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Registration for Westbury & Carle Place residents begins October 28, 2019.

Special Interest

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.

Project Independence Workshop
Thursday, November 14, and Monday, December 16, 10:30am

Project Independence, is a program of the Town of North Hempstead’s Department of Services for the Aging. Their mission of Project Independence is to assist and enable aging residents of the Town to remain in their own communities and familiar surroundings as they grow older, if this is their choice. This multi-service initiative involves coordination with many community partners. Come to the Library and find out about the services that are available to seniors 60 years or older that will allow them to live independently, while maintaining socially active and healthy lives. Topics to be discussed will include social and recreation, transportation, nursing, and educational services, as well as home maintenance and veterans assistance. Other innovative programs will also be explained that helps keep seniors healthy, active and engaged. Presented by Social Worker, Jina Etienne. Can’t make it to the program? Call 311 or 516-869-6311 or go to their website: northhempsteadny.gov/PI-Home


Note Cards Workshop Using Image Transfers
Thursday, November 21, 6:30-8:30pm

Are you a creative person and want to expand on your creativity? Would you like to make something special with your photos? This program is for you. In this class you will learn an inventive image/photo transfer technique using hand sanitizer! Create a set of four notecards with seasonal images provided by the instructor, Patricia Beary, local resident and artist. Participants will leave with detailed instructions, so that you can do this at home with your own special photographs. Special moments in your life are preserved and displayed for all to enjoy. A great gift idea in time for the holidays! Registration is required. Out-of-district residents may register November 18. Must be present to register. Fee $5. Class limit 10.


Holiday Wreath Making – Filled
Monday, December 2, 7:00pm

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.


SCORE – Marketing: The Key to Increasing Sales Workshop
Tuesday, December 10, 7:00pm

Already own a business but your sales are waning or you just want to increase profits? Starting a new venture and want to know the best way to maintain your business? Then what you need is MARKETING! If no one knows about your product or service, how can they buy it? SCORE mentors will be here at the Library to teach you the basics to market your business and help determine your target audience. Attend this workshop where they can help you with your budget needs, market research, advertising and promotion, internet marketing, developing a marketing plan and tracking results. Score (Service corps of Retired Executives) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow and succeed. Workshops are led by score mentors and guest speakers who are all experts in their specific topic.


Holiday Sounds Yesterday and Today
Sunday, December 15, 2:30pm

Get in a festive mood with the North Hempstead Senior Chorus here at the Westbury Library. They will be performing classic holiday songs made popular throughout the decades. From Hanukkah and Christmas songs written in the 13th century, to seasonal songs sung during the Rock and Roll era and beyond; they are holiday hits that you grew up with. Join us and celebrate the holiday season!


Cornell University Cooperative Extension
Taller de Nutrición, GRATIS
Jueves, Diciembre 19, 7:00-8:30pm

Come demasiado llevar a cabo? Quiere hacer comidas más saludables para su familia? Entonces atenda a este taller de nutrición y obtenga consejos y sugerencias sobre cómo lograr tus metas. Planificación de comidas, recetas que su familia disfrutará, practicando la seguridad alimentaria, leer las etiquetas de los alimentos, y incorporando bocadillos saludables en su dieta sera discutido. Esta clase es el comienzo de nueve sesiones donde los participantes recibirán un certificado de Extensión Cooperativa de la Universidad de Cornell. GRATIS, se requiere registro. Asista a una o asiste a todas, de acuerdo a sus intereses.
Disponible para todos.

Nutrition Workshop, FREE
Thursday, December 19, 7:00-8:30pm

Eat too much take-out? Want to make healthier meals for your family? Then attend this nutrition seminar and get tips and suggestions on how to accomplish your goal. Meal planning, recipes your family will enjoy, practicing food safety, reading labels and incorporating healthy snacks in your diet will be discussed. FREE, registration required. This class is the start of nine sessions of nutrition workshops where participants will receive a certificate from Cornell University Cooperative Extension. Attend one or attend them all, according to your interests. Open to all.

Bus Trip

None currently scheduled.

Cooking

High Tea with Chat Noir – Filled
Monday, December 9, 7:00pm

We welcome to the Library for the first time, Chat Noir, a French bistro and bakery in Rockville Centre. They will prepare and serve us a traditional high tea with all its delicious and delightful accompaniments! The tea sandwich selection will include: turkey & goat cheese with cranberry compote, ham & brie with apricot preserves, chicken salad, egg salad, and cucumber with crème fraiche. The quiches will be bacon and spinach. For a sweet ending you will enjoy chocolate, cinnamon raisin and butterscotch scones served with clotted cream and jam. An assortment of five different teas will be offered, all served in china tea cups. Celebrate the holiday season with this old-time tradition. Out-of-district may register November 25. Must be present to register. Fee $10. Class limit 25.

Health & Fitness

Ongoing

Health Insurance Consultations
Tuesdays, 2:00 – 5:00

See if you qualify for health insurance at little or no cost for the entire family with the WellCare which offers the New York State sponsored Child Health Plus, Essential Plan and Medicaid Health Plans.

Luz Mery Guecha-Lutz, Market Place Facilitated Enroller will assist you and answer questions. Contact: 516-347-597-2324, or e-mail: Luz.GuechaLutz@wellcare.com

Free Blood Pressure Screening
Wednesday, November 20 and December 18, 12:30 – 2:30

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


Bodysculpt
Wednesdays, November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11, 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.


FREE – Falun Dafa Chair Exercises
Wednesdays, November 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11, 18, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Falun Dafa is a meditation practice, similar to Tai Chi, which brings about calm, serenity and a higher level of awareness, while also having a substantial benefit to your physical well-being. Through a series of easy-to-learn exercises and meditation (done from a chair), you can achieve physical health, mental balance and inner peace. The practice is guided by the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance. Presented by George Wei. Wear comfortable clothing. FREE, registration required. Out-of-district residents may register November 11. Class limit 35.

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.

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.

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, November 19, 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, December 17, 7:00pm

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

Defensive Driving with Empire Safety Council
Saturday, December 7, 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

Vox by Christina Dalcher
Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 pm and Thursday, December 5, 2:30 pm

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words per day, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial. This cannot happen in America. Soon women are not permitted to hold jobs. For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice. Discussion leader: Kathleen Gaskin, Reference Librarian.

Movies

Blinded by the Light
Friday, November 19, 6:00 pm
Rated PG-13, 118 minutes

Javed, a British teen of Pakistani descent, is growing up in England in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father. But when he is introduced to the music of ‘the Boss,’ Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in Springsteen’s powerful lyrics.


Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Friday, November 29, 6:00 pm
Rated PG-13, 103 minutes

Bernadette Fox, a loving mom, becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Bernadette’s leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery.


Downton Abbey
Friday, December 20, 6:00 PM
Rated PG, 122 minutes

The worldwide phenomenon Downton Abbey becomes a grand motion picture event, as the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance, and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance. Written by series creator Julian Fellowes and starring the original cast.

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.