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Registration for Westbury & Carle Place residents begins August 27, 2018.

Special Interest

Library Open House Celebration
Sunday, September 30, 2:00 – 4:00

Join us for a fun afternoon of music, activities, raffles, giveaways and refreshments! Children will enjoy Fall Craft, Bubble Bus and Italian ices. Teens can get Henna Tattoos. Adults will enjoy DJ Nick from That’s Entertainment who will play popular tunes from today and yester-year that will make you want to get up and dance. Come and enjoy!

Sunday, October 7, 2:30

Put on your dancing shoes and come to the Library for an invigorating night of traditional Latin music! There will be music from Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The band Cubanazo has attracted fans who enjoy salsa and vigorous Latin music. They are a Long Island band who have performed at private events all over the tristate area. Don’t miss this cultural musical afternoon!

Sunday, October 28, 2:30

Many who were raised in Latin America hold a special place in their hearts for the guitar. With its beautiful texture and intriguing rhythm, new interpretations can be given through the natural voice of the guitar. Join us as guitarist/flamenco dancer Lisa Spraragen and guitarist composer Josué Pérez celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with classical guitar music. They will perform selection from Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Spain. They have been together since the ‘80s and have performed at many venues in New York City such as the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, the MOMA, the Whitney, and the Brooklyn Museum. Don’t miss this unique performance.

Senior Writers Share
Saturday, September 29, 2:30 – 4:00

The talented seniors from the Westbury Senior Center are coming to the Library to read their engaging, original written pieces. You will be inspired, amused and moved by their work. This writing group meets weekly and are represented by a diverse ethnic and religious background. This program will be moderated by Anne Wolf, their creative writing instructor. Ms. Wolf taught language arts to students and teachers in the Bellmore School district for 23 years. Don’t miss this creative afternoon!

[FILLED] Fearless Watercolors with Jan Guarino
Saturdays, October 13, 20, 27, and November 10, 17, 24, 9:30 – 11:30

Are you an artist who is hesitant about watercolors? This class will show you techniques on how to detail, gain control, make corrections and have fun! Learn to trust your instincts with color, add contrast and allow drips and splatters to work for you. Jan is a fine artist with her own design and fine arts firm for over forty years. She has traveled to Europe on several painting trips and teaches watercolor all over Long Island. Out-of-district residents may register September 24. Fee $50. Class limit 12.

Bus Trip

Bus Trip: West Point Academy
Tuesday, September 25

Fall is a lovely season to visit West Point Academy. Sitting on scenic high ground overlooking the Hudson River, this campus is home to scores of historic sites, buildings and monuments. Enjoy an informative tour of West Point, its Chapel, Parade Grounds and Trophy Point. Lunch is at the historic Thayer Hotel. Final stop is a visit to the Purple Heart Hall of Honor, for an incredible journey through military history as well as reminders of human sacrifice and the cost of freedom. Bus departs the library at 6:30 am. A non-refundable fee of $105 is payable to Rendezvous TravelDriver’s license or State Mandated ID is required to enter Academy. All tickets must be sold by Monday, August 13 for the trip to occur.

Bus Trip: A Christmas Carol
Wednesday, December 5

Treat yourself to a wonderful holiday show that delights all ages – A Christmas Carol at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. This new musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic features an original score as well as many of the carols we love to sing! See Scrooge and Tiny Tim and all the timeless characters we all love. This version includes a large cast, colorful production numbers, lots of dancing and a surprising new twist! A delicious lunch will be served at the venue consisting of a beef, chicken or catch of the day selection, pasta, salad, vegetables, dessert and coffee or tea. A non-refundable fee of $99 is payable to Rendezvous Travel. Don’t miss this fun and exciting musical!


Cooking with Chef Lucy
Monday, October 15, 6:30

Join us at the Library for a Latin American food adventure!  Welcome back Chef Lucy Van Horn for another international cooking demonstration. She will prepare Choripan with Chimichurri from Argentina (their national version of the hot dog), Chupe de Zapallo (squash soup) from Bolivia, and Salsa Guasacaca (a salsa) from Venezuela. To round out the meal, there will be a dessert from Chile. Don’t miss this multi-cultural meal! Out of district may register October 1. Fee $5. Class limit 25.

Health & Fitness

Free Blood Pressure Screening
Wednesday, September 12 and October 10, 10:00-12:00

Free blood pressure screening conducted by St. Francis Hospital in the Small Meeting Room. No appointments necessary.

Tuesdays, September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 23, 6:00 – 7:00

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

Tuesdays, September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 23, 7:30 – 8:30

Experience a blend of floor and standing postures which will help you build strength, increase your flexibility and release stress. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Instructor Ariel is a registered Yoga teacher. Fee $42. Class limit 30.

Tai Chi – FREE
Mondays and Fridays, September 17, 21, 24, 28, October 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 and
November 2, 5, 9, 10:00 – 11:00 (16 sessions)

Tai Chi has been called the perfect exercise. Learn this ancient Chinese healing art of meditative simple movements. It helps reduce stress and anxiety and increases flexibility and balance. Marvin Berg from NUMC will conduct this series. Free, registration required.

St. Francis Hospital Community Health Bus
Tuesday, September 18, 10:00 – 2:00

Parked on Jefferson Street, the Health Bus will be here to provide free health screenings. Along with administering necessary flu shots, the screening will include a brief cardiac history, blood pressure, 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.

Fall Prevention with Stepping On
Wednesdays, September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 10:00 – 12:00

Falls are the leading cause of accidental injury or death for elders. This program is proven to reduce falls and build confidence in older people. Stepping On is a program that empowers older adults to carry out health behaviors that reduce the risks of falls. Improving balance and strength, home modifications, community safety, vision, medication review, safe footwear and sleep are the topics that will be covered. Light strengthening and balance exercises are done at each session. A vision specialist, pharmacist and community safety specialist will demonstrate simple fall prevention strategies to use at home and in the community. Marvin Berg from Nassau University Medical Center will lead this program. Free, registration required. Class limit 20.

Active Living Series
Thursdays, September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, 10:30 – 12:00

Join Assemblyman Ed Ra and NYU Winthrop Hospital on Thursdays in September and October, as they present a six-part set of programs designed to keep you in the best shape you can be; so important as we age. Topics include:

  • Tai Chi for Balance – Sept 20
  • Sleep: Are You Getting Enough – Sept 27
  • Trends in Nutrition – October 4
  • Breathe Easy: Lung Health – October 11
  • Empower Yourself: Taking Control – October 18
  • Diabetes: Prevention and Management – October 25

Choose to attend one class or all of them! Please call Assemblyman Ra’s office at 516-535-4095 to register.

Nassau University Health Mammogram Van
Thursday, September 27, 8:30 – 12:00

Detecting breast cancer at its earliest stages is the key to saving lives. On site nurses and technicians will provide a mammography, a clinical breast examination and instructions for self-exam. Patients and their physicians will be notified of the results. Senator Phillips in conjunction with NuHealth is sponsoring this program. For patients 40 and over. For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call Senator Phillips’ office at 516-746-5924.

Historical Society

100 Years of St. Brigid’s School
Sunday, September 23, 2:30

Paul Clagnaz, the principal of St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope School in Westbury will do a presentation for the 100th anniversary of the school.  Our Historical Society will display a few of the photos we have from the earlier days of the school.

Westbury and the Long Island Railroad
Sunday, October 21, 2:30

Our own board member Ray Muntz will discuss the history of the Long Island Railroad and how the railroad impacted Westbury.  Westbury started as a small country village which grew and changed over the years, influenced partly by the railroad which runs through it.

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 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.


Community Crafters
Meeting Date: September 6, October 4, 6pm

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.

Health Insurance Consultations

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 UnitedHealthcare Community Plan.

Amparo Amaya will assist you and answer questions. 516-476-0360

At the Westbury Memorial Public Library Tuesdays, 2:00pm – 5:30pm in the small meeting room.

Compruebe si califica para seguro medico a bajo precio o sin costo para toda su familia con los programas de seguro de salud Child Health Plus y Medicaid Managed Care patroncinados por el estado de Nueva York ofrecidos por UnitedHealthcare Community Plan.

Hablamos espanol – Luz-Mery Guecha 516-644-9031

En el Westbury Memorial Public Library. Matres, 2:00pm – 5:30pm.

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

Meets Fridays from 1:00 – 4:00

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

WMPL Board of Trustees

Library Board Meeting

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

Upcoming Dates: 

  • Tuesday, August 28
  • Monday, September 24
  • Tuesday, October 16
  • Tuesday, November 20


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

All classes have passed.

Book Discussion

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
Wednesday, October 3, 7:00 and Thursday, October 4, 2:30

A mesmerizing novel about three very different people brought together in a sweeping, immigration journey from present-day Brooklyn, to Guatemala in the recent past, to Chile and Brazil, and fueled by the sparks of love.

Discussion leader: Kathleen Gaskin, Reference Librarian.


Ocean’s 8
Friday, September 21, 6:00
Rated PG-13, 110 Minutes

Debbie Ocean gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Friday, September 28, 6:00
Rated PG-13, 130 Minutes

When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

Solo: A Star Wars Story
Saturday, September 29, 11:00
Rated PG-13, 135 Minutes

During an adventure into a dark criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.


Computer Basics
Thursday, September 27, 7:00

Need some guidance to get started on the computer? Come to the Westbury Library for a beginner computer class. Learn the fundamentals including keyboard, mouse use, how to set up an email account and the basic desktop layout will be explained. Your security, privacy and general internet information will also be discussed. Two students per laptop, eight will be available, or you may bring your own. Presented by CMIT Solutions, a Long Island tech support company. Free. Registration required. Limit 16.

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 ( and ask for details.