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Registration for Westbury & Carle Place residents begins December 17, 2018.

Special Interest

The Polka Brothers
Sunday, January 13, 2:30

The Polka Brothers are a four-man band of young polka lovers, boasting a fearless repertoire that includes classic polka favorites, pop and rock gone polka, and unforgettable originals. Be transported to familiar polka homelands: Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia and sing along and experience the meaning of the old adage “No one ever leaves a polka party without a smile on their face.”


Numerology
Monday, January 14, 7:00

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.


SCORE – Starting a Successful Business
Tuesday, January 22, 7:00

Individuals who are interested in starting a new business will benefit from this workshop. Learn the basics of setting up a business, legal entity structures, paying taxes, insurance, and marketing basics. SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed. Workshop is led by SCORE mentors who are all experts in their specific topic. Free, registration required.


Citizenship Drive
Thursday, January 24, 10:00 – 3:00

Literacy Nassau can help you become a U. S. Citizen! Come to the Library where Literacy Nassau will be providing FREE naturalization assistance which will include: a private consultation with a licensed immigration attorney, help completing the N-400 application, mailing and follow-up. Call 516-867-3580, extensions 15, 18 or 21, to schedule a private appointment.


New Beginnings with Marla Matthews
Thursday, January 24, 7:00

Join Marla Matthews, life coach and TV talk show host of The Relationship Journey in a discussion, social and support group for divorced, widowed and single adults over 50 who would like a new beginning. Make new friends, find the needed support after life’s challenges and learn new skills towards reinventing yourself, with inspiration and hope.


Stagecoach Country Music
Sunday, January 27, 2:30

Stagecoach brings an energetic and entertaining country music experience to the stage. They capture the essence of traditional and contemporary country. Their lineup of musicians and vocalists include both male and female vocalists, electric and acoustic guitars, percussion, bass, pedal steel and country fiddle for authenticity. Enjoy an interactive and enjoyable audience experience.


Meet with Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro
Monday, January 28, 7:00

Our elected officials will be holding mobile office hours at the Library. Village of Westbury Mayor, Peter Cavallaro, will be present to discuss county-related issues and assist constituents with matters of concern. 


Property Assessment Grievance Workshop
Tuesday, January 29, 6:30 – 8:30

Join Charles Berman, Town of North Hempstead Receiver of Taxes, as he reviews the assessment process, explains how to fill out the grievance application, and provides tips on filling out the application. Staff members will be on hand with applications for your convenience. Please bring your 2020-2021 Notice of Tentative Assessed Value (sent to you in early January 2019 from the Nassau County Dept. of Assessment). Don’t miss this opportunity!


Seven Steps to Self-Empowerment
Thursday, January 31, 7:00
(Rescheduled from November 15)

Power is energy with a purpose. When we use it in a purposeful and focused way we are powerful and empowered. The purpose of this class is to help you see the futility of forcing, struggling and battling your way through life.  It may help you see and allow the power you already have in abundance – the power of your own wisdom – to guide you through your life. Presented by Global Harmony House.  Free, open to all.


Thirtieth African-American Read-In
Sunday, February 3, 2:00

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.


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.


Celebrating Ailey
Thursday, February 7, 7:00

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is celebrating both Black History month and its 60th Anniversary. We are presenting a program featuring a film of the company in its signature dance piece “Revelations” based on spirituals Ailey knew from his childhood. It is thrilling! As an introduction there will be a brief taped interview by Shirley Romaine with the company’s executive director prior to the dance. Don’t miss it!


This is How We Do It
Sunday, February 10, 2:30

Commemorating Black History Month, the Library proudly presents crowd-pleasing and award winning artist, Jerome “City” Smith and the City Sounds Ensemble’s program “This Is How We Do It,” a salute to African American Musical pioneers! This program features songs and imitations of such artists as Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Michael Jackson, John Coltrane, James Brown, Carlos Santana, Prince, Nat King Cole, Sly and the Family Stone, to name just a few. A special segment will be dedicated to the late Don Cornelius, creator and visionary of the ground breaking television series Soul Train. The audience will be asked to help “City” re-create that world famous ‘Soul Train Line’ and to wear their ‘funkiest and hippest’ outfits, reminiscent of those ‘good old fun days.’ Historical information will be provided that will chronicle the journeys that these artists had to go through to make it to the top. Joy to the world as we embark on the “Hippest Trip in America.” Bring the entire family.


Running Scared / Running Free: Escape to the Promised Land
Sunday, February 17, 2:30

In honor of Black History Month, join us in this theatrical drama depicting the role that Long Island’s Native Americans played in the Underground Railroad. This remarkable story brings to life a fascinating piece of American history. The story is told from the point of view of a female slave who flees the south and heads north in her search for freedom. It highlights the ways in which Setauketâs Native Americans, along with the Shinnecocks, Quakers and abolitionist in the region, helped slaves escape through the use of codes in quilt patterns and the strength of the human spirit in the struggle for freedom. This program is co-sponsored with the Historical Society of the Westburys.


Getting to Know Your iPhone
Thursday, February 21, 7:00

Just brought an iPhone? Currently have one but don’t know how to get the most out of it? To learn about this versatile, multi-faceted phone, attend this class where instructor Debra Dittmer will explore some of the iPhone’s most useful features. Texting, surfing the internet with Safari, creating a digital address book are just some of the features that will be covered. Bring your device. Free, registration required. Class limit 15.


Paul Effman Band: Sing & Swing Thru the Decades
Sunday, February 24, 2:30

Enjoy the vocal and instrumental hits from the 1930’s – 1980’s played in an elegant jazz style. Decades of combined musical experience makes this band very special. Paul Effman is an accomplished musician whose passion for exquisite sound is evident in every note he plays. He has assembled a group of extraordinary talent.

 

Bus Trip

None currently scheduled.

Cooking

Cooking with Chef Toskana
Monday, January 21, 7:00

Enjoy a taste of Italy! Chef Toskana owner of Toskana Restaurant in Westbury will demonstrate the preparation of a traditional penne alla vodka followed by a tri-colored gorgonzola salad with grilled chicken. Out-of-district may register January 14. Fee $4. Class limit 25.


Cooking with Chef Craig
Monday, February 11, 6:30

Welcome back Chef Craig from the Block Island Seafood for a winter cooking demonstration. Enjoy seafood “Bouilla-Bisque” and a fresh Pomodoro sauce over ravioli. Chef Craig will teach us how to make fresh ravioli. Out-of-district may register January 21. Fee $7. Class limit 40.

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

Free Blood Pressure Screening
Wednesday, January 9 and February 13, 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, January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 6:00 – 7:00

Tone, burn calories and gain flexibility in this Pilates based strength training class. Bring 3 lb. dumbbells and a mat. Instructor Lisa Didyk is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. Fee $42. Class limit 30.


[CANCELLED] Zumba
Wednesdays, January 16, 23, 30, and February 6, 13, 20, 7:30 – 8:30

Zumba is a global lifestyle brand that fuses fitness, entertainment, and culture into an exhilarating dance-fitness sensation. Wear loose clothing and enjoy the “fitness party” with Teya Lamont, certified Zumba instructor. 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.


Running Scared / Running Free: Escape to the Promised Land
Sunday, February 17, 2:30

In honor of Black History Month, join us in this theatrical drama depicting the role that Long Island’s Native Americans played in the Underground Railroad. This remarkable story brings to life a fascinating piece of American history. The story is told from the point of view of a female slave who flees the south and heads north in her search for freedom. It highlights the ways in which Setauketâs Native Americans, along with the Shinnecocks, Quakers and abolitionist in the region, helped slaves escape through the use of codes in quilt patterns and the strength of the human spirit in the struggle for freedom. This program is co-sponsored with the Adults Program Department.

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 Board of Trustees

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, January 22 – 7:00
  • Tuesday, February 19 – 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
Saturday, January 12, 10:00 – 4:30

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, payable to AARP. Class limit 35. 


Defensive Driving with Empire Safety Council
Saturday, February 2, 10:00 – 4:00

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

You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld
Wednesday, January 2, 7:00 and Thursday, January 10, 2:30

Curtis Sittenfeld, established as a master chronicler and satirist of the modern age, upends assumptions about class, relationships and gender roles in this first collection of short fiction, featuring witty, engrossing stories such as A regular couple and Vox Clamantis in Deserto.

Discussion leader: Kathleen Gaskin, Reference Librarian.


The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams
Wednesday, February 6, 7:00 and Thursday, February 7, 2:30

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu look back over their long years of exile and oppression to answer a single burning question… How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering?

Discussion leader: Kathleen Gaskin, Reference Librarian.


Just Bring the Baby Book Club
Tuesday, January 15, 10:00

Add some more adult time to your week! Join Ms. Stephanie & Ms. Nicolette to discuss the book Love May Fail by Matthew Quick! After our chat, we will establish what to read for our next meeting. Please register in advance.

Movies

Night School
Friday, January 4, 6:00
Rated PG-13, 117 Minutes

A group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the longshot chance they’ll pass the GED exam. 


The Old Man and the Gun
Friday, January 18, 6:00
Rated PG-13, 92 Minutes

Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker’s escape from San Quentin at the age of 70. The escape enchanted the public and confounded the authorities. Detective John Hunt became captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft.


Boy Erased
Friday, February 8, 6:00
Rated R, 115 Minutes

Jared, the son of a Baptist preacher, is forcibly outed by his parents and forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program.


Widows
Friday, February 15, 6:00
Rated R, 189 Minutes

Four women with nothing in common except a debt left by their dead husbands’ criminal acts conspire to take fate into their own hands.


Bohemian Rhapsody
Friday, February 22, 6:00
Rated PG-13, 135 Minutes

A chronicle of Freddie Mercury and the band Queen during the years leading up to their appearance at the 1985 Live Aid concert.


A Star is Born
Friday, March 1, 6:00
Rated R, 136 Minutes

Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has given up on her dream to become a successful singer, until she meets Jack, who immediately sees her natural talent. This is the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life. Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and the heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive.

 

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.


Getting to Know Your iPhone
Thursday, February 21, 7:00

Just brought an iPhone? Currently have one but don’t know how to get the most out of it? To learn about this versatile, multi-faceted phone, attend this class where instructor Debra Dittmer will explore some of the iPhone’s most useful features. Texting, surfing the internet with Safari, creating a digital address book are just some of the features that will be covered. Bring your device. Free, registration required. Class limit 15.