Once again Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Road, is honored to host its 18th Annual Spring into Arts celebration. A variety of special cultural activities and programs for all ages are being held throughout March and extending into mid-April.
Highlighting the arts-focused calendar of events was a visit from Toy Story’s Woody & Jessie, Sweet Bites poetry for adults, book talks, a dance party for children, appearances by the Boland School of Irish Dance, Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eirann (Irish Musicians Association), demonstrations of floral decorating, container gardening, and Japanese Washi Easter egg decorating. For a complete listing of “Spring into Arts” programming, please visit the library website. Register in person, by telephone at (585) 340-8720 or online.
The signature event for the “Spring Into Arts” celebration is the community-wide collaborative with Writers & Books titled “Rochester Reads.” The Penfield Public Library event will be held on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00 pm. This is the 19th year of the program.
The library welcomes visiting author Omar El Akkad, who will discuss his first work American War (Alfred A. Knopf, 2017) which is a powerful and surprisingly prescient novel about a second US Civil War in the late 21st century. After climate change leads to political upheaval and a decimation of the population, a plague is unleashed and further devastates the country’s population. One family is caught in the middle of the divided regions and conflicted alliances and the effects of this fractured country on a young girl has consequences for generations.
Focusing on climate change, one of the book’s themes will be a program on April 11th entitled “Project Drawdown: Reversing Global Warming.”
The author’s book will be available for purchase ($17.00) and signing later at a reception around the library fireplace. This event is co-sponsored by the Gift & Memorial Fund of the Penfield Public Library and the Friends of the Penfield Public Library.