Books for Dessert

books for dessert group

The library hosts “Books for Dessert,” a book club for adults over 21 with intellectual disabilities, who live or work in and around Port Washington. Read about Books for Dessert in the Library’s August 2015 Newsletter.

There are two separate groups. Members meet weekly to enjoy and discuss books—and life. The groups read everything from adapted classics (The Prince and the Pauper) to poems, short stories (including Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery) and plays (including acting out an adapted Romeo and Juliet). They also read novels about the Holocaust, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and some non-fiction. Time at the beginning or end of the session is dedicated to social interaction—coffee, cookies and conversation.

Books for Dessert collaborates with groups such as AHRC, Community Mainstreaming Associates (CMA), YAI and the National Institute for People with Disabilities.

The program welcomes new members. If you know anyone who may be interested in joining our book club, please contact Keith Klang at 516-883-4400, ext. 135 or kklang@pwpl.org.

If you are an organization or individual interested in replicating this program in your community, let us know. The Library has prepared a program guidebook to help you get started.

Advisory Board

Annmarie Benzinger
Nancy Axelrad Comer, Chairperson
Georgia DeYoung
Eileen Egan
Ann Marie Fitzpatrick
Elise May
Evelyn Schonbrun
Marian Weissman
Keith Klang, Staff Liaison

The Books for Dessert Advisory Board is seeking new committee members who have an interest in literacy for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Experience would help, too. For more information please contact Keith Klang, Head of Adult Services, 516-883-4400 ext. 135. or kklang@pwpl.org.