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

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FOL Anniversary Receptions at wit & whim

Thursday, October 6

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join the Friends at two special in-store receptions at Port’s philanthropic gift store, wit & whim, on Thursday Oct. 6 from Noon – 2 pm and 6 – 8 pm.  Refreshments will be served and those who choose to make a purchase and spend $75 will receive a special gift. During the entire month of October, wit & whim (6 Carlton Ave.) will donate profits to the FOL in honor of our 50th Anniversary.

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FOL 50th Anniversary Weekend

Friday, October 21 - October 23

All Day

In 2016, the Friends of the Library (FOL) is celebrating fifty years of service to the Port Washington Public Library. The year-long Golden Anniversary celebration culminates in a special festive weekend from Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23. Please join the FOL at these events in the Library’s Lapham Meeting Room:

Circle of Friends discussion

Friday, October 21 at 12:10 p.m.

Discuss Maeve Binchy’s classic novel at this special edition of the Sandwiched In series. Copies available at the Information Desk.

Silver City Bound concert

Friday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m.

This New York City band is “Americana at its best” according to the Huffington Post. Led by accordionist/keyboardist Sam Reider and guitarist Justin Poindexter, Silver City Bound promotes cross-cultural collaboration and dialogue through American roots music. In 2014 the band was chosen by the U.S. State Department to tour China, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam as cultural ambassadors and made a similar tour in 2016 of Azerbaijan and Turkey, performing for thousands of young people and collaborating on a benefit concert for refugees. This concert is appropriate for adults, teens and families with school-age children. Refreshments will be served.

Paperback Swap

Saturday, October 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Return of the popular event with books available for all ages. Hundreds of patrons swap thousands of gently used paperbacks at this community-friendly gathering.

NYT Book Review Editor Pamela Paul

Sunday, October 23 at 2 p.m.

The FOL’s 50th Anniversary Distinguished Speaker will be Pamela Paul, Editor of The New York Times Book Review. Paul is also an author, TV commentator, Port native and Schreiber graduate! She has written four non-fiction books and will publish her fifth, My Life with Bob, in 2017. “Bob” (Book of Books) is her annotated journal about the books she has read since she was 17.

Paul has been a contributor to Time magazine and a columnist for WorthThe Economist and The New York Times Styles section. A graduate of Brown University, Paul began her writing career as a London and New York-based correspondent for The Economist, where for four years she wrote a monthly column on world arts trends. Paul has been a guest on OprahGood Morning AmericaThe Today ShowThe Early Show, and Politically Incorrect, and has made regular appearances on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. She also speaks frequently on National Public Radio.

Special refreshments will be served.


Visit the Reading Room throughout October for a special display of FOL photos and memorabilia.


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FOL Meet the Author Series: Robin Black

Tuesday, December 13

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Meet Robin Black, reading from and discussing her acclaimed debut novel, Life Drawing, named one of the best books of the year by NPRBooks 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 as Colm Toibin, Roger Rosenblatt, Nelson DeMille, Susan Isaacs, Hilma Wolitzer, Gail Sheehy, Eric Fischl, George Vecsey, and Dr. Sandeep Jauhar.

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Sports Trivia Night with Legendary Sportswriter George Vecsey

Wednesday, January 25

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

George Vecsey, author and longtime featured sports columnist at The New York Times, will lead a sports trivia challenge for all ages.  Vecsey, a Port Washington resident and longtime library supporter, has written six national best-selling books, most recently Eight World Cups.

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