Rochester Reads! 2021 Calendar

SEPTEMBER 22 | 12 -1 pm
Online Brownbag Discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass
Presented by Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County
FREE | No registration required | Information: 585.428.8630 or Diane.Premo@libraryweb.org

September 30 | 6 – 7 pm
Online Brownbag Discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass
Hosted by Irondequoit Library
FREE | Register here

October 3 | 3 pm
Screening: Fantastic Fungi (1 hour, 20-minutes, 2019), directed by Louie Schwartzberg
Followed by discussion with David McCheyne and Scott Valpey
Co-sponsored by One Take Documentary Series, Rochester Area Mycology Association, and Leep Foods
The Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue, Rochester
Ticketing Information here | Trailer | Learn more about this film & speakers. (1)

October 5 | 1 – 2 pm
Robin Kimmerer with Evan Dawson on “Connections”
Rochester: WXXI AM 1370, W298CH FM 107.5, WRUR FM 88.5
Geneva: WEOS FM 89.5
FREE | Join the conversation: 585.263.WXXI (585.263.9994)

October 6 | 3:15 – 4 pm
Haudensaunee Storytelling Circle for Children & Their Caregivers, with Ganondagan Historical Interpreters
Mendon Public Library, 22 North Main Street, Honeoye Falls
FREE | Participation Limited To 25 | Registration & Information or 585.624.6067

October 6 | 7 – 8:30 pm
Reconnecting to Nature by Creating a Healthy Yard: Lessons from Braiding Sweetgrass and Other Wisdom Keepers
Penfield Library, 1985 Baird Road, Penfield
FREE | Registration begins 9/22: Penfield Library or 585.340.8720
Learn more about this event. (2)

October 7 | 7:30 – 9 pm
20th ANNIVERSARY KICK-OFF
Award-winning Poet Santee Frazier:  Reading, Talk, Conversation, & Signing
Event Sponsor: Bruce & Dana Gianniny
Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Avenue, Rochester
(Parking in back and on East side of building)
FREE | Registration & Information | Masking Required | ASL Interpretation
Learn more about Santee Frazier 

October 11 | 10:30 am
Tour of Wild Hill Farm, Ionia
Sponsored By Mendon Public Library
FREE | Registration & Information or 585.624.6067

October 11 | 7 – 8 pm
Discussion: Native Plants in Our Landscape
Wood Library, 134 North Main Street, Canandaigua
FREE | Registration | Information: 585.394.1381 Learn more about this event. (3)

October 11 | 7 pm
Screening: Without a Whisper—KONNÓN:KWE (27 minutes, 2020), directed by Katsitsionni Fox
St. John Fisher College, Basil Hall, Room 135, Pittsford
FREE | No registration required | Information: Melissa Goodwin at 585.385.8011 or mgoodwin@sjfc.edu | Trailer | Learn more about this film. (4)

October 12 | 1 – 1:30 pm
Discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass
Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Brighton
FREE | Registration & Information: Jude Hyzen at 585.7848.5300 or jude.hyzen@libraryweb.org

October 12 | 7 pm
Discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass
Webster Public Library, 980 Ridge Road, Webster
FREE | Information & Registration for in-person or online event

October 14 | 11 am
Discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass
Victor Farmington Library, 15 Main Street, Farmington
FREE | Information & Registration for in-person or online event

October 14 | 6 – 7:30 pm
Discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass
Victor Farmington Library, 15 Main Street, Farmington
FREE | Seating limited to 15 | Registration Required

October 14 | Open Studio 6 pm, Event 7 pm
VSW Salon: Artists Read from & Reflect on Passages from Braiding Sweetgrass
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street, Rochester
Parking behind building and on surrounding streets
FREE (Donations Welcome) | Registration not required | Masking Required
Information: Visual Studies Workshop. Learn more about this event. (5)

October 14 | 7 pm
Online Discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass and the work of Robin Wall Kimmerer
Hosted by Estuary Soul Care
FREE | Information & Registration | Learn more about this event. (6)

October 14 | 7:30 – 8:15 pm
Novelist Kelli Jo Ford: Virtual Reading & Conversation
Event Sponsor: Financial Strategies Group, RBC Wealth Management
Presented by Writers & Books
FREE | Zoom Registration | Learn more about award-winning author Kelli Jo Ford

October 17 | 2 – 3 pm
Iroquois History & Culture with Ganondagon’s Harvey Limbeck, including Living with Nature Exhibition
Penfield Library, 1985 Baird Road, Penfield
FREE | Information & Registration as of 9/21: 585.340.8720 | Masking Required

October 19 | 1 -1:30 pm
Online Discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass
Hosted by Brighton Memorial Library
FREE | Zoom registration: Jude Hyzen at 585.784.5300 or jude.hyzen@libraryweb.org

October 19 | 7 pm
Discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass
Barnes & Noble, Towne Center, 1070 Ridge Road, Webster
FREE | No registration required | Information: Clare Hilton at 585.872.9710 or crm2229@bn.com

October 20 | 12 pm
FEATURED AUTHOR EVENT
Robin Kimmerer Virtual Reading and Q & A (In-Person Event Sold Out)
Event Sponsor: Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library
FREE | ASL Interpretation | Register here for live streaming to your home.

 Or enjoy the live streamed experience at a partnering venue: Mendon Public Library (register: 585.624.6067); Wood Library, Canandaigua; Each venue will follow its own COVID protocols.

October 20 | 7:30 – 9 pm
FEATURED AUTHOR EVENT
Robin Kimmerer: In-Person Keynote & Book Signing
Event Sponsor: The College at SUNY Brockport, Department of English
The College at SUNY Brockport, Edwards Hall 100
FREE | Masking Required | ASL Interpretation | Register here
Directions to campus. Edwards Hall is Building 13 on this downloadable map. Best parking is in Lot F, as shown on the map.

Or enjoy the live streamed experience: St. John Fisher College, Basil Hall 135.
FREE | Registration not required | Information: 585.385.8011 or mgoodwin@sjfc.edu

October 21 | 7 pm
Online Discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass and the work of Robin Wall Kimmerer
Hosted by Estuary Soul Care, facilitated by Holly Rockwell
FREE | Information & Zoom registration | Learn more about this event. (6)

October 25 | 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Family Storyhour and Sweetgrass Activity: The First Blade of Sweetgrass, by Suzanne Greenlaw and Gabriel Frey, with illustrations by Nancy Baker
Penfield Library, 1985 Baird Rd, Penfield
Registration for Penfield residents opens on 10/11, for non-residents, 10/18.
Registration or 585.340.8720

October 26 | 7:30 – 8:15 pm
Memoirist Toni Jensen: Virtual Reading & Conversation
Event Sponsor: Financial Strategies Group, RBC Wealth Management
Presented by Writers & Books
FREE | Zoom registration | Learn more award-winning author Toni Jensen

October 30 | 10:30 am 
Walking Tour of Washington Grove
Friends of Washington Grove
FREE | No registration required | Information | Directions & Details (7)

November 2 | 7 – 8:30 pm
Reciprocating the Gift: Online Panel Discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass / Q & A  Hosted by Writers & Books
FREE | Zoom Registration | Learn more about this event. (8)

November 6 | 2 – 4 pm
Screening: The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code (1 hour, 2014), directed by Sheldon P. Wolfchild
Followed by discussion with G. Peter Jemison
Co-sponsored by Ganondagan and Victor Farmington Library
Ganondagan Seneca Art & Culture Center, 7000 County Road 41, Victor
FREE | Masking Required | Limited seats: registration required. Learn more. (9)

November 9 | 7 pm
Book discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass with the Tuesday Night Book Club
Henrietta Public Library, 625 Calkins Road, Henrietta
FREE | Masking Required | Information and RegistrationCathy Scarnati at 585.359.7092 or Cathy.Scarnati@libraryweb.org


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(1)     Fantastic Fungi is a consciousness-shifting film that takes viewers on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists, including Paul Stamets and bestselling authors including Michael Pollan, Andrew Weil, and Eugenia Bone, viewers become aware of the beauty, intelligence, and solutions the fungi kingdom offers us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges. Discussion leaders: David McCheyne is President of the Rochester Mycology Association. Scott Valpey is the Co-founder of Leep Foods.

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(2)     Megan Meyer, Master Gardner and Co-Lead for Reconnecting to Nature by Creating a Healthy Yard, offers a story of gardens, from the purely decorative to those that serve important ecological functions. When we listen to our many wisdom keepers, we are energized and understand that we can make changes in our own backyards that enhance the lives of ourselves and our families, as well as pollinators and birds. Paul Hawken, Richard Louv, Doug Tallamy, and stories from Braiding Sweetgrass inspire this conversation and point to a better way of caring for our yards.

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(3)     Join Maura Sullivan, Associate Professor of Conservation at Finger Lake Community College, as she discusses the benefits of native plant landscaping from an ecologist’s perspective. Information will be shared on how diversifying our residential footprint reduces our environmental impact, supports native pollinators, and enhances overall biodiversity in our landscape. As a botanist and “brown thumb” gardener, Maura also will share her personal experiences and highlight local resources for native gardening.

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(4)     Without a Whisper—KONNÓN:KWE is the untold story of the profound influence of Indigenous women on the beginning of the women’s rights movement in the United States. Before the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls in 1848, European colonial women lacked even the most basic rights, while Haudenosaunee women had a potent political and spiritual voice and authority in all aspects of their lives. The contact that the early suffragists had with Haudenosaunee women in New York state shaped their thinking and had a vital impact on their struggle for equality that is taken for granted today. The film follows Mohawk Bear Clan Mother Louise Herne and Professor Sally Roesch Wagner as they seek to correct the historical narrative about the origins of women’s rights in the United States.

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(5)     Featured on 10/14: Visual artists Hernease Davis and Lee Cannarozz0 and Kate Whorton, Director of Ceramics at Flower City Art Center. The VSW Salon Series is a bi-monthly engagement in microcinema featuring film screenings, artist talks, Community Curator events, performances, presentations, and conversations with photography and film artists. The Salon Series showcases the work of local and national artists and invites them to present their work in an intimate “microcinema” equipped to show 16mm, Super 8, and video on state-of-the-art equipment. Salon events take place the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Suggested donation is $10.

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(6)     Robin Wall Kimmerer invites us into deeper relationship with the natural world. The public is invited to join Holly Rockwell on 10/14 and 10/21 for a conversation about the gifts and challenges of that invitation. Holly is a non-denominational spiritual director at Estuary Soul Care and a certified master naturalist.

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(7)     Join a free walking tour of the 26-acre Washington Grove, one of the nation’s few old growth forest remnants within city limits and a new member of the Old Growth Forest Network. Your guides will take you on a walk through the canopy of 250-year-old oak trees. Discover the Grove’s diverse plant life, including trees, shrubs, and groundcovers, and the wildlife that the grove supports. Learn about its natural history and current conservation efforts. Reflect on how Kimmerer might enter this forest and how she suggests it offers a model for human communities. Gather at the Nunda Blvd. entrance to Washington Grove (closest street address is #8 Nunda Blvd).  Rain date is Oct. 30 if there are high winds or heavy rain and lightning. For more information on supporting Washington Grove visit https://friendsofwashingtongrove.org.

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(8)     Reciprocating the Gift participants: Daystar/Rosalie Jones (Pembina Chippewa) is a dancer and storyteller and the founder and artistic director of DAYSTAR Dance Company, the first dance company in the U.S. created with all-native performers and specializing in the portrayal of the personal and tribal stories of Indian America. Angela Cannon-Crothers is an author and environmental educator working in horticulture, herbal education, biology, wilderness skills, nature journaling, nature writing, poetry, and fiction. She teaches at RMSC, FLCC, and Writers & Books. Christopher Widmaier is an educator and the director of Rochester Ecology Partners, a non-profit that works to improve individual, community, and environmental well-being by connecting people in our city to nature, the places they live, and one another. Facilitator Wendy Lowis a poet and teacher and the founder of the Where’s Walden nature writing program for children and teens at Writers & Books.

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(9)     The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code is a powerful, landmark documentary film brought to life by the collaborative efforts of Dakota filmmaker and director Sheldon P. Wolfchild (Dakota) and co-producer Steven Newcomb (Shawnee, Lenape). Peter Jemison (Seneca/Heron Clan), Ganondagan State Historic Site Manager, artist, filmmaker, speaker, and author, will share his thoughts and perspective and facilitate an open discussion.

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