FOL past events
Thursday, March 27, 2014
The Friends of the Library presents artist Eric Fischl on Thursday March 27 at 7:30 pm, author of Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas. Renowned American artist Eric Fischl has written a penetrating, often searing exploration of his coming of age as an artist, and his search for a fresh narrative style in the highly charged and competitive New York art world in the 1970s and 1980s. With such notorious and controversial paintings as “Bad Boy” and “Sleepwalker,” Fischl joined the front ranks of America artists, in a high-octane downtown art scene that included Andy Warhol, David Salle, Julian Schnabel, and others. It was a world of fashion, fame, cocaine and alcohol that for a time threatened to undermine all that Fischl had achieved. “Bad Boy” takes the reader on a roller coaster ride through the passion and politics of the art world as it has rarely been seen before. This event co-sponsored with the library’s Art Adivsory Council.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
The Friends of the Library’s popular Paperback Swap returns Saturday March 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.– and this time you can contribute your gently used DVDs too! DVDs must be operable and in original cases. DVDs for all ages accepted.
Bring your adult, teen and children’s paperbacks— good condition only! — for a free, friendly swap. We will accept hardcover children’s books including board books. No more than 20 books and 20 DVDs per person. Books and DVDs are not accepted in advance and we stop accepting items at the event at 3:30 p.m. Browsers welcome.
Note new location: Upstairs on mezzanine level and in Hagedorn meeting room.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Join the FOL in a program honoring Professor Edmund Epstein, an internationally known literary scholar who specialized in James Joyce. He was a long-time Port Washington resident known for his lectures at the library sponsored by the FOL and the book discussion group he led. He died April 1, 2012. This program features a performance of William Luce’s one-woman play “The Belle of Amherst” about the poet Emily Dickinson. Performed by Melanie Lipton.
Monday, November 18, 2013
The Quest (Center Street, September 17, 2013). Originally released as a mass-market paperback in 1975 as DeMille’s first full-length novel, The Quest has now been entirely rewritten and greatly expanded with new characters and a new ending. From the dusty archives of the Vatican to the overgrown jungles of Ethiopia, an unlikely crew of four begins a deadly search for the Holy Grail. In the best DeMille tradition, readers take a thrilling ride where good eventually triumphs, but at a steep price. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of 17 novels, he lives on Long Island.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
The Friends of the Library welcomes Dr. Orin Grossman to “FOL University” to lecture on the musical genius of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1:30 p.m. in the library’s Lapham Meeting Room. Dr. Grossman’s presentation explores the story of Porgy and Bess and the fascinating history of its life on the stage. It will begin with the 1925 novel “Porgy” by DuBose Heywood, who became Gershwin’s collaborator, and discuss the many controversies that surrounded its original and subsequent productions. The program will conclude with a performance by Dr. Grossman of the opera’s songs including “Summertime” and “Bess, You is my Woman Now,” in a special piano arrangement by the renown American pianist Earl Wild.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
The Boy Detective: A New York Childhood (Ecco, November 5, 2013). In a beautifully wrought series of vignettes, Rosenblatt evokes with rare precision a disappeared New York, the people who inhabited it, and the larger world of which it was a part. A moving meditation on what endures times’ inexorable movement forward, his memoir is both an homage to and an elegy for the city he loves. Roger Rosenblatt’s essays for Time and The NewsHour on PBS have won two George Polk Awards, a Peabody, and an Emmy. He is the author of fifteen books, including the national bestsellers Making Toast, Rules for Aging, and Lapham Rising. His Children of War won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He and his wife live in Quogue and Maryland.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
The return of the popular Paperback Book Swap 1-4 p.m. Bring your adult, teen and children’s paperbacks – good condition only! – to the library’s meeting room for a free, friendly swap. No more than 20 books per person. Books are not accepted in advance. Note that we make an exception for hardcover children’s books including board books. Browsers welcome!
Friday, May 17, 2013
The FOL’s signature event, the 44th annual Richard D. Whittemore Book & Author Luncheon, will be held on Friday, May 17, at 11 a.m. at the North Hills Country Club in Manhasset. The Book & Author Luncheon will feature Pulitzer Prize finalist David Nasaw, author of “The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy,” and Will Schwalbe, author of New York Times bestseller “The End of Your Life Book Club.” Reservation brochures for the luncheon are available in the library and can also be printed from this link and mailed. The cost is $65 per person. For information call 883-4400, ext. 130. The registrar for the event is Tinu Thakore, who can be reached at 767-1142 or FOLBANDA@gmail.com.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
The return of the popular Paperback Book Swap, Saturday, March 9, 1-4 p.m. Bring your adult, teen and children’s paperbacks – good condition only! – to the library’s meeting room for a free, friendly swap. No more than 20 books per person. Books are not accepted in advance. Note that we make an exception for hardcover children’s books including board books. Browsers welcome!
Sunday, March 3, 2013
The Edmund L. Epstein Memorial Lecture, Sunday, March 3, 3 p.m. The lecture, Insights Into James Joyce’s The Dubliners, will be given by Dr. Moshe Gold of Fordham University, a friend and colleague of Professor Epstein, who was a longtime Port Washington resident and an internationally known scholar specializing in Joyce.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
The Friends of the Library Paperback Book Swap returns on Saturday, November 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring your paperback adult, teen and children’s books – good condition only! – to the library’s meeting room for a free, friendly book swap. Please: No more than 20 books per person, and books are not accepted in advance, outside or in the lobby. Browsers welcome! (Note that we make an exception for hardcover children’s books including board books).
Sunday, October 21, 2012
ELECTION 2012: It’s All About the Suburbs. The Friends of the Library welcomes Lawrence Levy, Executive Dean of the Suburban Studies Department at Hofstra University. 3 p.m.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Author of the award-winning memoir The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit
On Thursday November 29 more than 100 patrons heard author Lagnado discuss her award-winning memoir, The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family’s Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World. Wall Street Journal reporter Lagnado recounts how her once prosperous family lost everything including their identity when they fled her father’s beloved Cairo for New York in the 60s. The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit is a moving riches-to-rags story of loss, identity, faith, tradition and triumph that has been hailed by The New York Times as a “crushing, brilliant book.”
Saturday, November 3, 2007
A New Tradition
On Saturday, November 3, nearly 500 library patrons enjoyed the second annual Friends & Family Day, which showcases the library as a friendly meeting place for patrons of all ages. Events included vaudevillian silent clown Chip Bryant performing for children, author Dan Paisner speaking on the art of ghostwriting, a family movie presentation of Willy Wonka with free popcorn, and a popular afternoon paperback book swap. Teen volunteers helped pass out library literature and sort books.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Bestselling novelist Alice Hoffman (Skylight Confessions) and award-winning historian David Nasaw (Andrew Carnegie) wowed a crowd of 200 at the 38th Annual Richard D. Whittemore Book & Author Luncheon on May 11 at the George Washington Manor.
Past speakers at this prestigious event have included John Berendt (The City of Falling Angels), William J. Broad (The Oracle: The Lost Secrets and Hidden Message of Ancient Delphi), Russell Shorto (Island at the Center of the World), Mimi Sheraton (Eating My Words), A. Scott Berg (Lindbergh), Arthur Golden (Memoirs of a Geisha), Dava Sobel (Galileo’s Daughter), Dennis Lehane (Mystic River), and Susan Isaacs.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
The 2007 Ruth D. Bogen Memorial Lectures in April featured two talks by John Broza, Shakespeare scholar and legendary Schreiber High School teacher. His topics were Aspects of Love in Shakespeare (4/24) and Bad to the Bone: Some of Shakespeare’s Notorious Villains (4/29). Each lecture drew more than 100 attendees to the library’s Lapham Room.
Friday, November 3, 2006
Nearly 400 people attended our Celebration Weekend, which included a family movie night, a vaudeville show for kids, a gospel concert, and a lecture on the future of investigative journalism, among other events.Thanks to the library staff and local businesses who supported us: Dolphin Bookshop, Eckerd on Port Blvd., Frank’s Pizza, and Stop & Shop. Here are the winners of our K-6 Art and Writing Contest on the themes of “The best book I ever borrowed from our library” and “What I love about our library.”
Honorable mention for writing and art: Amanda Dumpson