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Beginning in January 2020, Westbury library event registrations will be done via EventKeeper. Please Click here for more details.

Special Interest

A Breath of Fresh Air: The Women of the H. H. Garnet Memorial Home, Westbury
Thursday, March 4, 7:00 pmvia Zoom

n the late nineteenth century, African American women became more conscious of their own position in society, and of the work they could do to improve the circumstances of others of their gender and race. The H. H. Garnet Memorial Fresh Air Home in Westbury was a product of this trend. Inspired by the work of Mary Garnet Barboza, the Home was established in 1895 by Eliza Williams, Sarah J. S. Garnet and a number of other women, in memory of the renowned African American leader Reverend Henry Highland Garnet. This fresh air home, the first of its kind on Long Island, offered a retreat for working class black women away from congested New York City life. The presenter, Dr. Judith Burgess, Ph.D., is a Cultural Anthropologist, Educator, and Community researcher and a local Westbury resident, who rediscovered the Home about a decade ago. She will shed new light on how the fresh air home came about, and who were the dynamic women involved in its establishment. Join us for this informative and educational program.
To register, use this link:    join Here

Save the Date for a Special Book Talk

Tuesday, March 23, 7:00 pm, via Zoom

In recognition of both Black History and Women’s History month, join Fran Cohen in a special book talk and discussion of two
landmark pieces of nonfiction: The Warmth Of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration and Caste: The Origins of
Our Discontent both written by the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Isabel Wilkerson. “Required reading for all humanity.” Oprah
Fran Cohen, teacher, facilitator and published writer presents dynamic participation lectures, workshops and discussions on books,
and the arts. She has co-authored along with her husband, Dr. Ed Cohen, Still Holding Hands: A Whimsical Guide through the ABC’s of
A Long Term Relationship. Fran has been a scholar/facilitator for the NY Council for the Humanities. Read the books, but listeners are
certainly welcome as well. The Library will have copies on hand, please call to reserve a copy..
To register, use this link: join here

Senior GPS Discussion Group CANCELED

Wednesday, March 24 and April 14, 6:00 pm via Zoom

Are you retiring and trying to decide what you will do with the rest of your life? Perhaps you have already retired and need ways to fill your time or organize your time. Join us to discuss creating your GPS (Global Positioning System) for retirement. Share ideas and learn new ones to live your retirement years to the fullest. Linda J. Williams, who is a retiree, consultant, author, blogger and writing coach facilitates this program.

Registration link: Click Here(April 14th)

St. Francis Hospital Outreach Bus

Tuesday, March 30, 10:00 am – 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. Free flu shots available.

Tax Help

2021 Tax-Aide Season, AARP, Diana Graham – District Coordinator
There are three (3) options for those who want their taxes prepared, starting February 15th.

1. Call 888-227-7669, select Option 1 then Option 1 for a Tax-aide location.
2. Access: to complete the information requested. On March 2nd, an email will be sent to Diana Graham’s district if the zip code is within her district; or the request will be sent to another district. The tax return will be prepared virtually. The taxpayer should be technologically savvy, have an email account, and have a printer to scan and print their documents.
3. Access: to find VITA/TCE sites nearby that offer free tax preparation services. Diana Graham’s district will begin preparing taxes on March 2, 2021 using a No Contact Module (virtually). Other districts will begin preparing taxes earlier using a no contact module or a drop off module.

Arts and Crafts

The Joy of Collaging
Tuesday, March 16, 7:00 pm
via Zoom

In this introductory one-hour collage class (which is open to all skill levels), every participant learns collage techniques and creates a masterpiece out of paper in any style of their choosing. Meagan Meehan will present. Ms. Meehan is a Westbury Arts member/instructor. To get a copy of the materials needed see the attached PDF file for this program.
Register here

Take and Make Glass Mosaic Photo Frame REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
Tuesday, April 13, 7:00 pmvia Zoom

Arts and Crafts continue at the Westbury Library! Bonnie Bittner of Glass Art Studios, will take you through the steps to make this one of a kind creation. You will receive in your package: an eight inch frame, different colors and sizes of art glass pieces (already cut to size), adhesive, grout and step by step instructions. Class limit is 15. Packages will be ready for pick up at the Library starting April 5th.
register here

Career Counseling

Free Career Counseling

Want to review your resume? Need prep for an interview? One-on-one Career Counseling is available by appointment only by calling
the Computer and Career Center at 516-379-3274, ext. 504. All sessions will take place over the telephone. If you require resume
assistance you must forward your resume as a Microsoft Word document to prior to the appointment.
You will be called at the time of your scheduled appointment. We are thankful to the Freeport Library for offering this service to our

Health & Fitness

Chair Yoga with Jolie Bosnjak
TWednesdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 10:30 am
via Zoom

Want to get in shape but feel regular Yoga is too strenuous for you? Improving flexibility, easing stiffness, creating both spatial awareness and a happy mental state are a of few of the benefits that chair Yoga can provide our bodies. Jolie Bosnjak will present.
.To join use this link: join here

Finding Peace through Meditation
Tuesdays, March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 10:00 am – 11:00 am via Zoom

When you meditate, you calm and focus your mind through your breathing. Learn how to beat feelings of stress by meditating 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.
To register use this link: join here

Pilates with Maryellen
Thursdays, March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 6:00 pm
via Zoom

Need some help improving your posture, increasing your flexibility, or developing your core strength? Using principles based on the Pilates Method, instructor Maryellen Petassi will guide participants of any age through techniques that will help improve balance, stability, posture, coordination and muscle tone by isolating and working various muscle groups through range of motion exercises. Please wear comfortable clothing and have a mat. Maryellen Petassi is a certified personal trainer and a registered Pilate’s instructor.To register use this link: join here

Historical Society

Historical Society of the Westburys: A History of Women in Song
SSunday, March 21, 2:30 pmvia Zoom

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. Presenter Linda Russell is a historical musician with a background in the dramatic arts and has appeared in many well-known productions. She will sing a variety of songs which illustrate and explain the history of the changing status of women. Join us for this entertaining and informative program. To register please use this link: Register Here

Book Discussion

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

Wednesday, March 3, 7:00 pmvia Zoom

Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, this book is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman’s belief that books can carry us anywhere—even back home. Discussion leader: Kathleen Gaskin, Patron Services Librarian.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Wednesday, April 7, 7:00 pm
via Zoom

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove comes a charming, ingeniously constructed novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who experience the power of friendship, forgiveness and hope – the things that save us, even in the most anxious of times. Discussion leader: Kathleen Gaskin, Patron Services Librarian.

Coming Soon – Millennial Book Discussion–

WHAT? A new book club.
WHO? For Millennials, born between 1981 and 1996, or from ages 23 through 38; or thereabouts.
WHY? For you to connect with other millennials; share what you’ve been reading: engage with the library and the culture of
reading; have fun, no pressure……..for free!
WHERE? On Zoom, from the Westbury Library to your place.
WHEN? Launching, Spring 2021.
HOW? Contact Kathleen Gaskin at (516)333-0176; or
Send your comments, ideas, and suggestions too!


The Cottage – The Historical Society of the Westbury

For more information contact Susan Kovarik, curator at 516-333-0176 x 1107 or email:
Susan can be reached Wednesdays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and Thursdays from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Health Insurance Enrollment with Fidelis Care
Fidelis Care offers quality, affordable health insurance for qualifying children and adults of all ages through Qualified Health Plans and the New York State sponsored Child Health Plus, Essential Plan and Medicaid programs. Contact Luz Mery Guecha-Lutz at 347-597-2324 for more information.

Defensive Driving Classes with the Empire Safety Council
Empire Safety Council is holding small social distance classes in Nassau and Suffolk County. To register for a class contact Diana Palumbo-Wilbur at or call 631-664-0652.


Writers’ Workshop – Registration Closed

Fridays, March 5, 19 and April 2, 16, 10:00 – 11:30 am
via Zoom

Have you always wanted to be a writer but never had the opportunity to develop your skills and talent? Join our four session virtual Writers’ Workshop and begin to explore poetry, memoir and nonfiction writing. Classes will include some engaging activities as well as instruction. Class size is limited to 10 participants in order to have time to share and critique your writing. Presented by Anne Wolf, a creative writing instructor.

To register, use this link: join here

Journaling Discussion Group

Fridays, March 5, 12, 19, 26 and April 2, 9, 16, 23, 7:00 pm
via Zoom

Learn the different reasons for journaling and how it can relax, de-stress and help you put your thoughts on paper in a style that is your own. If already journaling, we will discuss the next level and how it can be instrumental in teaching skills of discipline, scheduling and organizing. You will receive information on how to journal for a specific purpose such as notes for memoirs or other life goals. Each session will include discussion so that participants can share obstacles and progress. Author and writing coach Linda J. Williams is the presenter; she will share her expertise.

To register, use this link: join here

Coming Up

Library Board Meetings

Thursday, August 20, 7:00 pm

The Westbury Library Board of Trustees would like to invite the public to attend our upcoming board meetings via Zoom. Meetings are typically held on the third Thursday of each month starting at 7:00 pm. The meeting can be joined at the following


Or by calling the following phone number on the evenings of the meetings after 6:45 pm: 1-646-558-8656

The public is encouraged to email if they have any questions.

The Westbury Friends of the Library Group

The Friends of the Westbury Library is Launching!
Get involved and help to create a fun and exciting
Friends group that will benefit the Westbury
Memorial Public Library and our vibrant community.
Volunteer your talents and enthusiasm today.
Please contact Kathleen Gaskin at (516) 333-0176,
Ext. 1151 or send an email to:

Note to Carle Place WMPL cardholders

There is a need for volunteers to serve on the Carle Place Library Funding Board.

This Board has been instituted for over 15 years. Two members of the 5 elected members have served for 15 years. One is up for election in December and is not going to run. The second Board member will also not run when his term ends. The present contract requires a 5 member board or the contract with the Westbury Library is voided and library privileges would end. Several people are needed. Please send your contact information to CPPLFD, P O Box #155, Carle Place, NY 11514.


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)


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 ( and ask for details.