kickoff!

Stop by our table, Monday, June 24 from 2-4pm, and pick up information about adult summer programs! We’ll also have treats, a craft and some reading suggestions!

Death Cafe

Join us Tuesday, June 25 at 6:30pm for the Death Cafe. The purpose of a Death Café is to bring the taboo subject of death out into the open. A Death Café is a confidential, group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. It is a discussion group rather than grief support or a counseling session. The non-profit organization supporting the movement to create space for these conversations is internationally known. Volunteer facilitators have been hosting Death Cafés around the world since 2011.

Registration is required for Death Cafe.

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!