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.
Sunday, September 14
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
“This is Ragtime,” a special program featuring Terry Waldo, one of America’s premier performers of early jazz and ragtime, and honoring the memory of FOL board member Beverly Halm.
Monday, September 15
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The FOL proudly announces that this #1 New York Times bestselling author will be touring in the United States in September and Port Washington is her first stop. She will be discussing The King’s Curse (on Sale September 9, 2014, Touchstone) which follows Henry VIII’s rise to power. The King’s Curse is the eagerly anticipated next volume of Gregory’s stunning Cousins’ War novels, basis for the critically acclaimed Starz series The White Queen. It takes place in the aftermath of the bloody clash between York and Lancaster, when the Tudors have ascended to the throne. Dr. Gregory is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. She studied history at the University of Sussex and received a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh. This free event will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, September 15 at The Landmark on Main Street, co-sponsors with the Friends of the Library. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Thursday, October 2
The Friends proudly presents author and memoirist Gaily Sheehy as part of its “Meet the Author” lecture series. Sheehy, the author of the classic New York Times bestseller, Passages, returns with her inspiring memoir—a chronicle of her trials and triumphs as a groundbreaking “girl” journalist in the 1960s, from iconic guide for women and men seeking to have it all, to one of the premier political profilers of modern times. Candid, insightful, and powerful, Daring: My Passages (William Morrow, September 9, 2014) is the story of the unconventional life of a writer who dared . . . to walk New York City streets with hookers and pimps to expose violent prostitution; to march with civil rights protesters in Northern Ireland as British paratroopers opened fire; to seek out Egypt’s president Anwar Sadat when he was targeted for death after making peace with Israel. Passages was named by the Library of Congress as one of the ten most influential books of our time. As a literary journalist, Sheehy was one of the original contributors to New York magazine and has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984. Please join us for this special occasion on Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served.
Saturday, October 25
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Friends of the Library’s popular Paperback Swap returns! Bring your gently used adult, teen and children’s paperbacks to the library’s meeting room for a free, friendly swap. We will accept hardcover children’s books including board books. No more than 20 books per person. Books are not accepted in advance. We stop accepting items at 3:30 p.m. Browsers welcome!
Sunday, November 2
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The Friends of the Library’s stimulating FOL University program returns Sunday Nov. 2 at 1:30 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. Modeled on the concept of a one-day university, this events features lectures by two scholars on timely and fascinating topics, with a brief refreshment break in-between. The first scholar will be John McWhorter, Associate Professor in the English and Comparative Literature department at Columbia University. Dr. McWhorter has written many books on language including “Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English” and the recently published “The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language.” This is a return appearance at FOL U and Dr. McWhorter will talk about texting and its relationship to writing. Second speaker to be announced.
Saturday, March 21
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Friends of the Library’s popular Paperback Swap returns! Bring your gently used adult, teen and children’s paperbacks to the library’s meeting room for a free, friendly swap. We will accept hardcover children’s books including board books. No more than 20 books per person. Books are not accepted in advance or in lobby. We stop accepting items at 3:30 p.m. Browsers welcome!