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


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

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

March/April Movies

No registration. All are welcome!

La La Land
Wednesday, May 10, 2:00 and 6:30 PM
A jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) falls for an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) in Los Angeles. This original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing dreams. 128 minutes. Rated PG-13.

A Dog’s Purpose
Wednesday, May 24, 2:00 and 6:30 PM
This film shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. 100 minutes. Rated PG.

The Founder
Wednesday, June 7, 2:00 and 6:30 PM
The Founder tells the true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire. With Michael Keaton. 115 minutes. Rated PG-13.

Ongoing Programs

No registration necessary; all are welcome!

Knittin’ Time
Saturdays, May 6 & June 3 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Creative Writing Group
Saturdays, May 13 & June 10 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Crochet Workshop
Thursday, June 1 6:30 – 8:30 PM


Registration Required Unless Otherwise Noted

Intro to the iPad & iPhone
Wednesday, May 3, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Get an intro to the hardware, learn how to access the Internet and your email, use apps, understand the settings, and much more. Bring your iPad or iPhone or just come and listen.

Meditation and Chronic Pain
Wednesday, May 3, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Dr. Matthew Raider, national speaker and a contributing author to the book “Meditation as Medication for the Soul” by Rajinder Singh, will talk about chronic pain and how meditation helps to manage it.

The Family Kitchen Organic Garden
Thursday, May 4, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
From garden to table, learn how to grow, prepare and store high quality organic food for your family. Topics will include: designing your garden with specific recipes in mind, kitchen garden layout, how much you should grow, food storage, storing root vegetables, and winter gardening.

Thursdays, May 4, 11, 18, 25 & June 1 7:30 – 8:30 PM
Non-refundable fee of $20. Ditch the workout and join the party!

Friends of the Library Meeting
Wednesdays, May 3 & June 7 at 10:30 AM
Anyone with a NSPL card is welcome to join the Friends and help with the artist receptions and used book sales.

Entrelac Knitting
Tuesdays, May 9, 16, & 23, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Entrelac is a technique that uses simple knit and purl stitches. It produces an interlocking diamond pattern. Supplies: 400 yards fingering wt yarn- size 6 needles.

Evening Yoga
Tuesdays, May 9, 16, 23, & 30, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Non-refundable fee of $16. This class is a combination of Vinyasa flow, Hatha and Restorative styles of yoga. The class moves at a slower pace allowing students to tap into the wisdom of their bodies. All levels are welcome.

Vinyasa Yoga Workshop
Wed., May 10, 17, 24, & 31, 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Non-refundable fee of $16. Whether you come to yoga for physical or mental balance – there will be something for you in this Vinyasa flow workshop series. Each week a different theme will be shared so you may enjoy the full range of motion and strength in your body! Some yoga experience required.

Paint Party: Spring Tulips
Thursday, May 11, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Non-refundable fee of $8. Paint together with Melissa who will lead you in a still life painting of a spring bouquet in a glass jar.

New York State Defensive Driving
Monday, May 15 & Tuesday, May 16 5:30 – 8:30 PM (2 nights) Or Saturday, May 20, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM (1 day)
A $30 check or money order made payable to The Clausen Agency will be collected upon registration.

Technology Clinic
Tuesdays, May 16 & June 20 at 6:00 Or 7:00 PM
Teen volunteers will provide instructions on the use of a variety of electronic devices. 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. Registration begins on 5/1 for May sessions & 6/1 for June sessions.

Welcome to the Vietnam Veterans Recreation Trail
Thursday, May 18, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Learn about the Vietnam Veterans Recreation Trail, located on the former site of Grumman Corporation Aviation property in Calverton. Users of this trail can enjoy traveling in safety away from dangerous public roads, whether it be by walking, jogging, biking, or more.

Gardener’s Hand Scrub and Healing Salve for the Hands
Friday, May 19, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Do you love to work on your garden or yard but hate how rough your hands feel afterwards? Learn how to make and bring home a gardener’s hand scrub and a beautiful long lasting salve to use after your hard work is done.

Wrap Bracelet
Wednesday, May 24 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Non-refundable fee of $10. Create a fun and trendy wrap bracelet using a very simple technique and 126 crystals with fantastic results! This bracelet can also be modified to be a choker if you prefer. See display in library.

Art Forum
Wednesday, May 24 at 7:00 PM
Anyone is welcome to join these meetings of local artists. We will discuss options for plein air/photography outings for summer.

Japanese Dragonflies
Thursday, May 25, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Non-refundable fee of $3. Create a Japanese dragonfly painting with transparent jewel tones and delicate patterns. Beginners are welcome. All supplies are included.

NY Philharmonic The NSPL has reserved tickets for two New York Philharmonic concerts. Saturday, May 6: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony “Ode to Joy” - conductor: Alan Gilbert Saturday, June 10: Alan Gilbert’s Season Finale “A Concert for Unity” Transportation from NSPL parking lot leaves at 4:30 PM, $30 for one-way or round-trip. Contact Gerri Foudy for concert ticket prices and availability.

New York, New York: Urban Gems to Explore
Tuesday, May 30, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Explore in-depth several of the favorite, new, exciting, and often underappreciated urban gems throughout NYC. You’ll have a chance to win some unique prizes and leave with handouts filled with new information!

Crochet: Granny Square
Wednesday, May 31, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Class will focus on learning basic granny squares. Required Materials: yarn and crochet hook of your choice. Basic crochet skills required.

June Programs

Registration Required Unless Otherwise Noted

Registration for these following 3 programs begins Monday, May 1 for NSPL cardholders, Friday, May 5 for non-residents, space permitting.

Plant Exchange
Thursday, June 1, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Join friends and fellow gardeners at our first plant exchange. What to bring: seedlings, cuttings,perennials, small shrubs, or tree seedlings. Please pot or bag, and label (if known) all plants. If you have a photo of the plants in your garden, bring it along. Don’t forget a box to bring home your treasures.

Pilates Mat Yoga
Fridays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Non-refundable fee of $20. The Pilates technique offers a unique method of body control and conditioning while improving flexibility, balance, and overall well being.

Touring Our National Parks
Saturday, June 3, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Join us as we tour coast to coast to visit the most famous National Parks as well as some hidden gems. Park history and folklore will be explained as well as tips for traveling and staying in the parks. Suggestions for day trips close to home will be given.

Business Workshops SCORE is presenting these Business workshops. Please register for each one.
These presentations are geared towards business owners and those interested in starting a business.

Social Media Marketing for Business
Monday, June 5, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
You will learn about five of the most popular social media networks and the benefits of using them. Tips will be shared on how to use social media and email to market, how to tell which is right for your business, creating content, posting, and determining if content is working.

The Power of Successful Email Marketing
Monday, June 12, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Learn about email marketing and what it can do for your business. Topics include: harnessing the power of the inbox, growing a healthy list, creating great content, customizing mobile friendly templates, getting emails opened, and tracking results.

Strength Training for Total Body Workout
Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, & 27, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Non-refundable fee of $16. Get motivated with certified fitness trainer Jackie to live healthier, lose body fat, and gain muscle. Each class will introduce new aspects of fun fitness training and will be tailored to meet the needs of all participants. Bring your handheld weights, yoga mat or towel, and water.

Morning Yoga
Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21, & 28 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Non-refundable fee of $16. This class is a combination of Vinyasa flow, Hatha and Restorative styles of yoga. The class moves at a slower pace allowing students to tap into the wisdom of their bodies. All levels are welcome.

AARP Driver Safety - Two-Day Class
Tuesday, June 13 & Thursday, June 15 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.

Health: Speakers to Go Speakers will present their topics and Q & A to follow. Registration required for each class.

Striking Out Strokes Through Nutrition
Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Registered Dietician Alyssa Morando will explain how eating the proper foods can reduce your risks of a stroke.

Learn About the New Standards in Cardiac Risk Assessment
Tuesday, June 20, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Cardiologist Dr. Lev Lubarsky speaks about how to reduce the risks, and how to recognize and detect if you are at risk of heart disease.

Is Your Sleep Keeping You Up at Night?
Tuesday, June 27, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Certified Sleep Educator Brendan Duffy RPSGT engages in a comprehensive look at how your sleep impacts your health.

Paint Party: The Beach!
Thursday, June 15, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Non-refundable fee of $8. Melissa will lead you in painting a Long Island beach scene.

Spring Never Tasted So Good
Friday, June 16, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Non-refundable fee of $3. Come watch and learn while Chef Rob shares tasty foods for parties and alfresco dining. Menu: grilled dishes, salads, and more.

Beaded Choker
Monday, June 19, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Non-refundable fee of $5. Create a choker for this summer made with seed beads and Czech fire polished beads that sparkle around your neck. This is a beginner project that you will enjoy making and wearing.


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, May 11 at 2:00 PM
These three stories from Trollope’s “Tourists and Colonials” collection tell of Victorian travelers’ adventures and mishaps in exotic locations.

Short Stories by Mark Twain: “The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg” & “The McWilliams Tales”
Thursday, June 8 at 2:00 PM
The first story tells of the town of Hadleyburg, whose residents are proud that they don’t give into temptation, thereby making their town “incorruptible,” but a passing stranger vows to get revenge by “corrupting” it after someone offends him. The “McWilliams Tales” are part of Twain’s collection of merry tales… short, humorous pieces just for fun!

Contemporary Evening Book Discussions:

Discussions will be moderated by Professor Mike Boecherer of SCCC
Straight Man, by Richard Russo
Thursday, May 25 at 7:30 PM
Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Russo has crafted a hilarious first person rendition of English Professor Hank’s mid-life crisis. Set in a fictional western Pennsylvania university, it is rumored to be loosely based on the author’s own teaching experiences.

A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
Thursday, June 22 at 7:30 PM
This debut novel, an award winning comedy-drama, was originally published in Sweden and made into an award winning film as well. Fifty-nine year old widower Ove, depressed after losing his wife, keeps trying to hang himself, but is repeatedly interrupted by his Iranian neighbor. A thoughtful exploration of the impact of one person on countless others, it is both comical and heartwarming. Critics have said that if there was an award for the “Most Charming Book of 2014,” it would have won hands down.


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, May 10 & June 14, 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
Saturdays, May 6, 13 & June 3, 10: 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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