Adult Programs

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

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!

Irish Songs and Stories featuring Ed Ryan
Sunday, March 11          2pm
Join singer/songwriter Ed Ryan for an afternoon of Irish melodies and mirth featuring traditional and contemporary Irish songs mixed in with a Bit O’Blarney! Sponsored by the Friends of the West Islip Public Library. 

Protecting Your Assets
Thursday, March 15          7pm
This workshop is designed to inform and educate retirees and soon to be retirees and adults interested in how to best protect their assets.

Block Island Seafood Class
Tuesday, March 20          6:30pm
Fee: $5 per person
Welcome back the Block Island Seafood Company as we head into spring. They’ll demonstrate their Teriyaki Mahi-Mahi served with chilled asparagus in a sesame vinaigrette. After that, they’ll demonstrate coconut lime mussels over rice.

Old World vs New World Wine Class
Tuesday, March 27          7pm
Pascal Zugmeyer, certified Sommelier, is back again with another informative wine program. Come learn the differences between European wines and wine-making in the United States, Australia and other new wine producing countries.

Spring Bow Design Class
Thursday, March 29          7pm
Limit 15 people
Ever wonder how to make a beautiful handmade bow? Learn how to craft beautiful bows for your at-home crafts, spring door wreaths and spring decorating needs. Come work with a designer with over 20 years of experience in bow crafting. Everyone will go home with at least 2 bows that they have crafted themselves. Ribbon will be provided or you can bring your own special ribbon that you would like to work with. Be sure to bring scissors. West Islip residents only.

An Afternoon at the Barnes Museum: A Virtual Private Guided Tour
Tuesday, April 10          7pm
The Barnes Museum holds 3000 masterpieces: 181 Renoirs, 69 Ce­zannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 16 Modiglianis, 7 Van Goghs, and a myriad of decorative art objects. The collection has been praised for the singularity, boldness, and independence of Barnes’ vision. In this Power Point presentation, you the viewers will examine select works of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern works. Please join our private tour. As you step across the threshold of the gallery entrance, the art will astound, provoke and overwhelm you.

Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII
Thursday, April 12          7pm
Between 1942 and 1944, over 1800 women left their homes and jobs from all corners of the United States to become the first women in U.S. history to fly military aircraft for the U.S. Army Air Forces. They volunteered as civilian pilots in an experimental program to train women to relieve male pilots for overseas combat duty. They became known as the Women Airforce Service Pilots, better known as the WASP of WWII. 38 WASP gave their lives in service to country as trainees and while on active duty. Julia Lauria-Blum, WASP historian, will discuss the history of the Women Airforce Service Pilots from the program’s infancy to its untimely deactivation in December 1944.

St. Francis Community Health Van
Friday April 13          10am-2pm
The St. Francis Hospital Community Van will be parked in our Library’s parking lot to provide free health screenings for the community. The screenings will include a brief cardiac history, blood pressure and a simple blood test for cholesterol and diabetes. They will also provide patient education and referrals as needed for clients above the age of 18. No appointment necessary.

The Karpenteers
Sunday April 15          2pm
Experience a performance by the Karpenteers and you are immediately transported back to the 70’s and the melodic, classic sounds of Kar­en and Richard Carpenter. Within the first few notes, you’ll realize that the catchy melodies, lush harmonies and brilliant arrangements can only belong to the Carpenters.

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.

Long Island Water Quality
Thursday, April 26          7pm
Our ground waters are being contaminated with pesticides, pharmaceuticals, fertilizers, and other pollutants, threatening the viability of our aquifers. As we continue to grow, over-pumping threatens both the quantity and quality of our drinking water. Learn about the threats facing our ground and surface water and discover possible solutions with Matthew Rizzo of Grassroots Environmental Education. PLEASE NOTE: This program is county-wide in scope and will not specifically address the DZUS situation.


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 Excel
Wednesday, March 21          7pm
Join Librarian Dan Murphy to learn about Microsoft Excel, the powerful spreadsheet application in Micro­soft Office. The class will review when to use Excel, how best to organize your spreadsheets, and how to avoid common mistakes made by new users.

Introduction to the iPad and iPhone
Saturday, April 14          10am
Learn all about Apple’s hottest gadgets. 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 iPad or iPhone or just come and listen.

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.


Senior Fitness Classes with Vicki Luckman
Fridays March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 and April 13, 20 & 27          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 on Thursday, March 1 at 10am for new students and non-residents.

Blood Pressure Screening       
Wednesday, March 7            2pm – 3pm
Wednesday, April 4            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.

Tuesday, March 13            9:30am – 4:30pm
Registration begins Friday, March 2 at 10am, for W.I. school district residents only. Out-of-district residents may register starting Wednesday, March 7 if seats are available.

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.

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.


Knitting/Crochet Circle
Wednesdays in March & April          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, April 5              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, April 14            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 March 14: “Like Crazy / La pazza gioia” (2016) Italian
A comedy drama about two women in a mental institution who forge a friend­ship as they flee in search of love and happiness.

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.

Introduction to Quilting
Saturday, March 17            10am – 12pm
Saturday, April 21            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, March 13          7pm
“The Other Einstein” by Marie Benedict
Join Librarian Pat to discuss this novel which tells the story of Mileva Maric, Albert Einstein’s first wife, the dedicated mother of his three children. However, Mileva is a brilliant physicist in her own right, living in her more famous husband’s shadow.

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.

Yoga Nidra Meditation 
Monday, March 19            7pm – 9pm
Monday, April 16           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.