FOL Events

Please note: Contributions to the FOL support these programs. Those individuals or businesses  interested in sponsoring Friends programs should contact Ellen Zimmerman at

Contact us at or through the library’s Community Relations Office at 883-4400, ext. 130.


FOL Paperback Swap

Saturday, March 19

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bring your gently used adult, teen and children’s paperbacks to the library’s meeting room on the lower level 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 or in lobby. We stop accepting items at 3:30 p.m. Browsers welcome!

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FOL University

Sunday, April 3

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

FOL University, the Friends of the Library’s lecture program featuring notable scholars and university professors, returns Sunday, April 3 at 1:30 p.m. with Thomas Germano, a Full Professor of Art who teaches painting, drawing and art history at the State University of New York at Farmingdale. Professor Germano will discuss breaking news of enormous interest to art lovers and historians: Lost works by Leonardo da Vinci have been the subject of much research and study. In just the past few months the process of multispectral imaging at the British Library has unveiled works erased, overworked, and not visible to the naked eye in Leonardo’s Codex Arundel. This visual lecture will highlight new attributions and analyzes a number of claims related to the rare work of Leonardo.  Refreshments will be served.

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Leo Ullman: The Story of a Hidden Child and His Rescuers in WWII

Sunday, April 10

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Leo S. Ullman, a Port Washington resident and the author of the moving memoir, “796 Days: Hiding as a Child in Occupied Amsterdam During WWII”,  will appear on the stage at the Landmark on Main Street to discuss his personal story along with five members of the family who rescued him during World War II, who have traveled from the Netherlands to participate in the event.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

The event is sponsored by Landmark and the Friends of the Library.  Landmark is participating under the auspices of its Conversations on Main Street series and its sponsors Angela and Scott Jaggar.


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FOL Meet the Author Series: Michael Gross

Tuesday, April 12

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Meet Michael Gross, reading from and discussing House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, the World’s Most Powerful Address.More than just an apartment building, 15CPW represents a massive paradigm shift in the lifestyle of New York’s rich and famous—and is a bellwether of the city’s changing social and financial landscape. With its dazzling detail, House of Outrageous Fortune is a sweeping history of those changes, and it pulls open wide the gilded walls of Fifteen to reveal the private lives of that .01 percent.Books will be available for purchase and signing. This event is part of the FOL’s Meet the Author Series, which in the past two years has featured such luminaries Colm Toibin, Roger Rosenblatt, Nelson DeMille, Susan Isaacs, Hilma Wolitzer, Gail Sheehy, Eric Fischl, George Vecsey, and Dr. Sandeep Jauhar.

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47th Annual Richard D. Whittemore Book & Author Luncheon

Friday, May 13

11:00 am - 2:30 pm

The Friends of the Library is proud to announce the two outstanding authors who will be featured at its signature Book & Author Luncheon:  Pulitzer-prize winner Stacy Schiff will speak about her bestselling non-fiction book The Witches: Salem 1692 along with Garth Risk Hallberg discussing his highly acclaimed debut novel, City on Fire. Port’s own best-selling novelist Susan Isaacs returns as program moderator. The Luncheon will be held Friday, May 13 at the North Hills Country Club in Manhasset. The FOL welcomes individual and corporate Luncheon sponsors beginning at $250. To learn about the benefits of sponsorship – which includes bypassing first-come first-served ticketing to this sellout event – please contact FOL members Margaret DeSiervo (, 883-2722) or Nancy Wright (, 883-8418).  Reservation information will be available April 1 online at and reservation brochures can also be picked up at the library.

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FOL Meet the Author Series: Rebecca Schiff

Tuesday, May 17

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Friends of the Library presents first-time author Rebecca Schiff, who grew up in Port, who has written an acclaimed book of short stories, The Bed Moved (Knopf). Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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FOL Meet the Author Series: Lauren Belfer

Tuesday, June 14

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The New York Times-bestselling author of A Fierce Radiance and City of Light returns with a new powerful and passionate novel—inspired by historical events—about two women, one European and one American, and the mysterious choral masterpiece by Johann Sebastian Bach that changes both their lives.  The FOL welcomes author Lauren Belfer discussing her new historical novel After the Fire.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.


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