Upcoming Events

RESUMES AND COVER LETTERS

Saturday, December 3

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

A small group workshop for job seekers, presented by career counselor Karen McKenna. Sign up at the Reference Desk, or call 516-883-4400, ext. 111.

ENTREPRENEURS WORKSHOP

Saturday, December 3

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Due to technological advances and economic factors, more people are launching their own business or working as independent contractors. This workshop will explore self-employment options and resources to help potential entrepreneurs make key decisions. Presented by career counselor Karen McKenna. Sign up at the Reference Desk, or call 516-883-4400, ext. 111.

DANIEL HSU

Sunday, December 4

3:00 pm - 4:45 pm

The pianist performs selections from Beethoven, Chopin, Scriabin and others.

EXERCISE OVER 50

Tuesday, December 6

All Day

Registration begins today for a series of eight classes. The chair exercise class is on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. from January 3 through February 21 and is taught by Nicole Asselta. The mat exercise class is on Thursdays at 9 a.m. from January 5 through February 23 and is taught by Donna Harrigan. The fee of $35 for each series is due at registration. For Port Washington residents.

Chess

Tuesday, December 6

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CHESS. Join us for a game!

Adult Coloring

Tuesday, December 6

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

It’s just like coloring for kids, but more complex—it’s  definitely  harder to stay in the lines. Meetings will be relaxed and informal; they’re great for stress relief and getting to know your neighbors.

FILM

Tuesday, December 6

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

“THE SHALLOWS” (2016-86 min.). Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing off the coast of Costa Rica when she is attacked by a great white shark. She scrambles onto an outcropping of rock two hundred yards from shore, only to discover that her island of safety is getting smaller and smaller as the tide comes in. A gripping tale of survival from director Jaume Collet-Sera.

BOB DYLAN SOUNDSWAP

Wednesday, December 7

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

An evening of clips of Nobel laureate Bob Dylan

DIRECTOR’S CUT

Thursday, December 8

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Film expert John Bosco will screen and discuss Woody Allen’s Cafe Society (2016-96 min.). In the 1930s, young Bronx native Bobby (Jessie Eisenberg) moves to Hollywood, where he falls for Vonnie (Kristen Stewart), the secretary of his uncle (Steve Carell), an agent to the stars.

SANDWICHED IN

Friday, December 9

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

“The Big Apple Goes to War.” Jim Picinich, docent at New-York Historical Society, discusses the role New York City played in World War Two. More than three million troops and over sixty-three million tons of supplies passed through New York Harbor en route to the battlefield. Supplying our armed forces, New York produced everything from battleships to penicillin.

Scrabble

Friday, December 9

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SCRABBLE. Join us for a game!

HARLEM

Friday, December 9

3:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Join Dr. Ronald J. Brown for the last in a series focusing on the historic neighborhood. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

PRE-CODE HOLLYWOOD

Friday, December 9

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Philip Harwood presents a four-film series that captures the motion picture industry at a critical period in the early 1930s, when depictions of criminality, sexuality and drug use caused outrage and soon led to strict enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code. Tonight, in Mervyn LeRoy’s Five Star Final (1931-89 min.), Edward G. Robinson stars as Randall, the city editor of a sleazy tabloid, who goes against his own journalistic ethics to resurrect a long-forgotten murder case.

Next Chapter

Saturday, December 10

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join a discussion of current events on the second Saturday of every month. Bring your opinions!

LIVE AT PWPL

Sunday, December 11

3:00 pm - 4:45 pm

The Cello-Quartet, featuring jazz guitarist Joshua Breakstone, accompanied by Mike Richmond on cello, Lisle Atkinson on bass and drummer Andy Watson.

VIRTUAL VISITS

Monday, December 12

2:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, opened in 1903, contains painting, sculpture, tapestry and decorative arts from Europe, Asia and America. Join Ines Powell for this illustrated lecture. After this month, Virtual Visits will go on hiatus until March. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

END OF THE YEAR FINANCIAL CHECKLIST

Monday, December 12

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Presented by Samuel J. Schiff, LUTCF. Sign up at the Information Desk, or call 516-883-4400, ext. 136.

FILM

Monday, December 12

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

“REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT” (1956-73 min.). Jack Palance stars as Harlan “Mountain” McClintock, a washed-up boxer who discovers that his manager, Maish (Keenan Wynn) has sold him out. Keenan’s father Ed Wynn portrays McClintock’s cut man, Army, and Kim Hunter plays sympathetic social worker Grace Carney. This live Playhouse 90 production was scripted by Rod Serling, who earned both an Emmy and a Peabody, and directed by Ralph Nelson, who won an Emmy. Presented by TV producer Bob Waldman.

HYPERTENSION SCREENING

Tuesday, December 13

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Free blood pressure screening conducted by St. Francis Hospital. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chess

Tuesday, December 13

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CHESS. Join us for a game!

Adult Coloring

Tuesday, December 13

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

It’s just like coloring for kids, but more complex—it’s  definitely  harder to stay in the lines. Meetings will be relaxed and informal; they’re great for stress relief and getting to know your neighbors.

FILM

Tuesday, December 13

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

“THE DRIFTLESS AREA” (2015-96 min.). Bartender Pierre (Anton Yelchin) returns to his hometown after his parents die, and finds himself in a dangerous situation involving mysterious Stella (Zoe Deschanel) and violent criminal Shane (John Hawkes). Directed by Zachary Sluser.

MEDICAID SIGN-UP HELP

Wednesday, December 14

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Free, walk-in assistance from the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council.

FICTION BOOK DISCUSSION

Wednesday, December 14

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan. After two friends are killed by a bomb in a Dehli marketplace, a young man becomes entangled with a mysterious and charismatic activist. Discussion led by Keith Klang. Books available at the Information Desk.

NON-FICTION BOOK DISCUSSION

Thursday, December 15

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell. A dramatic account of a secret WWII-era American internment camp where prisoners were exchanged for other Americans behind enemy lines in Japan and Germany. Discussion led by Keith Klang. Books available at the Information Desk.

3rd THURSDAYS AT THREE

Thursday, December 15

3:00 pm - 4:45 pm

“Biblical Themes in Art.” Illustrated discussion with Marc Kopman. Sponsored by Art Advisory Council

A BOB DYLAN HOOT

Thursday, December 15

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A hootenanny tribute to the Nobel laureate.

SANDWICHED IN

Friday, December 16

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

“From Saint to Santa.” Through centuries of art, much of it now in East Coast museums, we’ll explore how a Turkish bishop evolved into one of Christianity’s most beloved saints. Then in American artwork we’ll see Nicholas change again—into Santa Claus. Join Dr. Michael Norris for this illustrated discussion. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Scrabble

Friday, December 16

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SCRABBLE. Join us for a game!

LIVE AT PWPL

Friday, December 16

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Hungrytown. A Vermont duo with timeless-sounding, original folk-based songs.

NEW YORK CLASSIC FILM CLUB

Sunday, December 18

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Dr. Dan Pompa selects influential films and invites speakers who have been directly affected by these movies. Today’s selection is Henry Koster’s holiday fantasy The Bishop’s Wife (1947-109 min.). An elegant angel (Cary Grant) comes down to earth to help a young bishop (David Niven), his wife (Loretta Young) and parishioners.

AFTERNOON ON BROADWAY

Monday, December 19

3:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Guys and Dolls (1950) remains one of the greatest musical comedies. Frank Loesser’s music and lyrics find a perfect match in Damon Runyon-esque characters and a New York City that only exists in fantasy. Professor James Kolb discusses the show and plays such unforgettable songs as “A Bushel and a Peck,” “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.”

FILM

Monday, December 19

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

“THE MAN IN THE FUNNY SUIT” (1960-60 min.). Ralph Nelson recreates the drama on the set of Requiem for a Heavyweight (1956) as Keenan Wynn tries to help his father, Ed Wynn, tackle his first dramatic role after decades of comedy. When Wynn Sr. flubs lines or loses his way, he falls back on old catch-phrases and jokes. As Requiem is an intense drama scheduled for live broadcast, this causes much worry among the cast. The Wynns, Nelson, Rod Serling and Red Skelton all play themselves in this installment of The Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, broadcast in 1960. TV producer Bob Waldman will discuss the program.

Chess

Tuesday, December 20

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CHESS. Join us for a game!

Adult Coloring

Tuesday, December 20

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

It’s just like coloring for kids, but more complex—it’s  definitely  harder to stay in the lines. Meetings will be relaxed and informal; they’re great for stress relief and getting to know your neighbors.

FILM

Tuesday, December 20

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, IRENE DUNNE! The actress, born this day in 1898, plays the title role in John Cromwell’s adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’s novel, Ann Vickers (1933-76 min.), about a woman who opts for self-fulfillment in social causes rather than use “women’s wiles” to snare a man.

GREAT BOOKS

Wednesday, December 21

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Ode 3.2 by Horace and Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen.

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

Wednesday, December 21

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The public is invited at 7:30 p.m.

PRE-CODE HOLLYWOOD

Wednesday, December 21

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Philip Harwood will screen and discuss Night Nurse (1931-72 min.). Private nurse Barbara Stanwyck uncovers a criminal plot to starve a wealthy woman’s children to death. William A. Wellman directed. Ben Lyon, Joan Blondell and a young Clark Gable co-star.

FILM

Thursday, December 22

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

“EAST SIDE SUSHI” (2015-106 min.). Latina single mom and expert home cook Juana (Diana Elizabeth Torres) lands a job doing food prep at a Japanese restaurant. To earn the respect of her bosses, she sets out to learn the art of sushi preparation. Anthony Lucero directed this inspiring movie.

SANDWICHED IN

Friday, December 23

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

“The Best of Broadway: 1950s.” Rogers and Hammerstein created a template which, by the 1950s, served as the framework for most Broadway musicals. Marc Courtade will discuss South Pacific, The King and I, Kismet, Damn Yankees, My Fair Lady, The Music Man and more.

Scrabble

Friday, December 23

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SCRABBLE. Join us for a game!

KEN TALVE TRIO

Friday, December 23

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Instrumentals with elements of jazz and rock, harmonically rich with catchy melodies.

HOLIDAY CLOSING

Saturday, December 24

All Day

We will be closed today for Christmas Eve.

HOLIDAY CLOSING

Sunday, December 25

All Day

We will be closed today for Christmas.

PRE-CODE HOLLYWOOD

Monday, December 26

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Philip Harwood will screen and discuss Mervyn LeRoy’s Three on a Match (1932-63 min.). Although Vivian Revere (Ann Dvorak) is seemingly the most successful of a trio of reunited schoolmates, she throws it all away for a life of debauchery. Joan Blondell, Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart co-star.

Chess

Tuesday, December 27

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CHESS. Join us for a game!

Adult Coloring

Tuesday, December 27

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

It’s just like coloring for kids, but more complex—it’s  definitely  harder to stay in the lines. Meetings will be relaxed and informal; they’re great for stress relief and getting to know your neighbors.

FILM

Tuesday, December 27

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

“THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY” (2015-108 min.). Writer/director Matt Brown adapted Robert Kanigel’s book about pioneering Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) and his friendship with his mentor, Professor G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons). Stephen Fry co-stars as Sir Francis Spring, and Jeremy Northam portrays Bertrand Russell.

DIGITAL PRIVACY BASICS

Wednesday, December 28

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Are you concerned about your digital privacy and how to safely surf the Internet? Which websites are trusted and which are not? Join James Hutter of the PWPL Computer Services department for a timely, one-hour seminar exploring basic techniques. Questions are encouraged!

FILM

Wednesday, December 28

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

“ELVIS & NIXON” (2006-86 min.). Director Liza Johnson recreates a bizarre moment in American history, when Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) paid a call to the White House to ask President Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey) to deputize him in the war on drugs.

PORT WRITES

Wednesday, December 28

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Discuss your writing and how to get it published.

“FOREVER PLAID: PLAID TIDINGS”

Thursday, December 29

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Play Troupe of Port Washington presents the holiday-themed sequel to the doo-wop musical Forever Plaid.

SANDWICHED IN

Friday, December 30

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

“They Work Hard For the Money.” Evelyn Silver, docent at the Nassau County Museum of Art, discusses art portraying men and women at work from the 1500s to the present. These works reflect the mores of their eras, and include Bruegel’s peasants, Thomas Hart Benton’s steel workers, Manet’s courtesan, Red Grooms’ taxi driver, Degas’ ballet dancers, and Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter.

Scrabble

Friday, December 30

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SCRABBLE. Join us for a game!

PRE-CODE HOLLYWOOD

Friday, December 30

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Philip Harwood will screen and discuss The Mayor of Hell (1933-90 min.), in which gangster Patsy Gargan (James Cagney) takes over the management of a woefully run reform school for boys. Director Archie Mayo received an uncredited assist from Michael Curtiz.

HOLIDAY CLOSING

Saturday, December 31

All Day

We will be closed today for New Year’s Eve.

Chess

Tuesday, January 3

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CHESS. Join us for a game!

Scrabble

Friday, January 6

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SCRABBLE. Join us for a game!

HYPERTENSION SCREENING

Tuesday, January 10

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Free blood pressure screening conducted by St. Francis Hospital. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chess

Tuesday, January 10

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CHESS. Join us for a game!

Scrabble

Friday, January 13

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SCRABBLE. Join us for a game!

Next Chapter

Saturday, January 14

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join a discussion of current events on the second Saturday of every month. Bring your opinions!

Chess

Tuesday, January 17

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CHESS. Join us for a game!

Scrabble

Friday, January 20

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SCRABBLE. Join us for a game!

Chess

Tuesday, January 24

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CHESS. Join us for a game!

Scrabble

Friday, January 27

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SCRABBLE. Join us for a game!

Chess

Tuesday, January 31

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CHESS. Join us for a game!

Scrabble

Friday, February 3

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SCRABBLE. Join us for a game!

Chess

Tuesday, February 7

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CHESS. Join us for a game!

Scrabble

Friday, February 10

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SCRABBLE. Join us for a game!

Next Chapter

Saturday, February 11

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join a discussion of current events on the second Saturday of every month. Bring your opinions!

HYPERTENSION SCREENING

Tuesday, February 14

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Free blood pressure screening conducted by St. Francis Hospital. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chess

Tuesday, February 14

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CHESS. Join us for a game!

Scrabble

Friday, February 17

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SCRABBLE. Join us for a game!

Chess

Tuesday, February 21

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CHESS. Join us for a game!

Scrabble

Friday, February 24

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SCRABBLE. Join us for a game!

Chess

Tuesday, February 28

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CHESS. Join us for a game!

Scrabble

Friday, March 3

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SCRABBLE. Join us for a game!

Chess

Tuesday, March 7

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CHESS. Join us for a game!

Scrabble

Friday, March 10

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SCRABBLE. Join us for a game!

Next Chapter

Saturday, March 11

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join a discussion of current events on the second Saturday of every month. Bring your opinions!

HYPERTENSION SCREENING

Tuesday, March 14

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Free blood pressure screening conducted by St. Francis Hospital. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chess

Tuesday, March 14

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CHESS. Join us for a game!

Scrabble

Friday, March 17

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SCRABBLE. Join us for a game!

Chess

Tuesday, March 21

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CHESS. Join us for a game!

Scrabble

Friday, March 24

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SCRABBLE. Join us for a game!

Chess

Tuesday, March 28

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CHESS. Join us for a game!

Scrabble

Friday, March 31

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SCRABBLE. Join us for a game!

Chess

Tuesday, April 4

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CHESS. Join us for a game!

Scrabble

Friday, April 7

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SCRABBLE. Join us for a game!

Next Chapter

Saturday, April 8

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join a discussion of current events on the second Saturday of every month. Bring your opinions!

HYPERTENSION SCREENING

Tuesday, April 11

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Free blood pressure screening conducted by St. Francis Hospital. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chess

Tuesday, April 11

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CHESS. Join us for a game!

Scrabble

Friday, April 14

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SCRABBLE. Join us for a game!

Chess

Tuesday, April 18

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CHESS. Join us for a game!

Scrabble

Friday, April 21

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SCRABBLE. Join us for a game!

Chess

Tuesday, April 25

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CHESS. Join us for a game!

Scrabble

Friday, April 28

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SCRABBLE. Join us for a game!