Adult Services

Learning opportunities abound at the library!

You can register for all events on our online calendar, by choosing "Calendar of Events" on our menu, or click HERE.

Contact Grace Engelbrecht, Adult Services Librarian, at grace.engelbrecht@libraryweb.org or (585) 392-8350.

Book Clubs

Bestsellers Book Club

In bestsellers book club, we will discuss newer and popular titles of all genres and interests. Titles will be decided in advance by the group. Adult book clubs are open to ages 18+.

In Person-1st Tuesday of the month at 1:00 pm in the library

Virtual-1st Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm on Zoom

Next meetings: Tues. October 4th, 2022

Title: The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

Summary: "It is 1988. On a dead-end street in a run-down suburb there is a music shop that stands small and brightly lit, jam-packed with records of every kind. Like a beacon, the shop attracts the lonely, the sleepless, and the adrift; Frank, the shop's owner, has a way of connecting his customers with just the piece of music they need. Then, one day, into his shop comes a beautiful young woman, Ilse Brauchmann, who asks Frank to teach her about music. Terrified of real closeness, Frank feels compelled to turn and run, yet he is drawn to this strangely still, mysterious woman with eyes as black as vinyl. But Ilse is not what she seems, and Frank has old wounds that threaten to reopen, as well as a past it seems he will never leave behind. Can a man who is so in tune with other people's needs be so incapable of connecting with the one person who might save him?"-- Provided by publisher.

More copies are on the way!

Non-Fiction Book Club

This club is for adults (ages 18+) who want to expand their horizons and knowledge through non-fiction books. Each selection is for the group to read independently and discuss together.

Meetings: **NEW DAY the 2nd Wednesday of every other month

(January, March, May, July, September, November)

Next Meeting: Wednesday, November 9th, 1:00 pm in person

Title: The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson

Summary: "The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz On Winston Churchill's first day as prime minister, Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold the country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally-and willing to fight to the end. In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people "the art of being fearless." It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it's also an intimate domestic drama set against the backdrop of Churchill's prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; and of course 10 Downing Street in London. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports-some released only recently-Larson provides a new lens on London's darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family: his wife, Clementine; their youngest daughter, Mary, who chafes against her parents' wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; Pamela's illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the cadre of close advisers who comprised Churchill's "Secret Circle," including his lovestruck private secretary, John Colville; newspaper baron Lord Beaverbrook; and the Rasputin-like Frederick Lindemann. The Splendid and the Vile takes readers out of today's political dysfunction and back to a time of true leadership, when-in the face of unrelenting horror-Churchill's eloquence, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together."-- Provided by publisher.

Copies are available now!


Sweet & Spicy: Romance Book Club

It is for adults (ages 18+) who enjoy all types of romance. Selections will range in content and genre. Each selection is for the group to read independently and discuss together. Please register online.

Meetings: the 3rd Wednesday of every other month (February, April, June, August, October, December)

Next Meeting: Wed. October 19th, 7:00 pm on Zoom

Title: The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

Summary: "Vivienne Jones handled the biggest break-up of her life the way that any witch would: vodka, bubble baths, and a curse on her ex. That was nine years ago. Now Rhys Penhallow, descendant of the town's founders, breaker of hearts and still irritatingly gorgeous, is back. Rhys has returned to the quaint town of Graves Glen to recharge the ley lines and make an appearance at the annual fall festival. But when his every move results in calamity, Vivi realizes that hexing her ex might not have been so harmless after all . . .As the curse starts to affect the magic of the town, resulting in murderous wind-up toys, an outraged ghost, and a surprisingly talkative cat, Vivi and Rhys must put their personal feelings aside and work together to break the curse and save not just the town, but also Rhys's life"

Copies are available at the library now!


Upcoming Events

The Arbornaut: Dr. Meg Lowman Virtual Author Visit

When: Monday, September 26th, 7:00-8:00pm on Zoom

Dr. Meg Lowman, National Geographic Explorer and Director, TREE Foundation, will share stories—which she affectionately calls her “misadventures”—as a pioneer Explorer in the treetops. Dr. Lowman has worked in over 45 countries, conserving forests and discovering biodiversity, as well as serving as a champion for women in science. This talk will give you a birds-eye view of the work’s forests!

Please register to receive a Zoom link for this VIRTUAL author talk or choose to view the virtual presentation in the library meeting room.

Writers' Room

When: Tuesday, September 27th, 6:30-7:45pm

This group is for adults who enjoy writing. The beginning of each meeting will include time to free write or work on a prompt. After that, we will have plenty of time for group members to share what they have just written or you can bring something you have written to share. The group will give constructive feedback ton everyone's readings. Sharing is encouraged, but not required!

No registration. Join when you can!

Aruba Travelogue

When: Friday, September 30th, 2:00-3:00pm

Join Grace for an adventure where she shares the sights and activities on her recent trip to Aruba, a Cribbean island, including a natural bridge, donkeys, beautiful beaches, snorkeling and more!

Registration appreciated.

Walking Tour: South Side of Main St./South Ave

When: Wednesday, October 5th, 10:30am-12:00pm

Learn about the history of the south side of Main Street and a bit of South Avenue with Hilton-Parma historian, Dave Crumb. Meet outside the front of the library. Comfortable shoes and water recommended. This is the same tour that was offered on August 24th.

Please register.

Movie Madness

When: Thursday, October 6th, 2:00-4:35pm

Showing Elvis: 2022 biopic starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks

The life of American music icon Elvis Presley, from his childhood to becoming a rock and movie star in the 1950s while maintaining a complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. (PG-13, 2hrs, 35mins). Watch TRAILER

Registration appreciated, but not required.

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