Adult Programs

Advance registration is required for adult programs unless otherwise noted.
Registration for most programs will begin on Tuesday, 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. Please let us know in advance if you will need an accommodation that will make an 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.

Flower and Vegetable Workshop
Tuesday, April 17          7pm
Springtime is here! It is time to start thinking about planting our gardens. Join horticulturist Paul Levine to get tips on how to grow the best flowers and vegetables for the early spring garden.

Earth Day Craft Workshop with Phyllis Chan-Carr
Tuesday, April 24          7pm
Limit: 20 people             Fee: $10 per person
Celebrate Earth Day by making a natural green floral arrangement. The arrangement includes fresh ferns, seasonal greens and floral accents. Bring a container or vase with at least a 6 to 7 inch opening and a pair of lightweight garden clippers. West Islip residents only.

Wine Etiquette and Wine Service (WIA 102)
Tuesday, May 15            7pm
Join Pascal Zugmeyer to talk about service protocols. Decant or not decant, that is the question? What to drink with sushi, grilled chicken and other food items? Can I store wine under my bed?

Spring Floral Arrangement (WIA 110)
Thursday, May 17            7pm
Limit: 25 people
Eileen Scudlo will conduct a floral arranging demonstration using spring flowers. At the end of the program, all flowers will be raffled to audience members. West Islip residents only.

Just Sixties: The Stories…The Songs! (WIA 103)
Sunday, May 20            2pm
Sponsored by the Friends of the West Islip Public Library
Join Just Sixties, the longest running sixties tribute act in the United States, and rediscover the bubblegum classics, psychedelic hits, and folk-rock from groups like the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, the Monkees, Sonny and Cher and plenty of one hit wonder groups. Find out why audiences have loved Just Sixties for over three decades! You’ll have fun fun fun; you’ll be glad all over; and we’ll be happy together!

Monday, May 21            5:30pm
BOCES representatives will be here to give an overview of the GRASP/TASC course of study, which is designed to prepare non-traditional students for the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) High School Equivalency Test.

Block Island Seafood
Tuesday, May 22            6:30pm
Limit: 40 people              Fee: $5 per person
Welcome back the Block island Seafood Company for a summer cooking demonstration where they’ll keep things cool. They’ll demonstrate a swordfish piccata over arugula and then a shrimp and orzo pasta salad.

Organize to De-Clutter (WIA 104)
Wednesday, May 23            7pm
Jennifer Ryan will motivate you to tackle those projects you’ve been putting off. You’ll learn step by step how to organize your attic, basement, garage, photos, and collections. Learn to organize the retention, sale, donation, or elimination of what you’ve organized.

The ABC’s of Medicare:
For Individuals, Employers, Employees & Soon-To-Be Retirees (WIA 111)
Wednesday, May 30            7pm
This program will simplify the enrollment process for those turning 65. Topics will include health insurance options, Medicare ABC & D, employee/retiree group plans vs Medicare, enrollment advantages, disadvantages and more. A question and answer period will follow.

Smudge Sticks (WIA 105)
Tuesday, June 5            7pm
Limit: 25 people
“Smudging” is performed to correct the energy in a home, office, object, or even a person. This is done by burning herbs like sage, mugwort, pine, and cedar in a focused, intentional way to cleanse negative energy, and replenish with positive, healing energy. Each participant creates two make/take mugwort smudge sticks. West Islip residents only.

Roberts-Moran Project (WIA 108)
Sunday, June 10           2pm
Sponsored by the Friends of the West Islip Public Library
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 performing the best of Classic Rock, Pop, Soul, R&B and Blues.

Tick and Mosquito Workshop (WIA 107)
Tuesday, June 12            7pm
Participants will learn how to identify the different kinds of ticks they may encounter on Long Island as well as their lifecycles and habits. They will learn about the types of diseases each tick can carry, how to properly remove and dispose of ticks, how to evaluate the landscape for tick populations and the importance of proper repellents and checking oneself after being in areas where ticks may have been.

Seashore Shopper’s Tote with Shirley Ruby (WIA 109)
Thursday, June 14            6:30pm
Limit: 15 people
We’re lucky to be surrounded by beautiful beaches and we will celebrate that by painting a beachy scene on a bag that you’ll treasure all season long! Join Shirley Ruby and learn various painting techniques that you will apply onto a large tote. Add shells and beads on a rope to decorate this wearable artwork! West Islip residents only.

Spring Cooking with Rob Scott
Wednesday, June 20            7pm
Limit: 50 people             Fee: $5 per person
Join us and make strawberries ‘n’ cream scones. You won’t be able to eat just one of these warm berry scones—everyone will go home with 8 scones ready to bake. Perfect for brunch, breakfast and entertaining. Patrons must bring large bowl, mixing spoon and a baking sheet.

Reiki 101 (WIA 112)
Wednesday, June 27            7pm
Join us for a brief lecture on the history and benefits of Reiki with demos by Reiki Master Teacher, Nadia Mitchell.


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.

Introduction to
Wednesday, April 18          7pm is a valuable online collection of all sorts of educational videos on a wide range of topics, from learning how to sell products on Etsy to using Word. Join us for an introduction on how to use the library’s subscription to this fantastic online learning tool and jump into a world of professionally produced, self-paced individual instruction.

Working with Your Digital Photos (WIA 116)
Saturday, May 19            10am
You have a digital camera and know how to take pictures, but how do you move the images from the camera to the computer? How do you organize your pictures and edit them? In this class, you will get the answers to these questions and much more! We will cover using an image editing program that allows you to resize, crop, adjust light levels, and more. Learn how to organize, name, and save your pictures.

Intro to Microsoft Publisher (WIA 117)
Wednesday, May 23            7pm
Need to design a poster, business card, or party invite? Consider using Microsoft Publisher, the design application available in Microsoft Office. This class will review the program’s controls and show how to access pre-made templates to achieve a professional look and feel.

Create, Format, and Email Your Resume (WIA 118)
Saturday, June 2            10am
In this hands-on class, you will learn how to use your computer to create, style, format and email a powerful resume. You must have your own email address to participate in this class.


Senior Fitness Classes with Vicki Luckman
March – April session: March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 and April 13, 20 & 27          11am – 12pm
May – June session: May 4, 11, 18 & 25 and June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29          11am – 12pm
Limit: 50 people             Fee: $20 per person
Join us on Fridays 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 on Tuesday, May 1 at 10am for new students and non-residents.

Blood Pressure Screening       
Wednesday, May 2            2pm – 3pm
Wednesday, June 6            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 and at the time of the class. 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 and at the time of the class.

Wednesday, April 25            9:30am – 4:30pm
Registration begins Wednesday, April 4 at 10am, for W.I. school district residents only. Out-of-district residents may register starting Tuesday, April10 if seats are available.

Tuesday, May 22            9:30am – 4:30pm
Registration begins Tuesday, May 8 at 10am, for W.I. school district residents only. Out-of-district residents may register starting Monday, May 14 if seats are available.

Wednesday, June 13            9:30am – 4:30pm
Registration begins Monday, June 4 at 10am, for W.I. school district residents only. Out-of-district residents may register starting Friday, June 8 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.

Staying Independent for Life (WIA 106)
Thursday, June 21            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.


Knitting/Crochet Circle
Wednesdays in April, May & June          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, June 7              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
Saturday, June 2            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, April 18: “The Bothersome Man / Den Brysomme Mannen” (2006) Norwegian
Story of a man finding himself in an outwardly perfect yet soulless dysto­pia and his attempt to escape.

Wednesday, May 16: “Faces Places / Visages Villages” (2017) French
89 year old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33 year old French photographer and muralist, JR, team up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. They travel around villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them.

Wednesday, June 13 – “In Her Name/Au Nom de Ma Fille” (2016) French
A gripping and emotional legal drama based upon a true story that moved France for three decades. In 1982, Andre Mamberski learns about the death of his 14 year old daughter, Kalinka, and convinced that her death was not an accident, Mamberski begins to investigate.

Introduction to Quilting
Saturday, April 21            10am – 12pm
Saturday, May 19            10am – 12pm
Saturday, June 16            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, April 24          7pm
2018 Long Island Reads Selection:
“Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe” by Mike Massamino
Mike Massimino’s childhood space dreams were born the day Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Growing up in a working-class Long Island family, he catapulted himself first to Columbia and then MIT, and ultimately to NASA. Taking us through the surreal won­der and beauty of his first spacewalk and his enduring love for the Hubble Telescope, Massimino has written an ode to never giving up and the power of teamwork to make anything possible. Librarian Grace O’Connor joins us to lead a discussion of this fascinating story.

Tuesday, May 15            7pm
“The Story of Arthur Truluv” by Elizabeth Berg (WIA 114)
Join Librarian Pat in discussing The Story of Arthur Truluv, by Elizabeth Berg, a heartwarming story about three people who help each other heal in the wake of personal losses, all seeking to create lives worth living.

Tuesday, June 19            7pm
“Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders (WIA 115)
Meet President Lincoln, his recently deceased son Willie, and other souls in the cemetery as they attempt to reconcile their fates. Suspend your ideas about what historical fiction should be, and join Dana Waite Esposito in discussing this unique and imaginative Man Booker Prize Winner.

Yoga Nidra Meditation (WIA 113)
Monday, May 14            7pm – 9pm
Monday, June 4           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.