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Registration for Westbury & Carle Place residents begins Februrary 24, 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 516-333-0176, 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.

[CANCELLED] How to Hire a Caregiver
March 21, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Being a family caregiver is a challenging task. Our care experts will be informing our community in understanding what it takes to be the reliable loved one that the family needs. Learn how to effectively use “Compassionate Caregiving” to support your own family. Understand the mental and physical challenges everyone in the family will experience. Call 516-7371618 to register. Meets in the orange room. Open to all.


AARP Free Tax-Aide
Wednesdays, February 5 through April 15, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Free tax assistance will be available at the library especially for patrons 50 and older. AARP volunteers will assist you in the preparation of your tax returns. Bring all necessary documents, including tax return from the previous year. Appointments only. Note: On February 26 the first appointment starts at 12:30 pm.


[CANCELLED] Discover Feng Shui
Thursday, March 19, 7:00 pm

Feng Shui is a 3,000 year old ancient art and science formalized in China. Feng means wind and Shui means water. Wind and water are associated with good health, thus good Feng Shui came to mean good fortune. It is sometimes thought to be the art of placement and that all things consist of the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Certified Feng Shui Expert Laura Cerrano will explain how your home and surroundings can affect your mindset, emotions, behavior and overall health. At the end of the evening, Laura will guide you through a gentle sound healing meditation. Free, registration required. This event has been rescheduled to October.


[CANCELLED] Finding Peace through Meditation
Thursdays, March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 10:00 – 11:00 am

More and more people are adding some kid of meditation to their daily routine as an antidote to stress, or as a simple method of relaxation. When you meditate, you calm and focus your mind through your breathing. Learn how to beat that overwhelming feeling through meditation and start to experience a deep and authentic inner peace. Enjoy this six-week series with Stephany Taylor from Kadampa Meditation Center of Long Island. Free, registration required.


Long Island Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra
Sunday, March 29, 2:30 pm

LIMAGO returns to the library to present a delightful mixed program of music, including folk, ethnic, classical, and popular genres. The orchestra is comprised of mandolins, mandolas, mandocello, guitars, bass and accordion. Its members span various age groups and come from all walks of life. They are all bound together by a love of music and the desire to increase the popularity of the mandolin and guitar. Open to all.


Mobile Passport Hours, North Hempstead Town Clerk’s Office
Monday, March 30, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

At this event, applicants will be able to process a new passport or renew an existing one. Please bring two forms of identifications, as well as fill out an application. Photos can be taken on site for a fee of $10. Registration is required. To make an appointment please call 311 or 516-869-6311.


[CANCELLED] The Hambones
Sunday, April 5, 2:30 pm

Come enjoy a Sunday afternoon of a well-crafted mix of classic country and blues/rockabilly from the 50s through today with The Hambones!  With a cumulative 130 years in the Hambones are lead vocalist John Kouri, Scott Milch on drums, John Pizzicarola on guitar, and Steve Soltow on bass. The band plays selections from the Great American Songbook covering artists from Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins to Glen Campbell and Tom Petty. Dancing is encouraged!


TD Bank First Time Homebuyer Seminar
Thursday, April 16, 7:00 pm

Participants will be encouraged to reach their financial goals, and gain knowledge to plan for the future. Presentation will cover the 4 C’s lenders consider in the loan decision, anatomy of a mortgage payment and documents needed to apply for a home loan. Presented by TD Bank.


The Mikado
Sunday, April 26, 2:30 pm

The most popular musical-theater work ever written in English, The Mikado is Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular comic opera, a masterwork. Set in Japan this is the story of Ko-Ko, a poor tailor suddenly appointed Lord High Executioner of Titipu. The prefect balance of hilarious dialogue, clever lyrics and beautiful music, it’s a delight for audiences of all ages.

Bus Trip

Wave Hill and Woodlawn Cemetery Bus Trip
Wednesday, June 17

Join us for a delightful trip to Wave Hill, a spectacular public garden overlooking the majestic Hudson River. We will also stop for a guided tour of Woodlawn Cemetery, designated as a the National Historic Landmark and described by National Park Service as a “popular final resting place for the famous and powerful.” Woodlawn Cemetery is distinguished by the finest collection of funerary art in the country designed by the most accomplished architects, sculptors and landscape designers. A delicious lunch will be served at Tombolino Ristorante in Yonkers. A non-refundable fee of $135 is payable to Rendezvous Travel. All tickets must be sold by April 20th for this trip to happen. 

Cooking

[CANCELLED] Cooking with Chef Toskana
Monday, March 16, 7:00 pm

Enjoy a taste of Italy! Chef Toskana owner of Toskana Restaurant in Westbury will prepare a traditional chicken scarpariello with peppers and rosemary and to accompany it, a delicious country Greek salad. Chase away the end of winter with some tasty, Italian comfort food! Out-of-district may register March 9. Fee $5. Class limit 30. This Event has been rescheduled for a later date. 


Cooking with Chef Dell’Amore
Monday, April 20, 7:00 pm

Rushed to get a meal on the table? Enjoy delicious, succulent and easy to prepare chicken nuggets and cutlets like you’ve never had before. From start to finish, Chef/Dr. Robert Dell’Amore shows you how to serve up a meal for the ages, in half the time! Chicken will be served with pasta and a homemade red sauce. Out-of-district may register April 13. Fee $5. Class limit 30.

Health & Fitness

Ongoing

[CANCELLED] 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, April 15, 12:30 – 2:30 pm

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.


[CANCELLED] Bodysculpt
Wednesdays, March 18, 25, April 8, 15, 22, 29, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Enjoy yourself and improve your health while you learn effective moves to burn calories, tone your body and gain flexibility in this low impact, Pilates based strength training class. Please 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.


[CANCELLED] Falun Dafa Exercises – FREE
Wednesdays, March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Falun Dafa, is a meditation practice, similar to Tai Chi, which brings about calm, serenity, while also having a substantial benefit to your physical health, mental balance and inner peace. Instructor: George Wei. Wear comfortable clothing. Registration required. Out-of-district residents may register March 9. Class limit 30.


St. Francis Community Health Bus
Tuesday, April 14, 10:00 – 2:00 pm

St. Francis Health bus will be parked at Jefferson Street to provide free health screenings which includes a brief cardiac history, blood pressure and a simple blood test for cholesterol and diabetes screening with appropriate patient education and referrals as needed. Clients must be 18 years or older.  No appointment necessary.

Historical Society

[CANCELLED] A History of Women in Song
Saturday, March 15, 2:30 pm

This program is a musical illustration of the role of women’s lives in society from the 18th century to the 19th Amendment, by which women were given the right to vote. Linda Russell sings a variety of types of songs which illustrate the history she tells the audience about the changing status of women.


Westbury from Above
Sunday, April 19, 2:30 pm

Perspective is everything, and this presentation by author Richard Panchyk will take a unique new look at Westbury, viewing the history of its development through stunning aerial photo views, supplemented with relevant vintage images to tell the story of this very special place.


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.


[CANCELLED] 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 Budget Vote and Trustee Election

Tuesday, June 23, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm at the Library


Library Board Meeting

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

Upcoming Dates: 

  • Tuesday, March 17, 7:00 pm

Voter Registration

Tuesday, March 31, 2:00 – 6:00 pm


Budget Hearing

Tuesday, June 16, 7:00 pm

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

[CANCELLED] AARP Smart Driver Class
Saturday, March 14, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

This six-hour defensive driving class is for seniors 50 years or older. Registration begins February 24. Fee $20 for AARP members, $25 for nonmembers, payable to AARP by check or money order only. Please write your membership number on the check.


Defensive Driving with Empire Safety Council
Saturday, April 11, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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.

Book Discussion

Select your own read
Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 pm and
Thursday, March 5, 2:30 pm

Please read a book of your choice about a woman, be it an autobiography or a biography, and come prepared to share your story. Discussion leader: Kathleen Gaskin, Reference Librarian.


Just Bring the Baby
Monday, March 23, 6:30 pm

Add some more adult time to your week! Join librarian, Stephanie, to discuss The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn 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”.


The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
Wednesday, April 1, 7:00 pm and
Thursday, April 2, 2:30 pm

A New York Times-bestselling novel about a traditional woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Discussion leader: Kathleen Gaskin, Reference Librarian.

Movies

All March movies have been cancelled.

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 Chris Durrah (chrisdurrah@westburylibrary.org) and ask for details.


AARP Android Smartphone Workshops – FREE
Wednesday, April 22

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 or feel free to bring your own. Registration is required. Please call AARP at 1-866-591-8105 to register. Or register online at aarp.cvent.com/teklogi

  • Intro to Smartphones 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    Explore the basics: texting, photos and videos, and apps (what they are and how to download them)
  • Beyond the Basics 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    For those who have mastered the basics, learn about maps, voice dictation (a hands-free way to communicate with your device) and editing photos and sharing them.