FOL past events

What Every Immigrant Needs to Know (Lo que Todo Inmigrante Necesita Saber)

Friday, October 9, 2015

WHAT EVERY IMMIGRANT NEEDS TO KNOW (Lo que Todo Inmigrante Necesita Saber). English/Spanish presentation of practical information for living in the United States. 6 p.m.


Great Books

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

GREAT BOOKS. Discussing excerpts from Plato’s Republic. 1 p.m.



Monday, October 5, 2015

ITALIAN FILM with Professor Val Franco: The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) (2013-142 min.). Paolo Sorrentino’s Oscar-winning film looks at a Rome that is full of complex oppositions—the palaces of the fading nobility contrast with the contemporary art and literature scene—all as seen through the eyes of aging literary superstar Gep Gambordella (Toni Servillo). In Italian with English subtitles. Recommended for adults. 7 p.m.


Musical Performance

Sunday, October 4, 2015

NAPOLEON REVELS-BEY ENSEMBLE. The trio celebrates Harlem-style jazz with vocalist Paulette “Lucky” Silver, and features Napoleon Revels-Bey, drums; Radam Schwartz, organ; Bill Wurtzel, guitar. 3 p.m.


Meet the Authors

Friday, September 25, 2015

R.L. STINE AND MARC BROWN. Meet the best-selling children’s authors and hear about their collaboration, The Little Shop of Monsters. Co-sponsored by The Dolphin Bookshop and Café. 7:30 p.m.

FOL Meet the Author Series: Martha Fay

Friday, September 25, 2015

Meet Martha Fay, author of Out of Line: the Art of Jules Feiffer. Books will be available for purchase & signing.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

HYPERTENSION SCREENING: Free blood pressure screening conducted by St. Francis Hospital. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Saturday, September 12, 2015

CINEMA PARADISO (1988-124 min.). Young Salvatore (Salvatore Cascio) discovers the perfect escape from life in his war-torn Sicilian village: the Cinema Paradiso movie house, where projectionist Alfredo (Philippe Noiret) instills in the boy a deep love of films. When Salvatore grows up, falls in love with a beautiful local girl (Agnese Nano) and takes over as the Paradiso’s projectionist, Alfredo must convince Salvatore to leave and pursue his passion for filmmaking. 2 p.m.


Lecture: Ethnic Builders of NYC

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

ETHNIC BUILDERS OF NYC: “The Italians.” Dr. Ronald J. Brown discusses the varied contributions of Italian immigrants to the building of the city’s infrastructure and landmarks. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 3 p.m.


FOL Meet the Author Series: Eric Brach

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Eric Brach is co-author with Dennis Cheung of Conquering the Electron: The Geniuses, Visionaries, Egomaniacs, and Scoundrels Who Built Our Electronic Age. Books will be available for purchase and signing. 

FOL Meet the Author Series: Valerie Sperling

Friday, August 21, 2015

In Sex, Politics, and Putin, (Oxford University Press, 2014) Valerie Sperling investigates how gender stereotypes have been used as tools of political legitimization in contemporary Russia. Valerie Sperling is Professor of Political Science at Clark University, and the author of Altered States: The Globalization of Accountability.

FOL Meet the Author Series: Maria Schulz

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

In Tales From A Hungry Life: A Memoir With Recipes  (Coqui Press, 2014) Maria Schulz tells hilarious, sometimes poignant stories of a not-so-typical 1970’s American family who lived, loved and ate like there was no tomorrow.  The book is filled with a hearty helping of old family recipes, as well as memories that celebrate a time, a place and a group of people who knew that to eat together was to live well.  Join Maria and several members of her exuberant family for a reading and discussion.  Maria Schulz is an author, copywriter, and blogger who lives in Old Bethpage.

FOL Meet the Author Series: Erika Swyler

Friday, July 31, 2015

Erika Swyler will read from and discuss her debut novel, The Book of Speculation. The plot: Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone in a house that is slowly crumbling into Long Island Sound. His parents are long dead. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by holding her breath, drowned in the very water his house overlooks. His younger sister ran off to join the circus. “Swyler creates a melancholy world with hints of magic at the edges… fans of Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love, or Katherine Howe’s The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane won’t want to leave this festival,” according to Library Journal. Erika Swyler’s short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Born and raised on the North Shore of Long Island, Erika recently moved from Brooklyn back to her hometown, which inspired the setting of the book.

FOL Meet the Author Series: Susan Isaacs

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Bestselling novelist and Port favorite Susan Isaacs returns to the Library to read from and discuss her first novella, A Hint of Strangeness, her first e-book original, which was recently selected and published by Amazon as a Kindle Single. The Washington Post said, “Nobody does smart, gutsy, funny, sexy women better than Susan Isaacs.” Add to that praise the adjective “strong,” and you’ve got Susan’s latest protagonist, Marianne Kent. Port Washington’s own Susan Isaacs was dubbed “Jane Austen with a shmear” on NPR’s Fresh Air, and is the bestselling author of thirteen novels, two screenplays and numerous essays and reviews.

FOL Meet the Author Series: Ellen Meister

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ellen Meister will read from and discuss Dorothy Parker Drank Here, her follow-up to her widely praised novel, Farewell, Dorothy Parker. Meister has written five novels, and numerous short stories and essays. She teaches creative writing at Hofstra University Continuing Education. Ellen lives on Long Island with her husband and three children. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

FOL Meet the Author Series: Colm Toibin

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Colm Toibin is an Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poet. He is currently the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University.  Toibin will sit for an exclusive, wide-ranging interview and will discuss his latest novel, Nora Webster

FOL Meet the Author Series: Charles and Mirella Affron

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Meet Charles and Mirella Affron, authors of Grand Opera: The Story of the Met. Drawing on vast and intricate research, Grand Opera lays out the entire history of the Metropolitan Opera—its triumphs and its catastrophes, its labor squabbles and its architecture, its impresarios and its stars. For anyone who cares about opera, this book is an essential reference guide and companion. Books will be available for purchase and signing. 

46th Annual Book & Author Luncheon

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Friends of the Library’s 46th Annual Richard D. Whittemore Book & Author Luncheon will be on Friday, May 15, 2015, at the North Hills Country Club. The Friends is proud to announce that the featured authors will be Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer, who just published his first noir graphic novel “Kill My Mother,” and acclaimed novelist Mary Gordon, whose most recent book is “The Liar’s Wife,” four compelling novellas of Americans in Europe and Europeans in America. Port’s own bestselling novelist, Susan Isaacs, will once again serve as moderator. Tickets are $75.  Reservations must be made in advance by May 6. Please pick up a reservation brochure in the library or print out the brochure from this website. For questions about reservations contact FOL board member and luncheon registrar Mary Alice Kohs at or 883-9434.

FOL Meet the Author Series: Hilma Wolitzer

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Join the Friends of the Library at this special program with renown novelist and Long Island resident Hilma Wolitzer, bestselling author of “An Available Man” and many other titles. 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 in the past two years has featured Roger Rosenblatt, Nelson DeMille, Gail Sheehy, Eric Fischl, George Vecsey, and Dr. Sandeep Jauhar. 

Sandwiched In

Friday, March 27, 2015

SANDWICHED IN. Duke Ellington! Saxophonist and educator Shenole Latimer, accompanied by pianist Al Quinn, performs and discusses the music of Duke Ellington. Along the way, he will visit the “Golden Age of Jazz” and explore Ellington’s influence on the Big Band Era. 12:10 p.m.

Friends & Family Weekend 2015

Friday, March 20 - March 22, 2015

The Friends of the Library invites library patrons of all ages to Friends & Family Weekend, March 20-22, which will feature events such as a Rockabilly concert, a book swap, and lectures by renowned scholars. All events are in the library’s meeting room.

The weekend kicks off on Friday March 20 with a “Sandwiched In” lecture at 12:10 p.m. featuring noted horticultural author Thomas Christopher speaking on his book “Essential Perennials.” Christopher, a graduate of the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture, is a former columnist for Horticulture, House & Garden, and Country Living Gardener.  Christopher is a past speaker at the FOL’s Annual Book & Author Luncheon, and his appearance is part of the continuing FOL Meet the Author series.

At 7:30 pm Friday a “Live@PWPL” concert features “Rockabilly Crooners! With the Robert Poe Band.” This entertaining musical event is appropriate for adults and families with children 12 and over.

The events on Saturday March 21 (Paperback Swap) and Sunday March 22 (FOL University) are listed below.

“We invite the community to share Friends & Family Weekend with us, as we showcase the library as a friendly meeting place and cultural hub for patrons of all ages,” said Amy G. Bass, president of the FOL.

FOL Meet the Author Series: Dr. Sandeep Jauhar

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Join the Friends of the Library at this special program with the acclaimed author of “Doctored: the Disillusionment of an American Physician” and “Intern”,  Dr. Sandeep Jauhar.  He will be interviewed by Randy Cohen for “Person Place Thing” for future broadcast on NPR. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served. This event is part of the FOL’s Meet the Author Series, which in the past two years has featured Roger Rosenblatt, Nelson DeMille, Gail Sheehy, Eric Fischl, and George Vecsey, among others. 


FOL University

Sunday, November 2, 2014

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.”  

In his return appearance at the library, McWhorter will be discussing texting and its impact on writing. Texting is often thought of as a threat to formal writing skills, but McWhorter argues that texting is actually a form of speech rather than writing, and that constructions like LOL are less slang than new ways of subtle expression.

Following a brief intermission, History Professor Joseph Dorinson of Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus will speak on political humor. Dorinson will examine how political leaders have employed wit to their advantage and demonstrate why they also became targets of verbal missiles – how humor establishes the parameters of power and punishes those who travel beyond the pale.

A noted author and authority in the field of popular culture, Dorinson’s research specialties span humor studies, sports history, Russian immigration, Brooklyn and Jewish history, and World War II movies and music. His broadcast appearances have included Fox News, NBC, WLIW-TV, New York 1, and WNYC-AM’s New York and Company.

FOL U is sponsored by the Epstein Family in memory of Professor Edmund Epstein.


FOL Paperback Swap

Saturday, October 25, 2014

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!

Meet Author Gail Sheehy

Thursday, October 2, 2014

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. 


Meet Author Philippa Gregory

Monday, September 15, 2014

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.

Beverly Halm Memorial Program

Sunday, September 14, 2014

“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.

FOL 45th Annual Book & Author Luncheon

Friday, May 16, 2014

Reserve early for the Friends’ 45th Annual Richard D. Whittemore Book & Author Luncheon.  Reservation brochures will be available in the library and online beginning April 1, 2014. The featured authors will be essayist Delia Ephron (Sister Mother Husband Dog) and historical novelist Kevin Baker (The Big Crowd). Best-selling novelist Susan Isaacs returns as moderator. The event will again be held at the North Hills Country Club, Manhasset.

The Edna Project

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Please join us for THE EDNA PROJECT: The poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay, set to music by Liz Queler and Seth Farber. An eclectic, imaginative collection of 21 songs spanning folk,bluegrass, rock and jazz.

Artist and Author Eric Fischl

Meet Artist and Author Eric Fischl

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.

FOL Paperback Swap: Bring DVDs, too!

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.

Edmund L. Epstein Memorial Program

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.

Meet Nelson DeMille

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.

FOL University

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.

Meet Roger Rosenblatt

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 ToastRules 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.

FOL Paperback Swap

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!

44th Annual Book & Author Luncheon

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

Paperback Book Swap

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!

Edmund L. Epstein Memorial Lecture

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.


FOL Book Swap

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).

Election 2012 Lecture

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.


Lucette Lagnado

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.”


Friends & Family Day 2007

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.

2007 Book & Author Luncheon A Roaring Success

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.

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2007 Bogen Lectures On Shakespeare Draw Crowds

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.


40th Anniversary Celebration Weekend November 3-5

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.”

Cassie Scandalios
Helena Littman
Harry Paul
Annie Rubin

Clara Teitel
Jenny Aguiar
Kelly To

Honorable mention for writing and art: Amanda Dumpson