See the upcoming Penn Yan Library digital events

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Penn Yan Public Library

Trash Pickup Challenge

Quaran-Teens Trash Pickup Challenge is ongoing through April 15 on Facebook

Calling all tweens and teens of Yates County! We have a challenge for you: how much trash can you (safely) clean up when you’re outside getting some fresh air? Post pictures of every bag you clean up here on the event page. Whoever posts the most by April 15 will win a $15 gift certificate to a local restaurant. The fine print: follow all current social distancing guidelines from your local government; be smart and safe when picking up trash (wear gloves or use a grasping tool to pick things up); be safe when on public roads or sidewalks (wear high-visibility clothing), etc. etc.

Community Reads Discussion

Penn Yan Community Read Discussion Sessions, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, April 8, & 10, 6 p.m. on Facebook Live

The library is proud to join the Penn Yan Action Coalition in continuing to sponsor a community-wide read of Francisco Cantu’s The Line Becomes a River, a haunting memoir touching on both sides of the border crisis debate. In order to continue our conversations in these unusual times, group discussion has moved online to PYAC’s Facebook Page, which can be found at this link: You’re welcome to comment during Facebook Live sessions at the listed times; the videos remain available afterward for comment, and are also posted to the Library’s YouTube site for those who do not use Facebook.

Tech Tips Online

Tech Tips Online, Wednesdays, April 8, 3 p.m. on Zoom

Digital fluency is more important than ever! In each of these sessions, we’ll tackle a different operating system or type of device, sharing a few small but impactful tips to take your tech skills up a level. This month we’ll look at a variety of digital meeting platforms like Zoom to help you keep connected while social distancing. To join this session, use this link: The session will also be recorded and made available for later viewing.

Libby Book Recommendations

Libby Book Recommendations, Thursdays, April 9, 3 p.m. on Facebook Live

Check in twice a month for recommendations from your librarians for books available on the ebook app Libby! This month we’ll look at science fiction/fantasy and biographies. Tune in by visiting our Facebook Page (link: at the listed times. You can download Libby from your phone’s app store to browse and borrow books to read right there, or to send to linked devices. Libby accounts are created using your library card number and PIN. Questions? Contact us at

Podcast Primetime

Podcast Primetime, Saturday, April 11, 1 p.m. on Zoom

Podcasts are revolutionizing the way people consume media, providing deep-dives into important topics and opportunities for important voices to flourish with authority, clarity, and often great humor. Let’s listen together and discuss our thoughts! This month: Radiolab, the Peabody award winner “devoted to investigating a strange world.” Listen at your leisure to the selected episode, “Fu-Go,” here: Then join the discussion, at the date and time listed, here:

Bluff & Mine Virtually There Reading

Bluff & Vine Virtually There Reading, Saturday, April 11, 8 p.m. on Zoom

Bluff & Vine is a literary magazine featuring fiction, memoir and poetry focused on life in and around Keuka Lake. Join some of the writers featured in the first three issues as they read their work live via Zoom! We can’t gather in coffee shops or concert halls right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t spend an evening appreciating local artists and their craft. Use this link at the date and time listed to attend: The writers and editors value your support!