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Registration for Westbury & Carle Place residents begins April 23, 2018.

Special Interest

[Rescheduled] Trash or Treasure
Monday, May 21, 6:30

Wondering about the value of that old statue or painting in your attic? Certified Appraiser Eddie Costello will be here to teach you how to identify today’s hottest antiques and collectibles. There will also be an appraisal of any one item for the first 40 patrons who register in advance. Free. Registration required.

Mambo Loco – Outdoor Concert
Wednesday, May 16, 7:00

Enjoy a rousing performance of the African-Cuban ensemble Mambo Loco. Their music originates from Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, and has its roots in African dance and Spanish music. Their fiery Latin rhythms, spicy Salsa and unabashed affection for the torrid Tango will energize this concert at the Library! Performing classic cha-cha, mambo, bolero, merengue and more, you will be transported back to a time of cigars, fedoras and rum. Don’t miss this lively evening!

Lunch and Travel Series – China
Friday, May 18, 11:00 – 12:00

Discover the world without leaving Westbury! Local travelers, Lynn and Marvin Nathanson share adventures of their fabulous trip to China. Join them as they travel from Beijing to Hong Kong with stops along the way at the Great Wall, Xi’an (Terra Cotta Warriors), pandas at Chongqing, a river cruise on the Yangtze, Shanghai, Guillen and a trip on the fabled Li River. Their travelogue is a small representation of the thousands of images Lynn captured on this fabulous trip!  Bring your lunch and we will provide refreshments and dessert.

[New] Expressive Watercolor with Anu Annam
Saturdays, May 19, June 9, 16, 23, 30, 9:30 – 11:30

Whether you are new to watercolor or are a more seasoned artist looking to “loosen up,” this class gives the detailed instruction to reach your creative and technical goals.  Students will learn color theory, must-know techniques, how to create values and depth and much more. Instructor Anu Annam, is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed watercolorist, working in the field for 25 years. Out-of-district residents may register May 7. Fee $45. Class limit 15.

[Spanish Seminar] Cómo iniciar un pequeño negocio
Miercoles, 23 de Mayo, 7:00 

Únase a nosotros para un seminario gratuito que cubrirá los siguientes temas: cómo desarrollar su idea usando el modelo de negocios cavas, tipos de formación empresarial, registrando su negocio, mantenimiento de registros, mercadeo y recuersos. Presentado por La Fuerza Unida, Community Development Corporation.

[English Seminar] How to Start a Small Business
Monday, June 11, 7:00

Join us for a free seminar that will cover the following topics: how to develop your idea using the business model canvas, business formation types, registering your business, record keeping and marketing.  Presented by La Fuerza Unida, Community Development Corporation.

Caregivers: When Living at Home is No Longer Safe
Thursday, May 24, 6:30 

Are you concerned about a parent or parents living alone? Caring for the Caregiver, a support group, will present a panel discussion on safety and remaining in one’s own home. They will discuss how problems associated with staying in the home and how one can plan to protect their loved ones and resolve the many issues that caregivers and their care receivers face on a daily basis. Representatives from Tully Law PC, 101 Mobility of Long Island, Touching Hearts at home and a Senior Housing Advocate will present. Bring your questions and we can work together to find answers.

Declutter Your Stuff
Wednesday, May 30, 7:00

Are you overwhelmed by too much junk? Is stuff getting in the way of being the person you want to be and having the life you want? This course will cover the reasons why we clutter, specific ways to de-clutter and the emotional process of letting go. You can reap the rewards from getting rid of the things that no longer serve you and lead the abundant life that you deserve. Presented by Dr. Duffy Spencer, Ph.D., a psychotherapist and social psychologist, who speaks, trains, and coaches individuals and groups.

You Don’t Have to be Perfect to be Excellent
Wednesday, June 13, 7:00

Our desire to be perfect is a creative adjustment to protect ourselves from hurt. But, ironically, it puts impossible demands on ourselves and others… creating much unhappiness. Spend an evening at the Library and learn how to overcome perfectionism and have the healthy life you deserve. Presented by Dr. Duffy Spencer, Ph.D, a social psychologist who speaks, trains, coaches individuals and groups.

Lunch and Travel Series – Paris and Normandy
Friday, June 15, 11:00 – 12:00

Come along as we board a river cruise ship and travel up the Seine, stopping along the way at Vernon, Giverny (Monet’s home, gardens and inspiration for many of his paintings) and Rouen. No trip to France is complete without a visit to Normandy Beach, the site of the Allied landing on June 6, 1944, the largest seaborne invasion in history. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this travelogue. Bring your lunch and we will provide refreshments and dessert.

Vinny and the Seeing Eye Dog – Outdoor Concert
Wednesday, June 20, 7:00

In our outdoor courtyard, join Vinny St. Marten and the Seeing Eye Dog Band as they present this exciting and entertaining show: Soul of the Century, A Personal Tribute to Ray Charles. Vinny lost his sight at the age of eight and music became his refuge. It allowed him to escape from the world of fear that surrounded him. Vinny became a professional musician and toured throughout the United States and Europe. He realized that his blindness was a gift and that he had an incredible story to share. He has been featured in Newsday and on Channel 12 News. His compelling message will captivate any audience.

Bus Trip

Spirit Cruise of New York Harbor – [Filled]
Wednesday, May 23

Welcome Spring with a glorious New York Harbor Cruise on the Spirit of New York! Join us for the annual patriotic themed luncheon cruise on the first day of Fleet Week in New York City. We will be cruising around NY Harbor and its amazing views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and the panoramic New York City skyline. On board there will be festive music, dancing and a Salute to our Veterans. A delicious buffet lunch with a plethora of choices will be served. After the cruise, enjoy browsing time at the bountiful Chelsea Market and sit on a bench and enjoy the natural plantings and views on the elevated High Line. Bus departs at 9:00 am. A non-refundable fee of $99 is payable to Rendezvous Travel. All tickets must be sold by April 13 for trip to happen.


Caribbean Cooking with Chef Van Horn
Monday, June 4, 7:00

Discover all the different flavors and textures of Caribbean cooking. Chef Lucy Van Horn will prepare Bistec de Palomilla (Cuban style steak), Tostones with Mojo Criollo, and Black Bean Soup. She will also teach us how to prepare Sofrito (the base for many Spanish dishes). A creamy cheese flan for dessert will round out the evening. Chef Van Horn has been teaching cooking classes for over 27 years. Out-of-district residents may register May 21. Fee $5. Class limit 20.

BBQ Cooking with Pitmaster Brian Collins
Monday, June 18, 7:00

We welcome Pitmaster Brian Collins and his ten foot smoker to the Library for a BBQ night in our courtyard! He will be grilling Pina Colada Shrimp, Ribs and more and a grilled dessert will top off this scrumptious night. Brian will educate us on the history of BBQ, the different regional types of BBQ and also explain how to go about the process of grilling. Learn about the best cuts of meat, what to ask the butcher for, different sauces and rubs, how to prep, grill and get great results in your own backyard. Brian has traveled the country and cooked in many competitions. Don’t miss this tasty and informative evening! Out-of-district residents may register June 1. Fee $7. Class limit 25.

Health & Fitness

Free Blood Pressure Screening
Wednesday, May 9 and June 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.

Tuesdays, May 22, 29 and June 5, 12, 26, July 3, 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. Out-of-district residents may register January 8. Fee $42. Class limit 30.

[New] Salsa & Latin Rhythms
Tuesdays, May 22, 29 and June 5, 12, 26, July 3, 7:30 – 8:30

Calling all Salsa and Latin dance music lovers. This workshop will cover the basic of salsa and popular social dance. Learn footwork patterns as well as lead and follow techniques to start your way to becoming a fun and confident social dancer. Instructor Audrey Martinez, has served the community since 1996 with her warm, patient and vivid instruction. Out-of-district residents may register May 7. Fee $42. Class limit 30.

Historical Society of the Westburys

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: Thursdays, May 3, June 7, 2018

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.

Budget Vote Results

Thank you for your support! Our budget passed with 191 voters:

  • 151 Yes votes
  • 38 No votes
  • Thomas Maxheimer is the library trustee elect with 108 votes.

Library Board Meeting
Thursday, May 17 and Tuesday, June 19, 7:00

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


Museum Passes

Passes available:

  • Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
  • 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

Driver Safety Classes

Defensive Driving with Empire Safety Council
Saturday, June 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 Mr. Palumbo at 631-254-6202. Fee $28. Class limit 45.

Book Discussion

The Book Discussion Group has been enjoying the Summer sessions. By popular demand we are continuing the afternoon book discussion from now on. The same book will be discussed at both sessions each month. Light refreshments will be served. We meet in the Orange room.

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel
Wednesday, June 6, 7:00 and Thursday, June 7, 2:30

The true story of a 21-year-old man who disappeared into the woods of Maine, and lived alone in a tent for 27 years.
Discussion leader: Kathleen Gaskin, Reference Librarian.


Black Panther
Friday, May 18, 6:00
Rated PG-13, 134 minutes

King T’Challa returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from divisions within his own country. When two enemies conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must join forces with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Wakandan Special Forces, to prevent Wakanda from being drawn into a world war.

12 Strong
Friday, May 25, 6:00
Rated R, 130 minutes

The story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.

15:17 to Paris
Friday, June 8, 6:00
Rated PG-13, 94 Minutes

Three Americans discover a terrorist plot aboard a train while in France.

A Wrinkle In Time
Saturday, June 9, 2:00
Rated PG, 115 Minutes

After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.

Red Sparrow
Friday, June 15, 6:00
Rated R, 140 Minutes

Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to Sparrow School, a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a CIA agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.

Game Night
Friday, June 22, 6:00
Rated R, 100 Minutes

A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery.

Friday, June 29, 6:00
Rated  R, 114 Minutes

Biologist and former soldier Lena is shocked when her missing husband comes home near death from a top-secret mission into the Shimmer, a mysterious quarantine zone from which no one has ever returned. Now, Lena and her elite team must enter a beautiful, deadly world of mutated landscapes and creatures, to discover how to stop the growing phenomenon that threatens all life on Earth.

Computer Classes

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.