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NY Philharmonic Season 2014/2015

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From Adult Services:
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Parrish Art Museum
Saturday, May 10
Non-refundable fee: $45 per person.
Join NSPL for a private tour of the Parrish Art Museum. The bus will leave NSPL at 10 AM and return at 5:00 PM after a lunch at The Tuscan House in Southampton. See the separate flier available at the library for the complete itinerary and lunch menu, or call Sal at 631-929-4488 ext. 230.

From Children's Services:

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 (http://www.onemorestory.com/), 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.

Parent Toddler Workshops
This five-week program is for children 18-35 months old with a parent/caregiver. Register for one of the following: Session 1: Mondays, March 3 – 31, 10:15 – 11:30 AM
Session 2: Mondays, April 7 – May 12, 10:15 – 11:30 AM

Parent/Child Storytime
Thursdays, March 7 – May 9, 10:15 – 10:45 AM
Children ages 2-1/2 years-35 months with a parent or caregiver. This session is open to children who are not registered in the Parent Toddler Workshop (see above). Each half-hour class will include stories, flannelboard tales and a simple craft.

From the Teen Dept:

Homework Help
Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 PM (except 4/15)
Thursdays, 3:30 – 5:30 PM (except 4/10 & 4/17)

Students in grades 6 and up can get free tutoring from an experienced tutor. Bring your homework assignments and textbooks.

From the Reference Desk:

NSPL will once again sponsor a “Book a Day Raffle” in honor of National Library Week. Enter the Adult, Young Adult or Children’s raffle each time you visit the library. There will be three winners (one from each category) picked each day.
April Book Display:
National Gardening Month
National Poetry Month

Comtemporary Evening Book Discussions:
All That Is by James Salter
Thursday, March 27 at 7:30 PM
Salter’s latest novel is hauntingly beautiful, following the loves and losses of a World War II veteran. Written in the style of a memoir, it is a sweeping, seductive and deeply moving story set in the years after WWII. Please join us as Professor Dan Giancola of SCCC moderates.

The Manor by Mac Griswold

Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 PM
NSPL is offering The Manor, the 2014 LI Reads Book, as our April title. In 1984, LI author Mac Griswold saw Sylvester Manor, a former plantation on Shelter Island. In a deeply researched, detailed story that spans the 16th to 21st centuries, the author relates a painful chapter of our nation’s history as she writes about one of the earliest plantations in the North. NOTE: We will be showing the film "The Sugar Connection," on April 15 at 2:00 PM, which documents the eight year archaeological dig at Sylvester Manor. Filmmaker Dr. Gaynell Stone will introduce the film.

World Literature Discussions:
Moderated by Professor Bill Schiavo
Carmen by Prosper Merimee
Thursday, March 13 at 2:00 PM
Merimee’s novella Carmen has been adapted into several dramatic works, including the famous opera by Bizet. Blending travelogue, adventure and romance with the clash of the European and Gypsy cultures, it is an enthralling story set in Spain of a young soldier who falls under the spell of the Gypsy femme fatale, Carmen.

Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle
Thursday, April 10 at 2:00 PM
A French 1963 science fiction novel, Planet of the Apes tells the tale of three human explorers from Earth who visit a planet where Great Apes are the dominant, intelligent and civilized species, and human beings live in a savage, ani mal - like state.

British/American Literature Series:
Moderated by Professor Bill Schiavo
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
Monday, March 31 at 2:00 PM
Winner of the 1928 Pulitzer prize, Thornton Wilder’s second novel tells the story of five people who die when a century old rope bridge in Peru, woven by Incas, collapses as they are crossing it. Witnessed by a Franciscan monk, he struggles to find a cosmic answer to their deaths.

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
Monday, April 28 at 2:00 PM
Nobel Prize winner Steinbeck’s youth in central California provided him with raw material for a lifetime of fiction about the area. Cannery Row, set during the Depression, depicts a group of folks who live on a street lined with sardine canneries, including “Doc,” a friendly marine biologist for whom a group of vagabonds decide to give a party.


Learn a new language with Pronunciator!
NSPL is happy to announce our second online 24/7 language learning program, Pronunciator. User-friendly and geared for the casual learner, it covers 80 different languages with an ESL component to learn English from 50 native languages. Click on this wonderful new product in the left hand menu bar of our homepage. Log in with your library barcode, select a language, and start learning!

Spring is here! Small Engine Repair Reference Center offers detailed repair information on various small engine machinery including lawnmowers, ATVs, motorcycles, tractors, and more, with maintenance and repair instructions. Access this database online by clicking the "Online Research" link on the left side of our homepage.

Home Improvement Reference Center is available online. This comprehensive, full text product provides detailed, user-friendly “howto” information on all kinds of home improvement and repair projects. Look for its link on the left side of our homepage under "Online Resources."

There will be no individual SCORE counseling sessions in March and April. See the Adult Programs section of this month's newsletter for information on our SCORE workshops scheduled for these months. Individual SCORE counseling will resume in May.

AARP Tax Assistance for Seniors
Wednesdays, Feb. 5 – April 9, 10:00 AM – 1:15 PM
by appointment

Trained volunteers offer free tax help to Senior Citizens on an appointment basis. Call 631-929-4488 ext. 225 to reserve a date and time.

We have a selection NY State and Federal Tax Forms. Also, links to the forms are available from our homepage under “Quick Links.”

Saturday afternoons, March 1 and 15, and
April 5 and 19, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Our Computer Librarian will provide individual assistance with your Live-brary compatible eReaders and audiobook devices. Come in with your device and ask about downloading from "Live-brary," our free site.
NOTE: This assistance is available for our NSPL patrons.

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From the Circulation Desk:

  • Please ask for a complimentary key ring or lanyard with a convenient library key tag (mini library card that fits on your key ring).
  • When you provide the library with your email address and set up your online library account, you can take advantage of all the library's online services. Various online services available include; courtesy notices via your email with a link to renew your items before they are overdue, paying your fines of $5.00 or more, and registering for library programs.
  • For a quick way to return all your library items, there is a return box just outside the front doors of the library.
  • The library is using the services of Unique Collection Agency to clear up overdue library accounts. Please be sure your library account is clear of any overdue library items.

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