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November 2017 ART EXHIBIT

Exhibit by Howard Stevens

Realistic photographic images become abstract works of art when Howard Stevens playfully explores them in Photoshop. He once said, “I have no idea what will happen when I begin the process. I twist, turn, and manipulate the image until I’m happy with the effect.” His resulting design bears no resemblance to the original photo. It takes on a completely different life. Movement within each piece is created through imaginative use of color, line, and form. There is no message to be seen or read into this body of work. It is simply an enjoyable way of seeing reality differently.
Longtime resident of Long Island, Howard Stevens is a retired professor of Suffolk County Community College where he established the TV/Radio/Film department 50 years ago. He has been enjoying photography even longer. This exhibit displays a wide variety of different styles Howard has developed in this unusual approach to photographic expression.

The Friends of the Library will host a reception for Mr. Stevens on Sunday, November 5, 2:30 - 4:00 PM. All are welcome!

Art Exhibit


Stony Brook Baroque Players:< Masterpieces from a Bygone Age
Friday, November 17 at 7:00 PM
The Stony Brook Baroque Players return to NSPL for a breathtaking program of instrumental music from the 17th and 18th centuries. Both on Baroque and modern instruments, the Players will impress you with their expressivity and virtuosity. Featured will be music by Telemann, Gabrieli, and the world premiere of a newly arranged double guitar concerto by Vivaldi.

Sylph Chamber Music
Sunday, November 19 at 2:00 PM
Sylph Chamber Music with flutist, Nadine Scharman, cellist, Vivian Israel, and pianist, Ann Zalkind, will present a program of Classical, Romantic, Jazz, and Broadway music that includes works by Vivaldi, Dvorak, Faure, Weber, Gershwin, and other Broadway favorites.

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Day by Day NY Family Literacy Calendar
DaybyDayNY is a virtual calendar with content that changes every day. This unique setup gives families with young children numerous daily activities and a story to read together. The story, provided each day by One More Story (, is in the form of an eBook that includes original music and sound effects, produced by former Sesame Street Music Director, Robby Merkin. In addition, the website includes monthly activities, storytelling and nursery rhyme videos, rhymes for young children, craft activities for children and their caregivers, a link to “Find Your Public Library,” a New York State map of museums with activities for young families, health information, and reading lists. The website is designed to help parents and caregivers increase their young child’s cognitive skills and have fun together at the same time.

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It's All About the Books!

Book Displays

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Month and National Diabetes Month
Please see our selection of books on these important topics which are highlighted to make the public aware of the latest research and resources.

December Holiday Fun!
Take a look at our books for this holiday season: traditions, decorating, cooking, fiction, and more!

Best Sellers

By popular demand, we now have a display of past best sellers for your reading pleasure on the bookcase in front of the Reference Desk.


Copies of the books are available at the Reference Desk. Everyone is welcome!

World Literature Discussions:

Moderated by Professor Bill Schiavo
The True Story of Ah Q, by Lu Hsun
Thursday, November 9 at 2:00 PM
This short story tells of Ah Q, an impoverished, homeless man in his late 20s who earns a living by working odd jobs around his village. His quiet, obscure life is turned around when he makes a proposition to Wu Ma, a maidservant, and the entire village rejects him.

Love in a Fallen City, by Eileen Chang
Thursday, December 7 at 2:00 PM
A collection of evocative stories set in China, bristling with passion and resentment! Tied together by relationship issues at a time when the concept of “true love” and “marrying well” were paramount, these stories depict young women who seek to escape the narrow paths of convention.

Contemporary Evening Book Discussions:

Discussions will be moderated by Professor Mike Boecherer of SCCC
Black River, by S.M. Hulse
Thursday, November 16 at 7:30 PM
A stark, tender tale about one man’s quest for faith and redemption. Wes, a former Corrections Officer who was hurt by an inmate in a prison riot twenty years earlier, must deal with profound issues of loss and forgiveness as he returns to Black River to speak at the man’s parole hearing.

The Round House, by Louise Erdrich
Thursday, December 14 at 7:30 PM
The author, a chronicler of Native-American life, transports us to the Ojibwe Reservation in North Dakota in this exquisite story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding after a terrible crime transforms his family. This intricate, tender novel, a National Book Award winner, portrays a painful part of our nation’s history as well as the strength of a community sustained by its traditions and culture.


Ancestry Plus
This online product features a selection of genealogical databases, including census images, birth, marriage, death, passenger records, and more. It can be accessed from our computers in the library. Please ask a librarian for assistance.

Wednesday Evenings, November 15 and December 13, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
A volunteer from SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Business) will be here to provide individual counseling to those who are starting up a new business or who need help with an existing business. Visit the SCORE website at to schedule an appointment.

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