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Please note that ALL programs are being Held over Zoom unless otherwise noted

Note: Photographs and video taken during events may be used for library publicity.

Beginning in January 2021, Westbury library event registrations will be done via EventKeeper. Please Click here for more details.

Special Interest

JOURNALING DISCUSSION GROUP

Fridays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6, 13, 20, 27, 7:00 pm
Learn the different reasons for journaling and how it can relax, de-stress and help you put your thoughts on paper in a style that is your own. If already journaling, we will discuss how it can be instrumental in teaching skills of discipline, scheduling and organizing. Each session will include discussion so that participants can share obstacles and progress. Author and writing coach Linda J. Williams is the presenter; she will share her expertise.
To register, use this link: Register Here


Computers

Outdoor Tech One-On-Ones with Chris Durrah

TGet all your pressing computer questions answered and problems solved with help from
the Westbury Library Tech Department. Sessions will be held outdoors in our courtyard.
Please call 516-333-0176 and ask to speak to Chris Durrah or
email chrisdurrah@westburylibrary.org to schedule an appointment. 
Walk-ins will not be admitted. Please adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Patrons must wear a mask at all times.


Comprise Kiosk

The library has implemented a contactless computer reservation system that will soon
also allow patrons to pay for prints, faxes, scans, copies, and library fines with cash, a
credit/debit card, or funds that they have preloaded onto a library account.  Patrons can
currently view the kiosk just outside the Adult Computer Lab. and will be able to pay fines
and make purchases with it in the near future.


Outdoor Wifi

The library has obtained an outdoor wireless hotspot from NLS. Soon, patrons will be able
to access the internet 24/7 from the library's courtyard and the entrance to our parking
lot. Be on the lookout for more information about the outdoor hotspot posted around the
library in the coming weeks.

Arts and Crafts

PAINTING IN THE COURTYARD – Outdoor Program- REGISTRATION CLOSED

Thursday, July 22, 6:30 pm

Get your artistic juices flowing at our outdoor painting class with Party Art Studios!
They will supply everything you need to create a beautiful Hydrangeapainting. Walk-
ins will not be admitted. Please adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Patrons must wear a mask at all times.
Rain date: Friday, July 23.


Book Discussion

Outdoor Programs
Wednesday, July 7, 7pm

Wednesday, May 5, 7:00 pm
Surf’s up! The Adult Summer Reading Program 2021 theme is “Tails and Tales.” Take a
break from a book in July! Paul Mila, scuba diver, author and photographer from Carle
Place will entertain us with an exciting presentation above and below the waves.


Wednesday, August 4, 7pm

The book for the August discussion is – In the Heart of the Sea: the Tragedy of the
Whaleship Essex
– by Nathaniel Philbrick. An incredible true story comes to life, a
timeless account of the human spirit under extreme duress, when the ESSEX was rammed
and sunk by an enraged sperm whale.


Discussion leader: Kathleen Gaskin, Kathleengaskin@westburylibrary.org, or (516)333-
0176. These 2 sessions will meet in the courtyard. Walk-ins will not be
admitted. Please adhere to social distancing guidelines. Patrons must wear a
mask at all times.

Cooking

Chef Rob’s Summer 2021 Cooking and Baking Virtual Camp on Facebook
Monday, June 28, *Tuesday, July 6, Mondays July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16, 7:00 pm

Join us Monday evenings at 7:00 pm, except our *second meeting” will take place on
Tuesday, July 6 at 7:00 pm.
This Facebook, Live Summer Virtual Camp on Facebook is good for the entire family.
There will be some baking and some cooking. These recipes are for all ages to make and
enjoy.
These programs will be via the Westbury Library’s Facebook Page. Recipes are available
in our website, indefinitely via a PDF file.This program will be via the Westbury Library’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/westburylibrary/
The recipes and ingredient list can be found Below. Click the Food Item to download the recipe

Elder Law

Join presenter, John Virdone, Esq. who is a founding partner of The Virdone Law Firm, P.C. He has a multi-faceted background in complex civil litigation, business law, and family law. John is a recognized expert on complex custody matters and is the regular attorney lecturer for local chapters of national organizations representing grand-parental rights. He will be presenting the following informative and educational programs: 
CHANGES TO COMMUNITY BASED MEDICAID
Wednesday, May 19, 7:00 pm.

New York State will be changing the laws regarding how people qualify for Community Based Medicaid (standard health insurance that covers most healthcare such as doctor visits, hospital visits, lab tests, and prescription drugs). Starting on July 1, there will be a new law where there is a 30-month look back on financials to see eligibility and who qualifies. This is a long process and people need to know the current legislation and understand the changes.
Register here


ELDER LAW – PART 1
Wednesday, May 26, 7:00 pm

Power of Attorney, Healthcare proxies. Who speaks for you when you can’t? Make sure that your health wishes are taken care of when you are incapacitated. A properly executed healthcare proxy is needed to ensure that a persons’ wishes are adhered to.
A power of attorney is a document giving one or more persons the right to make non-medical decisions and/or perform certain transactions on behalf of another. Clearly, this is a serious delegation of authority and must be handled properly. It can involve anything from the buying/selling of stocks, bonds, and real estate to the writing of checks from a bank account.

Register here

ELDER LAW – PART 2
Tuesday, June 8, 7:00 pm

Estate planning, estate taxes, wills, trusts. As people age they need to understand the complexities of the laws regarding setting up wills, trusts and how it could affect their heirs. People need to ensure that when you pass away, your assets and property go to the beneficiaries of your choosing.
Register here

ELDER LAW – PART 3
Tuesday, June 15, 7:00 pm
Estates: administration, litigation, asset protections; how to protect your assets in New York. The American dream is often viewed as spending most of your life working, saving, and sacrificing so that in your golden years you can live comfortably and then share any excess with those you love after you pass on. Many people do all of these things but forget that if these hard-earned assets are not properly protected once accumulated that everyone from creditors to the government can take a piece of the pie, possibly even half or more. Join us and get informed.
Register here

Health & Fitness

FINDING PEACE THROUGH MEDITATION
Tuesdays, July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17, 10:00 – 11:00 am

Join us to learn the basics of meditation and calm and focus your mind through your breathing. Learn how to beat feelings of stress by meditating 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.

CHAIR YOGA WITH JOLIE BOSNJAK
Wednesdays, July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18, 10:30 am
Want to get in shape but feel regular Yoga is too strenuous for you? Improving flexibility, easing stiffness, creating both spatial awareness and a happy mental state are a few of the benefits that chair Yoga can provide our bodies. Jolie Bosnjak will present.
Register here


FALUN DAFA EXCERCISES
Wednesdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25, 7:00 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, you can achieve
physical health, mental balance and inner peace. This is a joint program with the East
Meadow Public Library. The practice is guided by the principles of Truthfulness,
Compassion and Tolerance. Presented by George Wei.
Join here


PILATES WITH MARYELLEN – Cancelled – Will Return In The Fall

Ongoing

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 bspinelli@ freeportlibrary.info 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 community.


The Cottage – The Historical Society of the Westbury

For more information contact Kathleen Gaskin, Head of Reference at 516-333-0176 x 1202 or email: kathleengaskin@westburylibrary.org.
Kathleen can be reached
Wednesdays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and Thursdays from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm


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.


SERVICE TO THE HOMEBOUND
Reference Librarian, Ron Schachter provides home delivery of Library materials to patrons in the Westbury or Carle Place school districts who are unable to visit the Library because of physical limitations. For further information contact Ron at 516-333-0176 x 1403 or email: ronaldschachter@westburylibrary.org


ESL- Learn English
Literacy Nassau offers virtual ESL (English as a Second
Language) classes throughout the year. Visit the Literacy Nassau website to make an
appointment. https://www.literacynassau.org/appointment

Coming Up

Library Board Meetings

The Westbury Library Board of Trustees would like to invite the public to attend our upcoming board meetings . Meetings are typically held on the third Thursday of each month starting at 7:00 pm. Meetings are held in the library’s large meeting room.


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:
kathleengaskin@westburylibrary.org

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)

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.