Adult Programs

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

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.

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.

Baby Steps to Clean Living
Tuesday, September 12           7pm
Limit: 25 people
Cathy Powers, Health Coach, will lead a presentation on why eating clean is important for you and your family and how you can help yourself during what could be an overwhelming process. She will provide tips to help you take the leap into clean living, including how to read labels, how to avoid refined sugar, processed foods and how to incorporate healthy habits into your hectic schedule.

Tuesday, September 26           7pm
Limit: 30 people
No matter the season, Italian gelato never fails to please. But what exactly is the Italian answer to ice cream? Where did it come from and what makes it so different? Let’s learn all about this Italian cultural icon. Includes tasting of authentic Italian gelato. West Islip residents only.

Home Cooking for Your Dog and Cat Part II
Thursday, September 28           7pm
Home Cooking Part II will contain a cooking demonstration, as well as a review of biologically appropriate diets for dogs and cats. Attendees will learn how easy and affordable it is to make their own pet food and treats from Christine Filardi, certified in canine and feline nutrition and author of “Home Cooking for Your Dog”. The lecture will also discuss animal ailments and toxicity from commercial pet food, information about vaccines, vaccinosis, and lifelong immunity.

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with…
A Journey of Passion and Diversity: Hispanic Music featuring Dr. David Podles
Tuesday, October 3           7pm
Journey through the richly diverse world of Hispanic music! Take this lively tour with Dr. David Podles, International Concert Violinist, as he presents a wide variety of forms – from Salsa, Tango, Samba, Cha Cha, Merengue, Paso Doble, Mambo and Bolero to Spanish classical composers. Be prepared to be brought to Argentina, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico and eventually Spain where Hispanic music so joyfully originated.

Italian for All
Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29 & December 6           1pm – 2:30 pm
Limit: 20 people                                      Fee: $30 per person
Join us for an exciting Italian class to learn a little bit of this most romantic language or just to refresh your Italian language skills and rediscover your love of the Italian culture. Whether you will be traveling to Italy, or if you just have a love of Italian, this is the class for you!

There’s Life in Long Island Cemeteries
Wednesday, October 11           7pm
Explore a journey through the cemeteries and gravestones where the famous and infamous are buried, as well as an exploration of lesser known cemeteries.

Block Island Seafood
Tuesday, October 17           7pm
Limit: 40 people                                      Fee: $5 materials fee per person
Block Island Seafood is back to celebrate Oktoberfest! They’ll demonstrate their beer steamed mussels and a seafood schnitzel! To accompany the schnitzel, they’ll work up a traditional German side dish. West Islip residents only.

Food Talk: Eating Your Way through Italy, Germany & Amsterdam
Thursday, October 19           7pm
Limit: 35 people
Jeanne Schnupp, the Savvy Sightseer, will discuss the cooking traditions of Italy, Germany, and Amsterdam. Enjoy a tasting of German Erdbeersuppe (chilled soup), Italian pesto focaccia, and Dutch Jan Hagel cookies as you view beautiful scenery and learn interesting facts about the background of each dish. West Islip residents only.

Introduction to Cake Decorating
Wednesday, October 25           7pm
Limit: 30 people                                      Fee: $10 per person
Introduction to basic cake decorating taught by Guy Gagliano of Swan Bakery. You will learn how to make roses/ rosebuds and leaves. Following a fall theme, you will learn how to make a cornucopia on top of the cake. Each patron will bring home their decorated cake in a box. West Islip residents only.

Gino DiNapoli in Concert
Sunday, October 29           2pm
Gino is back! Join us for an afternoon filled with Italian favorites everyone loves, as only Gino can perform them! Unisciti a noi! (Come join us!)

Pumpkin Patch Glasses
Monday, October 30           6:30pm
Limit: 20 people
Create autumn splendor on 2 stemless wine glasses. Trace and paint pumpkins, vines, leaves and more around the glasses with enamel paints, and learn various tips and techniques from artist and designer Shirley Ruby. West Islip residents only.

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.


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 Google Apps
Wednesday, September 20           7pm
Google Apps offers a free, web-based alternative to Microsoft Office. In this class, learn how to create a Google account and access apps like Docs, Photos, and more. The class will also review the benefits of saving works to the cloud with Google Drive.

Introduction to Android
Saturday, September 23           10am
Rescheduled! 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.

Introduction to Windows 10
Saturday, October 14           10am
This class provides a thorough understanding of the brand new version of Windows. Learn to get, and install, your free copy, use the desktop to work with files, folders, and applications. Use the new start menu, help, search and much more.


Senior Fitness Classes with Vicki Luckman
Fridays September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and October 6, 13 & 20          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, August 31 at 10am for new students and non-residents.

Blood Pressure Screening       
Wednesday, September 6            2 – 3pm
Wednesday, October 4            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.

Monday, September 11             9am – 4:30pm
Registration begins Friday, September 1 at 10am, for W.I. school district residents only. Out-of-district residents may register starting Tuesday, September 4 if spaces are available.

Wednesday, October 18             9:30am – 4:30pm
Registration begins Wednesday, October 4 at 10am, for W.I. school district residents only. Out-of-district residents may register starting Monday, October 9 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.1

Smarter Social Security
Tuesday, September 19           7pm
An AARP survey determined that only half of its respondents, who were either married or who had ever been married, were aware that Social Security spousal benefits were available. This presentation will provide a broad overview of the Social Security programs as it pertains to retirees and their beneficiaries, while emphasizing spousal and survivor benefits. These auxiliary benefits will be examined, and attendees will learn how to optimize payouts using a simple strategy.

ABC’s of Medicare
Tuesday, October 10           7pm
This informational program will cover topics such as eligibility requirements, differences between parts A & B, best supplement options in New York, and information on Part D prescription plan. Open enrollment significance and health care reform will also be covered in this educational seminar. Questions and answers will follow and Medicare booklets will be available.


Knitting/Crochet Circle
Wednesdays in September & October          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, October 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, October 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, September 13 – “Flame and Citron” (2008) Danish/German
White knuckle thriller hailed as an explosive saga of justice, vengeance and true heroism which takes place in Copenhagen during the Nazi occupation. Two resistance fighters, hunted by the SS, become the underground’s most proficient killers.

Wednesday, October 18 – “Leviathan” (2014) Russian
In a small coastal town in Russia, an ordinary family fights the corrupt mayor as he tries to destroy them by taking their business, house and precious land. Aided by an attorney friend, the family fights back but fate is not on their side.

Introduction to Quilting
Saturday, September 9            10am – 12pm
Saturday, October 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.

Thursday, September 14           4pm
“We Eat Our Own” by Kea Wilson
Join Rebecca Kaplan in discussing this novel about a struggling actor who accepts a job on a troubled film set, only to discover things are far worse than he expected.

Wednesday, October 11           7pm
“Death in the City of Light” by David King
Join Dana Esposito in discussing this nonfiction book, about the true story of a serial killer stalking Nazi-occupied Paris during the height of World War II.

Yoga Nidra Meditation 
Monday, September 18            7pm – 9pm
Monday, October 23           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.