Adult Reading Program

Join the North Shore Public Library's Adult Online Summer Reading Club.
Receive a prize for each book you read, for up to 3 books. Each time you receive a prize, submit a brief review to be added to our 2017 Adult Summer Reading Club Book Reviews. With each summary submitted you will be entered to win the grand prize, a Kindle.

Adult Programs


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

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

July/August Movies

No registration. All are welcome!

The Space Between Us
Wednesday, July 5, 2:00 and 6:30 PM
In the near future, a private space company founded by Nathaniel Shepherd (Gary Oldman) works with NASA to colonize another planet. Years later, the first human born on Mars (Asa Butterfield) travels to Earth and embarks on an adventure to discover how he came to be. 121 minutes. Rated PG-13.

Beauty and the Beast
Wednesday, July 26, 2:00 and 6:30 PM
A young prince (Dan Stevens), imprisoned in the form of a beast, can only be freed by true love. His last opportunity arrives when he meets Belle (Emma Watson), the only human girl to ever visit his castle. 129 minutes. Rated PG.

The Great Wall
Wednesday, August 2, 2:00 and 6:30 PM
In the time of the Song dynasty, a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within the Great Wall. He discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world as waves of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, leading him to join an army to confront this seemingly unstoppable force. 103 minutes. Rated PG-13.

The Lost City of Z
Wednesday, August 16, 2:00 and 6:30 PM
The incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the twentieth century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. 141 minutes. Rated PG-13.

Ongoing Programs

No registration necessary; all are welcome!

Knittin’ Time
Saturdays, July 8 & August 5 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Experienced knitter Judy Tirman will be available for assistance.

Creative Writing Group
Saturdays, July 8 & August 12, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
This writing workshop will be lead by writer Anne Kelly-Edmunds.


Registration Required Unless Otherwise Noted

Friends of the Library
Wednesdays, July 5 and August 2 at 10:30 AM
At this meeting the Friends will be organizing the next used book sale. Any NSPL cardholder can join the Friends of the Library and volunteer to help.

Summer Reading Expo
Wednesday, July 5 at 2:00 PM
Book lovers of all ages are invited to visit our Reading Expo Event. Browse our displays of suggested reading, enter free raffles to win great prizes, receive a complimentary book bag provided by the Friends of The Library, and enjoy free swag to fill your bag!

Used Book Sale
Saturdays, July 8 & July 22, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday, July 12, 4:00 – 8:00 PM

Pilates Mat
Fridays, July 7, 14, 21, 28, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Non-refundable fee: $16.
The Pilates technique offers a unique method of body control and conditioning while improving flexibility, balance, and overall well-being. Bring a yoga mat.

Intro to Yoga
Saturdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29, 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Non-refundable fee: $16.
This 4-week series includes an intro to asana (the physical practice of yoga), pranayama (breathing techniques to regulate the nervous system), and dhyana (meditation technique), honoring yoga philosophy designed to balance body and mind. Class is for any body type, or any level of fitness.

Instructional Outdoor Photo Shoot: Wading River Duck Ponds
Monday, July 10, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
John Spoltore teaches this class featuring digital photography basics along with an outdoor photo shoot. You will practice actual shooting techniques along with making adjustment settings to obtain various image effects. Bring your camera and instructional manual (charge your camera batteries). Meet at the Wading River Duck Ponds.
(Indoor Portrait Session at library if raining)

Tick-Borne Disease – What You Need to Know
Monday, July 10, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Chances are that you, or someone you know, has been diagnosed with Lyme or another tick-borne disease. Dr. Anna- Marie Wellins DNP, a member of the Medical Advisory Panel of Southampton Hospital’s Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center, will speak about the types of diseases that are carried by the different species of ticks found on Eastern Long Island, as well as the symptoms, diagnostic tests, and treatment options. Tips on preventing tick bites will also be shared. Each attendee will receive a free tick kit. There will be ample time for Q & A. Please call (631) 929-4488 for more information and to reserve your seat.

Intro to Excel
Tuesday, July 11, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Learn the basics of the world’s most popular spreadsheet program, including creating, editing, and formatting worksheets, formulas, and much more. Prerequisites: Computer Kindergarten and 1st Grade or equivalent.

Intermediate Excel
Tuesday, July 25, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Learn more about the world’s most popular spreadsheet program, including functions, working with ranges, macros, charting and much more. Prerequisites: Computer Kindergarten, Computer 1st Grade and Introduction to Microsoft Excel or equivalent.

Advanced Excel
Tuesday, August 1, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Using Microsoft Excel, the world’s most popular spreadsheet program, learn advanced features including vLookup, data validation and much more. Prerequisites: Computer Kindergarten and 1st Grade, Introduction and Intermediate Excel.

New York Blood Center Blood Drive (Emergency Blood Shortage)
Wednesday, July 12, 12:30 – 6:30 PM
Drop in at NSPL between 12:30 and 6:30 PM 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.

Canasta: Beginner and Refresher
Thursdays, July 13, 20 & 27, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Learn or re-learn how to play this trendy card game that was popular in the 50s. Canasta brings you timeless amounts of fun. Bring a friend or come and make new ones.

Cooking with Block Island Seafood
Thursday, July 13 at 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Non-refundable fee: $3.
Craig of Block Island Seafood cooks: basil butter mahimahi over Mediterranean couscous salad and Long Island seafood chowder.

Off the Beaten Path in France
Saturday, July 15, 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Join us as we get away from the big cities and instead visit tiny villages and the notso- famous smaller cities throughout France, highlighting art and architecture, natural beauty, cuisine, history, and festivals.

Tai Chi: 6 combinations/8 methods (Li Ho Ba Fa)
Wednesdays, July 19, 26, August 2, 9, & 16 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Non-refundable fee: $20.
Wear loose fitting clothing and sneakers or flat shoes. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese art that can improve your circulation, balance, and help to maintain a healthy nervous system. It can aid in keeping your body flexible, muscles toned, and mind alert. Join certified instructor Frank Galante for this 5 week course.

N.Y. State Defensive Driving
Monday, July 17 and Tuesday, July 18 5:30 – 8:30 PM (2 nights) Or Saturday, July 22, 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.

Technology Clinic
Tuesdays, July 18 & August 15 6:00 OR 7:00 PM
Teen volunteers will provide instructions on the use of a variety of technologies, such as computers, cell phones, GPS, and iPods. Please call to reserve a 1 hour session and let us know what device you require assistance with. You must bring your own devices for instruction.

Fondant Cake Decorating
Tuesday, July 18, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Learn how to make fondant icing as well as how to roll it out and place it onto a 7 inch cake. Design a summer themed cake with decorative fondant pieces that you create then take your cake home in a bakery box.

Art Forum
Wednesday, July 19 at 7:00 PM
Everyone is welcome to meet with local artists. Rosamaria Eisler will give a presentation on her work currently displayed at the library.

Garden Walk-About
Thursday, July 20 at 7:00 PM (Rain date is Friday, July 21 at 7:00 PM)
Meet in main lobby for a walk around the grounds with Horticulturist Carolyn Zambraski. Learn how you can add some of the library’s great design elements and plants to your own garden.

Beginning Bridge
Mondays, July 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21, & 28 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Come and learn the exciting and fascinating game of Bridge. Learn strategies and sharpen thinking skills. Play with partners and meet new friends.

Paint: Calla Lilies
Monday, July 24, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Non-refundable fee of $3.
Join artist, Laura Goetz and paint a pink Calla Lily, in a style similar to Georgia O’ Keefe. Beginners are welcome. All supplies are included.

JFK: An American Icon
Saturday, July 29, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
In his almost three years as president, JFK faced the question of Civil Rights, the Vietnam War, and the most dangerous two weeks in American history, the Cuban Missile Crisis. Still, it is Kennedy’s image, personality, family, and youth that make him one of America’s most iconic figures. Join historian Martin H. Levinson in discussing this larger-than-life American leader who inspired hope and confidence in American politics.

August Programs

Registration Required Unless Otherwise Noted

Coin & Stamp Appraisal
Tuesday, August 1, 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Join coin and stamp appraiser Frank McAlonan to find if that rare or unique coin or stamp is worth something! Call to make a 15-minute appointment.

A Writer’s Playshop 2017
Thursdays, August 3, 10, 17, & 24 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Summertime is a perfect time to play. So, put your serious side on the sidelines for this all-new, fun-filled Writer’s “Playshop” led by Anne Kelly-Edmunds. We will explore lighthearted approaches to getting our stories on the page. Fiction or memoir, poetry or prose. Bring a notebook and a pen, or your laptop.

Animal Art Workshop
Saturdays, August 5, 12, 19 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Ever wanted to draw, paint, or sketch your pet? Here’s your chance to learn! The art of the “Quick Sketch” will be explored as well as other exercises in drawing and painting animals. You will leave the class with a better understanding of creating animals in art. The instructor will have photographs of animals, or bring your own. A materials list is available online and on the program flier.

Summer Yoga Immersion: Relax, Renew and Revive Mini-Retreat
Saturday, August 5, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Take time out of your busy schedule to join Amy Perri for a mini yoga retreat that includes: yogic philosophy, a yoga asana class, and a Kirtan (call and response singing) with music and drumming. End with a relaxation practice & singing bowl sound bath. All levels and abilities welcome. Dress in layered, stretchy clothing; bring a yoga mat, blanket and a percussion instrument if you have one.

Jackie’s Girl: My Life with the Kennedy Family
Saturday, August 5, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
NY Times current bestseller Jackie’s Girl is a coming-of age memoir written by local author Kathy McKeon who was Jackie Kennedy’s personal assistant and nanny. Come join us in a book talk moderated by an NSPL librarian and Q & A with Kathy. Please bring your own copy of Jackie’s Girl for Kathy to sign. Register online or call: 631-929-4488.

Seeing How Digital Cameras Work
Tuesday, August 8, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
John Spoltore is back to share his photographic wisdom. This is a combination lecture and live demonstration utilizing a digital camera tethered to a laptop and digital projector to demonstrate the effects of digital camera settings, photo techniques, and composition.

AARP Driver Safety Class – Two Day Class
Tuesday, August 15 & Thursday, August 17 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (2-Day)
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.

Paint Party: Sunset Sailboat
Tuesday, August 15, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Non-refundable fee of $8.
Let’s paint together as Melissa leads the painting of a seascape scene.

Bus Trip to New York Botanical Garden: Featuring the Chihuly Garden Exhibit
Wednesday, August 16
The artwork of world-renowned sculptor Dale Chihuly will be featured in a major exhibition at NYBG. This limited-run exhibit will feature monumental installations within and around the most celebrated sites in the Botanical Garden’s landscape. Round-trip bus leaves from NSPL at 8:00 AM. $75 per person non-refundable fee includes admission to NYBG and the Chihuly Exhibit, lunch at Mario’s restaurant on Arthur Avenue (including tax and tip), and round-trip transportation. Tickets for non-NSPL cardholders go on sale July 5.

Garden Getaways: Part 2 - Why Stop at Summer!
Thursday, August 17, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
We’ll visit 10 new gardens in their late summer and autumn beauty. You’ll take home comprehensive information about the 35 public gardens in the immediate NY area, and the best eateries and attractions close to those gardens.

Lead a More Positive and Fulfilling Life with Meditation
Friday, August 25, 7:00 to 8:30 PM
People have been practicing meditation for centuries and today we see a surge in its popularity as new benefits continue to be discovered. Join John Bednarik to learn a simple meditation technique to incorporate into your life that can be used daily for greater peace, energy, and well-being.

NY Philharmonic: The NSPL will be reserving tickets for the 2017-18 Philharmonic season for the following choice of concerts:
• 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
Transportation to Lincoln Center $30 for one-way or round-trip. Contact Gerri Foudy ( for concert ticket prices and seat selections.

New York Philharmonic presents Star Wars: A New Hope - In Concert
Saturday, September 16
Luke Skywalker begins a journey that will change the galaxy, as he leaves his home planet, battles the evil Empire, and learns the ways of the Force. Don’t miss the World Premiere of A New Hope in concert, with the unparalleled New York Philharmonic performing John Williams’s Oscar-winning score live to the complete film. Tickets available beginning July 1 - prices range from $78.50 to $168.50 for this sold-out event. Round-trip bus ($30 for round-trip or one-way) leaves from the NSPL parking lot at 4:30 PM. For more information or to purchase a ticket contact Gerri Foudy,

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

Community Chalk Art with Spirit Sky Drumming
Friday, July 7, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Join us for an evening where you let the pavement be your canvas. Using street chalk, create beautiful works of art on the patio surface outside the library. Please register for this event on July 1 at the circulation desk. Drumming with George Schultz of SpiritSky starts at 7:00 PM (no registration for drumming). For family audiences.

Catch the Eclipse!
Monday, August 21 at 1:30 PM
Join Tom Madigan from Astronomy for Change and S.C.C.C. for a short presentation on the phenomenon of the solar eclipse. He will then lead us outside to watch the solar eclipse as it travels across our sky with special take home viewing glasses. Please register for this community event starting on July 1 at the circulation desk.


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

NOTE: Our World Literature Series will start up again in September. Please check our September/October newsletter for dates and titles.

Contemporary Evening Book Discussions:

Discussions will be moderated by Professor Mike Boecherer of SCCC
The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
Thursday, July 20 at 7:30 PM
A college student’s biography assignment leads him to investigate a thirty-year-old murder. A smart thriller with an engaging narrative that explores the concepts of justice, honesty, and responsibility.

Brooklyn by Colm Toíbín
Thursday, August 17 at 7:30 PM
Award winner Toibin has written a coming-of-age novel set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s. A young Irish woman crosses the ocean to make a new life for herself after a priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor her to work in a neighborhood “just like Ireland.”


Join us for an afternoon of classic films and film discussions. Joyce Maggio, a former Mass Media instructor at Suffolk County Community College will introduce the films and lead discussions. Refreshments will be served.
Sunset Boulevard (1950) 1 hr. 50 min.
Thursday, July 13 at 1:00 PM
Rebecca (1940) 2 hr. 10 min.
Thursday, August 10 at 1:00 PM

A to Z World Travel
For your travel destinations, a comprehensive, informative travel database containing both tourist and cultural information on more than 160 cities worldwide.

Wednesday Evenings, July 12 & August 16 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 & Wednesday evenings: 5 – 8 PM (Not 7/3 & 7/5)
Saturdays, July 29 & Aug. 5: 1 – 5 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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