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Special Interest

I See the Good in You – Virtual 
Wednesday, September 30, 7:00 pm, via Zoom

Welcome, poets, artists, painters, singers and musicians, and share your thoughts. Join Donna Felton, SUNY Old Westbury alum, who
will provide upliftment as she takes a poetic journey to see the good in people in her virtual showcase “I See the Good in You,”
explored through discussion and with an open mic exhibition where you can display the good in you.
To register use this link:

Virtual Town Hall with Assemblyman Michael Montesano
Thursday, October 8, 7:00 pm, via Zoom, via Zoom

Please join New York State Assemblyman Michael Montesano for a Virtual Town Hall. Topics to be covered include 2020 legislative
updates, early voting, and so much more! There will also be plenty of time for questions and answers.  Visit our website and register
in advance for this meeting.
To register use this link:

Virtual Community Tea Party
Thursday, October 22, 7:00 pm,via Zoom

This pandemic has inspired creative ways for us to maintain physical distance but minimize our sense of loneliness and isolation. The
objective of this tea is to “get together with friends.” Relax with a nice cup of tea. You don’t have to wear your Sunday best but it will
be fun to see you wear your favorite hat. As we are enjoying tea the theme or conversation will be: What do you do or turn to for
personal peace and tranquility?

To register use this link:

ESL Class Registrations – Virtual
September 8 – 18

Fall classes will begin virtually and transition to in-person when the Library reopens. You must have your own email address and
computer/tablet with video/audio to participate in the fall session. The fall session is from September 28 to December 18, 2020.

make an appointment to register visit :

Property Tax Exemptions Seminar – Virtual

Are you receiving all the exemptions to which you are allowed? If not, visit the Town of North Hempstead Receiver of Taxes webpage
as they explain STAR, Senior Citizens, Veterans and other exemptions that could help you lower your property taxes.
For more
information visit : or


Cook at Home – Virtual 
Monday, September 14, 7:00 pm, via Zoom

Join Pittmaster Brian Collins for a special which you can recreate in the comfort of your home. Grilled steak with smoked mushrooms
in Madeira wine sauce is on the menu. Madiera wine was the most popular wine in the colonial U.S., and lots of wild mushrooms get
harvested in the fall. Completing the meal in this apple picking time, enjoy an apple based side dish. Recipes will be provided.
To register use this link:

Cooking at Home II Oktoberfest – Virtual
Monday, October 26, 7:00 pm, via Zoom, via Zoom

Join Chef Brian Collins for a preparation of schnitzel (breaded and sautéed). The following sauces will also be demonstrated: Wiener schnitzel (butter sauce and lemon), Jaeger schnitzel (with sour cream and mushrooms) and Konigsberg Schnitzel (with lemon, caper, and cream sauce). Traditional parslied potatoes and sauerkraut will be the side dishes. Enjoy in the comfort of your own home..To register use this link:


Smartphone/Tablet 101 Workshop – Virtual
Wednesday and Thursday, September 16 and 17, 11:00 am, via Zoom

The Westbury Library Tech Department invites all to attend a smartphone and tablet workshop teaching how to navigate our ever-
increasingly digital society. Questions of all types are encouraged. Please feel free to include anything you want particular attention
paid to in the registration questionnaire.To register use this link:

Health & Fitness

Finding Peace through Meditation – Virtual
WTuesdays, September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 10:00 am – 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 register use this link:

Virtual Better Health & Wellness Series
Tuesdays, September 9, 15, 22, 29, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, via Zoom

Please join Assemblyman Ed Ra, Northwell Health and the Katz Institute for Women’s Health for a wellness series. Join for one, a few
or all of the programs. You can pick and choose which ones you’d like to attend. To register and receive the Zoom link please call
Assemblyman Ra’s district office at 516-535-4095.
When the Brain Becomes Ill – 9/8
Integrative Health – 9/15
Stress Management – 9/22
How to Stay Young Forever – 9/29

St. Francis Community Health Bus
Wednesday, September 23, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

St. Francis Health bus will be parked on Jefferson Street to provide free health screenings which includes a brief cardiac history, blood
pressure and a simple blood test for cholesterol and diabetes screening with appropriate patient education and referrals as needed.
Clients must be 18 years or older. No appointment necessary.

Historical Society

Westbury from Above – Virtual
Sunday, October 18, 2:30 pm, via Zoom

Perspective is everything, and this presentation by author Richard Panchyk will take a unique new look at Westbury, viewing the history of its development through stunning aerial photo views, supplemented with relevant vintage images to tell the story of this very special place. Richard Panchyk, local author and historian will present. To register please use this link:

Book Discussion

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
Wednesday, September 9, 7:00 pm, via Zoom

This masterful novel of historical fiction spanning decades and crossing continents, follows two young people as they flee the
aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home. Discussion leader is Kathleen Gaskin, Head of Patron Services. To join, please contact Kathleen Gaskin at 516-333-0176 ext.1151 or at

The Dry by Jane Harper
Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 pm, via Zoom

This gripping crime novel with a stunning series of twists and turns that could only arise from a town steeped in dark secrets, is as
sizzling as its setting in the heat and drought of Australia. Discussion leader is Kathleen Gaskin, Head of Patron Services. To join, please contact Kathleen Gaskin at 516-333-0176 ext.1151 or at

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.