Advance registration is required for adult programs unless otherwise noted.
Registration for most programs will begin on Wednesday, July 5 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.
Adult Summer Reading Club
Wednesday, July 5 – Saturday, August 19
The Adult Reading Club theme for this summer is Build a Better World. Sign up at the reference desk and receive a tote with all the rules and a few goodies! Read or listen to a book, fill out a review form and receive a raffle ticket making you eligible to win a gift basket. The more you read, the more prizes you may win!
NY Botanical Garden/Chihuly Exhibit
Wednesday, October, 11 Registration begins Monday, July 10 at 10am.
Departs: 8:15am Returns: approx. 6:30pm
Fee: $99 non-refundable. Transportation, Admission, Lunch, and Gratuity included.
The fantastic glass artwork of world-renowned sculptor Dale Chihuly will be featured in a major exhibition. Trip includes round trip motor coach, admission to the Gardens including a tram ride and a tour, and time to browse at the gift shop. Then off for a fabulous lunch at Mario’s ending with some free time to shop at Arthur Avenue before heading back home.
Thursdays, July 6, 13, 18* & 27 and Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 5:15pm – 6:15pm
*Please note: July 18 is a Tuesday.
Limit: 30 people Fee: $35 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. West Islip residents only.
GRASP/GED Home Study Orientation
Monday, July 10 5:30pm – 9pm
BOCES representatives will be here to give an overview of the GRASP/GED preparation program.
Princess Diana: Queen of Hearts
Tuesday, July 11 7pm
Princess Diana is one of the most enduring icons of the 20th century and continues to hold a place in the hearts of people around the world. Although her story has been told many times, much of it comes from sensationalized – and often fictitious – tabloid reports ranging from the somewhat credible to the ridiculous. More reliable sources now enable us to take a fresh look at Diana’s life to create a more balanced portrait of this complex and enigmatic woman on the 20th anniversary of her death.
Off the Beaten Path in France
Thursday, July 13 7pm
Join us as we get away from the big cities and visit tiny villages and the not so famous smaller cities throughout France. This lecture highlights her art and architecture, natural beauty, cuisine, history and festivals. No passport necessary!
Ikebana Flower Arrangement
Tuesday, July 18 7pm
Limit: 15 people Fee: $10 non-refundable
Join Hiroko & Gerard Senese, from the Japan Center at Stony Brook University, for a demonstration of Japanese flower arrangements and a hands-on workshop to create your own flower arrangement based on one of the styles that will be shown. Although not essential, participants are encouraged to bring a pair of garden shears and a pin frog to class. West Islip residents only.
Doxsee Legacy: Growing up in a Fishing and Clamming Family
Tuesday, July 25 7pm
The Doxsee Sea Clam Co. was the oldest family-owned and operated seafood business in New York State. James Harvey Doxsee and his brother-in-law, Selah Whitman, founded the company in Islip shortly after the Civil War. Robert Doxsee, Jr., a descendant of James Doxsee, will chronicle the nearly 150 year history of the Doxsee family business, which was finally destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and will relate his own boyhood experiences growing up in a fishing family in Freeport. Full of nostalgic and fascinating photos, this presentation will open a window into understanding the vast clamming and fishing industries that once thrived on Long Island.
Introduction to Crystals
Thursday, July 27 7pm
Come learn how to use the energy of crystals for healing, development of psychic ability, transformation and reaching your spiritual potential. Every crystal vibrates in harmony with one or more of the energies that surrounds and permeates the body. Crystal energy helps to open, activate, balance and calm these energies. In this class you will choose a crystal to take home.
Block Island Seafood
Tuesday, August 1 7pm
Limit: 40 people Fee: $5 non-refundable
Welcome back to the Block Island Seafood Company for a summer demonstration. They’ll demonstrate a crab salad sandwich with jicama coleslaw and a shrimp and grapefruit salad. West Islip Residents only.
The Art of Spices: All About Chickpeas
Tuesday, August 8 7pm
Limit: 40 people
Master chef and food writer Evelyn Banker will prepare hummus and discuss the varied uses and benefits of chick peas as part of a high-protein diet. There will also be a refreshing cold drink made during the program. Perfect for a hot summer evening! West Islip residents only.
Route 25: Long Island’s Route 66
Tuesday, August 15 7pm
If you’ve lived on Long Island for any period of time, you are familiar with Route 25 in one way or another. In this fascinating program, Eco-Photo Explorers will explore the historic past of Route 25, and examine its special place in the lives of all Long Islanders through photographs and stories. Join us for a fast paced tour of our own “Route 66” and see how many iconic places along the way you recognize!
Tuesday, August 22 7pm – 9pm
Limit: 20 people
Yo-Juggle combines the balance of yoga with basic juggling techniques to improve your eye tracking, hand coordination and brain connections. Practice yoga techniques sitting and standing, then get ready to bounce balls and toss sandbags to your neighbors as you learn a group juggle called Spiders Web. No previous experience necessary. Makes you smile and laugh – and laughter is the best medicine!
Trash or Treasure
Tuesday, August 29 2pm-4pm
Are you a fan of TV’s Antiques Roadshow? Is the item you found a valuable antique or just junk? You will learn to tell the difference in this educational and entertaining lecture. Each patron may bring ONE item for appraisal. Please do not bring coins, bills or stamps for appraisal.
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 Android
Saturday, July 22 10am – 12pm
In this class, you will get an intro to the hardware, learn how to access the Internet and your email, understand the settings, use the apps and learn how to get new ones, discover many tips and tricks and much more. Bring your device or just come and listen.
Functions in Excel
Wednesday, August 2 7pm
Join Librarian Dan Murphy to continue learning Microsoft Excel, this time with a focus on functions. The class is directed at users with previous Excel experience ready to dive into Excel’s most popular functions.
Online Job Search & Resume Writing
Saturday, August 12 10am – 12pm
Learn how to use the Internet to find that perfect job! In this lecture and demo class, you will learn how to develop and create a powerful resume, find and use online job search websites, and formulate a job search process that will work for you. You must have an email address.
Blood Pressure Screening
Wednesday, July 5 2 – 3pm
Wednesday, August 2 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.
Senior Fitness Classes with Vicki Luckman
Fridays July 7, 14, 21, 28 and August 4, 11, 18 & 25 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, July 5 at 10am for West Islip school district residents only. Out-of-district residents may register starting Thursday, July 6 if spaces are available.
Money Smart for Older Adults
Wednesday, July 12 7pm
Money Smart for Older Adults is a single module that aims to raise awareness among senior citizens and their caregivers on how to prevent elder financial exploitation and to encourage advance planning and informed financial decision making. The lesson plan provides senior citizens with information and tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of frauds, scams and other types of elder financial exploitation.
Wednesdays in July & August 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, August 3 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 Courses
Saturday, August 5 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, July 19 – “Almayer’s Folly” (2016) French
Somewhere in Southeast Asia a European man clings to his daydreams out of love for his daughter. Adapted from the novel by Joseph Conrad.
Introduction to Quilting
Saturday, July 15 10am – 12pm
Saturday, August 19 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
Thursday, July 20 7pm
“The Museum of Innocence” by Orhan Pamuk
Join Dana Esposito in discussing this novel. After ending his engagement, Kemal tries to court his married cousin, creating a large collection that reflects his obsession.
Tuesday, August 15 7pm
“The Bridal Chair” by Gloria Goldreich
Join Librarian Pat in discussing this novel about artist Marc Chagall’s status as a Jewish man in Nazi-occupied Paris.
Monday Night Documentaries
Films start at 7:00pm. Refreshments will be served. No registration.
July 10: 10 Buildings that Changed America (2013)
The story of ten influential works of American architecture.
August 14: The Witness (2015)
The startling revelations uncovered by recent investigations of the Kitty Genovese murder that rocked America in 1964.
Yoga Nidra Meditation
Monday, July 17 7pm – 9pm
Monday, August 21 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.