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Registration for Westbury & Carle Place residents begins August 26, 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 #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: 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: y regístrese ahora.

Drumming for Adults
Monday, August 12, 7:00pm

Ready to get in touch with the natural rhythm that is within each of us? Come to the Library for our first drumming night for adults! You won’t want to stop smiling, drumming and moving to the music. Reap the positive effects that drumming in a group can have on your health and well-being. George Schultze from Spirit Sky Drum will bring enough drums for all participants and will teach rhythms for all to enjoy! Free, registration required. Class limit 30.

Legendary Voices Come Alive – Outdoor Concert
Monday, August 19, 6:30pm

Welcome to the courtyard of the Westbury Library singer and entertainer, Jim Papa! He enjoys performing music selections from every generation and his love of music is apparent in every word he sings. Jim’s powerful performances create an atmosphere that is unsurpassed and experienced only when listening to a great vocal talent. Musical selections by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Elvis Presley and the greatest bands of the 50’s through the 70’s will be performed. Spend a summer evening reminiscing through song! If it rains, concert will be held indoors.

Sol y Sombra Spanish Flamenco Dance
Sunday, September 15, 2:30pm

Welcome back Sol y Sombra II at the Library for a lively Sunday afternoon of Spanish entertainment! Enjoy the exciting sounds of clicking castanets, staccato heels, the swish of colorful ruffles and the snap of vibrant fans as we travel to sunny Spain for a program of Spanish folk and Flamenco dance with the strum of the romantic guitar. A brief explanation of dance history will be given by the Director, Maria Loreta. The Spanish Flamenco dancers will entertain you with a fiery and exciting performance on the art of Flamenco dance.

City Sounds Music – Love One Another Right Now
Sunday, September 22, 2:30pm

The City Sounds Ensemble, featuring a full band, a vocalist and a saxophonist will be performing songs that embody love. Hear favorites from Whitney Houston, Elvis, Queen, The Beatles, and many more. The audience will be asked to participate, sing and dance along with the Ensemble so that all in attendance will have lots of fun!

Love Songs Through the Decades with the Paul Effman Band
Sunday, October 6, 2:30pm

From romantic ballads to swinging hits, love is the most popular theme for songs. Join the Paul Effman Band and hear fresh, new vocal and instrumental arrangements. They will play beautiful love songs from the 1930’s though the present. Selected Italian Favorites, in recognition of Columbus Day will also be included. Paul Effman is an accomplished musician whose passion for exquisite sound is evident in every note that he plays. He has assembled a group of extraordinary talent whose decades of combined musical experience makes this band very special. Enjoy a musical Sunday afternoon.

Big Works, Small Hands, Children’s Art Exhibit
October 13- 19

Celebrate the creativity that is present in all of us and encourage the importance of making art in a child’s life. Westbury Arts will exhibit the artwork of children in two age categories: 5 – 7 years old and 8 – 10 years old. The exhibit will be on display for the entire week. An opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, October 13 starting at 2:30 pm.

Diva Hits with a Touch of Sax
Sunday, October 27, 2:30pm

Welcome back Mary Sollitto, founder of Harmony Music, featuring Jim Kannellos on the sax and trumpet. The duo will perform hits of the divas from great female performers. You will enjoy sounds from Barbra Streisand, Cher, Celine Dion and more; all with a dash of Mary’s humorous banter. Mary has worked with such luminaries as Susan Lucci and Ray Romano. Mary’s shows prove to be both entertaining and energetic! Your time spent with her will be a delight.

Mental Health and Wellness 101
Thursday, September 26, 7:00pm

Mental health and recovery are dependent on an individual’s ability to recognize and then manage where they are each day on the balance between wellness and illness. Education and early intervention are important. This training program aims to increase basic knowledge of mental health, and reduce the stigma attached to mental illness. It will also promote wellness, recognition of the need for treatment, recovery and important self-care. Presented by the Mental Health Association of Nassau County. Free. All are welcome.

Property Tax Exemptions Seminar
Monday, October 21, 6:30-8:30pm

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!

Late Fall Garden
Tuesday, October 22, 7:00pm

Is your Summer garden looking tired and faded? If it is, join us as we welcome back Paul Levine, aka “Pauley, the Plant Man,” as he offers us Fall gardening advice to put some color and texture back in your garden! Paul will bring two varieties of indoor mums, ornamental cabbage and kale, fall sedum, pansies and more. Choosing the best location, containers, watering, potting soil and type of fertilizer to use will be discussed. Seven lucky patrons will win a plant in a raffle. Don’t miss this fun and informative evening! Free, registration required.

Bus Trip

Pennsylvania Dutch Tour – Lancaster PA
Thursday, September 12

Take a fascinating trip to Lancaster to see and learn how the Amish live. Enjoy a guided bus tour of the Amish Countryside and learn interesting facts and stories of the Amish way of life. Stops include a visit to a quilt and craft farm as well as an Amish Bakery. Lunch is included at Shady Maple Restaurant. Bus departs the Library at 8:00 am. A non-refundable fee of $105 is payable to Rendezvous Travel. All tickets must be sold by Monday, July 22 for trip to occur.

[CANCELLED] An American in Paris – Westchester Broadway Theatre
Thursday, October 17

Westchester Broadway Theatre is NY’s longest running year-round professional theatre in NY using Actor Equity Performers. A delicious lunch is included. Enjoy the thrilling story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of World War II. Bus departs the Library at 9:00 am. A non-refundable fee of $109 is payable to Rendezvous Travel. All tickets must be sold by Monday, August 19 for trip to occur.


Cooking with Jordan Chaulk
Monday, September 16, 7:00pm

Join Westbury Library staff member, Jordan Chaulk for a thrifty take on daily cooking. He will show you how to make three simple and inexpensive meals that will satisfy you and won’t break the bank! First up will be French toast with stewed fruits for breakfast, a bowl of comforting corn chowder for lunch and dinner will be mustard chicken thighs with rice and steamed vegetables. He will round out the meal with a delicious no-bake éclair cake. Fee $5, Class limit 25. Out-of-district may register September 10.

[FILLED] Oktoberfest
Monday, October 14, 6:30pm

The festival of Oktoberfest began as a celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Austria and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen in 1810 with the citizens of Munich. It has become an annual event in the beer halls of Germany and celebrated all over the United States by those of German ancestry the last two weeks of September and into October. It features, music, dancing, beer and traditional German foods. Celebrate this festive event with Pitmaster Brian Collins who will teach you to prepare sauerbraten, spaetzle (a noodle dumpling), and braised cabbage, followed by a delicious Black Forest trifle. Fee $5. Class limit 25. Out-of-district may register October 1.

Health & Fitness


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:

Free Blood Pressure Screening
Wednesdays, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16, 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Free blood pressure screening conducted by St. Francis Hospital in the small meeting room. No appointments necessary.

FREE – Tai Chi
Mondays and Fridays, September 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, October 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, November 1, 4, 8, 10:00 – 11:00am

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 it also helps increase flexibility and balance. Marvin Berg from NuHealth will present this series. FREE. Registration required. Out-of-district residents may register September 4.

Wednesdays, September 18, 25, October 2, 16, 23, 30, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

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.

St. Francis Hospital Community Health Bus
Friday, September 20, 10:00am – 2:00pm

St. Francis Hospital’s Community Health Bus will be parked at Jefferson Street to provide free health screenings. Along with administering free flu shots, the screenings include a brief cardiac history, blood pressure, simple blood test for cholesterol and diabetes screening with appropriate patient education and referrals. Participants must be 18 years or older. No appointment necessary.

Mental Health and Wellness 101
Thursday, September 26, 7:00pm

Mental health and recovery are dependent on an individual’s ability to recognize and then manage where they are each day on the balance between wellness and illness. Education and early intervention are important. This training program aims to increase basic knowledge of mental health, and reduce the stigma attached to mental illness. It will also promote wellness, recognition of the need for treatment, recovery and important self-care. Presented by the Mental Health Association of Nassau County. Free. All are welcome.

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 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.

Open House with the Library
Sunday, September 22, 2:30pm

Come and see the Historical Society Cottage which is participating in the Library’s open house. We receive donations at various times, so there is always something new about our local history. If you have questions, ask and we will answer as soon as possible.

Long Island and the Sea: A Maritime History
Sunday, September 22, 2:30pm

Bill Bleyer’s programs are always popular. He returns with this lecture based on his latest book Long Island and the Sea published in April, 2019. Mr. Bleyer will discuss the development of submarines and torpedoes, the landing of Pan Am clippers in Port Washington and many more facts related to Long Island’s maritime history.


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

Meets Fridays from 1:00 – 4:00

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

Library Open House Celebration

Sunday, September 22, 2:00 – 4:00

Join us for a fun afternoon of music, activities, raffles, giveaways and refreshments! Children will be creating a fall craft project. Teens can get unique Henna tattoos. Visit the Historical Society Cottage and see items about Westbury local history. Adults will enjoy the music of City Sounds Ensemble featuring Jerome “City” Smith in the The Love One Another Right Now Tour. Come and enjoy!

Coming Up

Library Board Meeting

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

Upcoming Dates: 

  • Tuesday, September 17, 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, October 15, 7:00pm


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 Class
Saturday, September 7, 10:00am – 4:30pm

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, October 5, 10:00am – 4:00pm

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

We Fed an Island by Jose Andres
Wednesday, September 4, 7:00 pm and Thursday, September 5, 2:30 pm

This extraordinary true story tells of how a group of chefs fed hundreds of thousands of hungry Americans after Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico. Their heroism touched many more hearts. Discussion leader: Kathleen Gaskin, Reference Librarian.

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
Wednesday, September 4, 7:00pm and Thursday, September 5, 2:30pm

When Tom Barren discovers wonders and finds love in our messy, unpredictable reality, should he bring back his utopian universe, or try to forge a new life in our dystopian wasteland? THAT is the question.

Just Bring the Baby Book Club
Monday, September 23, 6:30pm

Add some more adult time to your week! Join librarians, Stephanie & Nicolette, to discuss A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman and other current reads. Toys will be available for your little ones to play with while we chat. Please check out the book and register before our meeting. If unable to attend this date, join our Facebook Group “Just Bring the Baby Book Club”.

Delicious by Ruth Reichl
Wednesday, October 2, 7:00pm and Thursday, October 3, 2:30pm

This insider’s look at a food magazine is a savory feast of intrigue, romance, food history wonderful story, and fascinating characters.


Friday, September 13, 6:00 pm
Rated R, 121 minutes

An epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Sir Elton John’s breakthrough years.

Friday, September 20, 6:00 pm
Rated R, 100 minutes

Sue Ann, a loner in her quiet Ohio town, is asked by Maggie, a new teenager in town, to buy some booze for her and her friends. Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting younger friends. She offers the kids the chance to avoid drinking and driving by hanging out in the basement of her home as long as they abide by the house rules. Her hospitality starts to curdle into obsession, and what began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare.

John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum
Friday, September 27, 6:00 pm
Rated R, 130 minutes

Super assassin John Wick has a fourteen million dollar price tag on his head after killing a member of the High Table, the shadowy international assassins’ guild. Now excommunicado, and with an army of the world’s most ruthless hit men and women on his trail, John must find a way to survive in this third chapter of the adrenaline-fueled action series.

Friday, October 11, 6:00 pm
Rated PG-13, 112 minutes

Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in an English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie. After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, Jack becomes on overnight sensation with a little help from his agent.

Spider-Man: Far From Home
Friday, October 18, 6:00 pm
Rated PG-13, 129 minutes

Peter Parker returns for the next chapter of the Spider-Man: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!


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.

Android Smartphone Workshop with AARP
Wednesday, October 9

Join AARP for two hands-on workshops and learn how to get the most from your Android smartphone. Friendly guides will answer your questions. AARP will bring all the equipment to be used for these educational seminars.

FREE. To register, please call AARP at 1.866.591.8105 or register online at

Intro to Android Smartphones – Beginner – 10:00 – 11:30 am and 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Explore the capabilities of Android smartphones:

    • Texting – Learn the technique and the lingo
    • Photos – Capture the moment and snap a selfie
    • Apps – What they are & what they can do for you
    • Browsing – Search and surf the web safely

Beyond the Basics – Intermediate – 12:00 – 1:00 pm and 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Supercharge your tech skills! For those who mastered the basics and want to elevate your smartphone know-how

    • Maps – Never lose your way
    • Voice Dictation – A hands-free way to communicate
    • Photos – Edit your photos and share them with others
    • Security – Tips for protecting your device

Introduction to Smartphone Photography
Thursday, October 24, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Have you ever wondered how to go a step further and edit the photos you take with your smartphone or iphone? This is the class for you! This workshop will teach you how to optimize your smartphone photography using simple techniques that will improve your images. Using the app Snapseed you will edit the images right on your phone to enhance detail, lighting, add text, frames and more. Prior to the class, download the FREE app, Snapseed. (It is a Google product and is available for both Android and iOS) Also take some “artsy” photos to work on during the workshop. Westbury Resident Patricia Beary, artist and photographer, is a recipient of many awards with over 20 years teaching experience and a member of Soho Photo Gallery in NYC will present. Class Limit 20. Registration required. Out-of-district residents may register September 23. Free