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Smithtown • Commack • Kings Park • Nesconset

April 2012

Children pages 2-4

Letter from the Director • page 5 Teen Scene Adults page 4 & 5 page 6-11 Bus Trips! • page 7, 8 & 10

Registration is required for these programs unless otherwise indicated • Register online at

Registration for Children’s Programs began on Thursday, March 1 for the Commack Branch and Monday, March

26 for the Nesconset Branch.

A complete list of programs is also available on the Library’s website at Please note: Each child must have his/her own Library card to register for programs. C= Commack Branch N= Nesconset Branch K= Kings Park Branch S= Smithtown Branch

Mother Goose Rhyme Time (birth -35 months with parent/caregiver) C - Monday, April 9 Saturday, April 14 Wednesday, April 25 Saturday, April 28 10:30 –11:00am (separate registration for each date) N - Saturdays, April 7, 14 • 10:00 - 10:30am Mondays, April 23, 30 • 10:00 - 10:30am

Enjoy a traditional time of nursery rhymes and songs for baby. A great introduction to the Library for the youngest of children! Siblings are welcome.

Babies Boogie (3-23 months with parent/caregiver) C - Thursday, April 26 • 10:15 -11:00am

Boogie, wiggle and giggle with your new dancing partner! During this session, you and your child will sing and bounce to music from around the world using instruments, props and developmentally appropriate movements.

Wonderful Ones (12-23 months with parent/caregiver) N – Wednesdays, April 11, 18 • 10:00 -10:45am

This action-packed program engages little ones in language based activities, including free play, stories and fun! Siblings are welcome.

ABC’s and 123’s (24-35 months with parent/ caregiver) N - Wednesday, April 4 • 11:00 -11:45am

Balloon Paintings (2-4 years old with parent/caregiver) N - Tuesday, April 3 • 3:00 -3:45pm

Time for Twos (24-35 months with parent/caregiver) N – Fridays, April 6, 13 • 10:00 -11:00am

Toddlers Tango (2-5 years old with parent/caregiver) C - Thursday, April 26 • 11:30am -12:15pm

Join us for a storytime filled with rhythm and rhyme. We will read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and create a craft inspired by our favorite Coconut Tree.

Visit the Library and enjoy building social skills in a relaxed, friendly environment that includes free play, songs, stories and a craft. Siblings are welcome.

Library Playdate (2-4 years old with parent/caregiver) C - Thursday, April 5 • 10:30 -11:15 am

Seize the play and keep the mess at our place! Join us for an informal playdate - meet other children and families, while playing with toys and creating an art project. No registration required.

Art Starts (2-4 years old with parent/caregiver) C - Mondays, April 16, 23 & 30 • 10:30 -11:15am Different crafts each week encourage children’s eye-hand coordination and gross and fine motor skills development. Children will explore a variety of materials and storytime is included. Dress to make a mess!

Ducks & Bunnies Galore (2-4 years old with parent/caregiver) C - Tuesday, April 17 • 10:30 -11:00am

Listen to stories about some of our favorite springtime animals and then make a craft. Will it be a duck or a bunny?

Young artists will create colorful paintings using balloons. These balloons, filled with different materials, are great for little hands and help build dexterity.  Dress to make a mess.

Clap your hands, stomp your feet and wiggle to the beat! Tango with your toddler during this terrific high energy music and movement program featuring instruments, props and music from around the world. This program is designed to get toddlers and grown-ups moving and grooving!

Terrific Threes Storytime (36-47 months with parent/caregiver) N - Fridays April 20, 27 • 10:00 – 11:00am

Enjoy free play, stories, crafts and circle time.

“World’s Best” Storytime and Craft (3-5 years old with parent/caregiver) N – Monday, April 2 • 4:30 -5:15pm

Once upon a time, there was a story that the whole world told… Join us for a special storytime and craft as we celebrate this year’s International Children’s Book Day. We will share stories from authors and illustrators around the world, including those on the Outstanding International Books List. For our craft, we will make a post card for someone in a land far, far away.

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Pigeon Party (3-5 years old with parent/caregiver) N - Monday, April 9 • 11:00 -11:45am

Our favorite pigeon is back in Mo Willems’ new picture book, The Duckling Gets a Cookie. Join us for a special reading of this book and some classic Willems’ play-along stories and an art project!

Flower Power Wreath (3-5 years old with parent/caregiver) C - Saturday, April 21 • 10:30 - 11:00am

The flowers are blooming this month. Listen to some spring stories and create a flower wreath.

I Love Books! Storytime (3-5 years old with parent/caregiver) N - Saturday, April 21 • 10:00 -10:45am

Hooray for Libraries and books! In this storytime, we’ll read about some hilarious bibliophiles and color our own books.

Pajama Storytime (3-6 years old with parent/caregiver) C - Monday, April 30 • 7:00 - 7:30pm N – Monday, April 30 • 7:00 - 7:30pm

Want to come to the Library in your pajamas? Join us for stories and songs and bring a favorite stuffed animal if you’d like. Siblings are welcome. No registration required.

Fun for 4’s and 5’s (4-5 years old) C - Tuesdays, April 3, 10, 17 & 24 • 2:30 -3:00pm N – Tuesdays, April 10, 17 • 11:00 11:30am

There’s no better time to engage your child in the world of books and the imagination. This program is designed for children who can sit and listen independently.

Doggy Tales (4-5 years old) C - Monday, April 16 • 2:30 - 3:00pm

Listen to fun dog and puppy stories and bring your favorite stuffed animal.

Mad Hatter’s Glamster Party (Grades K-1) C - Thursday, April 12 • 2:30 - 3:00pm Go from hamster to glamster. Wear your favorite hat and listen to Glamsters by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel. We will also create butterfly wings to wear.

Zany Poems to Make You Laugh! (Grades K-2) N – Tuesday, April 10 • 4:30 -5:00pm

Come celebrate National Poetry Month at the Library by listening to some funny poems. Have your own favorite? Bring it to share! Afterwards, we’ll try writing our own poem.

Smelly Skunk Storytime & Craft (Grades K-2) C - Friday, April 13 • 2:30 -3:00pm

Children’s Book Week: Local Author Celebration (Grades K-5) N - Thursday, May 10 • 4:30 -5:30pm Children’s Book Week is Monday, May 7 - Saturday May 12. Celebrate Smithtown-style -- join us for a special story time where local authors and illustrators will share their children’s books.

Recycled Garden (Grades 1-2) N - Thursday, April 12 • 4:30 -5:15pm Bottle caps, pen caps, containers and plastic lids are all in bloom in our recycled garden! Come to the Library and hear the enchanted story of The Curious Garden by Peter Brown and make your own recycled flowers.

Listen to stories about this timid little black and white animal and make an adorable skunk craft.

May the Fourth Be With You: Star Wars Party (Grades 1-3) N - Friday, May 4 • 4:30 -5:15pm

Read to Rover (Grades K-2) N - Monday, April 16 • 6:00 -7:00pm

We are celebrating May the Fourth - the officially unofficial Star Wars Holiday! Join us for the biggest party in the galaxy, with games, snacks and more! Jedi attire is encouraged.

Schedule individual time with a certified and trained therapy dog from Therapy Dog International, who will listen quietly as you read stories aloud.

Storybook Bingo (Grades K-2) C - Wednesday, April 18 • 4:30 -5:00pm

Join us for this unique game of bingo.

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Anansi the Spider (Grades 2-3) C - Wednesday, April 25 • 4:30 -5:00pm Join us as we read about the many adventures of Anansi the Spider.

LEGO Club (Grades 2-5) N - Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18 • 4:30 -5:15pm

Do you enjoy creating and building things? If so, come and join our after school LEGO club! We’ll provide the LEGOS and you’re free to make whatever you want! *If you would like to donate any gently used Legos to our club, we will be collecting them in the Children’s Department. If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of the librarians.

LEGO Builders (Grades 2-5) C - Saturday, April 21 • 3:00 -3:45pm

Using LEGO blocks and your imagination, create a world of fun!

Exquisite Corpse Adventure (Grades 3-5) N – Friday, April 13 • 4:30 -5:15pm

This game is like “Mad Libs” meeting “Hang Man”. It’s a progressive story-game where Player 1 begins drawing a part of a character, stops at a cliffhanger, and passes the incomplete picture to the next player. Make sure to bring your imagination and funny bone to create some bigger-than-life characters!

Volun-Tweens (Grades 3-5) N – Friday, April 20 • 4:30 -5:15pm

Join this volunteer organization dedicated to creating your Library into a radical place! In this session, we will create a short film to promote the 2012 Summer Reading Program theme, Dream Big...Read!

Free Comic Book Day (Grades 3-5) N - Saturday, May 5 • 11:00 -11:45am

If you love all things comic books and superheroes, join us as we celebrate Free Comic Book Day! We’ll create our own comics and (edible) superheroes and complete other fun activities.

Creation Station (All ages welcome) C - Saturdays • 10:00am -4:00pm

Are you looking for something to do on Saturday? Come to the Children’s Department during these hours and complete some cool crafts. No registration required.

The Smithtown Library Museum Pass Program has added the

Children’s Museum of the East End. This pass, available to Smithtown Library patrons (card holders in good standing), admits a family of four to enjoy exhibits, programs and events.

Don’t forget our pass for the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum which is still available. For more details or to reserve a date, call the Children’s Department of the Nesconset Branch at 265-3994 ext. 141.

Authors Unlimited Saturday, April 28• 10:00-4:00am (Grades 6-12)

The public libraries of Suffolk County in collaboration with St. Joseph’s College will be holding their second annual Authors Unlimited event on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 10 am to 4 pm at the St. Joseph’s College campus, 155 West Roe Boulevard, Patchogue, NY. Authors Unlimited provides an opportunity for teens to connect with young adult authors and celebrate reading.

100th Anniversary Titanic I-Spy Mural

Visit the Commack Branch Community Room and search for hidden historical objects in our 100th Anniversary Titanic I-Spy Mural. Created by our volunteer Teen Advisory Group, this year’s mural commemorates the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic one hundred years ago. Fill out a Mural Answer Sheet for a chance to win a raffle prize. One raffle winner will be chosen from each of the following groups of Smithtown Library cardholders: children through grade 5; young adults grades 6-12 and adults. Mural Answer Sheets will be available throughout the month of April; winners will be chosen in May. (See related program on page 6.) C

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Registration is required for these programs unless otherwise indicated • Register online at Teen programs are open to those in grades 6-12 unless otherwise noted Teen Advisory Group Teen Movie: War Horse Wednesday, April 4 • 4:00-5:30pm Friday, May 4 • 3:00-5:30pm (Grades 6-12) (Grades 6-12 and parents)

Help us decide which programs the Library will offer, prepare for our craft programs and more. Community service will be awarded. Space is limited. Registration is required and ongoing. C

Shaker-Style Basket Craft Friday, April 20 • 4:00-5:30pm (Grades 6-12) This Shaker-style round-bottomed basket with oak notched handle is the perfect introduction to basket weaving for teens. We supply the materials and instruction; all you have to bring is your creativity. Space is limited. Registration is required and ongoing. C

Young Albert enlists in the service in WWI after his beloved horse Joey is sold to the cavalry. Albert’s hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as the war rages on. Runtime 146 min; Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of war violence. Registration is required and ongoing. C

SAT Review Class Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25 • 6:00-8:30pm

Are you taking your SAT’s soon? Would you like some extra tutoring sessions? If so, come take a class with a certified SAT specialist. The cost of the program is $85. A check or money order, made payable to The Smithtown Library, is due at in-person registration! Registration may be done only inperson and is for Smithtown patrons until a week before the program begins. Registration began March 5 and MUST BE IN-PERSON! N

Teen Volunteer Opportunity Thursday, April 19• 7-8pm (Grades 6-12)

Young Adults are invited to make a craft for residents at the Smithtown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing. One hour of community service will be given. N

Just Think Twice: Learn the Facts About Drugs Monday, April 23 • 7:00-8:00pm (Grades 6-Adult) If you think drugs won’t affect your health, your social life or your future, think again. Learn more about the consequences of using drugs from MaryAnn Rago, Clinical Coordinator of Pharmacy at St. Catherine of Siena Hospital. Parents are welcome. Registration is required and ongoing. Space is limited. C

Make Your Own Pretzels Thursday, April 26 • 4:00-4:45pm

It’s National Pretzel Day!!! Join us in making your very own pretzels to take home and bake. N

I want to use this space to say a special thank you to the Friends of the Smithtown Library group. This group offers support to the Library in many important ways, however, one truly stands out at this time: their funding of the beautiful murals at our new Library buildings. We have received so many wonderful comments on the artwork in both the Commack Children’s Room and the Nesconset Children’s Room. The Friends did an outstanding job of selecting local artists to do the work and each room has its own special theme. They have set aside funds for murals at both our Kings Park and Smithtown Main buildings once they are open. Enhancements such as these help make a Library come to life and we are very grateful to the Friends of the Smithtown Library for making this possible. We have been experiencing some wi-fi issues at the Commack Branch but are working hard to get the problem solved. We are working closely with our general contractor and hope to have the service running uninterrupted again by the time you read this newsletter. Our Kings Park and Smithtown Main buildings are still on schedule to open in late spring. You can continue to follow the progress on our website at That is also where we will post the most current information on the re-opening of those buildings. As we welcome spring, we also welcome you to use your Library to your best advantage. Our staff always remains ready to help – you need only ask. Sincerely, Robert Lusak Library Director

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Gentle Yoga Fridays, April 6, 13, 20 & 27 • 12:00-1:00pm Age 16 and up

This gentle Yoga series will help those with minimal flexibility improve their health and stamina through basic Yoga poses and relaxation techniques. Please bring water and a Yoga mat to class. Fee: $24 (non-refundable) per person by cash, check or money order, payable to The Smithtown Library is due at inperson registration. Space is limited. Registration is ongoing. C

Meet Alyson Richman, Author of The Lost Wife Long Island Reads 2012 Wednesday, April 11 • 7:00-8:30pm

The Commack Branch proudly presents Alyson Richman, this year’s Long Island Reads author. A native Long Islander, Ms. Richman is the award-winning author of 3 previous novels. Her latest, The Lost Wife, explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit and the strength of memory. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served. Registration is required and ongoing. C

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The Art of College Cost Funding Thursday, April 12 • 7:00-8:00pm

Learn how to navigate the confusing maze of college funding -- how to lower your out-of-pocket costs and maximize your student’s financial eligibility; how to select colleges that will provide the best financial aid packages and how to send your child to a private university for no more than a state school. With skyrocketing college costs, this informational seminar can help you secure your child’s college future. Registration is required and ongoing. C

Gold Among the Books Saturday, April 14 • 2:00-4:00pm

Judi Culbertson, author and rare book dealer, reads from her latest book, A Novel Death, a mystery set in the world of rare books. She will then discuss what makes old books valuable and how you can evaluate the worth of old books you may own using online resources. The first 15 people registered will receive a free appraisal of one book. Time permitting, other attendees may also receive an appraisal. Registration is required and ongoing. C

The Titanic: Her Final Days Wednesday, April 18 • 7:00-8:30pm Age 10 and up. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult

One hundred years ago, the luxury liner RMS Titanic sank on her maiden voyage, taking 1500 lives. Seventythree years later, the wreckage of the ship once called unsinkable was found. Christopher Weaver and Michael Salvarezza of EcoPhoto Explorers commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s voyage with this multi-media presentation recalling the tragedy of the ship, the exciting search for her remains and the current controversy over recovered artifacts from the site. Registration is required and ongoing. C

Be An Artist! Watercolor Painting Class Tuesday, April 24 • 6:30-8:00pm Age 16 and up

Unleash your hidden talent with this watercolor painting workshop. Learn about color theory, composition, watercolor and acrylic techniques and take home your own completed project. All materials are provided and no experience is necessary. Registration is required and ongoing. C

Painful Knees Wednesday, April 25 • 2:30-3:30pm

Are you suffering from painful knees because of arthritis or injuries? Orthopedic specialist Dr. Robert V. Moriarty will discuss the newest treatment options, operative and nonoperative, for 2012. Registration is required and ongoing. C

Memory Wire Bracelet Craft Wednesdays, April 25 and May 2 • 6:30-8:30pm Age 16 and up

In just 2 sessions, Nancy will teach you how to create this season’s hottest fashion accessory. Please indicate your color choice of bronze or jet when registering. Fee: $20 (non-refundable) per person in cash, check or money order payable to The Smithtown Library due at in-person registration. Space is limited. Registration is required and ongoing. C 6 April 2012 • Commack • 543-0998 Kings Park • 269-9191 Nesconset • 265-3994 Smithtown • 265-2072

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Yogalates Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19 & 26 • 9:15-10:15am Ages 16 and up

Combining the best of Yoga and Pilates, Yogalates takes the relaxation and breathing techniques of Yoga and the overall muscle and core strengthening and flexibility aspects of Pilates for a total body and mind experience in this 4-week series. Please bring a towel or Yoga mat to class. Smithtown Library cardholders may register beginning April 9; outof-district residents may register beginning April 18, space permitting. Fee: $24 (non-refundable) cash, check or money order payable to The Smithtown Library is due at in-person registration. Space is limited. C Coming in May

Concert for a Spring Afternoon Sunday, May 6 • 2:30-3:30pm Age 14 and up

Add the incomparable voice of Miss Ali Appel to a selection of songs from some of Broadway’s bestloved productions – the result will be a memorable musical experience. Registration is required on ongoing. C

Inshore Fishing on Long Island Tuesday, May 8 • 7:008:30 Age 10 and up Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult Summer fishing season is here again. Don’t talk about “the one that got away.” Capt. Jerry will discuss, offer instruction and demonstrate all aspects of the bountiful inshore fishing on Long Island. Maybe this will be the year you “hook the big one.” There will be hand-outs and a free raffle at the presentation. Register beginning April 16. C

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The Presidents’ Mothers: Roosevelt to Nixon Thursday, May 10 • 2:30-3:30pm

From the domineering interference of Sara Delano Roosevelt to the quiet Quaker sensibilities of Hannah Nixon, historian Martha Kolodkin views the relationships and influences these women had in raising the men who would become our leaders. Register beginning April 16. C

Bus Trip: Back to Brooklyn Tuesday, May 15 • 8:00am-5:00pm Pick-up and return at Kings Park Municipal Parking Lot, Rte. 25A

Board a Hampton Jitney video coach and head for Brooklyn. Your experienced and knowledgeable guide will give you some in-depth information about New York’s oldest suburb, Brooklyn Heights. See the breathtaking Manhattan Skyline near the worldfamous Brooklyn Bridge, charming 19th century row houses near historic Park Slope and the majestic Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park. You’ll get to walk on Coney Island’s legendary Boardwalk and see the old fishing docks of Sheepshead Bay, Borough Park and the mansions of Manhattan Beach. A late lunch (@ approximately 1:30) will be served at Junior’s Restaurant, famous for their cheesecake. And, on the way home, stop at a Brooklyn bakery to buy some Italian pastry to take home with you as a remembrance of your Back to Brooklyn tour. Fee: $74 (non-refundable) per person by check payable to The Smithtown Library is due at in-person registration. Please register by April 26. Tour is subject to cancellation if minimum registration is not met. Driver gratuity not included. C

On-Your-Own Train Trip to NYC Saturday, April 28 (Registration began 3/1 and ends 4/23 or when supplies run out – whichever comes first) Saturday, May 19 (Registration begins 4/1 and ends 5/14 or when supplies run out – whichever comes first) Enjoy a day in the city with reducedrate tickets via the Long Island Rail Road and the Smithtown Library! Anyone – regardless of library district – is welcome. Round-trip fare for ages 5 to adult is just $8.50 and children under 5 travel free. Register and pay (non-refundable cash -exact change preferred- or check made out to Smithtown Library) in person at an open branch of the Smithtown Library. Then meet a Library staff member on the day of the program at the Kings Park Rail Road Station house at 8:45am, when the tickets are given out. The train leaves at 9:10am and arrives at Penn Station at 10:42am (transfer at Huntington). We must be on the same train and remain in the same car as a group from Kings Park to Huntington and Huntington to Penn. After that, you’re on your own! Come home that day on any Kings Park bound train that leaves Penn before midnight.

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Zumba Gold with Amy Mondays, April 2, 9, 16 and 23 • 7:30-8:15pm This Latin-inspired dance fitness program incorporates international music to create a dynamic, partylike atmosphere. The class combines fast and slow rhythms to tone and sculpt the body and is fun, easy and effective. This 4-session Gold series with certified instructor Amy Faicco is designed for the active older adult or those new to Zumba. Ditch the workout, join the party™! Bring water and a towel and wear comfortable clothes and smoothbottomed or cross-trainer sneakers. Non-refundable $15 cash (exact change preferred) or check made out to Smithtown Library is due at in-person registration, which began March 1 for Smithtown cardholders and March 26 (space permitting) for all. N FILLED

Art Group Tuesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24 ∙ 12:00- 2:00pm This group meets on a weekly basis. Bring your own supplies and work on your own project. Share techniques with others. All levels are welcome. Exhibit your work as a group throughout the year. You must be 16 years of age or over. No registration is required. N

AARP Tax Help Thursday, April 5, 12 ∙ 10:00am-2:00pm

Trained representatives from AARP will provide persons of low to middle income (preference given to those 50 and over) with assistance in completing income tax forms. Please bring all tax related materials including last year’s tax returns (both Federal and State) This program will be offered on a first come first serve basis, Please sign-in on sheet with AARP tax representative. Last appointments will be 1:00pm. N

Adult Writer’s Circle Wednesday, April 11 • 7:00pm-8:30pm

Monthly writing group. For more information contact Sam Weehunt 2653994 ex. 150. N

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Dr. Paul Gasser’s Family Saga Friday, April 13 ∙ 2:00- 3:30pm

Dr. Paul Glasser, Associate Dean, Max Weinreich Center, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, will be relating his own personal stories of family history involving the Holocaust. This ties in with the theme of our Long Island Reads book for April, The Lost Wife. The saga of his mother’s family represents a different part of Holocaust history from the more familiar German and Polish stories. His grandmother emigrated here in 1921 with her mother and younger sister, following two older Brothers. Her oldest brother stayed behind, married, had two children and lived in Chust/Khust. His great-uncle and his son fled to Palestine. His great- aunt and their daughter stayed behind; they were deported to the USSR in 1941,survived and fled in 1943 to Palestine. The family stayed in Palestine until 1946, when his great-uncle prevailed on them to return to Czechoslovakia. The family moved to Prague, where they live to this day. Registration is ongoing and open to all regardless of library district. N

The Lost Wife, The Bus Trip Tuesday, April 17 • Begins at 8:00am

The Long Island Reads novel, The Lost Wife, explores themes of art, immigration, Jewish identity and the Holocaust. The Lost Wife bus trip will do the same. Our luxury motor coach will depart the Nesconset Branch parking lot at 8:00am and leave New York City at 4:30pm. The first stop on our tour is a museum the New York Times called “gasp-inducing,” The Museum at Eldridge Street, a 125 year-old synagogue. Here we will take the guided tour “From Ellis to Eldridge: Immigrant History” and learn about the eastern European Jews who built the synagogue. Next we will have a delicious sit down lunch at SPQR Italian restaurant. After lunch we will head to the Museum of Jewish Heritage, a Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Here you can see the exhibitions “Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exiles,” “Let My People Go! The Soviet Jewry movement 1967-1989,” “Voices of Liberty,” “Reflection Passage,” or “Garden of Stones” as well as the core collection. Cost is $87 non-refundable per person. Lunch is included. A envelope will be passed to tip the driver. Registration is ongoing and open to all. N

New Movie Matinee J. Edgar

Wednesday, April 18 ∙ 1- 3:30pm

J. Edgar Hoover was head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years. Hoover was feared, admired, reviled and revered, a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it. His methods were at once ruthless and heroic,

with the admiration of the world his most coveted prize. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life. The movie is rated R for brief strong language starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Josh Lucas and Josh Hamilton, directed by Clint Eastwood, 2011, Warner Home Video. Runtime 137 minutes. N

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Thank you, Nesconset Starbucks, for so generously donating coffee for our recent Job Fair. We would also like to send a shout-out to the vendors and the more than 300 attendees. Good luck, jobseekers, and stay tuned to our Newsletter. We look forward to hosting another Job Fair in the coming months.

SCORE Free Counseling for Small Businesses Thursday, April 19 • 12:00, 12:50 or 1:40pm Thursday, May 17 • 12:00, 12:50 or 1:40pm

Are you an entrepreneur seeking a little help with the formation, growth and success of your business? A representative from the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), which has helped the likes of Vera Bradley Designs and Jelly Belly Candy Company, will sit down with you oneon-one for 50 minutes to address your problems. Open to all regardless of library district. By appointment only. Registration is ongoing. Please note that this program will relocate to Kings Park Branch when it reopens and its meeting room is ready for use. N

Meditation with Genevieve Friday, April 20 •1:00pm-2:00pm

Learn practical methods of meditation to promote inner peace and reduce anxiety with Genevieve Mancini. Registration is ongoing and is open to all regardless of library district. N

What’s New in Coins and Currency Saturday, April 21 ∙ 1:00-3:00pm Louis Cialdella, a coin and paper money expert, is a graduate of the American Numismatic Association. He will be conducting this workshop on coins and paper money. Building a coin collection, grading of coins, evaluating their condition and purchasing paper money will be discussed. He will also talk about military scrip as well as give you many little-known facts about United States currency. Registration is ongoing and is open to all regardless of library district. N

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Dating 101 Thursday, April 26 • 7:00-8:30pm

Game Day All Mondays that the Library is open • 1:00-4:00pm

“Best Psychotherapist on Long Island” (Long Island Press, 2012) and Suffolk Community College professor Fred Holtz’s relationship advice has been featured on News 12 and in Newsday – and will be soon at the Nesconset Branch! His interactive lecture will attempt to cover it all: Knowing your personality and developing self-esteem; figuring out what you want in a mate; the pros and cons of, eHarmony, Plenty of Fish and other dating services; dating on Long Island; first dates; the “rules” of dating; how to date safely; red flags and warning signs; avoiding bad relationships; previous marriages; children and answers to questions such as “Do opposites really attract?” “How do you know it’s love?” “Are arguments always a bad thing?” and any others you may have. Registration is ongoing and open to all regardless of library district. N

We provide the space, tables and chairs. You bring your friends and board or card games to play. No registration is required. Space is limited and is available on a first-come, firstserved basis starting no earlier than 12:45 in the Community Room. N

Lake Ronkonkoma: Lecture and Book Signing Tuesday, May 1 • 6:30-8:30pm

Keith Oswald and Dale Spencer of the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society will speak about their recent book Lake Ronkonkoma (Arcadia Publishing, 2011). They will also present a slide show of rare and historic photographs chronicling the area’s rich history from the 1880s to the 1960s. Q and A will follow. Their book will be available for $22 (cash only – exact change preferred). Program is free and open to all regardless of library district. Registration is ongoing. N

Silver Chords Troubadour Concert Sunday, April 29 ∙ 2:00- 4:00pm

The Troubadours are a select group of singers drawn from the Silver Chords, a local community chorale. They will be performing classical works to well-known pop standards to Broadway classics. Join us for this special Sunday afternoon concert of great choral entertainment. Registration is ongoing and is open to all regardless of library district. N

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Hands-On Computer Classes

Your Computer: The Possibilities Thursdays, May 10, 17, 24 and 31 • 10:15am-12:15pm

Bus Trip to the Culinary Institute and the Vanderbilt Mansion Thursday, June 7• 6:45am-7:45pm (Ages 18 and up)

Laptops will be provided during both series. (You may be asked to share a laptop with one other person.) Handbook, ongoing email tech support, subscription to a helpful weekly newsletter and a computer and printer cartridge disposal service are all included in the series fees.

Introduction to Computers: Parts 1 and 2 Thursdays, April 26 and May 3 • 10:15am-12:15pm

This is a slow-paced, user-friendly series for first-time computer users. Using Windows computers, this unique class covers the basics in a way that even the most inexperienced user will understand. In Part 1, we will cover turning the computer on, the desktop, using the mouse, opening and closing programs, understanding Windows elements, getting out of trouble and turning the computer off.  In Part 2, you will learn how to work with text including inputting, inserting, moving and erasing; learning basic word processing skills; save, open and closing files; and understanding commands. All versions of Windows will be addressed. You are expected to come to both classes. Prerequisites: None. Non-refundable $12 cash (exact change preferred) or check made out to Smithtown Library is required at inperson registration, which began March 1 for Smithtown Library cardholders and begins April 16 (space permitting) for all. Series is subject to cancellation if minimum attendance is not met. N

If you have taken our Introduction to Computers: Parts 1 and 2 or if you already possess the skills taught in those classes, you are ready for this 4-session series where you will learn to do all manner of things practical and fun with your PC such as writing a letter or creating a newsletter, flyer or sign; organizing your personal finances and setting up a bank reconciliation and personal address database; the ins and outs of emailing; and downloading pictures and editing and printing photographs. You are expected to come to all 4 classes. Non-refundable $24 (exact change preferred) or check made out to Smithtown Library is required at in-person registration, which began March 1 for Smithtown Library cardholders and begins April 16 (space permitting) for all. Series is subject to cancellation if minimum attendance is not met. N Coming in May

Art Classes on Charcoal and Pencil Sketching Wednesday, May 2, 9, 16, and 23 ∙ 1:30- 3:30pm

Are you interested in learning to draw or sketch? You don’t need to be an expert; all you need is the desire to learn. Tom Schiavone will be conducting a series of four 2-hour art classes for beginners. He will teach sketching including portrait sketching using both pencil and charcoal. You will be responsible for bringing in your own art supplies: sketch pad, pencils and charcoal. Registration begins Tuesday, April 3 and is open to all regardless of library district. There will be $20 fee for all 4 classes to be paid at time of registration. In-person registration only. Checks should be made out to The Smithtown Library. N

We’ll depart from the Nesconset Branch parking lot at 6:45am for historic Hyde Park. 1st stop will be the renowned Culinary Institute, where at 10:15, we’ll enjoy a 1-hour student-led tour of its outstanding facilities followed at 11:30 by a 4-course feast: appetizer (ravioli filled w/spinach and ricotta, topped w/butter and sage), 1st course (baby arugula salad w/endive and carrots; warm goat cheese crostini), main course (pan-fried chicken Milanese w/Fontina and mozzarella cheese; warm Mediterranean potato salad) and dessert (warm chocolate “lava” cake w/vanilla gelato) - plus coffee/tea/iced tea - at its Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici. We’ll then go back in time to the Gilded Age - to the Vanderbilt Mansion, that is - where we’ll walk off our meal while admiring the architecture, interiors, Italian gardens and spectacular views of the Hudson on our 1-hour guided tour. The Beaux-Arts splendor of this National Historic Site may make you want to stay; but, at 4:45pm, our luxury coach will head home. Note: A fair amount of walking is involved and there are numerous (though shallow) stair steps during the tour of the Mansion. Also: There is no a/c in the Mansion. If you have concerns, call Anya at 265-3994, ext. 135. Non-refundable $97 cash/ ck to Smithtown Library (incl. transportation, tours, meal, all tips and snacks on the bus) is due at inperson registration, which starts 4/2 for Smithtown Library cardholders and 4/5 (space permitting) for all. Registration ends 5/6 or when program fills (whichever comes 1st). N

10 April 2012 • Commack • 543-0998 Kings Park • 269-9191 Nesconset • 265-3994 Smithtown • 265-2072

Registration is required for these programs unless otherwise indicated • Register online at Nesconset Continued

How to Commercialize Your Inventions Saturday, May 12 ∙ 1:00- 3:00pm

Dr. Jason Wen, a United Patent & Trademark Office registered Patent Agent and Certified Licensing Professional, will show you how to commercialize your great ideas. The seminar will include patent protection, invention marketing, licensing and starting up your own company. He will impart his extensive knowledge of patenting and all its aspects. N

Historical Non-fiction Book Discussion Group Thursday, May 31 • 2:30-3:30pm

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann Do you enjoy learning about the past through historical non-fiction? If so, be sure to join the Smithtown Library’s Historical Non-fiction Book Discussion Group. Mediated by one of our librarians, this discussion group will feature non-fiction titles related to global, national, regional and local history topics. Please stop in at the Nesconset Branch to register and to pick up a copy of the book starting Monday, April 30. In-person registration only. N


Monday, April 16 • 12:00-1:00pm

Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland Register and pick up your copy of the book at the Commack Reference Desk. Kings Park

Monday, April 16 • 10:30-11:30am

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Monday, May 21 • 10:30-11:30am

Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg Until Kings Park Branch reopens and its meeting room is ready, we shall

Thank you, Friends of the Smithtown Library! The Smithtown Library Board of Trustees gave a special thank you to members of the Friends of the Smithtown Library for their gracious donation of the wonderful, hand-painted murals in the Commack and Nesconset children’s rooms and in the up-coming new children’s rooms in Smithtown and Kings Park. Stop by and enjoy these delightful scenes! From left, back row: Robert Lusak (Library Director), Fred Franke (Friends Book Sale Committee), Charles Sauer (Library Trustee), Otis Thornhill (Library Trustee & Friends President), Diana Schilling-Held (Friends member); from left, front row: Joann Franke (Friends Book Sale Committee), Judy Marlow-Ratway (Library Trustee), Anthony Monteleone (Library Board Vice President), Agatha Monteleone (Friends member), Joseph Vallone (Library Board President). continue to meet in the Centennial Room of the School of Religion, St. Joseph’s Church (59 Church St., Kings Park). No registration is required. Until Kings Park is reopened, pick up the book at the Commack Branch. To confirm this program’s location, call 265-3994 and ask for Anya. Nesconset Sport Pages Book Discussion

Smithtown Thursday Morning Book Discussion

River of Doubt by Candice Millard Due to construction at the Main Library, this group will meet at Nesconset till further notice. Books are available at the reference desk.

Tuesday, April 24 ∙ 2:15-3:15 pm or 7:15 -8:15pm

Monday, April 2 ∙ 10:30am -12:30pm

Thursday, April 19∙ 10:15am -12:15pm

Little Bee by Chris Cleave Please note: Due to construction at the Main Library, this group will meet at the Nesconset Branch until further notice. Copies of the book are available at the reference desk. “Tea-rrific Reads” Book Discussion The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman Please stop in to register and to pick up a copy of the book.

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One North Country Road Smithtown, New York 11787 Main Library & Long Island History Room

The Library will be closed Sunday April 8 for Easter

1 North Country Road Smithtown, New York 11787

Commack 3 Indian Head Road Commack, New York 11725 631-543-0998 M, TUES, W, TH 10am - 9pm FRI 10am - 6pm SAT 9am - 5pm SUN 1 - 5pm Kings Park 1 Church Street Kings Park, New York 11754 631-269-9191 Nesconset 148 Smithtown Blvd Nesconset, New York 11767 631-265-3994 M, TUES,W, TH 10am - 9pm FRI 10am - 6pm SAT 9am - 5pm SUN 1 - 5pm Library Board of Trustees

Joseph A. Vallone, President Anthony J. Monteleone, Vice President Eric J. Johansson, Trustee Judy Marlow-Ratway, Trustee John. C. Martins, Trustee Charles A. Sauer, Trustee Otis M.Thornhill, Trustee

Exhibits viewable when programs are not in session.

Board of Trustees Meeting Tuesday, April 17 • 7:00pm

Community Meeting Room at the Nesconset Branch. The public is welcome.

Commack Community Room

The Commack Branch Teen Advisory Group, under the leadership of librarian Will Salas, has created an I-Spy mural commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. See how many historical objects you can find hidden in the mural. And be sure to enter into the Titanic raffle. See page 4 for details. (See related program on page 6.)

Nesconset Community Room

From March 30 through April 29, enjoy Paul Padovano’s “Scenes of Long Island” in oil and watercolor.

Assistive Listening Device Available A portable listening device is available for use during any Library program. Please reserve in advance. For further assistance ask a Reference Librarian.

The Smithtown Library is glad to provide reasonable accommodations for patrons with special needs. Please call us two weeks prior to a program to make arrangements.


Robert Lusak

Newsletter Editor, Layout, Graphic Design Pamela Punger

O, how this spring of love resembleth The uncertain glory of an April day, Which now shows all the beauty of the sun, And by and by a cloud takes all away! ~ Shakespeare

Do you have an exhibit you would like to share with your community? We would love to hear from you! Please call: •Susan Mulligan at the Commack Branch 543-0998 x 350 • • Karen Pruzan, Anya Martin at the Nesconset Branch, 265-3994 •

Visit us often – in-person or on the web This newsletter is available online.

Program registration is on a first-come, first-served basis • a place in the program cannot be guaranteed. Program times and meeting locations are subject to change. Dates, times, programs are subject to change.

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