Click here for a copy of the Westbury Memorial Public Library Newsletter in PDF format.

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

Registration for Westbury & Carle Place residents begins October 29, 2018.

Special Interest

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.

[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.

Harvest Season Concert – Piano and Violin Concert
Sunday, November 4, 2:30

We welcome to the Westbury Library for the first time, husband and wife musicians, Daniel Chiang, Violinist and Concertmaster for the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, and Lynn Kuo, Pianist, Organist, Composer and Conductor. They have performed to great acclaim in both New York and Taiwan. For our listening pleasure, they will perform a violin and piano duet to welcome the Fall season. Selections will include: Kreisler 3 Waltz’s, Pugnani Largo Espressivo, Beethoven Romance in F, Tchaikovsky Melodie and other selections. Join us for an enjoyable, classical music afternoon.

Finding Peace Through Chair Meditation
Tuesdays, November 20, 27 and December 4, 11, 18, 10:00 – 11:00

Please join us again with Stephany Taylor from Kadampa Meditation Center of Long Island for this six-week series celebrating the benefits of meditation. When you meditate, you calm and focus your mind through your breathing. Learn how to beat that overwhelming feeling through chair meditation and start to experience a deep and authentic inner peace. Connect with your true self and spiritual purpose. Please wear comfortable clothing. Free. Registration required.

Veterans Day with the North Shore Pop Concert Band
Sunday, November 11, 2:30

The North Shore Pops, Long Island’s Favorite Concert Band, presents “A Salute to America,” celebrating our United States Veterans! Join us at the Library as we honor our veterans and those currently serving our country with an unforgettable, patriotic tribute. Musical selections include: America the Beautiful, Armed Forces Salute, Salute to the Patriots, American Patrol, and Stars & Stripes Forever, plus many others. Maestro Eric Albinder has been entertaining music lovers throughout the metropolitan area. Don’t miss this festive and patriotic Sunday afternoon!

Seven Steps to Self-Empowerment
Thursday, November 15, 7:00

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 session is to help you see the futility of forcing, struggling, and battling your way through life. It may help you to 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.

Property Tax Exemptions Seminar
Monday, November 19, 6:30 – 8:30

Are you receiving all the exemptions to which you are allowed? If not, join Charles Berman, Town of North Hempstead Receiver of Taxes, as he discusses STAR, Senior Citizens, Veterans and other exemptions that could help you lower your property taxes. He will also review recent changes. Staff members will be on hand with applications for your convenience. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Frank and Ella: A Musical Tribute
Sunday, November 25, 2:30

Our Sunday afternoon music concerts continue with a tribute to the great Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Enjoy a show that will bring you back to a time when audiences were brought to their feet by these two fabulous performers! Join Rhonda Denet as she teams up with “Echoes of Sinatra” vocalist, Steve Kazlaskas. This showcase features the music of Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and many other great composers. Rhonda and Steve will sing songs that were their signature tunes and recreate their duets. Don’t miss this memorable musical program!

Streaming Service or Cable
Monday, November 26, 6:30

Curious about whether you should discontinue your cable service and sign up for a streaming service to watch TV and movies? Then this is the program for you! In this lecture/demo class, you will learn about all of the streaming services that are available right now; what each one includes, what the costs are, what is a subscription and more. Don’t miss this informative evening on a very timely topic. Presented by Sharper Training Solutions. Free. Open to all.

Holiday Celebration with the Diane Drake Jazz Ensemble
Sunday, December 2, 2:30

Celebrate the holidays at the library with the Diane Drake Jazz Ensemble. Get in a festive mood as they present their interpretation of popular holiday tunes, with a jazz twist and some added surprises! They are a five piece jazz ensemble that will perform on the trumpet, piano, string bass, tenor sax, and the drums. The performers have vast experience and have played in famous clubs and venues world-wide and have performed with premier stars of the jazz world.

Holiday Wreath Making
Monday, December 3, 7:00

Welcome back Scott Lucas, head gardener of Old Westbury Gardens. He will once again guide us through decorating a fresh, holiday wreath with many beautiful adornments. All materials are included. Create a beautiful piece to decorate your home for the season. Out-of-district residents may register November 19. Fee $20, payable to Scott Lucas. Class limit 15.

Tennessee Walt’s: The Other Great American Songbook
Wednesday, December 5, 7:00

Come and enjoy an evening of good ’ol country music. See Gayden Wren as Tennessee Walt in this informative, tuneful tour through our country’s musical heartland where you will laugh one minute and cry the next while tapping your toes throughout. This lecture/concert will cover the origins of country music and the popular songs by some of America’s greatest songwriters. Gayden will feature songs by Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, The Carter Family and other popular country artists.

Indian Classical Dance: Where Facial Expressions Meets Footwork
Sunday, December 16, 2:30

Indian classical dance has existed for centuries and is a rich part of India’s history and culture. Satya Pradeep, Artistic Director of Nritya Saagaraan Dance Academy, will be presenting a medley of Indian classical dances in two of its most popular dance styles. Each dance style takes its roots from a different region, and tells a story or commemorates an ideal of the people. Much of Indian dance is considered not only to be choreography, but drama as well. Acting is an important part of India’s dance traditions, and the performers are animated and able to convey messages even with an absence of speech. Satya Pradeep has won numerous accolades and awards in the New York area. She appeared on Channel 7 Eyewitness News for their special on India and was featured in the Arts section of The New York Times. Enjoy a combination of emotions, music, rhythm and expressions.

Recording Broadway: An Evening with Thomas Z. Shepard
Thursday, December 20, 7:00

For more than a century, the Broadway musical has been at the heart of American culture and few people understand this better than Thomas Z. Shepard. Winner of 12 Grammy Awards, Shepard is the pre-eminent producer of Broadway cast albums, such as Ain’t Misbehavin’, Crazy for You, 42nd Street, Jelly’s Last Jam, La Cage aux Folles, and many more. He is a gifted composer, pianist and orchestrator but his legacy is etched in the grooves of hundreds of records. Come and hear him lecture on his behind the scenes views of Broadway and the people he has worked with. Shepard opens a window into the shows that made Broadway what it is today. Don’t miss this entertaining evening!


Bus Trip

[CANCELLED] 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!


Trader Joe’s Stress-Free Holiday Tips
Monday, November 12, 7:00

Join Kathleen and Kelli from the Westbury Trader Joe’s and explore seasonal goodies and everyday values. Just in time for the holidays, you will learn entertaining tips and preview products that will make your holiday dinner and the holiday season a success, without all the stress. Out-of-district residents may register November 9. Free, registration required. Limit 25.

[FILLED] The Spirit of the Holiday Tea
Monday, December 10, 7:00

Join Chef Barbara Sheridan and enjoy a classic combination of holiday hues, Yuletide cheer and spectacular teatime fare for a simple, yet elegant evening tea celebration. Enjoy herb chicken salad and salmon/asparagus tea sandwiches, vanilla sour cream tea bread, white chocolate almond scores, and more. Special holiday tea will be served. Bring your favorite tea cup. Out-of-district residents may register November 26. Fee $5. Limit 25.

Health & Fitness

Free Blood Pressure Screening
Wednesday, November 14 and December 12, 10:00-12:00

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

Tuesdays, November 13, 27, December 4, 11, (4 sessions), 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 $35. Class limit 30.

Tuesdays, November 13, 27, December 4, 11, (4 sessions), 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 $35. 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.

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.


Historical Society

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.

Women Memorializing History: Family Tree to Family Art
Sunday, November 18, 2:30

Four history inspired women, Allison Clonmell, Judith Burgess, Kathleen Gaskin and Joan Hodges, are presenting this program. Local genealogist Clonmell will discuss how to create a family tree using her own family data. The others point to novel ways to present family history through textiles and art. Quilts and wall hangings will be on display; these help to tell family stories drawing on African and American materials.

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

Upcoming Dates: 

  • Tuesday, November 13 – 7:00
  • Tuesday, December 11 – 7:00


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, November 3, 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, December 1, 10:00 – 4:00

This six-hour class is taught at the Library, and is open to all age groups. Call the Empire Safety Council at 631 664-0652 to register. Fee $28. Class limit 45.


Book Discussion

Just Bring the Baby Book Club
Tuesday, November 13, 10:00

Add some more adult time to your week during the first ever Just Bring the Baby Book Club! Ms. Stephanie and Ms. Nicolette will be talking about some must-reads, taking suggestions from the group, and establishing what to read for our next meeting. Toys will be available for your little ones to play with while we chat! Please register in advance at either the Children’s Library or the Adult Library.

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Wednesday, November 7, 7:00, and Thursday, November 8, 2:30

Denied access to education in her 17th century Puritan settlement, twelve-year-old Bethia Mayfield forms a secret friendship with Caleb, the young son of a Wampanoag chieftain, and they are drawn into each other’s world.

Discussion leader: Kathleen Gaskin, Reference Librarian.

Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva
Wednesday, December 5, 7:00 and Thursday, December 6, 2:30

Under financial pressure from his publisher, since his newest book is a flop, Charles Dickens grudgingly accepts the challenge to write a successful, nostalgic Christmas book in one month.

Discussion leader: Kathleen Gaskin, Reference Librarian.


Friday, November 9th, 6:00
Rated R, 135 Minutes

Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully managed to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter

The Incredibles 2
Saturday, November 10th, 2:00
Rated PG, 111 Minutes

Bob Parr, Mr. Incredible, is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen, Elastigirl, is out saving the world.

Mile 22
Friday, November 16, 6:00
Rated R, 95 Minutes

An elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country.


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.