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Registration for Westbury & Carle Place residents begins June 24, 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.

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!

Discover Feng Shui
Monday, July 22, 7:00pm

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. You will learn how to combine several forms of Feng Shui and intuitive thinking to create powerful practical solutions. At the end of the evening, Laura will guide you through a gentle sound healing meditation. Free, registration required.

Chair Meditation
Tuesdays, July 23, 30 and August 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:00 – 11:00pm

Please join us again with Stephany Taylor from Kadampa Meditation Center of Long Island for this six-week series celebrating the benefits of meditation. When you meditate, you calm and focus your mind through your breathing. Learn how to beat that overwhelming feeling through chair meditation and start to experience a deep and authentic inner peace. Connect with your true self and spiritual purpose. Please wear comfortable clothing. Free. Registration required.

Showstopping Hits with Mary Sollitto
Tuesday, July 30, 7:00pm

We welcome Mary Sollitto, founder of Harmony Music and Entertainment, for the first time to the Westbury Library! Join us in the courtyard for a summer evening filled with a mix of music and entertainment as Mary plays the keyboard and sings songs from great female performers. You will enjoy songs from Barbara Streisand, Cher, Celine Dion and more; all with a dash of Mary’s humorous banter! In case of rain, concert will be held indoors.

Adult Summer Paint Night
Monday, August 5, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Join our painting party! Challenge your inner Monet! Not artistic? No problem. You will have step by step instruction by an experienced artist from pARTy Art Studio. Leave with your own 16 x 20 interpretation of the chosen art subject. All materials will be provided. Out-of-district residents may register July 22. Fee $15, payable to Party Art Studio. Class limit 15.

Family Love Letter
Tuesday, August 6, 7:00pm

Most people are reluctant to discuss the tragedy of their death or disability with family members, but they have less concern about leaving written information behind regarding their wishes. This is the purpose of the Family Love Letter. It is an indispensable planning tool that is designed to bring clarity, reduce stress and minimize conflicts that often follow an incapacity or death. Fundamentally, estate planning’s most important goal should be to provide “A Legacy for the Living.” This seminar will cover the proper methods of gathering the information from their perspective sources, as well as provide everyone who attends with their own Love Letter. Presented by AXA Advisors, LLC. Join us for this very important and informative evening. Free, registration required.

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.

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.

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.


Low Country Boil with Pitmaster Brian Collins
Monday, July 15, 7:00pm

A Low Country Boil is the southeastern coast’s equivalent of a New England clambake. You take fresh shellfish “catch of the day” put it in a giant pot with some vegetables and sausage and you are on your way to a giant feast for a crowd! Every coastal town has their own version of a seafood boil and their own way of making it; the ingredients are as debated as the proper name for it. Beaufort Stew or Boil, Low Country Boil and, historically referred to as Frogmore Stew, a delicious combination of boiled shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes will be prepared. To round out the evening, Brian will also serve a blueberry trifle for an All American cookout. Don’t miss this tasty evening of a regional summer favorite! Out-of-district may register July 8. Fee: $5, Class limit 27.

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 and August 21, 12:30pm – 2:30pm

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

Tuesdays, July 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 14, 28, 6:00 – 7:00pm

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 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.


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.

Coming Up

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, July 16, 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 20, 7:00pm

Open House – Save the Date
Sunday, September 22

Come one, come all. We are planning a fun afternoon for the entire community. Open House, scheduled from 2:00 to 4:00 will feature live entertainment in the courtyard, activities for children and teens, and free raffles and giveaways.


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
Friday, July 5, 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.

Book Discussion

Just Bring the Baby Book Club
Monday, July 8, 6:30pm

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

True Crime Book Discussion
Saturday, July 13, 10:00am

The haunting true story of an elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California during the 70s and 80s, and of the gifted journalist who died tragically before his capture in April 2018. For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults and ten murders in California. Then he disappeared, eluding capture. Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the website, was determined to find “The Golden State Killer.” She pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in online communities.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark offers a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her pursuit of the truth. Original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classic – one which fulfilled Michelle’s dream – helping unmask the Golden State Killer. Can’t make it to the Library? Chat online through our Facebook Event “WMPL-TCD I’ll Be Gone.”

A Universe of Stories: 2019 New York Adult Summer Reading Program

In keeping with this theme, the Westbury Library will be featuring stories from around the world and across the universe; even extraterrestrial imaginings, sci-fi, cultural accounts and personal tales. Participants will read the stories and tell their tales. These renditions will take place in the Wednesday and Thursday book discussion sessions: July 10 and August 7 at 7:00 pm; July 11 and August 8 at 2:30 pm. Short story selections will be available at the Reference Desk from June 4, 2019. All are welcome. Discussion leader: Kathleen Gaskin, Reference Librarian.


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.

The Aftermath
Friday, July 5, 6:00pm
Rated R, 109 minutes

In postwar Germany in 1946, Rachael Morgan arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis, a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: They will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.

Saturday, July 6, 11:00am
Rated PG, 111 minutes

Circus owner Max Medici enlists former star Holt Farrier and his children to care for a newborn elephant whose over-sized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere, who recruits the Dumbo for his newest entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.

Friday, July 12, 6:00pm
Rated PG-13, 109 minutes

Jordan is a take-no-prisoners mogul who torments her long-suffering assistant and employees daily. She soon faces an unexpected threat to her personal life and career when she magically transforms into a thirteen-year-old version of herself.

Friday, July 19, 6:00pm
Rated PG-13, 135 minutes

Everybody has a superhero inside of them; it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word, this streetwise fourteen-year-old foster kid can turn into an adult superhero, courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart, inside a ripped, godlike body, he revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! But he’ll need to master these powers quickly to fight the deadly forces of evil.

The Best of Enemies
Friday, July 26, 6:00pm
Rated PG-13, 133 minutes

Based on a true story, the film centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader, who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina, during the racially charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.

The Missing Link
Saturday, July 27, 11:00am
Rated PG, 94 minutes

Mr. Link recruits explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, this trio of explorers travels the world to help their new friend.


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.