Adult Programs


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

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

November/December Movies

No registration. All are welcome!
Showtimes on the following Wednesdays are 2:00 & 6:30 PM
My Cousin Rachel
November 8
When a man grieving for his dead cousin sets out to get revenge against his late cousin’s wife (Rachel Weisz), he falls under the spell of her charms. 106 minutes. Rated PG-13.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
November 29
Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) searches for the trident of Poseidon while being pursued by an undead sea captain and his crew. 129 minutes. Rated PG-13.

Paris Can Wait
December 13
Anne (Diane Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Married to an inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she unexpectedly embarks on a car trip with an associate of her husband. 92 minutes. Rated PG.

December 27
A few days before the invasion of Normandy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggles with his reservations about the operation and his role in the war. 105 minutes. Rated PG.

Ongoing Programs

No registration necessary; all are welcome!

Knittin’ Time
Saturdays, November 4 & December 2 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Creative Writing Group
Saturdays, November 4 & December 9 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Crochet Workshop
Thursdays, November 30 & December 28, 6:30 – 8:30 PM


Registration Required Unless Otherwise Noted

Used Book Sale
Saturday, November 4, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Sunday, November 5, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Beginner Ukulele Workshop
Mondays, November 6, 13, 20, & 27 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Bring your own ukulele
Learn the basics including: tuning, scales, chords, chord progressions, and even play your first song with the group!

Strength Training for Total Body Workout: Fun Fitness Training
Tuesdays, November 7, 14, 21, 28, & December 5, 7:00 – 8:00 PM.
Non-refundable fee: $20. Each class will introduce new aspects of fun fitness training and will be tailored to meet the needs of all participants. Bring your own handheld weights, yoga mat or towel, and water.

10 Steps to Better Houseplants
Thursday, November 9, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Have your houseplants looking as fresh as the day you bought them. Carolyn Zambraski will share professional growing techniques and care. Q & A session. Bring plant samples and questions.

OPEN MIC: Give Voice to the Writer Within You!
Sunday, November 12, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Bring a sample of your writings (essays, memoirs, novels, poems, short stories) and read to fellow writers. Hosted by Anne Kelly-Edmunds. Please note: read time is limited to 8 minutes.

N.Y. State Defensive Driving
Monday, November 13 & Tuesday, November 14, 5:30 – 8:30 PM (2 Day Evening Class) Or Saturday, November 18 at 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Bring a bag lunch/snack)
A $30 check or money order made payable to The Clausen Agency will be collected at in-person registration. No cash will be accepted.

Cooking with Block Island Seafood Company
Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Non-refundable fee: $3. Craig cooks hearty fall crab-filled mac and cheese and tomato cream sauce over shrimp and rice.

Technology Clinic
Tuesdays, November 21 and December 19 at 6:00 OR 7:00 PM
Teen volunteers will provide instructions on the use of a variety of technologies. Please call to reserve a 1-hour session. You must bring your own devices for instruction. Registration for NSPL cardholders begins 11/1 for November clinic, 12/1 for December clinic.

Modern Day Pioneers on the Oregon Trail
Thursday, November 16, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Join Phil Carey as he takes you on his modern day journey through the Gateway to the West, the Oregon Trail. See what has changed from the 1840’s and what has surprisingly stayed the same. Phil will be sharing the history of the trail as well as his modern expedition across this iconic path. Part history and part travel, this program is sure to delight.

Art Forum
Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00 PM
Visiting Polish artist, painter, and sculptor, Joanna Sokolowska will speak about her work.
Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 PM
Diane Bouchier will speak about her work currently on exhibit at NSPL. All are invited! No registration necessary!

Introduction to Windows 10
Monday, November 27, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
This class provides an understanding of the brand new version of Windows. Learn the new features, such as the new start menu, the desktop, settings, the new search, plus much more. Prerequisites: Computer Kindergarten or equivalent.

Anti-Inflammatory Eating
Thursday, November 30, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Holistic Health Coach, Tina Annibell will teach you how to shift into a way of eating that reduces chronic inflammation. Learn about specific foods that can prevent disease, make weight loss easier, and more.

Special Registration! SPECIAL REGISTRATION! Registration for these following FOUR programs begins Friday, October 27 for NSPL cardholders. Non-residents may begin registering Tuesday, October 31, space permitting.

Tai Chi: 6 combinations/8 methods (Liu He Ba Fa)
Fridays, November 3, 10, 17, (no 24), December 1, & 8, 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Non-refundable fee: $20. Wear loose clothing, sneakers or flat shoes.

Intermediate Mah Jongg
Fridays, November 3, 10, & 17 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
This class will improve your skills, help you select hands, and give you a better understanding of the game. There will be a contest each week to encourage you to achieve your goal.

Coin & Stamp Appraisal
Friday, November 3, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Call to make an appointment. Join coin and stamp appraiser Frank McAlonan to find out if you have rare or unique stamps or coins that may be worth something.

Healthy Living: Using Essential Oils to Build a Healthier You
Saturday, November 4, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Join Certified Aromatherapist Tara Penske and learn how to clean healthy, sleep healthy, boost your immune system and feel great! Leave with ideas, samples, and recipes that you can make yourself.

December Programs

Registration Required Unless Otherwise Noted

SPECIAL REGISTRATION! Registration for these following FOUR December programs begins November 1 for NSPL cardholders. Non-residents may begin registering November 5, space permitting.

Mindful Meditation Circle
Fridays, December 1 & 15, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Relax and ease into your body with mindful meditation.

“Not Quite A Stranger”
Saturday, December 2, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Many people have dreamed about moving to a picturesque village in southern France. In this engaging illustrated talk, David Bouchier and his wife Diane tell about their experiences with village traditions, the French language, travels around France, and the pleasures and challenges of everyday life in a very different culture. He will read from his latest book Not Quite a Stranger.

AARP Safe Driver Course – 2 Day Course
Tuesday, December 5 & Thursday, December 7, 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. No cash is accepted.

Working with Pictures on your iPad and iPhone
Tuesday, December 5, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Bring your Apple device and we will learn how to take and organize pictures and do some editing, such as cropping, resizing, and much more!

Friends of the Library Meeting
Wednesday, December 6 at 10:30 AM
Please attend our meetings to learn how you can become a member of our group. Any NSPL cardholder can join the Friends of the Library and volunteer to help.

Crochet Project: Snowman Wall Hanging
Wednesday – Friday, December 6 – 8, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Learn to follow a crochet pattern to make a crocheted snowman. Prerequisites: Good beginner crochet skills required. Supply list available at the library and online.

The Delicious Holiday Dozen
Friday, December 8, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Non-refundable fee: $3. Learn to bake from scratch and take home ready to bake Chef Rob’s secret cocoa oatmeal cookies! Students need to bring: 2 medium bowls and a spoon to mix with.

Paint Party!
Thursday, December 14, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Non-refundable fee: $8. Paint a snowy winter cardinal with Melissa.

“All Aboard!” for Lionel Toy Trains
Saturday, December 16, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Just in time for the holidays, come “play trains” with best-selling Lionel author and local collector Ron Hollander. This talk - for all ages - features operating antique trains with smoke and whistle and will take you back to those innocent days when a Lionel train was all a child could wish for.

Aromatherapy for the Season
Thursday, December 28, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Join us as we learn about essential oils that will make your season BRIGHT! All participants leave with products to keep for themselves or give as gifts, including vanilla and chocolate lip balm, peppermint body scrub, and citrus berry hand sanitizer. Recipes and handout included.


Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Radio City Rockettes
Thursday, November 30 at 2:00 PM.
$160 per person price includes orchestra seat, round-trip bus, and buffet lunch at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. Bus leaves from the NSPL parking lot at 7:30 AM. Tickets for NSPL cardholders go on sale 11/1, non-residents November 11/5, space permitting. Tickets are non-refundable.

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

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. 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:
• 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 3:30 PM For more information about available seats and prices contact Gerri Foudy,


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.


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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