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.

Get your free eclipse glasses!

Attend any of our upcoming WPL Eclipse programs and get your 2 free pairs of eclipse glasses!

Can’t make it to one of our eclipse programs? Starting Monday, March 25th, we’ll be handing out two pairs of eclipse glasses per family/household to any library patrons! (while supplies last)

Register for any of our eclipse programs here!

WPL Has Solar Eclipse Programs For All Ages!

Attend any of these programs and get a pair of eclipse glasses!

(two pairs per family/household)

To see a list of upcoming eclipse events.

Storytimes For All Languages

The Monroe County Library System has free access to a new website and App called LOTE4Kids.

Read over 95+ stories in different languages.  All you need is your library card number and your last name. Having trouble? Ask for help at the Information Desk.

WPL Exchange Table

February’s exchange is jewelry.  If you have something you don’t need, bring it in and take something new.

Celebrate Ireland!

Come join us as we celebrate the Emerald Isle on Saturday, March 2 from 1-3pm!

You will be dazzled by Irish dancers, entertained by authentic Irish music and entranced by the beauty of Ireland through a short travelogue. There will be authentic Irish tea and a fun craft for the kids.

Registration is required for Celebrate Island.

 

Chair Yoga

Chair yoga utilizes a chair as a supportive tool. We will connect breath to movement using modified yoga poses. This 45 minute, Monday, March 4 at 1pm, practice will improve mobility, range of motion and balance! Bring a pillow or cushion if you’d like as the chair is not padded.

This is the first of four sessions–you are welcome to come to all four but you must register for each class separately.

Registration is required for Chair Yoga.

Join us for a movie on the big screen in our Community Room! hearing loop available. Tuesday, March 5 at 1pm we will show the movie Green Book (2018).

Bouncer Tony Lip is hired by African-American musician Don Shirley to chauffer him around the Jim Crow South in 1962 for an eight-week concert tour. The mismatched men form a friendship as Tony learns first-hand the racism Don must endure to perform. Starring Viggo Mortensom and Mahershala Ali; run time is 130 minutes.

All are welcome to come to any session; no registration necessary. Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30pm we will discuss the title Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson.

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

A Rochester History: Frederick & Anna Douglass with Rose O’Keefe

Local author Rose O’Keefe will discuss the history of Frederick Douglass–famed author, orator and former slave on Thursday, March 7 at 2pm. Local author Rose O’Keefe will tell the story of the Douglasses’ experience in Rochester and the indelible mark they left on the Flower City.

Registration is required for a Rochester History.

Grab your best friends, your significant other, or just yourself for a night out at the library! Thursday, March 7 at 6pm we  will be making magazine paper flowers.

All supplies provided. Adults welcome. Registration is required for Magazine Paper Flowers.

Tending to Life: Estate Planning for Pets

Learn how to help alleviate the stress of what happens if your pet outlives you on Thursday, March 7 at 6:30pm and some options to provide for your furry family member in your estate plans, including Lollypop Farm’s Pet Guardian Program. Manager of Legacy and Leadership Giving at Lollypop Farm, Robin Harisis, understands how important your pets are and has been helping people navigate the estate planning landscape for the last three years. While she is not a lawyer and cannot provide legal advice, she can provide insight into how your plans can include your pet and support your local shelter. Registration is required for Tending to Life. 

AARP Smart Driver Course

Join us Saturday, March 9 at 10am. 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. To be eligible for your insurance discount and/or DMV point reduction, please remember to bring your driver’s license! This is a 6 hour class, feel free to bring a lunch.

Registration is required for the Smart Driver Course.

Join us Tuesday, March 12 at 2pm for Switzerland’s magnificent views. Breathtaking scenery everywhere you turn. In this whirlwind tour of Europe’s alpine wonderland, we journey from Lake Geneva’s UNESCO vineyards and Montreux, to Zermatt and its mighty Matterhorn, through the Italian Alps and glitzy St. Moritz, to the Lauterbrunnen Valley and Interlaken’s famous views of the Jungfraujoch, finally savoring Luzern old town’s chapel bridge and Lion Monument, finishing with stunning views atop Mount Pilatus.

Our travel guide will be retired professor David Schuler.

Registration is required for Switzerland.

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, March 14 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.

Webster Business Spotlight Series: Little Kat Create

Meet Little Kat Create, the duo behind Webster Library’s ever-changing art installations on Thursday, March 19 at 1pm. We’ll show you how to make a ball out of one of our favorite mediums to work with, old book pages, and give you some insight into our process and projects.

Registration is required for Little Kat Create.

The Black Hour: Eclipses in the Middle Ages

Join us Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30pm. Just like today, eclipses were a major event for people in the Middle Ages. Join us for an evening exploring medieval science and superstitions about lunar and solar eclipses. We’ll talk about medicine, religion, art, and more, including examples from medieval manuscripts held at the University of Rochester’s libraries.

Presented by Anna Siebach-Larsen, Ph.D. from the Koller-Collins Center for English Studies at the University of Rochester.

Eclipse glasses will be given out at this program (2 pairs per family/household) while supplies last!

Registration is required for The Black Hour

Friends of Webster Public Library: Vintage Book Sale

Thursday, March 21 from 4-7pm

About 100 books starting at $10.00. Prices are firm. Proceeds support Webster Library Programs.

Come Paint with Me Watercolor Class!

Come paint with me watercolor class, Saturday, March 23 from 1-4pm! Learn fun new watercolor techniques with Debbie Coller. All levels welcome!  Registration Required for Watercolor Class.

All materials needed will be provided but there is a $5 fee to cover the cost. Please pay at the Information Desk in the library prior to the class.

Joins us Tuesday, March 26 from 2-3pm. This program will present the principles and practice of making compost for home use. Tips on building compost heaps, bins and vermiculture will be covered. There will be time for your questions.

Registration is requested for composting.

Rochester Eclipses Past and Present

Join us, Tuesday, March 26 at 6:40 for a talk about Rochester’s experience with the 1925 eclipse as captured in the resources of Central Library’s Local History & Genealogy Division (LHGD). Antoine McDonald, a Reference Librarian in the LHGD and Project Manager for the Archive of Black History and Culture, will also share basic information on how to research historical events and highlight some of the library’s planned events for this year’s eclipse. Registration required for Eclipses Past and Present.

Eclipse glasses will be given out at this program (2 pairs per family/household) while supplies last!

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, March 28 at 6pm. Register for Books ‘n Bites.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Presents: The Olmstead Parks of Rochester

This talk, on Thursday, March 28 at 6:30pm, will provide an overview of the life and works of Frederick Law Olmsted, the pioneer landscape architect of the United States. The presentation will include:

  • A brief history of urban parks
  • Frederick Law Olmsted – his early years
  • New York City & Central Park
  • Olmsted after Central Park
  • The Rochester Olmsted Parks & the Olmsted Firm

Presented by Bob Beabout from Cornell Cooperative Extension. Registration is required for Olmstead. 

Project Prom

WPL will be collecting formal dress-wear, shoes, and accessories during the month of March!

High-school students are invited to come try on outfits and take home what they’d like on the following days
Friday, March 29 | 4:00 – 8:00pm
Saturday, March 30 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Students in grades 9 – 12 welcome! (You do NOT have to be a Webster student!) No registration required!

Webster Community Eclipse Event!

Join us on Monday, April 8th from 1:00 – 5:00 pm at Webster Parks & Recreation for our Webster Community Eclipse Event!

We’ll have eclipse crafts and activities, a space storytime, scavenger hunt, photo booth, outdoor games, raffles, refreshments, WPL eclipse merchandise, eclipse glasses for viewing, and more! Bring the whole family!

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.

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.

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!