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Registration for Westbury & Carle Place residents begins December 23, 2019.

Special Interest

Starting and Growing Your Business
Need some advice in starting or growing your own business? The Library is collaborating with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) to provide counseling to individuals thinking of starting up a new business or who need help with an already established business. SCORE finds out about the unique needs of your business, and assigns you one of their extremely qualified mentors, free of charge. Please call Ron Schachter at 516-333-0176, Ext. 1403 to register for a one-hour appointment at the Westbury Library. SCORE is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses succeed.

Learn English
Do you want to learn English? Register with Literacy Nassau by calling 516-867-3580, Ext. 12 and schedule an appointment to register for ESL Spring classes which will be given at the Library. Visit their website at: www.LiteracyNassau.org and register now.

Aprenda Inglés
Quieres aprender inglés? Regístrese con Literacy Nassau llamando al 516-867-3580, Ext. 12 y programe una cita para inscribirse en las clases de la Primavera de ESL que se impartirán en la biblioteca. Visite su sitio web: www.LiteracyNassau.org y regístrese ahora.

Introduction to the Friends of the Library
Saturday, January 25, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Friends Group Forming…and You’re Invited! Everybody needs friends, including the Library. On Saturday, January 25, we will be holding an Introduction to the Friends of the Library. Come find out what the Friends are, what they can do for the Library, and how your talents and enthusiasm can fit in. Bring your friends and learn about ours! Refreshments will be provided.

The Karpenteers Story
Sunday, January 19, 2:30 pm

Take a stroll down memory lane here at the library with a performance by The Karpenteersa versatile quartet as they bring you the very best of The Carpenters. From the very first piano chords, to the smooth, catchy vocal melodies, and the lush harmonies, they masterfully recreate the magic that you remember. Accompanied by classic instrumental interludes and a solid rhythm section, they seamlessly transport you back to a memorable time in music. The Karpenteers remain faithful to the original arrangements and deliver a nostalgic show that is a fitting tribute to this brother and sister duo. Please join us for this wonderful afternoon!


Harmonica and String Quartet Concert
Sunday, January 26, 2:30 pm

Acclaimed harmonica virtuoso, Jia-Yi He will be here at the Library. Born in Beijing, China, he began playing harmonica when he was ten years old. Though he learned to play other instruments, harmonicas are what he has chosen to play professionally. He will be accompanied by a string quartet as he plays different harmonicas and a wide selection of classical masterworks.  Bring the entire family to enjoy this unique, musical afternoon.


Thirty-first African American Read-In
Sunday, February 2, 2:00 pm

Works written by African Americans authors will be read by school students. The goal of the Read-In chain is to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. Enjoy music from Westbury Middle School Jazz Ensemble. Hospitality will be provided by members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Pi Pi Omega Chapter.


Overcome with Joy and Gladness; Yet Still We Rise
Sunday, February 9, 2:30 pm

The award “winning and crowd” pleasing City Sounds Music Ensemble featuring the multi-talented and electrifying Jerome “City” Smith has comprised a special Black History Program. The focus will be on recorded Black music from the pre- and post-Civil Rights era that crossed over all color lines and barriers, which made “the whole world sing” and come together. “To know where you are going, one must acknowledge and pay homage to the ones’ whose shoulders that were stood upon, for change to come.” Be a first-hand witness to the uniting power of all genres of music, particularly the influence of Black Music around the globe. This program is guaranteed to inspire, educate and “Edu-tain” all ages and nationalities that commune together for this musical and theatrical offering. Bring the family.


The Essence of Chinese Traditional Culture
Thursday, February 20, 7:00 pm

China has one of the most ancient cultures in the world encompassing 5,000 years of civilization. Its spiritual foundation centers upon the values of honor, etiquette, wisdom, sincerity and compassion, traditional Chinese culture was heralded as a divine gift. The Chinese New Year of 2020 is the Year of the Rat. In honor of this, please join us for a lecture about the history of the Chinese culture. Dr. William Lin and Roger Pina from the Long Island Chinese Culture Presentation Team will present. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.


What is Your Story: A Writing Workshop
Thursday, February 27, 7:00 pm

Thinking of writing a book? Maybe you started a book, but never finished it or, perhaps you completed it, but have no idea what to do next. Then come to the library and meet Linda J. Williams, writing coach, certified etiquette consultant and author. This two-hour workshop is for those who have a desire to write a book, but are not sure how to get started or how the process works. She coaches writers at all stages to complete and publish their work, as well as assisting them with the marketing of their book. Whether you are looking to write a novel, children’s book, memoir, self-help or other book, this workshop will provide valuable information for you. Join us for this thought-provoking evening.


Numerology
Thursday, January 9, 7:00 pm

Numerology is the belief in the divine, mystical and special relationship between numbers and events in the real world. The relationship between numbers and coinciding events has been noted for thousands of years. This ancient wisdom of symbols are in all cultures from Africa, Asia near East and Western countries. Join us for a very interesting evening as Carole Ann Durand, who has been a clairvoyant numerologist for over 25 years, explains the science of numbers based on energy vibration. She will also give some short readings and explain the upcoming year. Free, registration required.


Nutrition Workshops
Mondays, January 6, 13, 27, and February 3
Thursdays, January 16, 23, 30 and February 6, 13, 7:00 pm

Representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension will present nine seminars on nutrition on the following topics: Exercise, Fruit and Vegetable Intake, Sugar/Fat/Sodium, Food Safety, Plan/Shop/Save, Dairy, Feeding Young Children, and Whole Grains. The last day, session 9, there will be a review and a celebration. Those who attend all 9 sessions will receive a certificate. Free, registration required.

Talleres de Nutrición
Lunes, Enero 6, 13, 27, y Febrero 3
Jueves, Enero 16, 23, 30, y Febrero 6, 13, a las 7:00 pm

Los representantes de Cornell Cooperative Extension presentarán nueve tallares de nutrición en los siguientes temas: ejercicio, frutas y verduras, Azúcar/Grasa/Sal, Seguridad alimenticia, Planificar/Comprar/ Ahorrar, Lácteo, Alimentando a los niños pequeños, y Granos enteros. El último día, sesión 9, habrá una revisión y una celebración. Aquellos quienes asistan a las 9 sesiones recibirán un certificado. Gratis, se requiere registro.


How to Hire a Caregiver
Saturday, January 18 or February 18, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Being a family caregiver is a challenging task. Our care experts will be informing our community in understanding what it takes to be the reliable loved one that the family needs. Learn how to effectively use “Compassionate Caregiving” to support your own family. Understand the mental and physical challenges everyone in the family will experience. Presenting by Touching Hearts at Home. Call 516-737-1618 to register. Open to all. Choose one session.


Property Assessment Grievance Workshop
Tuesday, February 4, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

If you pay taxes on property in Nassau County, you have the right to appeal your property’s annual assessment. Join Charles Berman, Town of North Hempstead Receiver of Taxes, as he reviews the grievance process. Please bring your 2021/2022 Notice of Tentative Assessed Value. It takes only a few moments to complete the Application for Correction of Property Tax Assessment. Staff members will be on hand with applications for your convenience.


AARP Free Tax-Aide
Wednesdays, February 5 through April 15, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Free tax assistance will be available at the library especially for patrons 50 and older. AARP volunteers will assist you in the preparation of your tax returns. Bring all necessary documents, including tax return from the previous year. Appointments only. Note: On February 26 the first appointment starts at 12:30 pm.


Senior Housing Seminar
Tuesday, February 11, 10:00 am

Curious about what your living arrangements can be in your senior years? The library is having a seminar on Senior Housing that can answer your questions on this timely topic. Senior Housing is housing that is suitable for the needs of an aging population; it ranges from independent living to 24-hour care. In this type of housing there is an emphasis on safety, accessibility, adaptability and longevity that many conventional housing options may lack. Join Sherry Prinzo and Joanne Weisenfeld from Realty Connect USA as they explain the different options available. Open to all.

Bus Trip

None currently scheduled.

Cooking

Cooking for Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday, January 20, 7:00 pm

While celebrations of Martin Luther King’s birthday tend toward serious discussions and community marches, there is another side to Dr. King that is seldom discussed: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. legendary civil rights leader, electrifying preacher… was a foodie! Dr. King loved down-home Southern cooking such as pork chops, catfish, fried chicken, greens, pecan pie and peach cobbler. It wasn’t unusual for King to have two such dinners scheduled on the same night, as so many people wanted him to visit their homes to share a meal. Join Pitmaster Brian Collins as we celebrate Dr. King, the man, by cooking a dinner he would have loved. Fee $5. Class limit 25. Out-of-district may register January 13.


Cooking for the Presidents
Monday, February 10, 7:00 pm

Since the founding of the Republic, Americans have looked to the White House to set the standard for our social graces and dining. Many Presidents and First Ladies were intimately involved in the history of food in this country. George Washington was one of the first American experimental agriculturalists and his micro-management of the plantation at Mount Vernon supplied Mrs. Washington with 60 varieties of crops and various fruits. He also made his own beer. Abraham Lincoln was very much at home in the kitchen and would often cook for his family. In honor of Presidents’ Day, we will celebrate by making Martha Washington’s Beefsteak Pie, Mr. Lincoln’s Chicken Fricassee and a dessert favored by John and Abigail Adams. Come and enjoy this historical, culinary night! Presented by Pitmaster Brian Collins. Fee $5. Class limit 27. Out-of-district may register January 20.

Health & Fitness

Ongoing

Health Insurance Consultations
Tuesdays, 2:00 – 5:00

See if you qualify for health insurance at little or no cost for the entire family with the WellCare which offers the New York State sponsored Child Health Plus, Essential Plan and Medicaid Health Plans.

Luz Mery Guecha-Lutz, Market Place Facilitated Enroller will assist you and answer questions. Contact: 516-347-597-2324, or e-mail: Luz.GuechaLutz@wellcare.com

Free Blood Pressure Screening
Wednesday, January 15 and February 19, 12:30 – 2:30 pm

Free blood pressure screening conducted by St. Francis Hospital will be available the third Wednesday of every month. No appointments necessary.


Bodysculpt
Wednesdays, January 22, 29 and February 5, 12, 19, 26, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Enjoy yourself and improve your health while you learn effective moves to burn calories, tone your body and gain flexibility in this low impact, Pilates based strength training class. Please bring a stretchy band (no handles), mat and 3 lb. dumbbells. Instructor Lisa Didyk is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. Class Limit 30. Fee $42


Falun Dafa Exercises – FREE
Wednesdays, January 22, 29 and February 5, 12, 19, 26, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Falun Dafa is a meditation practice, similar to Tai Chi, which brings about calm, serenity and a higher level of awareness, while also having a substantial benefit to your physical well being. Through a series of easy-to-learn exercises and meditation (done from a chair), you can achieve physical health, mental balance and inner peace. The practice is guided by the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance. Presented by George Wei. Wear comfortable clothing. Free, registration required. Out-of-district residents may register January 13.

Historical Society

Finding the Hidden Treasure in Your Family: From Slavery to Freedom
Sunday, February 16, 2:30 pm

Join us for an important, thought-provoking program presented by Cheryl Wills, an award-winning anchor, reporter and journalist for “New York 1 News.” She is the author of Die Free: A Heroic Family History, which traces her great-great-great grandfather Sandy Wills’ courageous service in the Civil War as a member of the U.S. Colored Troops. Cheryl made history as the first journalist invited to speak before the United Nations General Assembly for the International Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


The Cottage: The Historical Society of the Westburys

Within the general jurisdiction of the Westbury Memorial Public Library, the Historical Society of the Westburys shall endeavor to bring together those people who are interested in educational and cultural aspects of the history of the area of the Westburys, New Cassel and Carle Place. The Society holds monthly meetings from September through April, most of which are held on Sunday afternoons in the meeting room of the library. Programs on historical topics of local interest are presented by various speakers. The Society is still collecting items pertaining to the history of this area.

Located in the courtyard between the Adult Library and the Children’s Library. Hours of operation for the public are Wednesdays, 10:00 to 1:00, Thursdays 1:00 to 5:00 and 12:00 to 4:00 on the first Saturday of each month, except July and August. Please contact Susan Kovarik at susankovarik@westburylibrary.org or 516-333-0176 x1107 for more details.


Oral History Project

The Historical Society is starting an oral history project to interview long-time residents of Westbury, Old Westbury, New Cassel and Carle Place. To participate contact Susan Kovarik at the Cottage.


Westbury Walking Tour

The Historical Society has created a self-guided walking tour pamphlet, “Westbury History in Stride.” It is not necessary to do the walking to enjoy reading and remembering some of the places which were part of Westbury’s history. The tour begins at the Quaker Meeting House with the A.M.E. Zion Church as another of the many points of interest. Copies are available at the cottage for a voluntary donation.

Ongoing

Community Crafters

Come, share your love of crafting and join the Community Crafters Night where the community can come together through crafting. Bring your portable projects to work on, share, learn and explore with other crafters. Knit, crochet, weave, quilt, scrap book, and jewelry making are a few of the crafts to explore. Most of the time, it meets the first Thursday of every month from 6:00 – 8:30.


ESOL Classes

FREE ESOL classes are being held at the Library throughout the year sponsored by Literacy Nassau. To register for classes please perform the following:

Call Umama Pasha (516) 867-3580, Ext. 17 and leave one message.

Note: Literacy Nassau also offers Citizenship and reading assistance.

Visit the website. Once at the website click on STUDENTS and notice the Registration Information*.

*Most Fall classes begin in October

To register using the website fill in the information requested in the “Request Registration Information“

WESTBURY STUDENTS, to register in Westbury: Registration also takes place at: St. Brigid’s R. C. Church, 75 Post Avenue, 2nd Floor, Westbury, NY 11590

Literacy Nassau – Las clases de ESOL

Para inscribirse en las clases por favor, haga lo siguiente:

Llame a Umama Pasha (516) 867-3580, extensión 17 y deje un mensaje

Nota: Literacy Nassau tambien ofrece Ciudadanía y asistencia de la lectura.

Visite el sitio web Una vez en el sitio web, haga clic a los Estudiantes (Students) y observe la información de registro.

*La mayoría de las clases de otoño comienzan en Octubre

Para registrarse a través del sitio web llene la información solicitada en “Solicitud de Información de Registro” (Request Registration Information)

ESTUDIANTES de WESTBURY, para registrarse en Westbury: El registro tambien es en La Iglesia de Santa Brígida, 75 Post Avenue, 2nd Planta, Westbury, NY 11590


Scrabble
Meets Fridays from 1:00 – 4:00

Join this congenial group of players. New players are welcome.

Coming Up

Library Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees meets each month in the meeting room; the public is welcome to attend.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • Tuesday, January 21, 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, February 18, 7:00pm

New

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)

Driver Safety Classes

AARP Smart Driver
Saturday, January 11, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

This six-hour defensive driving class is offered by AARP and will help you refresh your driving skills, reduce your points and your auto insurance premium. Fee $20 for AARP members, $25 for non-members, and payable by check or money order only to AARP.


Defensive Driving with Empire Safety Council
Saturday, February 8, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This six-hour class for any age group is taught at the Library for those individuals who wish to lower their points, premium, and drive safer. To register please call Empire Safety Council 631-664-0652. Fee $28.

Book Discussion

Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Wednesday, January 8, 7:00 pm and
Thursday, January 9, 2:30 pm

A dazzling, profound novel about a small town community with a big dream – and the price required to make it come true.
Discussion leader: Kathleen Gaskin, Reference Librarian.


Just Bring the Baby Book Club
Wednesday, January 22, 6:30 pm

Add some more adult time to your week! Join librarians Stephanie and Nicolette to discuss November Road by Lou Berney and other current reads. Toys will be available for your little ones to play with while we chat. Please check out the book and register before our meeting. If unable to attend this date, join our Facebook Group “Just Bring the Baby Book Club.”


We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg
Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 pm and
Thursday, February 6, 2:30 pm

In this domestic drama based on a true story, a polio victim and her 13-year-old daughter, work miracles from their home in Tupelo, Mississippi (the town of Elvis’s birth) during the summer of 1964.


The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 pm and
Thursday, February 6, 2:30 pm

Based on a real school for boys that closed in 2011, this gripping tale recounts the experiences of two African-American teenagers at an abusive reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.
You have the choice of reading one or both of the listed books for the February book discussion.
Discussion leader: Kathleen Gaskin, Reference Librarian.

Movies

Ad Astra
Friday, January 3, 6:00 pm
Rated PG-13 (some violence and bloody images, and for brief strong language)
123 minutes

Astronaut Roy McBride travels to the edges of the solar system in search of his father and in effort to unravel a mystery which threatens the survival of Earth.


Judy
Friday, January 17, 6:00 pm
Rated PG-13 (contains substance abuse, mature thematic elements, some strong language and smoking)
119 minutes

Thirty years after rising to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. While preparing for the shows, Garland battles with management, reminisces with friends and adoring fans, and embarks on a whirlwind romance with soon-to-be fifth husband Mickey Deans, all while bravely struggling to overcome intensifying anxiety and physical decline.


Gemini Man
Friday, January 24, 6:00 pm
Rated PG-13 (violence and action throughout and brief strong language)
117 minutes

In this science-fiction thriller Henry Brogan, an elite assassin, is suddenly targeted and pursued by a mysterious young operative that seemingly can predict his every move.


Harriet
Friday, January 31, 6:00 pm
Rated PG-13
125 minutes

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, the movie tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.


Motherless Brooklyn
Friday, Februrary 14, 6:00 pm
Rated R
144 minutes

Lionel Essrog is a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome. He ventures through 1950s New York trying to solve his friend’s murder. Armed only with a few clues and the powerful engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance. Based on the bestselling novel by Jonathan Lethem.


The Good Liar
Friday, February 21, 6:00 pm
Rated R
109 minutes

Career con artist Roy Courtnay can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.


Ford vs Ferrari
Friday, February 28, 6:00 pm
Rated PG-13
152 minutes

The remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles, who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.

Computers/Technology

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 (chrisdurrah@westburylibrary.org) and ask for details.