Advance registration is required for adult programs unless otherwise noted.
Registration for most programs will begin on Wednesday, 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 an 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.
Getting Your House in Order
Thursday, January 18 10:00am – 12pm
Charles Spencer of Dignity Memorial Claude R Boyd-Spencer Funeral Home will lead a workshop on the various legal, financial, medical, and practical aspects of making final plans, featuring a number of local professionals. Some things are best not left to chance. All are welcome.
Mostly Motown! Featuring Rhonda Denet
Sunday, January 21 2pm
Join Rhonda Denet for a review of classic rhythm & blues and soul music of the 1960’s and ‘70s. Celebrate a time when this primarily African-American genre crossed over to mainstream audiences. Enjoy songs made famous by the Supremes, Mary Wells, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and others. Through the music, the magic and the message, there is something for everyone!
Block Island Seafood
Tuesday January 23 7pm
Limit: 40 people Fee: $5 per person
Welcome back the Block Island Seafood Company for their 10th year of library demonstrations. They’ll demonstrate a Southern favorite of Shrimp and Grits and then a Mid-Atlantic favorite of Crab Bisque.
Meditation for New Beginnings
Thursday, January 25 7pm
In this busy, fast paced world, peace seems like an elusive commodity. Please join John Bednarik, a longtime meditator, for this engaging workshop. John will offer effective techniques that can reduce stress, enhance relaxation, promote inner growth and improve our physical, mental and spiritual health. He will also include a short meditation sitting. Begin the New Year with meditation and join John as he invites you on this journey.
Lost in Time Featuring J.K. Hodge
Tuesday, January 30 7pm
Come for a concert on the piano by local film composer and historian J.K. Hodge. Mr. Hodge will be playing his original works, as well as famous compositions from films. He will discuss the background of these songs and talk about how each song related to the films that made them popular.
Love Songs of Cole Porter with the Paul Joseph Trio
Sunday, February 11 2pm
An enjoyable afternoon of the music of Cole Porter will be presented by composer/pianist Paul Joseph and his jazz trio. You’ll hear inspiring instrumental jazz renditions of classics such as Night and Day, I Get a Kick Out Of You, Every Time We Say Goodbye and many others. Paul Joseph has composed works that have received wide critical acclaim in performances by distinguished orchestras, ballet companies and choirs.
Mardi Gras with Rob Scott
Tuesday, February 13 7pm
Limit: 50 people Fee: $5 per person
A Taste of Mardi Gras with Simply Creative Chef Rob Scott! If you’ve never been to Mardi Gras, you can come get a good taste of it with Jambalaya Soup, Cajun Meatballs in an Apricot Barbecue Sauce and Cinnamon Bananas Foster.
Chinese New Year
Tuesday, February 20 7pm
Limit: 20 people Fee: $5 per person
Penn Hongthong will demonstrate how to make Simple and Healthy Chinese cooking: Vegetables Fried Rice (brown rice), Shrimp with Vegetables, Chow Fun with Beef (beef with flat noodles). There will be a food tasting. West Islip Residents only.
Patina Rose Necklace with Shirley Ruby
Wednesday, February 21 6:30pm
Limit: 20 people
Learn all the techniques needed to design twisted roses using wire and paint. Create this eye catching statement necklace that’s sure to become your favorite piece of jewelry. Join Shirley Ruby for a fun night and learn a new skill. West Islip Residents only.
Thursday, February 22 7pm
Specific foods can prevent disease, slow down the aging process and make weight loss easier. Chronic inflammation is the root cause of many illnesses—including heart disease, many cancers, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, asthma, depression, obesity and IBD. Holistic Health Coach, Tina Annibell will teach you how to easily shift into a way of eating that reduces chronic inflammation. Go home with printed anti-inflammatory recipes.
Foods to Travel by: Scotland and the Outlander
Tuesday, February 27 7pm
Join Jeanne Schnupp on a virtual visit to Scotland, with stops that include settings from the popular series, Outlander. Whether a fan or not of the series, you’ll enjoy a rich variety of Scottish sights, including the glorious highlands and historic Stirling Castle, the Royal Britannia, bustling cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, and cozy coastal town of Oban. Get a real taste of the region as Jeanne shares a selection of dishes from Outlander Kitchen, the Official Outlander Companion Cookbook by Theresa Carle-Sanders. You’ll savor a delicious cinnamon scone, a soft cakelike ginger cookie and a very unique chocolate covered biscuit. Courtesy of Ms. Carle-Sanders, recipes will be provided for you to take home!
Philadelphia Flower Show Bus Trip: The Wonders of Water
Wednesday, March 7
Departs: 7am Returns: 8pm (approximately)
Fee: $69 per person (includes transportation, admission and gratuities)
Registration is underway – join us for our annual trip to the flower show! This year’s theme will be The Wonders of Water, which will celebrate the beauty and life-sustaining interplay of horticulture and water. Please note: Lunch is not included, but there are many opportunities nearby for dining on your own. Tickets are non-refundable!
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.
Introduction to PowerPoint
Wednesday, January 24 7pm
PowerPoint has become the standard for supplementing effective presentation. Learn how to create a slideshow, using computer animation, with skills like creating, saving, editing, formatting, and much more. Join Librarian Dan Murphy for an introduction to the program.
Saturday, January 27 10am
This is a slow-paced, user-friendly class for first-time computer users. Using Windows computers, this unique class covers the basics in a way that even the most inexperienced user will understand. We will cover turning the computer on, the desktop, using the mouse, opening and closing programs, understanding windows elements, getting out of trouble, and turning the computer
Borrowing Free E-Books through the Library
Wednesday, February 7 7pm
Join Librarian Dan Murphy for an overview of the library’s e-book apps. The class will review accessing content with Overdrive, Libby, and Cloud Library. Learn how to get free ebooks quickly and easily using your computer or mobile device and a library card.
Senior Fitness Classes with Vicki Luckman
Fridays January 12, 19, 26 and February 2, 9, 16 & 23 11am – 12pm
Limit: 50 people Fee: $20 per person
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 Thursday, January 4 at 10am for new students and non-residents.
Blood Pressure Screening
Wednesday, January 3 2pm – 3pm
Wednesday, February 7 2pm – 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.
Tuesday, January 30 9am – 4:30pm
Registration begins Tuesday, January 9 at 10am, for W.I. school district residents only. Out-of-district residents may register starting Tuesday, January 16 if spaces 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.
AARP Tax Aide
Free for low-to-middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older
Mondays, February 5 through April 9
10am – 2pm: Sessions are set by appointment only!
AARP volunteers will be at the library to help with your 2017 Income Tax forms.
- Please bring copies of your 2016 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 4 after 10am. Non-residents may make appointments beginning Wednesday, January 17 if space permits. Stand-bys will only be assisted with their tax forms if time permits.
Wednesdays in January & February 7pm
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, February 1 4pm – 8:30pm
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 Course
Wednesday, February 7 and Thursday, 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. No registration.
Wednesday, January 17: “Embrace of the Serpent” / “El Abrazo de la Serpiente” (2015) Spanish/Multilingual
The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.
Wednesday, February 14: “A Perfect Man” / “Un Homme Ideal” (2015) French
A struggling writer finds a shortcut to fame, but a blackmailer threatens to ruin his perfect life.
Introduction to Quilting
Saturday, January 20 10am – 12pm
Saturday, February 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
Copies of the books will be available at the Circulation Desk.
Tuesday, January 16 7pm
“A Fatal Grace” by Louise Penny
In this mystery Inspector Gamache investigates the murder of a highly unpopular woman in the picturesque town of Three Pines in Quebec. This discussion will be led by librarian, Jean King.
Wednesday, February 14 7pm
“Popular Crime” by Bill James
Join Librarian Rebecca Kaplan in discussing this nonfiction work reflecting upon how Americans discuss, digest, and deal with violence in society and culture.
Yoga Nidra Meditation
Monday, January 22 7pm – 9pm
Monday, February 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.