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Registration for Westbury & Carle Place residents begins April 29, 2019.

Special Interest

Nassau Library Tour
Join the 2019 Nassau Library Tour! Road trip to as many of Nassau’s public libraries as you can during July and August. Each one is your gateway into a new community. Visit a library, then explore the attractions, restaurants, and parks nearby. Take the self-guided tour as a family, a team of friends, or go solo. In each library there’s a unique feature to hunt for, and you’ll earn prizes as you go along. Visit 45 or more and be entered to win a grand prize! Get started by picking up a map at the Westbury Library. For more information, visit tour.nassaulibrary.org. #nassaulibrarytour

Starting and Growing Your Business
Need some advice in starting or growing your own business? The Library is collaborating with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) to provide counseling to individuals thinking of starting up a new business or who need help with an already established business. SCORE finds out about the unique needs of your business, and assigns you one of their extremely qualified mentors, free of charge. Please call Ron Schachter at 516-333-01756, Ext. 1403 to register for a one-hour appointment at the Westbury Library. SCORE is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses succeed.

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.

[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.”


The Gondoliers
Sunday, May 5, 2:30

“The Gondoliers,” performed by Gilbert & Sullivan’s Light Opera Company of Long Island is an irresistibly tuneful romantic extravaganza that’s arguably the most exuberant and festive of all the Savoy operas. It’s the hilarious story of two carefree Venetian gondoliers who discover that one of them is the long-lost King of Barataria; but nobody knows which one. It’s a merry farce that’s as funny now as it was a century ago. A delight for audiences of all ages. Don’t miss this theatrical afternoon.


Grow Vegetables and Fruits in Containers
Monday, May 6, 7:00

Join Horticulturist Paul Levine, aka “Pauley, the Plant Man,” as he offers advice on the best containers and the benefits of container gardening for you to enjoy all summer long. Paul will bring peppers, strawberries, tomato, corn and carrots to name a few. The best potting soil and fertilizer to use will also be discussed. Seven patrons will win a plant in our raffle.


Finding Abundance in Tough Times
Thursday, May 9, 7:00

Our awareness during difficult times can be full of stress and we can forget all the good we have in our lives. Learn to shift from “I need more” to “I have enough” and be at peace. Presented by Global Harmony.


Artists at Work
Saturday, May 11, 10:00 – 11:00

Seemingly spontaneous pop-up performances by artists in a variety of artistic disciplines will be on Post Avenue during the month of May. Artist/Performer will spend 1 hour playing music, painting, reciting poetry and more. They will be performing a musical number in our courtyard. Brought to you by Westbury Arts.


Understanding Dementia and the Continuum of Care
Saturday, May 11, 11:00 – 1:00

Join us as Caring for the Caregiver discusses Understanding Dementia and the Continuum of Care. They will discuss:

  • memory decline, normal aging and Dementia
  • different types of diseases that fall under the Dementia “umbrella” and how they progress
  • how we can keep someone in their home and the type of care that can be brought in
  • where to go if you are unable to maintain someone in their home
  • Medicaid and financial planning steps a family may need to consider
  • understanding more about Advanced Directives
  • avoiding caregiver burnout and challenges with piecing together the continuum of care

Bring your questions and we will work together to find answers. Presented by Joan Motley, Consultant and sponsored by The Barton Law Group. To register please call 516-921-0755.


Nassau County Clerk’s Mobile Office
Wednesday, May 22, 11:00 – 1:30

County Clerk services will be available to Nassau County residents. They will provide certified copies of land records (deeds, mortgages, and mortgage satisfactions) and notary services for a fee. In addition they will offer Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell’s Veterans Recognition Program, where office representatives can process veteran discharge papers (DD-214) and provide our Veterans Discount Card, free of charge.


Your Retirement Puzzle
Thursday, May 30, 7:00

Retirement is like a big jigsaw puzzle! If you’re retiring soon or just have questions about retiring, then this seminar is for you! It will help you to put all of the puzzle pieces of retirement together. We will help you answer some important questions such as: What does my retirement look like? Where will my income come from? What are my retirement aspirations? How can I create additional streams of income? What expenses will I have in retirement? Join us for an informative evening. Presented by Richard Fiderer and Ward Goldberg of Allied Wealth Partners


Acceptance: The Key to True Freedom
Saturday, June 8, 10:00 – 12:00

Acceptance is to say ‘YES’ to life in its entirety. Then you can bring peace into the past, say yes to the present, and with ease move freely towards the future. Serenity and true sense of freedom come when you can trade expectations for acceptance. Presented by Global Harmony.


Sunny Side Up: Songs of Love, Hope and Joy
Monday, June 17, 7:00

We welcome the North Hempstead Senior Chorus as they entertain us with songs from Broadway, pop music and hit movies. The Chorus is comprised of Seniors with various musical backgrounds and a passion for music and entertainment. They will perform Summer Wind, Singing’ In the Rain, June is Bustin’ Out All Over, Summertime, and more. Join us for a memory filled evening with this talented group!


Outdoor Concert with The New York Exceptions
Tuesday, June 25, 7:00

Welcome back David Scotti and his group, The New York Exceptions. They are an exceptional tribute group who will be entertaining us with rock and roll songs, a blast from the past. Dance along to the nostalgic music of the 50s and 60s. Songs to enjoy include My Girl, This Magic Moment, and The Wanderer, to name a few. If it rains, concert will be held indoors.


10 Best Plants that Clean the Indoor Air
Wednesday, June 26, 7:00

“Pauley, The Plant Man” will teach us which plants help clean the air such as the Peace Lily which is one of the best plants that make the indoors more humid. The Chinese Evergreen is the best dust collector and Pothos helps with carbon monoxide. Paul will also discuss other indoor air pollutants. There will be a raffle.


Reflections, Westbury Seniors
Saturday, June 29, 2:00 – 3:30

Come hear the talented seniors from the Westbury Senior Center read their engaging written pieces. You will be inspired, amused and moved by their work. This writing group meets weekly and represents diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds. Moderated by Anne Wolf, their creative writing instructor. Don’t miss this creative afternoon!

Bus Trip

[FILLED] 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

Southern Brunch Ideas with Nana’s
Monday, May 13, 7:00

We welcome back Nana’s Ice Cream and Coffee House in Westbury. Sample some delicious and well-known Southern brunch specialties and come away with some great menu ideas for your brunch. Tiffany will be making a southern style meal of Shrimp and Grits with Country Gravy (South Carolina) and top it off with Banana Foster Waffles (New Orleans). Out-of-district residents may register May 6. Class limit 25. Fee $5.


Brazilian BBQ Cooking
Monday, June 10, 7:00

Welcome back Pitmaster Brian Collins and his ten foot smoker to the Library! He will introduce us to Brazilian barbecue cooking. Brazilian BBQ came about from the same roots that American BBQ did; cowboys were generally poor, like many farmers in the Southern U.S., and because of this, they didn’t get the best cuts of meat. They developed ways of cooking tougher cuts that made them tastier and tender. In Brazil, this took the form of cooking skewered meats slowly over open fires. This style of cooking is called Churrasco. He will be grilling for us picanha (beef), piri piri chicken, farofa (grits like dish), garlic collard greens and a chick pea salad. Don’t miss this tasty evening! Out-of-district can register May 28. Class limit 25. Fee $5.

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
Wednesdays, May 8, June 12, 12:30 – 2:30

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


Bodysculpt
Wednesdays, May 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 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 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

Budget Vote Results – Thank you for your support!

Our budget passed with 185 voters:

  • 166 Votes: Yes
  • 19 Votes: No

Judy Gerrard is the Library trustee elect with 154 votes.

Please see our Budget Information page for more information!


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, May 21 – 7:00 Cancelled
  • Tuesday, June 18 – 7:00

New Director

We are very proud that Tracey Simon has been appointed the new Director of the library.

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

[FILLED] AARP Smart Driver Class
Saturday, May 4, 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, check or money order payable to AARP. Class limit 35.


Defensive Driving with Empire Safety Council
Saturday, June 1, 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. Class limit 45.

Book Discussion

[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.


If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t) by Betty White
Wednesday, May 1, 7:00 and Thursday, May 2, 2:30

In this candid take on everything Betty White shares her observations about life, celebrity and love (for humans and animals). Discussion leader: Kathleen Gaskin, Reference Librarian.


Just Bring the Baby Book Club
Tuesday, May 7, 6:30

Add some more adult time to your week! Join Librarians Stephanie & Nicolette to discuss our current reads. Please register in advance.


Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
Wednesday, June 5, 7:00 and Thursday, June 6, 2:30

Based on the true story about a forgotten hero, is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during Italy’s darkest hours in the 1940s. Discussion leader: Kathleen Gaskin, Reference Librarian.

Movies

Cold Pursuit
Friday, May 17, 6:00
Rated R, 119 Minutes

An action thriller infused with irreverent humor that stars Liam Neeson as Nels Coxman, a family man whose quiet life with his wife is upended following the mysterious death of their son. Nels’s search for justice turns into a vengeful hunt for Viking, a drug lord he believe is connected to the death. As one by one Viking’s associates ‘disappear,’ Nels goes from upstanding citizen to ice-cold vigilante, letting nothing, and no one, get in his way.


How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Friday, May 24, 11:00
Rated PG, 104 Minutes

Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden disappearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known, and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destinies are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together — to the very ends of the Earth — to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.


The Upside
Friday, May 24, 6:00
Rated Pg-13, 127 Minutes

A recently paroled ex-convict, Dell,strikes up an unusual and unlikely friendship with a quadriplegic billionaire, Philip Lacasse, in this ‘funny and warm-hearted buddy comedy.’ From worlds apart, Dell and Philip form an unlikely bond, bridging their differences and gaining invaluable wisdom in the process, giving each man a renewed sense of passion for all of life’s possibilities.


Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral
Friday, June 7, 6:00
Rated PG-13, 109 Minutes

Tyler Perry revives his signature character, the tough and vindictive Madea Simmons, for her final film performance in this comedy to die for! Madea and her family head out to a family reunion, but the trip becomes a nightmare when the party suddenly turns into a funeral and threatens to reveal sordid family secrets. Only Madea can bring the entire family together and save the day in her own special way.


Captain Marvel
Friday, June 14, 6:00
Rated PG-13, 130 Minutes

Set in the 1990s, this is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.


Us
Friday, June 21, 6:00
Rated R, 116 Minutes

Haunted by trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family. After spending a tense beach day with their friends, Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. The endearing American family faces doppelgangers of themselves.


The Mustang
Friday, June 28, 6:00
Rated R, 96 Minutes

Roman Coleman, a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his past, rediscovers his own humanity in a social rehabilitation program. There he must gentle an especially unbreakable mustang named Marcus. During the program, Roman is helped by a no-nonsense veteran trainer and an outgoing fellow inmate and trick rider. His journey with Marcus inspires a heartfelt connection and challenges him to be a better person.

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.