FOL Events

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FOL University

Sunday, March 11

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

“Richard Rodgers: Broadway and Beyond” featuring Orin Grossman, Professor Emeritus of Visual and Performing Arts at Fairfield University, whose presentation will include his piano performances of Rodgers classics from Carousel, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, and Victory at Sea.

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FOL University Lecture Program

Sunday, March 11

1:30 pm

FOL University, the Friends of the Library’s lecture program featuring notable scholars and university professors, returns Sunday March 11 at 1:30 p.m. with Orin Grossman, Professor Emeritus of Visual and Performing Arts at Fairfield University, who will speak on “Richard Rodgers: Broadway and Beyond.” Dr. Grossman’s presentation will include his piano performances of such indelible Rodgers’ compositions as the great waltzes from Carousel, the ballet score Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, and music for the NBC documentary series of the 1950’s, Victory at Sea.  Dr. Grossman will discuss how among the great participants creating the American Song Book, Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) stands out for his melodic brilliance, and his ability to create songs and dramatic musical presentations that define the Broadway musical. He had two remarkable and distinct careers. First there was a twenty-year partnership with his lyricist, Lorenz Hart, with whom he wrote some of the most beautiful songs of the 1920s and 1930s including “My Funny Valentine” and “Isn’t it Romantic.” In his second career, with lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, he partnered in creating the modern musical. With Oklahoma (1943) and Carousel (1945), Broadway would never be the same.



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FOL Paperback Swap

Saturday, March 24

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 — that is the only exception to our rule against hardcovers. No more than 20 books per person and no books accepted in advance. We stop accepting items at 3:30 p.m. Browsers welcome!

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FOL Meet the Author Series: Ron Fassler

Tuesday, April 10

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The FOL welcomes author Ron Fassler, who will discuss his one-of-a-kind book Up in the Cheap Seats: A Historical Memoir of Broadway, a delightful and intimate portrait of a time in the theatre that once was … and will never be again. In this touching and often hilarious theatrical memoir, Fassler tells the stories of how over a four-year span, between the ages of 12-16, he saw 200 Broadway shows for as little as $1.50 a ticket—and all from “up in the cheap seats.” Such landmarks as Company, 1776, The Great White Hope, Hair, Follies and Pippin are but a small sampling of the original productions Fassler saw, funded entirely from the money earned as a Long Island paper boy. Threading his own stories with theirs, the book features memories and insights from the likes of Harold Prince, Stephen Sondheim, Bette Midler, Sheldon Harnick, James Earl Jones, Austin Pendleton, Ken Howard, Hal Linden, Stacy Keach, Jane Alexander and Mike Nichols among many others.

Refreshments will be served. 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.

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49th Annual Book & Author Luncheon

Friday, May 11

11:00 am - 2:30 pm

A luminous novel about three generations of an Irish immigrant family in Brooklyn and an intimate new epic of the American Revolution as told through six extraordinary lives will be the featured works at the Friends of the Library’s 49th Annual Richard D. Whittemore Book & Author Luncheon. The luncheon will be held Friday, May 11, 2018, at the North Hills Country Club in Manhasset. The FOL welcomes National Book Award-wining novelist Alice McDermott, who will speak about her new novel The Ninth Hour (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and best-selling historian Russell Shorto, who will discuss Revolution Song: A Story of America (W.W. Norton & Company). Port’s own best-selling novelist Susan Isaacs returns as program moderator.

Tickets will be $85 per person. Reservation brochures will be available April 1 in the Library and printable online. Reservations must be made in advance. For more information email 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 (, 516-883-2722) or Nancy Wright (, 516-883-8418).

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