Please note: Contributions to the FOL support these programs. Those individuals or businesses interested in sponsoring Friends programs should contact Ellen Zimmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact us at email@example.com or through the library’s Community Relations Office at 883-4400, ext. 130.
Wednesday, January 25
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
George Vecsey, author and longtime featured sports columnist at The New York Times, will lead a sports trivia challenge. The Port Washington resident and longtime library supporter, has written six national best-selling books, most recently Eight World Cups. Randy Cohen will interview Mr. Vecsey prior to the trivia session for broadcast on NPR.
Saturday, March 18
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bring your gently used adult, teen and children’s paperbacks to the library’s meeting room for a free, friendly event where hundreds of patrons swap thousands of books. We will accept hardcover children’s books including board books. No more than 20 books per person and no books accepted in advance. We stop accepting items at 3:30 p.m. Browsers welcome!
Sunday, March 26
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
FOL University, the Friends of the Library’s lecture program featuring notable scholars and university professors, returns Sunday, March 26, at 1:30 p.m. with two timely and fascinating topics. Boston University Philosophy Professor Russell Powell will discuss “The Evolution of Morality,” and Stephen A. Weiner, noted attorney and Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn, Cardozo and Hofstra Law Schools, will discuss “The U.S. Supreme Court: Where Do We Go from Here?”
Friday, May 12
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
An exquisitely suspenseful new novel based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine’s history and a fascinating history of dining out in America as told through ten legendary restaurants will be the featured works at the Friends of the Library’s 48th Annual Richard D. Whittemore Book & Author Luncheon. The luncheon will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 12, at the North Hills Country Club in Manhasset.
The FOL welcomes novelist Anita Shreve, who will speak about her highly anticipated new book The Stars Are Fire (Alfred A. Knopf), and food historian and Yale University professor Paul Freedman, who will discuss his acclaimed Ten Restaurants That Changed America (Liveright). Port’s own bestselling novelist Susan Isaacs returns as program moderator.
Tickets will be $75 per person. Reservation brochures will be available April 1 in the Library and downloadable online at www.pwpl.org/fol. Reservations must be made in advance. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the help of individual and corporate sponsorships, which begin at $250, the luncheon becomes a fundraiser for the FOL. Sponsors bypass first-come, first-served ticketing to the sell-out luncheon and sponsorships are tax deductible. For information, please contact FOL Board members Margaret DeSiervo (email@example.com, 516-883-2722) or Nancy Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org, 516-883-8418).
Tuesday, June 13
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The FOL welcomes Alex Prud’homme, author of The French Chef in America: Julia Child’s Second Act. Julia Child is synonymous with French cooking, but her legacy runs much deeper. Now, her great-nephew and My Life in France co-author vividly recounts the myriad ways in which she profoundly shaped how we eat today. He shows us Child in the aftermath of the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, suddenly finding herself America’s first lady of French food and under considerable pressure to embrace her new mantle. We see her dealing with difficult colleagues and the challenges of fame, ultimately using her newfound celebrity to create what would become a totally new type of food television. Every bit as entertaining, inspiring, and delectable as My Life in France, The French Chef in America uncovers Julia Child beyond her “French chef” persona and reveals her second act to have been as groundbreaking and adventurous as her first.
Books will be available for purchase and signing. This event is part of the FOL’s Meet the Author Series, which has featured such luminaries as Colm Toibin, Roger Rosenblatt, Nelson DeMille, Susan Isaacs, Hilma Wolitzer, Gail Sheehy, Eric Fischl, George Vecsey, Michael Gross, and Dr. Sandeep Jauhar.