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Beginning in January 2020, Westbury library event registrations will be done via EventKeeper. Please Click here for more details.

Special Interest

Music – Sirens and Superstars
Friday, February 12, 7:00 pm, via Zoom

ith a spirit that will warm your heart and a voice that will touch your soul, Rhonda Denet will perform “Sirens and Superstars,” a
“herstory” showcase that celebrates 70 years of female contributions to the American Music landscape. The journey begins in the
1930s with the “Queen of Swing,” Mildred Bailey and the Boswell Sisters. It ends in the 1990s with songs by the powerhouse, genre-
crossing hit makers Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Rhonda’s professional career has included performances at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, Waldorf Astoria, B.B. Kings Bar and many more venues. Don’t miss this memorable musical program!.
To register, use this link:    join Here

Save the Date for a Special Book Talk

Tuesday, March 23, 7:00 pm, via Zoom

In recognition of both Black History and Women’s History month, join Fran Cohen in a special book talk and discussion of two
landmark pieces of nonfiction: The Warmth Of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration and Caste: The Origins of
Our Discontent both written by the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Isabel Wilkerson. “Required reading for all humanity.” Oprah
Fran Cohen, teacher, facilitator and published writer presents dynamic participation lectures, workshops and discussions on books,
and the arts. She has co-authored along with her husband, Dr. Ed Cohen, Still Holding Hands: A Whimsical Guide through the ABC’s of
A Long Term Relationship. Fran has been a scholar/facilitator for the NY Council for the Humanities. Read the books, but listeners are
certainly welcome as well. The Library will have copies on hand, please call to reserve a copy..
To register, use this link: join here


Virtual Citizenship Preparation Classes with Literacy Nassau
Registration is January 5 – 15, 2021 and classes begin January 25, 2021,via Zoom

Literacy Nassau is offering Virtual Citizenship classes. Citizenship classes are taught in English only; you must speak English well enough to understand the material. When you register, if Literacy Nassau feels you are not ready for the class, they will offer you an *English class instead to start with until you improve your language skills. Students will be placed in Zoom classes. For further information please call 516-887-3580. Make an appointment for virtual registration here

Clases virtuales de Preparación para la Ciudadanía con Literacy Nassau
La inscripción es del 5 al 15 de Enero de 2021 y las clases comienzan el 25 de Enero de 2021
via Zoom

La inscripción es del 5 al 15 de Enero de 2021 y las clases comienzan el 25 de Enero de 2021
Literacy Nassau ofrece clases de ciudadanía virtual. Las clases de ciudadanía se imparten solo en Inglés; debe hablar Inglés lo suficientemente bien para comprender el material. Cuando se registre, si Literacy Nassau siente que no está listo para la clase, le ofrecerán una clase de Inglés para comenzar hasta que mejore sus habilidades lingüísticas. Los estudiantes serán ubicados en clases de Zoom. Para obtener más información, llame al 516-887-3580. Concierte una cita para el registro virtual en

Arts and Crafts

The Joy of Watercolors
Tuesday, January 19, 7:00 pm,via Zoom

In this one-hour 101 class (that is open to all ages and skill levels), watercolor techniques will be demonstrated. These techniques can
be used to create realistic or abstract art including landscapes, portraits, or surreal worlds. While the instructor’s focus is abstraction,
the techniques can be used for any style and participants are welcome to work on their own paintings throughout the class. Meagan
Meehan will present. Ms. Meehan is a Westbury Arts member/instructor. To get a copy of the materials needed see the attached
PDF file for this program. Register here
Materials List here

The Joy of Sculpture
Tuesday, February 16, 7:00 pm,
via Zoom

In this one-hour introductory class (which is designed for all ages and skill levels), everyone learns sculpting techniques and creates an
original art piece in any theme of their choosing. Meagan Meehan will present. Ms. Meehan is a Westbury Arts member/instructor.
To get a copy of the materials needed see the attached PDF file for this program. register here
Supply List


Quick and Easy Main Dishes
Wednesday, January 20, 3:00 pm,via Zoom

These simple but satisfying easy dinner recipes don’t require much advance prep or a long cooking time, you can still sit down to a
comforting home-cooked dinner any night of the week. Lucy Van Horn will demonstrate how simple it is to prepare Portobello
mushrooms with goat cheese and honey roasted pork. Lucy has been teaching cooking classes for over 25 years. She was co-owner of
a food advertising ad agency and part of her job was to do food styling for the ads of Fortune 500 companies and develop recipes for
various products. Lucy has worked as a pastry chef for restaurants, owned a café in the East Village as well as catering for 15 years.
Her passion is to encourage people to cook for themselves and stay healthy. To get a copy of the recipes see the attached PDF file for
this program.
To register use this link:   join here
The recipe and ingredient list can be found here

Cooking Class, Brunch
Wednesday, February 17, 3:00 pm via Zoom

Brunch is the perfect combination of breakfast and lunch dishes. Chef Lucy Van Horn will demonstrate the preparation of two simple
dishes: Eggs Supreme which is a variation on a Basque egg and quiche with crabmeat. These brunch recipes have a little something to
satisfy everyone!

To register use this link:   join here

Career Counseling

Free Career Counseling

Want to review your resume? Need prep for an interview? One-on-one Career Counseling is available by appointment only by calling
the Computer and Career Center at 516-379-3274, ext. 504. All sessions will take place over the telephone. If you require resume
assistance you must forward your resume as a Microsoft Word document to prior to the appointment.
You will be called at the time of your scheduled appointment. We are thankful to the Freeport Library for offering this service to our


Computers and Internet 101 – Virtual
Thursday, January 7, 11:00 am via Zoom

Does email confuse you? Have you had issues understanding the web, your new phone, or the computer that’s been in the living room for a decade? Has 2020 seen you go from using the internet once a month to once an hour and it still might as well all be a foreign language to you? We can help. Join this informative one-hour class led by Chris Durrah of the Westbury Library Technology Department and get started on your new digital journey. Questions are very much encouraged.To register, use this link: Register Here

Internet 101 – Virtual
Thursday, January 14, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm,via Zoom

Learn the Basics of the World-Wide Web with the Westbury Library Technology Department. From creating your first email address to
buying things online and signing up for social media. Please come prepared with any questions you may have.To register, use this link: Register Here

Social Media Basics –
Tuesday, February 9, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, via Zoom

Social Media can be a difficult landscape to navigate. Learn the dos and don’ts of the various social websites as well as some handy
tips and essential skills to get you started. Questions, as always are encouraged.To register, use this link: Register Here

Health & Fitness

Finding Peace through Meditation – Virtual
Tuesdays, January 12, 19, 26 and February 2, 9, 16, 10:00 – 11:00 am,via Zoom

When you meditate, you calm and focus your mind through your breathing. Learn how to beat that overwhelming feeling through meditation and start to experience a deep and authentic inner peace. Enjoy this six-week series with Stephany Taylor from Kadampa Meditation Center of Long Island.To join use this link: join here

Brain Abs
Wednesdays, January 13, 20, 27 and February 3, 10, 17, 7:00 – 8:00 pm,via Zoom

Brain Aerobics is a fun brain-building class for all ages, because no matter your age, you can build your brain. The class will mainly
touch on MEMORY techniques with a variety of short term and long term memory exercise. Easy formulas to apply to daily lifestyle
and new ways to train the brain to think will be reinforced which will strengthen the brain’s connections and actually build new brain
cells. Nutrition, positive thinking, and meditation will also be discussed in this fun and interactive class. No tests, no picking people
out, just good clean memory fun. Taught exclusively by Victoria LaBouff-Lanza, a Professional Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer
for over 30 years! She has been certified since 1987 as a Fitness Professional, through The Athletics and Fitness Association of
America (AFAA) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Register in advance for this meeting:To register use this link: join here

Pilates with Maryellen
Thursdays, January 14, 21, 28 and February 4, 11, 18, 6:00 – 7:00 pm,via Zoom

Need some help improving your posture, increasing your flexibility, or developing your core strength? Then join our FREE Pilates
beginner/intermediate exercise class! Using principles based on the Pilates Method, instructor Maryellen Petassi will guide
participants of any age through techniques that will help improve balance, stability, posture, coordination and muscle tone by
isolating and working various muscle groups through range of motion exercises. This is a form of low-impact exercise that is excellent
for people looking to start a new exercise regimen. Please wear comfortable clothing and have a mat. Maryellen Petassi is a certified
personal trainer and a registered Pilate’s instructor.To register use this link: join here

Book Discussion

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles–
Wednesday, January 6, 7:00 pm,via Zoom

This amazing, beautiful novel explores how we adapt to difficult circumstances over which we have little or no control. It is the story
of Count Alexander who was sentenced to life imprisonment in a luxury Russian hotel in 1922.Discussion leader is Kathleen Gaskin, Head of Patron Services. To join, please contact Kathleen Gaskin at 516-333-0176 ext.1151 or at

His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham
Wednesday, Wednesday, February 3, 7:00 pm, via Zoom

A revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in
America from the 1950s to the present.Discussion leader is Kathleen Gaskin, Head of Patron Services. To join, please contact Kathleen Gaskin at 516-333-0176 ext.1151 or at

NEW – Sci-Fi Book Club
Wednesday, February 17, 7:00 pm,via Zoom

First Book: Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal-award winning author. Elma York, a mathematical genius,
in an alternate history, calculates that humanity must leave Earth and colonize planets after a meteorite extinction event. Accurately
reveals the sexism and racism of the 1950’s. For more information send email to: register here

Coming Soon – Millennial Book Discussion–

WHAT? A new book club.
WHO? For Millennials, born between 1981 and 1996, or from ages 23 through 38; or thereabouts.
WHY? For you to connect with other millennials; share what you’ve been reading: engage with the library and the culture of
reading; have fun, no pressure……..for free!
WHERE? On Zoom, from the Westbury Library to your place.
WHEN? Launching, Spring 2021.
HOW? Contact Kathleen Gaskin at (516)333-0176; or
Send your comments, ideas, and suggestions too!


The Cottage – The Historical Society of the Westbury

For more information contact Susan Kovarik, curator at 516-333-0176 x 1107 or email:
Susan can be reached Wednesdays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and Thursdays from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

ESL – Learn English
Registration starts on December 2020 for the ESL Winter session. Classes begin in mid-January and continue to the end of March 2021. Visit the Literacy Nassau website to make an appointment.

Health Insurance Enrollment with Fidelis Care
Fidelis Care offers quality, affordable health insurance for qualifying children and adults of all ages through Qualified Health Plans and the New York State sponsored Child Health Plus, Essential Plan and Medicaid programs. Contact Luz Mery Guecha-Lutz at 347-597-2324 for more information.

Defensive Driving Classes with the Empire Safety Council
Empire Safety Council is holding small social distance classes in Nassau and Suffolk County. To register for a class contact Diana Palumbo-Wilbur at or call 631-664-0652.


Writers’ Workshop –

Fridays, January 8, 15, 22, 29, 10:00 – 11:30 am, via Zoom

Have you always wanted to be a writer but never had the opportunity to develop your skills and talent? Join our four session virtual
Writers Workshop and begin to explore poetry, memoir, and nonfiction writing. Classes will include some engaging activities as well
as instruction. Class size is limited to 15 participants in order to have time to share and critique your writing. Participants are
requested to bring a copy of their favorite poem, paper, and pencil to jot down ideas, and an apple to the first class. Presented by
Anne Wolf, a creative writing instructor. Ms. Wolf taught Language Arts to students and teachers in the Bellmore School District for
23 years.

To register, use this link: join here

Journaling Discussion Group

Fridays, January 22, 29, and February 5, (no class February 12) and 19, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, via Zoom

Begin your New Year by learning or expanding the art of journaling. If you are new to journaling this program will reveal the rewards of this prac-
tice of keeping an account of your thoughts and events in your life. You will learn the different reasons for journaling and how it can relax, de-
stress and help you to put your thoughts on paper in a style that is your own. If you are already journaling, we will discuss the next level and how

it can be instrumental in teaching skills of discipline, scheduling, and organizing. You will receive information on how to journal for a specific purpose such as notes for memoirs or other life goals. Each session will include a discussion so that participants can share obstacles and progress.

Author and writing Coach Linda J. Williams has been journaling for over 20 years and will share her expertise in this four session program.

To register, use this link: join here

Coming Up

Library Board Meetings

Thursday, August 20, 7:00 pm

The Westbury Library Board of Trustees would like to invite the public to attend our upcoming board meetings via Zoom. Meetings are typically held on the third Thursday of each month starting at 7:00 pm. The meeting can be joined at the following


Or by calling the following phone number on the evenings of the meetings after 6:45 pm: 1-646-558-8656

The public is encouraged to email if they have any questions.

The Westbury Friends of the Library Group

The Friends of the Westbury Library is Launching!
Get involved and help to create a fun and exciting
Friends group that will benefit the Westbury
Memorial Public Library and our vibrant community.
Volunteer your talents and enthusiasm today.
Please contact Kathleen Gaskin at (516) 333-0176,
Ext. 1151 or send an email to:

Note to Carle Place WMPL cardholders

There is a need for volunteers to serve on the Carle Place Library Funding Board.

This Board has been instituted for over 15 years. Two members of the 5 elected members have served for 15 years. One is up for election in December and is not going to run. The second Board member will also not run when his term ends. The present contract requires a 5 member board or the contract with the Westbury Library is voided and library privileges would end. Several people are needed. Please send your contact information to CPPLFD, P O Box #155, Carle Place, NY 11514.


Museum Passes

Passes available:

  • Cradle of Aviation Museum
  • Firefighters Museum and Educational Center
  • Long Island Children’s Museum
  • Nassau County Museum of Art
  • Old Bethpage Village Restoration
  • Old Westbury Gardens
  • The Vanderbilt Mansion/Museum/Planetarium
  • Empire Pass (1 Day Pass, 3 Day Pass)


Tech One-on-One

Do you need help using your Apple or Android tablet? Do you have a new smartphone and have no clue how to use it or add apps? Is your laptop acting strangely or do you need some Microsoft Office tips? Ask the Tech Department for help! We are happy to schedule one-on-one tech sessions with Westbury Library cardholders. Call 516-333-0176 or email Chris Durrah ( and ask for details.