Adult Programs

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

Gingerbread House Workshop with Phyllis Chan-Carr
Monday, November 13          7pm
Learn and /or sharpen your gingerbread house decorating techniques in this hands-on workshop! Great preparation for our December Gingerbread Competition!  West Islip Residents Only.

Soup’s On! Cooking Class
Tuesday, November 14          7pm
Limit: 35 people
Emilie Zaweski of Farmer’s Kitchen will teach us how to cook a variety of soups using local ingredients. More information about the Fall Kitchen, samples and recipes will also be given out. West Islip residents only.

In Concert: Silver Chords-Troubadours
Sponsored by The Friends of the West Islip Public Library
Sunday, November 19          2pm
The Troubadours are an elite ensemble of singers, hand-picked from a larger performing group, “The Silver Chords”. This multi-generational group has been entertaining audiences across Long Island for over 30 years, and is currently under the direction of Carl Ferrara and accompanied on piano by Karl Schwarz. The group performs an eclectic repertoire, including standards, Broadway, pop, American songbook, classical and holiday tunes. Be prepared to enjoy the hour long program, which will be sure to have you humming along!

Fall Floral Arrangement Class with Phyllis Chan-Carr
Tuesday, November 21          7pm
Limit: 20 people           Fee: $10 materials fee per person
Impress your holiday guests with this natural centerpiece arrangement that you will create with ornamental cabbage as your focal point. Bring a pair of lightweight garden shears. West Islip residents only.

Spice up Your Holidays with Rob Scott
Sunday, November 26          2pm
Limit: 50 people           Fee: $10 per person
A hands-on class making Rum Spiced Eggnog Bread! Everyone will bring home a full loaf ready to bake and also enjoy a demonstration and tasting of chocolate walnut raisin cookies.

GRASP/TASC Introduction Seminar
Monday, November 27          5:30pm-9pm
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.

Bow Craft Class
Tuesday, November 28          7pm
Limit: 15 people
Come out for a night of fun and learn the craft of bow making! Learn how you can create beautiful bows to adorn your Holiday wreaths, trees or gifts. Each patron will go home with at least two bows they’ve created themselves. Ribbon will be provided or you can bring your own special roll! Please remember to bring your scissors. West Islip residents only.

The Babylon Chorale Ensemble
Sponsored by The Friends of the West Islip Public Library
Sunday, December 3          2pm
The Babylon Chorale Ensemble (under the direction of Kathleen Jahosky, with accompanist Russell Brand and Bell Ringers Linda Hoffman and Melissa Kennedy) will present a fantastic holiday concert featuring such holiday favorites as “White Christmas”, “The First Noel”, “Ose Shalom”, and “Do You Hear What I Hear”. There will also be sing-a-longs of carols and holiday songs.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Trip
Tuesday, December 5
Fee: $81 (includes transportation, admission and gratuities)
Join us as we visit one of the world’s premier museums: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. For those wishing a holiday experience, visit the incredible 20-foot Christmas Tree, featuring 19 cherubs and 59 angels, and an exquisite 18th Century Neapolitan Baroque Crèche. Also featured is the Michelangelo Exhibit and the iconic sculptures of Auguste Rodin. Lunch will be on your own at the Museum. We will also stop at Bryant Park which boasts one of NYC’s best Holiday Markets. Registration begins Wednesday September 6 at 10am. No refunds or exchanges please.

Kissing Ball Craft Class
Tuesday, December 5          7pm
Limit: 20 people           Fee: $10 materials fee
The concept of the Kissing Ball started in the Middle Ages and gained popularity in England under Queen Victoria’s reign. In this workshop you will be using assorted mixed greens to make a ball of approximately 10-12 inches in diameter to be used as an outdoor decoration. Bring a pair of shears, gloves and a wire hanger. West Islip residents only.

History of the Circus
Thursday, December 7          7pm
When the final curtain fell on the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus last May, a 146-year American tradition came to an end. This seminar will trace circus history from the days of the Greeks & Romans to the present. The circus is a world within a world filled with acrobats, clowns, tightrope walkers, aerialists, outrageous sideshows, and more. On our journey we’ll meet two of America’s greatest showmen, P.T. Barnum and John Ringling who created the golden age of American circuses. We will also consider ethical issues surrounding the use of animals in modern circuses. If you ever dreamed as a child about running away from home to join the circus, step right up & take a trip into this fascinating history.

A Taste of Japan Cooking Class
Tuesday, December 12          7pm
Limit: 20 people
Hiroko and Gerard Senese from The Japan Center at Stony Brook University will demonstrate how to make Sushi rice, as well as show you how to make sushi rolls (no raw fish will be served). They will also demonstrate how to make a Japanese dessert: “Dango”. These boiled rice dumplings can be served with various toppings; for our presentation, Hiroko prepares a caramelized soy sauce topping. West Islip residents only.

Healthy Holiday Eating Seminar
Thursday, December 14          7pm
Eating right at holiday time might seem like a chore. Join us for a lecture on healthy holiday eating and learn tips and tricks to improve your diet. We will talk about current trends in nutrition, what is a healthy diet, and how to cook healthy holiday foods. Also bring your diet related questions for a brief Q&A after the lecture.


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.

Beginner Email Class
Saturday, November 25          10am
In this hands-on, lecture and demo class 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.

Creating a Webpage with Google Sites
Wednesday, November 29          7pm
Need a simple, free and effective webpage for your organization or small business? This class, led by instructor Dan Murphy, will teach you how to use Google Sites. You’ll learn to use the preset themes and embed forms and maps to give your site a professional and modern look.

Computer Clean-Up and Security Seminar
Saturday, December 16          10am
In this lecture and demo class, you will learn how to clean up and speed up your computer, protect it from viruses and spyware, minimize junk email, and more. This class is intended for intermediate and advanced computer users.


Senior Fitness Classes with Vicki Luckman
Fridays November 3, 10, 24 and December 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29          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, November 2 at 10am for new students and non-residents.

Blood Pressure Screening       
Wednesday, November 1            2 – 3pm
Wednesday, December 6            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.

Thursday, November 9            9am – 4:30pm
Registration begins Thursday, November 2 at 10am, for W.I. school district residents only. Out-of-district residents may register starting Monday, November 6 if spaces are available.

Tuesday, December 12            9:30am – 4:30pm
Registration begins Tuesday, November 28 at 10am, for W.I. school district residents only. Out-of-district residents may register starting Monday, December 4 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.

Navigating Medicare Seminar
Thursday, November 9          7pm
This informational seminar will provide you with the basic knowledge of Medicare and Part D, prescription drug coverage. The differences between Medicare Supplemental plans and Advantage plans will also be discussed.


Knitting/Crochet Circle
Wednesdays in November & December          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, December 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, December 9            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, November 8: “For My Father” / Sof Shavua B’Tel Aviv (2008) Hebrew
Tarek, a Palestinian forced on a suicide mission in Tel Aviv to redeem his father’s honor, is given a second chance when the fuse on his explosive vest fails to detonate.

Wednesday, December 13: “Wild Tales” / Relatos Salvajes (2014) Spanish.
This Comedy features six short stories that explore the extremities of human behavior involving people in distress…“Wickedly hilarious and delightfully deranged, Wild Tales is a subversive satire that doubles as a uniformly entertaining anthology film”. –Rotten Tomatoes.

Introduction to Quilting
Saturday, November 11            10am – 12pm
Saturday, December 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, November 28          7pm
“A Piece of the World” by Christina Baker Kline
Join Librarian Pat to discuss this novel based on the true story of Christina Olson, who was the subject of Andrew Wyeth’s painting, “Christina’s World.”

Thursday, December 7          7pm
“Mendel’s Dwarf” by Simon Mawer
Join Dana Waite Esposito to discuss this novel. Dr.Benedict Lambert is struggling to unlock the secrets of heredity, but his mission is particularly urgent and particularly personal, since he is a dwarf. He’s also a man desperate for love.

Yoga Nidra Meditation 
Monday, November 20            7pm – 9pm
Monday, December 18           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.