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

Registration for Westbury & Carle Place residents begins February 25, 2019.

Special Interest

Formal Dresses Wanted!
Do you have formal dresses in your closet that no longer spark joy? Donate them to the Library for our prom dress giveaway. We will be accepting clean, chic, modern (no 90s bridesmaid dresses please) teen friendly dresses until March 31st.

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.

 

AARP Free Tax-Aide
Wednesdays, February 6 through April 10, 9:30 – 4:00

The AARP volunteer tax aide program offers free tax preparation help to anyone of any age – especially if you are 50 or older or cannot afford paid tax preparation. AARP volunteers will assist you in the preparation of your tax returns. Bring all necessary documents. Appointments only.


The Great American Folk Song Revival
Sunday, March 24, 2:30

Caroline Doctorow and her band will perform folk music of the early 60’s, an important time in the history of American Folk music. The program will feature well-known songwriters and performers such as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and many others. Caroline will also sing her original compositions, and discuss the songwriting process. She also describes what it was like growing up with her late father, world-renowned author E.L. Doctorow. This program-through-song offers the listener a unique perspective of this significant period in our country’s musical history.This is music that audiences of all ages will enjoy and remember. Sing-alongs are encouraged. Re-live the folk era of the 1960’s at the Library!


Celebration of Women for Breaking Barriers
Saturday, March 30, 1:00 – 3:00

In honor of Women’s History Month, join us to recognize and celebrate achievements of women who have broken barriers in their respective fields. Presented by the League of Women Voters, Central Nassau. Free, registration required.


Irish Tunes and Tales
Sunday, March 31, 2:30

Join us at the Library for a musical trip to the Emerald Isle in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Singer/songwriter Edward Ryan has been performing Irish songs since 2000 and appears regularly at McGorey’s in Massapequa Park and has recorded two CDs. He will be singing traditional Irish tunes such as Danny Boy, The Wild Rover and contemporary ones such as Fields of Athenry and When New York Was Irish. He will be presenting it all with the lilt of Irish laughter. Chase away the end of winter with this lively Celtic Sunday afternoon program!


Mariachi
Sunday, April 7, 2:30

We welcome the “finest Mariachi from New York City” to the Library. Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino and his talented ensemble have an immense desire to promote the beauty and splendor of Mariachi music. Listen to the musical prowess of these fine performers as they entertain us with songs that will transport us to another time and place. Enjoy a lively afternoon!


Meet the Authors of “Black, Pregnant and Loving It”
Tuesday, April 9, 7:00

Not all pregnancies are created equal. African-American women are at a higher risk for complications such as hypertension, asthma and preterm birth. That’s why Dr. Suzanne, obstetrician/gynecologist for 26 years and Yvette, a leader in education, wrote this pregnancy guide for women of color. Together they walk you through the stages of pregnancy, advise on how to best avoid common health issues and dispel rumors. With month-by-month overviews, soul food recipes beneficial to pregnant women, checklists for doctor visits, delivery options and more, they will make sure that you have everything you’ll need for the next 9 months. Bring your questions and concerns. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.


Brunch Ideas with Trader Joe’s
Monday, April 15, 7:00

Put a little Spring in your Brunch. Whether you are hosting or a guest, these Brunch ideas will make your dish the best. Join Kathleen and Kelli who will impart recipes, tips and tricks from our neighborhood grocery store, Westbury Trader Joe’s. Out-of-district residents may register March 18. Free, registration required.


Finding Family/Genealogy Essentials
Tuesday, April 23, 10:00 – 11:00

Join Ron Schachter, Reference Librarian in this introduction to Genealogy workshop. Ron will cover different genealogy resources as well as tips and tricks on how to start your research. No registration required.


[NEW] True Crime Discussion Group
Saturday, April 27, 10:00

Are you drawn to the genre of True Crime? All enthusiasts and murderinos are invited to discuss real-life events that are stranger than fiction. Moderator Corrie Willis will discuss False Report: A True Story of Rape in America, by Pulitzer Prize-winning authors T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong. Based on investigative files and extensive interviews with the principals, A False Report “is a serpentine tale of doubt, lies, and a hunt for justice, unveiling the disturbing truth of how sexual assault is investigated today – and the long history of skepticism toward rape victims.” A thought provoking program awaits all who attend. Can’t make it to the Library? Chat online through our Facebook Event “WMPL-TCD False Report.”


[CANCELLED] Watercolor Workshop
Saturdays, March 16, 23, April 13, 20, 27, 1:00 – 3:00

Join Charles Van Horn as he teaches the foundation of creating a successful watercolor including the fundamentals of drawing, composition and color theory. Each session will include a demonstration followed by a critique of student work. Out of district may register March 8. Fee $55. Class limit 15.


TD Bank First Time Home Buyer Seminar
Thursday, April 11, 7:00

Thinking of buying your first home? TD Bank will present a first time home buyer seminar that will help you plan for your future. The presentation will cover the 4C’s lenders consider in the loan decision, anatomy of a mortgage payment and the documents needed to apply for a home loan. You will also learn about saving money on closing costs, first time buyers tax credit, the role of the real estate attorney in the home buying process and much more. A mortgage loan officer will be on hand to help buyers navigate the current real estate market.


Senior Scam Prevention Seminar
Tuesday, April 16, 10:00 – 11:00

Have you been receiving phone calls, mail and flyers asking for your personal information? Come to this important program so that you can understand how to protect yourself from identity theft. Assemblyman Ed Ra will be joined by an expert from Nassau County Consumer Affairs and explain what you need to be aware of, how to identify scams and how to keep yourself from becoming the victim of identity theft. For more information, please call (516)535-4095. No registration required.

Bus Trip

Luncheon Cruise aboard Spirit Cruises
Wednesday, May 22

Be a part of the annual Patriotic themed Luncheon Cruise – the first day of Fleet Week in New York City. The trip includes music and dancing, luncheon, cruising and seeing the Brooklyn Bridge, Battery Park City, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and much more. After the cruise there will be leisure time at the High Line and Chelsea Market. The buffet menu entrées are: roasted salmon/tilapia/chicken, baked ziti, maple & mustard glazed pork loin, dessert, vegetables, salads, coffee and tea. A non-refundable fee of $109 is payable to Rendezvous Travel. All tickets must be sold by April 13 for this trip to happen. Bus departs Library at 9:00 am and returns at 6:00 pm.

Cooking

None currently scheduled.

Health & Fitness

Ongoing

Health Insurance Consultations
Fridays, 2:00 – 5:30

See if you qualify for health insurance at little or no cost for the entire family with the New York State sponsored Child Health Plus and Medicaid Managed Care health insurance programs offered by United Healthcare Community Plan.

Mery Guecha-Lutz will assist you and answer questions. Contact: 516-644-9031, or email: luz_guecha-lutz@uhc.com

St. Francis Hospital Community Health Bus
Friday, March 8, 10:00 – 2:00

St. Francis Health bus will be parked at 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 education and referrals as needed for adults 18 and older. Free flu shots available. No appointment necessary.


Free Blood Pressure Screening
Wednesday, March 13 and April 10, 10:00 – 12:00

Free blood pressure screening conducted by St. Francis Hospital will be available the second Wednesday of every month in the Small Meeting Room. No appointments necessary.


Bodysculpt
Wednesdays, March 13, 20, 27, April 10, 17, 24, 6:00 – 7:00

Tone, burn calories and gain flexibility in this Pilates based strength training class. Bring stretchy band (no handles), 3 lb. dumbbells and a mat. All levels are encouraged. Instructor Lisa Didyk is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. Fee $42. Class limit 30.

Historical Society


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.


A Conversation with the Mayors
Sunday, March 17, 2:30

Former Mayor Ernest Strada and current Mayor Peter Cavallaro will talk and reminisce about what it is like to live in Westbury and to be the mayor of the village.


A Sense of Place: Long Island History and Heritage
Sunday, April 28, 2:30

Natalie Naylor’s slide presentation and talk will give an overview of Long Island’s history from the Native Americans and early Dutch and English settlements in the seventeenth century to Levittown and the suburban metropolis in the 21st century. Ms. Naylor is a retired history professor at Hofstra University and a Long Island historian.

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.

WMPL Budget Vote & Trustee Election

Library Budget Vote & Trustee ElectionTuesday, April 2, 9:00 – 9:00 at the Library
Budget Hearing & Library Board MeetingTuesday, March 19, 7:00
Voter RegistrationTuesday, March 26, 2:00 – 6:00


Library Board Meeting

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

Upcoming Dates: 

  • Tuesday, March 19 – 7:00
  • Tuesday, April 16 – 7:00

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 Class
Saturday, March 9, 10:00 – 4:30

This six-hour defensive driving class is for seniors 50 years or older. Fee $20 for AARP members, $25 for nonmembers, payable to AARP, check or money order. Class limit 35. Next class: May 4.


Defensive Driving with Empire Safety Council
Saturday, April 6, 10:00 – 4:30

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 at 631-664-0652. Fee $28.

Book Discussion

Just Bring the Baby Book Club
Tuesday, March 5, 10:00 & 6:30

Add some more adult time to your week! Join Ms. Stephanie & Ms. Nicolette to discuss the book My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite! After our chat, we will establish what to read for our next meeting. Please register in advance.


Need to Know by Karen Cleveland
Wednesday, March 6, 7:00 and Thursday, March 7, 2:30

After accessing the computer of a Russian operative, CIA counterintelligence analyst Vivian Miller stumbles on a secret dossier of agents within the US. Now everything she holds dear is threatened. Discussion leader: Kathleen Gaskin, Reference Librarian.


Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 and Thursday, April 4, 2:30

A mysterious tightrope walker is dancing and leaping between the Twin Towers while suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, ordinary lives paint an intricate portrait of a city and its people; a dazzlingly rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s. Discussion Leader: Kathleen Gaskin, Reference Librarian.


[NEW] True Crime Discussion Group
Saturday, April 27, 10:00

Are you drawn to the genre of True Crime? All enthusiasts and murderinos are invited to discuss real-life events that are stranger than fiction. Moderator Corrie Willis will discuss False Report: A True Story of Rape in America, by Pulitzer Prize-winning authors T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong. Based on investigative files and extensive interviews with the principals, A False Report “is a serpentine tale of doubt, lies, and a hunt for justice, unveiling the disturbing truth of how sexual assault is investigated today – and the long history of skepticism toward rape victims.” A thought provoking program awaits all who attend. Can’t make it to the Library? Chat online through our Facebook Event “WMPL-TCD False Report.

Movies

Green Book
Friday, March 22, 6:00
Rated PG-13, 130 Minutes

When Tony Lip, a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on a book to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African Americans. Confronted with racism and danger, as well as unexpected humanity and humor, they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.


Mary Queen of Scots
Friday, March 29, 6:00
Rated R, 124 Minutes

Queen of France at sixteen, widowed at eighteen, Mary Stuart defies pressure to remarry and instead returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. By birth, she also has a rival claim to the throne of Elizabeth I, who rules as the Queen of England. Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both Queens, driving them apart, as each woman experiences the bitter cost of power.


If Beale Street Could Talk
Friday, April 12, 6:00
Rated R, 119 Minutes

A timeless love story set in early 1970s Harlem involving newly engaged nineteen-year- old Tish and her fiance Fonny who have a beautiful future ahead. But their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Now the pair and their families must fight for justice in the name of love and the promise of the American dream.


The Mule
Friday, April 19, 6:00
Rated R, 116 Minutes

Earl Stone is a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he’s just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. Even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Earl’s past mistakes start to weigh heavily on him, and it’s uncertain if he’ll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel’s enforcers, catch up to him.


Vice
Friday, April 26, 6:00
Rated R, 132 Minutes

Christian Bale stars as Dick Cheney in this epic tale of how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world. Co-starring Amy Adams, Steve Carell, and Sam Rockwell, it is a darkly comic look behind the scenes of American politics.

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 Randie Fox-Jackson (randiefoxjackson@westburylibrary.org) and ask for details.