Adult Programs

Advance registration is required for adult programs unless otherwise noted.
Registration for most programs will begin on Wednesday, March 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.

Register Online
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.

Philadelphia Flower Show Bus Trip
Tuesday, March 14 (Registration begins Wednesday, January 4)
Departing: 8am            Returning: approx. 6pm
Fee: $65 per person
The library will host its annual Philadelphia Flower Show bus trip on Tuesday, March 14. The fee includes transportation, admission and gratuities. Lunch is not included, but there are many opportunities nearby for dining on your own. No smoking. No refunds.

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!

St. Francis Hospital Community Outreach Van
Friday, March 10            10am – 2pm
The St. Francis Hospital Community Outreach Van will be parked in our Library’s parking lot to provide free health screenings for the community. The screenings will include a brief cardiac history, blood pressure and a simple blood test for cholesterol and diabetes. They will also provide patient education and referrals as needed for clients above the age of 18. No appointments necessary

Irish Molasses Bread with Rob Scott
Monday, March 13            2pm
Limit: 50 people            Fee: $7 (non-refundable)
Come make a delicious molasses raisin bread for St. Patrick’s Day! Everyone will go home with a full loaf ready to bake. Patrons must bring a 7×4 loaf pan, a medium bowl, and a mixing spoon.

Philadelphia Flower Show Bus Trip
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Departing: 7am           Returning: Approximately 7pm
Fee:  $65 per person
Contact the Adult Reference Desk at (631) 661-7080 to inquire about any remaining seats.

Home Cooking For Your Dog (WIA 107)
Tuesday, March 14            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.

History of Ireland in Song (WIA 101)
Sunday, March 19            2pm
Come join us for an afternoon of Irish culture and history. Kevin Westley, singer, Irish dance instructior and historian will conduct a multi-media presentation called the History of Ireland in Song. Kevin will sing songs and play recordings of songs, related to topics such as the Penal Laws, the Great Hunger, American Wakes, Irish Wakes, Sea Shanties and many more.

A Brief History of the Playbill (WIA 104)
Tuesday, March 21            7 pm
Join West Islip’s own Brian Stoll for an interactive presentation on the importance of The Broadway Playbill. Learn about the Playbill’s history as well as what it can teach us about our history by thumbing through its pages.

Block Island Seafood
Wednesday, March 22            7pm
Limit: 40 people            Fee: $5 (non-refundable)
Welcome back Chef Craig and the Block Island Seafood Company for an early spring cooking demonstration. He’ll demonstrate a spring minestrone soup with chicken meatballs and then a poached salmon with a Green Goddess dressing.

Winning Votes for Women:  The Long Island Suffragists (WIA 106)
Tuesday, March 28            7pm
Women’s suffrage took many years to achieve. National leaders came to Long Island and several Long Islanders made a mark on the national scene. Louisine Havemeyer, Alva Belmont and “General” Rosalie Jones are among the better known local names, but countless women campaigned for suffrage. Presented by Natalie Naylor, retired Hofstra professor and Long Island historian.

Karkowska Sisters (WIA 102)
Sunday, April 2           2pm
Sponsored by The Friends of the WI Library
Internationally renowned piano and violin duo, whose performances are peppered with anecdotes, stories and history about the composers and music they are playing. Their programs are full of beloved and easily recognizable virtuoso masterpieces.

Psychic Medium Janet Russell (WIA 105)
Tuesday April 4            7pm
Janet Russel is a psychic medium, spiritual advisor and television host of Beyond the Unexplained. Join us as she talks about her life, career, and experiences, including her work assisting law enforcement in investigations.  She will also seek to connect some audience members with messages from the other side .

Block Island Seafood
Wednesday, April 5            7pm
Limit: 40 people            Fee: $5 (non-refundable)
Join Chef Craig as he demonstrates basil butter mahi-mahi with a Mediterranean couscous salad and then a very special Long Island seafood chowder. This soup will combine the local seafood and produce favorites.

Ukrainian Egg Decorating (WIA 108)
Thursday, April 6            6pm –  8:30pm
Learn the ancient art of egg decorating. This old world craft has been used for centuries to decorate egg shells with intricate designs. Using hot wax, candles and kistkas, Chris Mulholland will show you how to create a new design on your own egg.The permanent dyes used to decorate the eggs will stain fabric, so wear appropriate attire.

Spring Garden Readiness (WIA 109)
Tuesday, April 11            7pm
Join John Miller to get inside tips and tricks to jump start your garden. Topics will include the best times to fertilize your lawn, how to determine the PH of your soil, and when to start vegetables, bulbs, and annual or perennial flowers. Preventive measures to combat insects and disease and the proper trimming of trees and shrubs will make your yard a stunning showcase throughout the season. Don’t miss your chance to gain the advantage over your neighbors!

Extreme Design Makeover (WIA 110)
Tuesday, April 18            2pm
Interior designer Jacqui Palatnik invites you to join her for an exciting program focusing on re-doing and sprucing up home furnishings. Learn the tricks of the trade of the design business. Come prepared with questions on color, space planning, fabrics, window treatments, flooring, lighting and accessories. There will be visual material, discussions and handouts to summarize this program.

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.


Tech Time     
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 to schedule an appointment or to ask a tech-related question.

Skype & Chatting Online (WIA 114)
Saturday, March 25            10am
Learn how to set up and use Skype and instant messaging programs such as Google chat and Yahoo messenger. Get the webcam running for video chat!

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.


Blood Pressure Screening      
Wednesday, March 1            2 – 3pm
Wednesday, April 5            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, March 1             9am – 4:30pm
Registration began Monday, February 13th. Contact the Adult Reference Desk for availability.

Wednesday, April 5             9am – 4:30pm
Registration begins Wednesday, March 15 at 10am, for W.I. school district residents only. Out-of-district residents may register starting Monday, March 20 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 March 3, 10, 17 & 24 and April 7, 14, 21 & 28           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, March 1 at 10am for West Islip school district residents only.  Out-of-district residents may register starting Thursday, March 2 if spaces are available.

Steppin On-Fall Prevention Program (WIA 113)
March 16, 23 & 30 and April 6, 13, 20 & 27           10am – 12pm
Limit: 15 people
This is a seven week series of classes that empowers mature adults to carry out behaviors that reduce the risks of falls and improve their quality of life. This program targets adults who are at risk of falling, have a fear of falling or who have fallen one or more times. Workshops are facilitated by trained leaders who focus on improving balance and strength, home and community safety, vision, safe footwear and medication review. Participants must commit to attending all seven sessions.

AARP Tax Aide:
Free for low-to-middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older
Mondays, February 6 through April 10
10am – 2pm: Sessions are set by appointment only!
AARP volunteers will be at the library to help with your 2016 Income Tax forms.

  • Please bring copies of your 2015 Income Tax returns and all necessary receipts, pay stubs, etc. with you.
  • Volunteers cannot prepare returns that include rental property, military income, alternative minimum tax, or those with many stock transactions.
  • If you are filing jointly, both people must be present and bring a photo ID and a Social Security card or another form of Social Security verification.
  • AARP Tax Aide is administered by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS. Electronic filing (e-filing) is included.
  • W.I. School District residents may make appointments for Tax Aide by calling (631) 661-7080 and asking for the Reference Desk beginning Thursday, January 5 after 10am. Non-residents may make appointments beginning Wednesday, January 19 if space permits. Standbys will only be assisted with their tax forms if time permits.


Knitting/Crochet Circle
Wednesdays in March & April          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, March 2              4pm – 9pm
Thursday, April 6              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, March 11            9:30am – 3:30pm
Wed., April 12 & Thurs., April 13            6pm – 8:30pm
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.

Thursday, March 23 – “A Man Called Ove” (2016) Swedish
Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door who spends his days enforcing block association rules, and visiting his wife’s grave, After a boisterous young family moves in next door an unlikely friendship forms.

Thursday, April 20 – “Cinema Paradiso” (1989) Italian
A filmmaker returns to his Sicillian hometown after thirty years and looks back on his life.

Introduction to Quilting
Saturday, March 18            10am – 12pm
Saturday, April 15            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
Wednesday, March 22         7:30pm
“The Lost King of France: A True Story of Revolution Revenge and DNA” by Deborah Cadbury (WIA 116)
Dana Waite Esposito wil lead the discussion of this fascinating true mystery.  This is a moving and dramatic tale that interweaves a pivotal moment in France’s history with a compelling detective story that involves pretenders to the crown, royalist plots and palace intrigue, bizarre legal battles, and modern science.

Tuesday, April 18         7:30pm
“Long Island Reads: Dead Wake” by Eric Larsen (WIA 117)
On May 1, 1915, with World War I entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. This is the true story of the submarine attack on the Lusitania, the lives and deaths of some of its passengers, and the sinking of the largest and fastest ocean liner of its time. Librarian Grace O’Connor returns to lead the discussion of this gripping story.

Monday Night Documentaries
Films start at 7:00pm. Refreshments will be served. No registration.

March 20: Equal Means Equal  (2016)
In honor of Woman’s History Month join us in watching this groundbreaking exploration of gender inequality in the USA featuring top women’s rights activists, leaders, and survivors.

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

Yoga Nidra Meditation (WIA112)
Monday, March 13            7pm – 9pm
Monday, April 17            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.