Advance registration is required for adult programs unless otherwise noted.
Registration for most programs will begin on Monday, May 1 at 10am at the Reference Desk (except where noted). Programs with six-digit code (WIA XXX) can be registered for online (see below). Please bring your library card when registering for programs in person. West Islip Residents have priority when signing up for cooking and craft programs. Out of district patrons may sign up 2 weeks after registration begins. Please let us know in advance if you will need an accommodation that will make this event accessible to you.
You can register online for select Adult Programs by clicking on the program name if it is a link. You may also search for programs in the catalog by clicking on the Programs menu of the website and then on Online Registration. You can find the program that you want by searching by its name or its 6-character program code (WIX XXX). Please Note: You must have a valid library card to register for programs online. The librarians at the Reference Desks will be happy to help you.
Endless Summer NYC Cruise Bus Trip
Thursday, June 15 Pickup at Library: Time TBA
Register in person starting Thursday, March 2 at 10am
Fee: $98 per person
Join us for lunch and a cruise aboard the Spirit of New York. We’ll be touring the Hudson River with stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. We’ll also be bringing back the music and humor of our favorite summer movies like Beach Blanket Bingo and A Summer Place. There will be leisure time after the cruise to visit the High Line and Chelsea Market. Ticket Price includes cruise, lunch and all gratuities.
Italian For Everyone
Wednesdays March 1, 8, 15, 22, April 5, 12, 19, 26, & May 3 12:30pm – 2pm
Limit: 50 people Fee: $30 (non-refundable)
Join us for an exciting Italian class to learn a little bit of this most romantic language or just to refresh your Italian language skills and rediscover your love of the Italian culture. Whether you will be traveling to Italy or if you just have a love of Italian, this is the class for you!
Long Island Maritime History (WIA 103)
Tuesday April 25 7pm
From the early colonial days to modern times, the shores and offshores of Long Island have often been the stage for fascinating drama. Tragic shipwrecks, heroic rescues, unbelievable courage and fascinating history are all part of the fabric of Long Island. The story of the Pelican, a fishing boat lost off Montauk in 1951, will be a featured story in this program, along with other spellbinding tales of marine rescues and shipwerecks. The program will conclude with an examination of the history of the Life Saving Services here on Long Island. Join Eco-Photo Explorers for a fascinating look into the Maritime History that is Long Island.
Tiramisu with Elena Florenzano (WIA 111)
Wednesday, April 26 7pm
Let’s explore the secrets and the recipe of the most loved, requested and famous Italian dessert. Learn how easy it is to make at home and have a taste of the authentic Tiramisu at the end of the program.
The Vic Vincent Band (WIA 101)
Sunday, May 7 2pm
Join us for a Musical History Tour of Rock and Roll, DooWop and Pop—music from the 1950’s through the decades. It’s a tribute to stars and entertainers who have been an unforgettable influence on all of us.
Mother’s Day Craft with Phyllis Chan-Carr
Thursday, May 11 7pm
Limit: 20 people Materials Fee: $10
Create a unique floral arrangement for Mom (or yourself) using fresh flowers and vegetables. A head of cabbage will become the arrangement’s vase. Bring a pair of lightweight garden shears and a small paring knife. West Islip residents only.
Saturday, May 13 9am – 5pm
Limit: 30 people Fee: $40 per person
This session, taught by US Coast Guard Captain Richard Cloonan, will enable students to receive the NY State Boating Certificate, which is now required for ALL personal watercraft/jet ski operators. Ages 10 and older only. All checks must be made payable to Rich Cloonan and payment is due at time of registration.
Nutrition Game Plan for Physically Active Adults (WIA 105)
Tuesday, May 16 7pm
What should I eat before a workout? Are carbohydrates OK to eat? How much protein do I really need? Do I need supplements? These questions and more will be answered in this exciting discussion on how to fuel an active lifestyle
EFT Tapping (WIA 106)
Thursday, May 18 7pm
Come learn about EFT, also commonly known as “Tapping.” EFT is a self-healing method, founded on the principles of acupuncture (but without needles) that can be used for managing anything from physical pain to emotional issues. This session, conducted by EFT practitioner Diane Gordon, will focus on releasing stress, tension and anxiety. Limit 30.
Spring Never Tasted So Good with Rob Scott
Monday, May 22 7pm
Limit: 50 people Fee: $5 per person
Join chef Rob Scott as he makes roasted chicken tacos with gorgonzola slaw, corn, tomato and fresh mozzarella salad and a banana macaroon chiller.
The Woman, The Garden, in Art (WIA 103)
Tuesday, May 23 7pm
Viewing the paintings by foremost artists, you will imagine the life of the woman and what led her to the garden—a place of immortality, pleasure, solitude and sorrow. Like all great art, we will view the beauty and mystery in ways that transcend the simplicity of format and subject matter.
Hiking on Long Island (WIA 104)
Thursday, May 25 7pm
The presentation discusses the many hiking opportunities available on Long Island. Lee is still active in the scouting, blazing and maintaining the 125 mile long Paumanok Path that runs from Rocky Point to Montauk Point. The lecture encompasses the geology, history (natural and human), flora, fauna and topographical features that make Long Island such an interesting place to hike at any season. All hiking opportunities in Nassau and Suffolk County are encompassed in this discussion.
Beekeeping 101 (WIA 107)
Tuesday, June 6 7pm
Join Moira Alexander, owner and operator of Nissequogue Apiary in Smithtown, as she discusses how to keep bees on your own property in this informative lecture. You will leave with a better understanding of how to get started in the amazing hobby of keeping bees.
Thursday, June 8 7pm
Limit: 30 people Materials Fee: $10 per person
Bring a friend & join us for a fun “paint night” at the Library – no experience is necessary! Canvas, easel, paint brushes, and step by step instruction will be provided. West Islip residents only.
Thursday, June 8 10am – 4pm
Donating blood is literally giving the gift of life. Each day we need close to 2,000 people to roll up their sleeves for patients in our region. Without these volunteers, we wouldn’t have an adequate blood supply. Please, help make this year’s Library Blood Drive a success. You may sign up for a specific time slot at the Reference Desk, or just walk in.
Roberts ~ Moran Project in Concert (WIA 102)
Sunday, June 11 2 pm
Back by popular demand! Join us for an evening of Smokin Hot Music! Guitarist Jim Moran and Keyboardist Joe Roberts have assembled an All-Star team of veteran musicians, including outstanding vocalist Kym Hampton, performing the best of Classic Rock, Pop, Soul, R&B and Blues.
EVOO and Balsamic Vinegars: Health Benefits and Cooking Tips (WIA 108)
Tuesday, June 13 7pm
Using a range of fresh olive oils and all natural balsamic vinegars in your cooking can raise the taste and health quality of so many dishes. During this class, you’ll sample these olive oils, balsamic vinegars and specialty foods while learning from Rita Winkler, owner of Vines and Branches, about the health benefits, cooking tips and uses as well as understanding “fake olive oil.”
Home Cooking For Your Dog or Cat (WIA 107)
Tuesday, June 27 7pm
Learn how easy and affordable it is to make your own pet food and treats from Christine Filardi, certified in canine and feline nutrition, and author of Home Cooking for Your Dog. The health benefits are numerous when dogs and cats eat a species appropriate diet. Most importantly, pet owners see the elimination of both prescription dog food and many common health issues our pets face: allergies, joint problems, obesity, digestive upset, and behavior issues.
Wire Scribble Painted Bracelet (WIA 109)
Thursday, June 29 7pm
Limit: 20 people
Join Shirley Ruby for this exciting jewelry class and create a unique piece of art to wear. Learn to twist, bend and shape wire into a fun tangle, pound it, and then attach a chain and a dangling painted pendant. West Islip residents only
Need help with a electronic device? Then sign up for Tech Time, a 15 minute one-on-one instructional tutorial designed to help you with your specific questions. E-mail TechHelp@westisliplibrary.org to schedule an appointment or to ask a tech-related question.
Internet and Email on your Mac Computer (WIA 115)
Saturday, April 22 10am
Learn how to get online, find information, understand the jargon of the Internet, and much more. You will learn how to send, receive, forward and reply to e-mail. After you have mastered the basics, you will learn how to attach files and download.
Introduction to Microsoft Word (WIA 111)
Saturday, May 20 10am
Learn the basics of word processing including creating a document, saving, editing, formatting, and much more in this hands-on class. Prerequisites: Computer Kindergarten and First Grade, or equivalent basic knowledge of computer use.
Introduction to Photoshop (WIA 113)
Saturday, June 3 10am
Become an instant graphic artist by working with images and pictures in Adobe Photoshop in this hands-on class. Learn how to alter images including sizing, shaping, and coloring. Re-touch, filter, and add effects to create works of art or just make your digital photos look the way you want them. For Intermediate and Advanced computer users.
Introduction to Excel (WIA 112)
Wednesday, June 28 7pm
Join Librarian Dan Murphy to learn about Microsoft Excel, the powerful spreadsheet application in Microsoft Office. The class will review when to use Excel, how to best organize your data and how to avoid common mistakes made by new users.
May is Senior Month at West Islip Public Library
The West Islip Public Library will once again be honoring our community’s senior citizens be celebrating “Older Americans Month” during May. Every West Islip senior (65+) who has a valid library card from this district can stop by the circulation desk for their free “Thank You for Being You” gift while supplies last, courtesy of the Friends of the West Islip Library.
Senior Citizen Art Show
All West Islip senior patrons are invited to exhibit their artwork in our gallery during the month of May. Entrants are limited to 2 pieces of art, framed and ready for hanging. We cannot accept any artwork that is not in a suitable frame with a wire on the back. This year in lieu of a reception, we will be having an art historian speak on May 21st with light refreshments at the conclusion. Artwork will only be accepted from April 27th to the 30th. Sign up at the Reference Desk.
Blood Pressure Screening
Wednesday, May 3 2 – 3pm
Wednesday, June 7 2 – 3pm
This community service is brought to you through the auspices of Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter’s office and the Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center Community Health Team.
AARP Driver Safety Courses
Limit: 30 people per class Fee: AARP Members: $20 / Non-members: $25
AARP members must show their valid membership card at registration. The fee must be paid by check or money order made out to AARP – CASH WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Please present your driver’s license when you register.
Wednesday, May 24 9am – 4:30pm
Registration began Wednesday, May 10 at 10am, for W.I. school district residents only. Out-of-district residents may register starting Monday, May 15 if spaces are available.
Tuesday, June 13 9am – 4:30pm
Registration begins Wednesday, May 31 at 10am, for W.I. school district residents only. Out-of-district residents may register starting Monday, June 5 if seats are available.
Note: Numbers will be given out starting at 9am to residents who come in to wait for registration. Your place will not be held if you are not here when registration begins. Registration will be by number.
Senior Fitness Classes with Vicki Luckman
Fridays May 5, 12, 19, 26 and June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 11am – 12pm
Limit: 50 people Fee: $20
Join us for this series of gentle exercises geared toward increasing range of motion and flexibility. Bring 1-3 lb. hand weights, a water bottle, and a face towel. Registration begins Wednesday, May 3 at 10am for West Islip school district residents only. Out-of-district residents may register starting Thursday, May 4 if spaces are available.
Wednesdays in April, May & June 6pm – 9pm
Bring knitting needles or a crochet hook, a pattern and yarn. This group is open to everyone – adults and teenagers. No registration.
Friday Afternoon at the Movies
Movies start at 1pm No registration.
Recently-released movies and some classics are shown in a comfortable atmosphere. Coffee and cookies are served. Contact the Reference Desk or visit our Friday Movies page for a listing of the upcoming movie titles.
New York State Pre-licensing
Thursday, May 4 4pm – 9pm
Thursday, June 1 4pm – 9pm
Register as you enter, before class begins, and pay the $40 course fee at that time – in cash. You must attend this course in order to be eligible to take the road test. Bring your valid Learner’s Permit and a black pen to class.
Defensive Driving Courses
Saturday, May 6 9:30am – 3:30pm
Saturday, June 17 9:30am – 3:30pm
Pick up applications at the Reference Desk during library hours or download & print an application from our website. Send your application and your $40 check or money order made out to the auto school at least a week in advance of the course date.
International Film Festival with J.K. Hodge
Films are subtitled and begin at 6:30pm. Refreshments are served. No registration.
Wednesday, May 24 – “Tell No One” (2006) French
Police find 2 bodies at old murder scene and evidence to suggest the 1st victim’s husband is the murderer. The husband receives clues to suggest the wife is still alive and begins to investigate.
Wednesday, June 21 – “Aquarius” (2016) Brazilian
Clara, a 65 yr old widow and retired music critic, vows to live in her apartment until she dies after a developer buys all of the units around her.
Introduction to Quilting
Saturday, May 20 10am – 12pm
Saturday, June 17 10am – 12pm
Beginner or experienced quilter, improve your quilting skills. Bring unfinished projects or pick up a materials list for a planned project. Instruction and assistance will be provided. Materials lists and project samples are at the Reference Desk. Everyone is welcome!
Lights on Literature Book Club Meetings
Tuesday, May 23 7:30pm
“In the Unlikely Event” by Judy Blume (WIA 114)
Join Librarian Pat to discuss Judy Blume’s latest novel, based on the real life event of three planes crashing in Elizabeth, NJ, over the course of 58 days in the early 1950s. Books will be available at the Circulation Desk.
Thursday, June 22 3pm
“Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch (WIA 115)
Join Rebecca Kaplan to discuss Blake Crouch’s science fiction novel, Dark Matter, about the possibility of multiple realities. Books will be available at the Circulation Desk
Monday Night Documentaries
Films start at 7:00pm. Refreshments will be served. No registration.
April 24: How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things that Climate Can’t Change (2016)
Documentarian Josh Fox (“Gasland”) travels the globe to meet with global climate change “warriors” who are committed to reversing the tide of global warming. The film examines the forces that threaten the stability of the planet and the lives of its inhabitants
May 8: Film TBA.
June 26: Film TBA
Yoga Nidra Meditation (WIA110)
Monday, May 15 7pm – 9pm
Monday, June 12 7pm – 9pm
Learn guided relaxation techniques and reduce stress with Jackie Morrison. Bring a blanket or a mat and a pillow if you require support for your knees or back.