Adult Programs


PLEASE NOTE:NSPL cardholders may register in-person, by phone, or online for Adult Programs on September 1 unless otherwise noted. For programs with fees, in-person registration is required. Non-residents may register beginning September 5, space permitting.

Please see our "Senior Corner" and
our "Language Learning Corner" pages for monthly events!

September/October Movies

No registration. All are welcome!
Showtimes on the following Wednesdays are 2:00 & 6:30 PM
The Circle
September 6
A woman lands a dream job only to uncover its nefarious agenda. 110 minutes. Rated PG-13.

Going in Style
September 20
Three lifelong pals risk it all by trying to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money. 96 minutes. Rated PG-13.

Megan Leavey
October 4
Based on the true story of a young Marine corporal’s bond with her military combat dog. 116 minutes. Rated PG-13.

The Mummy
October 25
A mercenary awakens an ancient princess who brings terrors that defy human comprehension. 110 minutes. Rated PG-13.

Ongoing Programs

No registration necessary; all are welcome!

Knittin’ Time
Saturdays, September 9 & October 7 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Creative Writing Group
Saturdays, September 9 & October 14 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Crochet Workshop
Thursday, October 26, 6:30 – 8:30 PM


Registration Required Unless Otherwise Noted

Friends of the Library
Wednesdays, September 6 and October 4 at 10:30 AM
The members of the Friends support the library in many ways such as hosting the artist receptions and running the book sales. If you would like to be part of the Friends please feel free to attend one of our meetings.

Mindful Meditation Series
Fridays, September 8, 15, 22, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Join us and ease into the practice of meditation.

Canasta Party!
Thursday, September 14, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
All levels of play are welcome. The event will include prizes in different categories. There will be instruction as needed.

Why Do I Have Headaches and Migraines?
Thursday, September 14, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Learn about the different types of headaches and migraines as well as triggers and natural solutions. Headache prevention, lifestyle changes, and stress reduction techniques will be discussed.

Thursdays, September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Non-refundable fee: $18.

N.Y. State Defensive Driving
Monday and Tuesday, September 18 & 19 (2 nights), 5:30 – 8:30 PM OR
Saturday, September 23, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM (bring snack)

A $30 check or money order made payable to The Clausen Agency will be collected upon registration.

Hatha Yoga
Mondays, September 18, 25, October 2, 16, 23, 7:00 – 8:00 PM (no class 10/9)
Non-refundable fee: $18. This class is meant for yoga students of all levels. Hatha yoga is a gentle, relaxed form of yoga.

Technology Clinic
Tuesday, September 19 & October 17 6:00 OR 7:00 PM
Teen volunteers will provide instructions on the use of a variety of electronic devices. Tell us what device you need help with. Bring your own devices for instruction. Registration for September clinic begins 9/1, October clinic 10/2.

Autumn Yoga
Wednesdays, September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Non-refundable fee: $18. This is a slow flow style of yoga. Some yoga experienced required, and ability to move freely from seated to standing positions.

Art Forum
Wednesdays, September 20 & October 18, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Everyone is welcome to meet with local artists. On September 20, Melania Badalian will give a presentation on the art of paper quilling.

Simply Creative Chef: Spiced Carrot Pineapple Bread
Thursday, September 21, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Non-refundable fee: $3. Grate your own carrots, make your own batter, and fill a loaf pan ready to take home and bake! Supply list available at the library.

Cold Stunned Sea Turtle
Thursday, September 28, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Join The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation for a lecture on how you can help cold stunned sea turtles. After lecture, sign up to become a registered beach walker to save these turtles!

Pilates Mat
Fridays, September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27 and November 3, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Non-refundable fee: $21.

Learn to Play Mah Jongg
Fridays, September 29, October 6 & 13 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Learn the tiles, sticks, and basic moves of this ancient game. All cards and games will be supplied. All skill levels welcome.

Special Registration! Registration for the following two programs begins 9/1 for NSPL cardholders, 9/5 for non-residents, space permitting.

Cooking Class: Preserving Your Organic Harvest
Tuesday, October 3, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
This program focuses on how you can preserve your seasonal harvest for the entire year. Topics: canning and storing foods; fermenting; freezing; & dehydrating.

Knitted Crescent Shape Shawl

Crescent shaped shawl with a cable border, crossed stitches below the garter stitch short row body, and an I cord bind off. Advanced beginners and up. Supply list available at the library.

SCORE - Small Business Workshops Registration for all SCORE programs begins 9/1 for NSPL cardholders, 9/5 for non-residents, space permitting.

Starting and Growing Your Own Business
Monday, September 25, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
For individuals starting or who have a small business. Topics: setting up a business; legal entity structures; paying taxes; & keeping financial records.

Writing a Business Plan
Monday, October 2, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
For small business owners and others who have taken Course 1. Topics: components of a business plan; start-up costs; & how to prepare a budget.

Marketing Your Own Business
Monday, October 16, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
For small business owners and those who have taken Course 1 & 2. Topics: market planning/ researching; advertising; and promotion.

Swan Lake, by the NYC Ballet
Saturday, September 23
Exclusive backstage tour led by a NYCB dancer. Lunch on your own. Non-refundable round-trip Hampton Jitney bus leaves NSPL @ 8:30 AM for $30 per person. More info., contact Gerri Foudy,

October Programs

Registration Required Unless Otherwise Noted

Off the Beaten Path: Italy
Saturday, October 7, 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Join us as and visit tiny villages and smaller cities in Italy, highlighting art, architecture, cuisine, and history. No passport neccesary!

Aromatherapy 101
Tuesday, October 10, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Create safe and effective natural products from essential oils. Blend oils and create lotions and scrubs to take home.

Long Island’s Ghosts and Hauntings
Wednesday, October 11, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Learn about Long Island’s rich history of ghosts, paranormal activity, and hauntings, including haunted cemeteries and dwellings, and unexplained paranormal activity.

Classic Herbs
Thursday, October 12, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Look back at the ancient uses and symbolism of rosemary, thyme, parsley, & sage, then move on to the current uses in the home and garden.

Tuesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 19,10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
A representative from AARP will collect the fee of $20 for AARP members or $25 for non-AARP members at the first session. Payable only by check or money order made out to AARP.

Crochet Granny Mandala
Wednesdays, October 18 & 25 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Read a pattern and create a circle granny mandala. Prerequisite- knowledge of double crochet. Supply list available at the library.

The Power of Food: Culinary Skills for Optimum Nutrition
Saturday, October 21, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Non-refundable fee: $3. Taste and learn easy to replicate, delicious, and nutritious recipes. Salt, butter, and sugar free cooking and grilling techniques will be discussed.

It Is About Time!: Biological Timekeeping
Wednesday, October 18, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
In this overview we will survey the occurrence and general properties of biological rhythms in humans, plants, animals, and single cells.

Your Body Clocks: What, Where, and Why
Wednesday, November 1, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
This discussion involves temporal disorganization in insomnia, jet lag, shift work, and disease. Registration begins 10/2 for NSPL cardholders, non-residents 10/5, space permitting.

Learn About the Standards New Cardiac Risk Assessment
Tuesday, October 24, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Learn how to reduce the risks, and how to recognize and detect if you are at risk of heart disease.

Morning Yoga
Wednesdays, October 25, November 1, 8, 15, & 22, 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Non-refundable fee: $18. This class moves at a slower pace and combines vinyasa flow, hatha, and restorative styles of yoga.

Bus Trips Into New York City Tickets go on sale 9/1 for NSPL cardholders. Non-residents may purchase tickets beginning 9/5, space permitting. More info., contact Gerri Foudy,

Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park
Sunday, October 1
Manhattan’s Fort Tryon park is transformed into a medieval market fair. Admission to the Festival is free. Also available on the same trip is a guided tour of the Met Cloisters ($20 per person). Lunch on your own. Non-refundable ticket on Hampton Jitney bus is $25 per person. Leaves NSPL at 9:00 AM & returns from city at 5:00 PM.

New York Botanical Garden: Featuring the Chihuly Garden Exhibit
Saturday, October 7
Round-trip bus leaves from NSPL at 8:00 AM. $75 per person nonrefundable fee includes exhibition to NYBG, lunch at Mario’s Restaurant and round-trip transportation.

Do As You Please Bus Trips to NYC
Saturdays: 9/9 (on sale 8/14); 10/14 (on sale 9/25); 11/18 and 12/9 (on sale 11/1).
$25 per person (tickets are nonrefundable and cannot be used for another date). Round-trip fare on the Hampton Jitney bus leaves NSPL at 9:30 AM, returns from NYC 42nd St. at 6:00 PM.

NY Philharmonic:
For more information about ticket availability and pricing contact Gerri Foudy, Non-refundable bus to Lincoln Center from NSPL available for $30 per passenger.
• Sat. 9/16/17 @ 8 PM – Star Wars A New Hope - In Concert
• Sat. 11/4/17 @ 8 PM – Bernstein and Rhapsody in Blue
• Sat. 12/2/17 @ 8 PM – Ax, Mozart and Brahms
• Sat. 3/3/18 @ 8 PM – Van Zweden, Wang and The Rite of Spring
• Sat. 4/7/18 @ 2 PM – Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony
• Sat. 5/19/18 @ 8 PM – Shostakovich and Mendelssohn

Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Season
Reserve your tickets now for the following operas:
• Norma by Bellini Thurs. 9/28/17 @ 8:00 PM. Conductor: Carlo Rizzo. Cast: Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato.
• Die Zauberflöte by Mozart Thurs. 10/5/17 @ 7:30 PM. Conductor: James Levine. Cast: Golda Schultz, Kathryn Lewek.
• Requiem by Verdi Weds. 11/29/17 @ 7:30 PM. Conductor: James Levine.
• Luisa Miller by Verdi Thurs. 3/29/18 @ 7:30 PM. Conductor: James Levine. Cast: Placido Domingo, Sonya Yoncheva.
• Tosca by Puccini Thurs. 4/26/18 @ 8:00 PM. Conductor: Bertrand de Billy. Cast: Anna Netrebko, Marcelo Álvarez.
• Cendrillon by Massenet Thurs. 5/3/2018 @ 8:00 PM. Conductor: Bertrand de Billy. Cast: Joyce DiDonato, Kathleen Kim.
Round-trip bus ($30 for round-trip or one-way) leaves from the NSPL parking lot at 4:00 PM For more information about available seats and prices contact Gerri Foudy,

Special Events

Saturday, October 14
Friends of the Library Used Book Sale
Saturday, October 14 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

New York Blood Center Blood Drive
Saturday, October 14 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Drop in at NSPL or click on “Donate” on the New York Blood Center homepage: to schedule an appointment! For eligibility requirements, go to or call (800) 688-0900.

Drawing and Sketching your Favorite Feline!
Saturday, October 14, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Using pencils and charcoals the instructor will teach you artist drawing techniques. The instructor will have available photographs of cats, or bring a photo of your own.

Community Give Back Day: TAG Cat Food & Paper Towel Drive
Saturday, October 14, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
The Teen Advisory Group will be collecting canned cat food of any kind and paper towels to donate to Kent Animal Shelter.

Caring for Your Cat
Saturday, October 14 at 2:00 PM
Useful tips for new cat parents, and for those looking to brush up on their pet care skills presented by Kent Animal Shelter.


Copies of the books are available at the Circulation and Reference Desks. Everyone is welcome!

World Literature Discussions:

Moderated by Professor Bill Schiavo
Short Stories by Anthony Trollope: “An Unprotected Female at the Pyramids,” “John Bull on the Guadalquivir,” & “George Walker at Suez”
Thursday, September 14 at 2:00 PM
Please join us as our World Literature Series resumes for the Fall with these three stories from Trollope’s “Tourists and Colonials” collection which depict Victorian travelers’ adventures and mishaps in exotic locations.

When We Were Orphans, by Kazuo Ishiguro
Thursday, October 12 at 2:00 PM
This novel by award-winning author Ishiguro tells of a young English boy who lives in Shanghai until his father, an opium businessman, and his mother disappear within a few weeks of each other. As an adult in England, he becomes a successful detective who hones his skills to solve the case of his parents’ disappearance.

Contemporary Evening Book Discussions:

Discussions will be moderated by Professor Mike Boecherer of SCCC
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, by Terry Ryan
Thursday, September 28 at 7:30 PM
An extraordinary true account of Evelyn Ryan written by her daughter, this is the amazing story of an enterprising housewife with an alcoholic husband who kept poverty at bay and raised her ten children by writing winning advertising jingles during the “contest era” of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger
Thursday, October 19 at 7:30 PM
Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel of 2014, Ordinary Grace is a touching coming of age tale about faith, family and the empathy that comes from a violent loss. A young man, a small Minnesota town, and a murder in the Summer of 1961 create a collision path for two families separated by culture and tradition, but joined together in tragedy.


The magazines you know and love are now available digitally through North Shore Public Library’s website. Flipster, a digital magazine database enables you to read your favorite magazine on your computer or mobile device.

Wednesday Evenings, September 13 and October 18, 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.

Need assistance with your e-reader?
Monday and Wednesday evenings: 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Saturdays, September 30 & October 21: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Sunday, October 29: 1:00 – 5:00 PM

This assistance is available for our NSPL cardholders.


The Reference Department has 4 iPads for use in the library, each preloaded with several applications to help you conduct your research. Please come to the Reference Desk to ask for an iPad. NOTE: You must be over 18 years of age with a valid NSPL Library Card and driver's license to use an iPad. The librarian will hold your license and card while you are using the iPad.

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