Adult Programs

Advance registration is required for adult programs unless otherwise noted.
Registration for most programs will begin on Tuesday, January 3 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.

Thursdays: Jan. 5, 19, 26, & Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23            5:30pm
Limit: 25 people            Fee: $20 per person (non-refundable)
A Zumba class combines fast and slow rhythms that create an interval training style workout. The cardio based dance movements are easy to follow and include body sculpting exercises, which targets areas such as the gluteus, legs, arms, core, abdominals and most importantly the heart. The best part of Zumba is that you don’t have to be a dancer to follow along and each workout feels like a party! W.I. residents only.

Beginner Mah Jong (WIA 107)
Wednesdays: February 1, 15 & 22            1-3pm
Limit: 20 people
Learn how to play the ancient game of Mah-Jong with instructor Jacqui Palatnik in this 3-part workshop for beginners. This class is also a great refresher course for people who haven’t played in a while.

Lao Cooking
Tuesday, February 7            7pm
Limit: 40 people            Fee: $5 per person (non-refundable)
Laotian native Penn Hongthong will share some of her favorite dishes: grilled pork, stir fried green beans with fresh dill, and yummy mango sticky rice for dessert. W.I. residents only.

Warm Up Your Winter (WIA 110)
Thursday, February 16            7pm
Limit: 40 people
Join cooking teacher and food writer Evelyn Banker as she makes a tasty soup using pigeon peas with ginger and turmeric, guaranteed to take the chill out of the coldest day! W.I. residents only.

Gemini Journey presents A Bouquet of Musical Valentines (WIA 103)
Sunday, February 19            2pm
Diane Block, violinist, and Terry Batts, cellist, became friends and “musical twins” while studying at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. Their collaboration has continued to this day as they develop and present fresh and sparkling arrangements of a broad and accessible repertoire. Join them as they perform a beautiful array of romantic songs and ballads from our American Songbook tradition as well as some classic Beatles tunes. Let your heartstrings be tugged as they prove that love is indeed alive and well!

Risotto Made Easy
Tuesday, February 21            7pm
Limit: 20 people            Fee: $5 per person (non-refundable)
At its simplest, risotto is a hearty, warming, creamy and versatile rice dish that has found popularity around the world. Let’s learn more about the slow-cooking technique, the kind of rice to use and tips to make the perfect risotto at home. A risotto recipe will also be shared. W.I. residents only.

Slavery and the American Presidency (WIA 102)
Monday, February 27            7pm
The history of slavery is largely anonymous. While the American presidency is well documented, the stories of those enslaved by these men are often relegated to a footnote. Because of their proximity to the presidents, much is known about them but rarely heard by the general public. The goal of this presentation is to tell their stories and “hear their voices.” During our journey you will meet a Revolutionary War hero, a celebrated White House chef; and learn about the first White House memoir written by a slave. These vivid personal profiles are certain to enlighten and inspire you.

Coin and Stamp Appraisal (WIA 104)
Tuesday, February 28            7pm
Do you think you might have some rare or valuable stamps or coins in your collection? Come find out with expert Frank McAlonan. Everyone will receive an individual evaluation of US or foreign coins and stamps. Bring multiple items.


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.

Office Tips & Tricks (WIA 115)
Saturday, February 25            10am
Limit: 24 people
From the most commonly asked questions we receive in class and by email, we’ve compiled a new 3 in 1 class: Word – Setting Margins, Using Tabs and Indents, Columns, Autocorrect, Keyboard Shortcuts, Adding to the Dictionary, and more. Excel – Quick Select, Autofill, Sorting, Zoom Percentage, Using Functions and more. PowerPoint – Printing Handouts and Notes, Navigating during the Presentation, Adding Annotations, Quick Select, and more.


Blood Pressure Screening      
Wednesday, January 4            2 – 3pm
Wednesday, February 1            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, January 18             9am – 4:30pm
Registration begins Monday, January 9 at 10am for W.I. school district residents only. Out-of-district residents may register starting Friday, January 13 if seats are available.

Wednesday, March 1             9am – 4:30pm
Registration begins Monday, February 13 at 10am, for W.I. school district residents only. Out-of-district residents may register starting Friday, February 17 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 February 3, 10, 17 & 24           11am – 12pm
Limit: 50 people             Fee: $10
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, January 10 at 10am for West Islip school district residents only.  Out-of-district residents may register starting Thursday, January 12 if spaces are available.

Staying Independent for Life (WIA 111)
Wednesday, February 22            10am
This is a comprehensive 2 hour falls and injury prevention seminar developed by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, which targets senior citizens. It covers risk factors and risk reduction strategies for falls. It is an introduction to the Steppin’ On Falls Prevention program, which is a more extensive course.

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 January & February          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, January 5              4pm – 9pm
Thursday, February 2              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, January 14            9:30am – 3:30pm
Tues., February 7 & Wed., February 8            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.

Tuesday, January 17 – “Headhunters” (2012) Norwegian
A corporate recruiter who lives a double life as an art thief to fund his lifestyle, finds out that a job prospect owns a valuable painting that he sets out to steal.

Wednesday, February 22 – “Breathless” (1960) French
This film, written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard, attracted much attention for its bold visual style, an example of New Wave cinema. It was Jean-Paul Belmondo’s breakthrough as an actor.

Introduction to Quilting
Saturday, January 21            10am – 12pm
Saturday, February 18            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, January 24         3pm
“The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith (WIA 116)
Librarian, Rebecca Kaplan, will discuss this mystery, written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. Cormoran Strike is a private detective, down on his luck and close to calling it quits when rich man wants Strike to investigate his adopted sister’s suicide, which he believes has to be murder.

Thursday, February 9         7:30pm
“Sharp Objects” by Gillian Flynn (WIA 117)
Join Rebecca Kaplan in discussing Gillian Flynn’s first novel, Sharp Objects. Camille Preaker is a crime reporter, who is told to return to her hometown to cover a suspicious death of a young girl, only to discover her past will continue to haunt her, in this dark exploration of violence.

Monday Night Documentary
Films start at 7:00pm. Refreshments will be served.

January 23: The Beatles: Eight Days a Week  (2016)
A compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews, and stories of The Beatles’ 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966. A film by Ron Howard. Refreshments will be served.

Yoga Nidra Meditation (WIA109)
Monday, January 9            7pm – 9pm
Monday, February 13            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.