Adult Programs - North Shore Public Library (2023)

Click here for a list of all of our programs.

Lobby pickup is available upon request. Click here for more info!

  • You can request a new or replacement library card here. After filling out the form at this link, come to the library, show your ID and collect your new card!

We have planned some virtual programs that will be presented using the ZOOM platform. Please use this link to download Zoom:

Late Arrival Policy: A grace period of 10 minutes is granted for participation in a program. Admission after this arrival time is at the discretion of library staff.

Exhibition in the library

  • Art Exhibition: Generative: Paintings of Father and Daughter
    • In the showcase:
      • Pysanky Eggs: A Ukrainian Folk Art Tradition
      • Joanne Marcus: People's Artist

book reviews

For a list of some upcoming book discussions, please click on the image on the left or on the link below!

  • Click here for a list of all book reviews offered

language learning courses

For a list of upcoming language courses please click on the image or link below.

  • language learning courses

Concerts & special events

For a list of past, current and future concerts and their links to view them, please click on the image or this link below!

In the film and NSPL

No registration! All welcome!

  • Click here to see our currently scheduled films!
  • When registering, you must provide your email address.
  • ***If you do not have a card, email a reference librarian at the following email address:

Below is a list of the programs through March along with their enrollment dates.

Virtual programs in March

Reiki meditation, adults**virtual**

Wednesdays, March 8, 15, 22 and 29, 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m

Experience a guided energy meditation practice aimed at restoring balance and inner peace. (1.3.-29.3.)

Creative writing, adults**virtual**

Saturday, March 11, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m

This monthly writing workshop is the place to create new work in a safe, supportive ZOOM environment. Writing is inspired by story sparks, group discussions, and constructive feedback.

(Video) Savvy Sightseer: Austria- Salzburg & Vienna

Virtual Gentle Stretch, Adults**virtual**

Mondays, March 13 & 20, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Gentle stretch for adults and seniors. (6.3.-20.3.)

Photo Safari Quest Series: Simple Pleasures, Adults**virtual**

Monday, March 13, 7:00 p.m

Tradition, comfort, comfort, like a cup of coffee on a cold morning with a view out the window or the sight of a friend at your door are examples of simple pleasures. Use the camera to share your simple pleasure with us.

  • Click here to register - Registration begins on 1.3
  • Please keep this in mind when emailing your images:
    • Send high-resolution images at 300 dpi.
    • Please name each, example: Surname_Firstname_Title.jpg
    • E-Mail an: (z. B.: Johnson_Bonnie_Waterfall.jpg)

Special virtual program:Suffolk EEPA: Knowing Parents and Families, Adults (Parents)**virtual**

Monday, March 13, 7:00 p.m

Suffolk EEPA explains the signs to look out for and how to access services and support if you think your child: needs extra help at school; shows signs of emotional struggle; may experience alcohol or drugs. Contact information is provided for agencies that can provide parent education, support (free or low cost to you), and help with the next steps to give your child the support they need to thrive. This paper is presented by the Suffolk County Prevention Workgroup.

Breathe Together Series, Adults**virtual**

Tuesday, March 14, 21 & 28, 10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m

Sit still with us and practice the kind of deep breathing that promotes calm well-being. Enter your email address when registering. (7.3.-28.3.)

Virtual yoga for winter mobility, adults**virtual**

Tuesday, March 14, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m

$10.00 non-refundable fee (cash/check) paid in person.Many lower back problems can be alleviated by understanding how certain yoga postures can move and loosen the hips. This exercise is a wonderful addition to the cold winter months and creates ease of mobility in the spine and hips. Yoga mat, blankets or meditation cushions. (14.02.-14.03.)

(Video) North Shore Public Library 6/27/14

  • Registration/Pay fee when registering in person – Registration begins on 2/1

Special Virtual Program: Author Talk: “The Desperate Hours” with David Alpern, adults**virtual**

Wednesday, March 15, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m

Award-winning journalist and author Marie Brenner will discuss "The Desperate Hours," her inspirational insider's tally of resourcefulness and resilience as New York Presbyterians -- one of America's most elite medical systems with 11 New York-area hospitals and 47,000 employees -- sought to close as many save lives as best you can in the catastrophic outbreak of killer COVID-19. Her book describes the initial frustration, then success, experienced by leaders from room cleaners and nurses to supersurgeons and top executives, including one a Sag Harborite. And some bigger lessons for the ongoing pandemic and others to come. A program of the East End Library.

"IslandGirls”: women from Long Island, New York, adults**virtual**

Thursday, March 16, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m

It's Women's History Month. Celebrate the “Island Girls” with us. The presentation highlights a selection of extraordinary Long Island women who have made history over the past three centuries. Included are reformers, journalists, designers, artists, journalists and more. Presented by the East End Libraries.

Minimally invasive robotic surgery for weight loss, adults**virtual**

Monday, March 20, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m

Find out the latest about and your health! ArifAhmad, MD, Medical Director of the Bariatric and Robotic Center of Excellence Mather Hospital Northwell Health, will discuss bariatric and robotic surgery and the resolution of co-morbidities such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, GERD, coronary artery disease and the overall improvement of the Health Talk to Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Presented by the East End Libraries.

Photo Safari Quest Series: Black & White Adults**virtual**

Monday, March 27, 7:00 p.m

Unlike the undeniable immediacy of colour, whether garish or muted, a black and white photograph can have a timeless quality, mysterious or sublime. Let's examine a subject by taking both color and black and white images with your digital camera or smartphone, or converting images to black and white afterwards.

  • Click here to register - Registration begins on 1.3
  • Please keep this in mind when emailing your images:
    • Send high-resolution images at 300 dpi.
    • Please name each, example: Surname_Firstname_Title.jpg
    • E-Mail an: (z. B.: Johnson_Bonnie_Waterfall.jpg)

March On-site/library programs

Yoga for healing, adults

Thursday, March 9, 16, 23 & 30, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m

$10 non-refundable feeto be paid in person (cash/cheque). Learn to use breathing and yoga techniques to relieve post-traumatic stress and use all your energies to heal your mind, body and spirit. Bring a yoga mat, blocks, and/or straps if using. (2.3.-30.3.)

(Video) Defendant collapses in court after guilty verdict

  • Pay (cheque/cash) and register from 02/21. in person at the library

Watercolor retreat, adults

Saturday, March 11, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m

$5 non-refundable fee.Watercolor artist Victoria Beckert will demonstrate watercolor techniques and practice times and instructions while you paint your own watercolor painting.

  • Pay (cheque/cash) and register in person at the library starting March 1st

Yin Yoga/Yoga Nidra, adults

Mondays, March 13, 20 and 27, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m

$8 non-refundable feePaid in person (cash/cheque). Restorative Yin Yoga postures are held gently and slowly. Bring a yoga mat, blocks/cushions, and a blanket. (6.3.-27.3.)

  • Pay (cheque/cash) and register from 02/21. in person at the library

Medicare Advice, Adults

Tuesday, March 14, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m

Call (631) 929-4488 extension. 225 for more information and to register!

Cool apps for Android, adults

Tuesday, March 21, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m***New appointment***

Learn how to use apps that make you more productive on your Android device. With thousands of apps, how do I find the useful ones? Where can I find them? How do I search for free apps? Come to this class - discover apps you can't live without. Bring your device or just come along and listen. Requirements: Comfort with your Android device.

Fun fitness with strength training, adults

Tuesdays, March 14, 21, 28, April 4 and 11, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m

$12 non-refundable fee (cash/check) paid in person.Warm up with cardio and then build strength for your body. Lessons are tailored to the needs of the participants. Bring hand weights (2 weights of your choice - 1 - 5 lbs.), yoga mat and water. (3/7-4/11)

(Video) Missy’s Infuriating Experience Reading a Kids' Book in a Public Library with Kirk Cameron | Ep 644

  • Pay (cheque/cash) and register from 02/21. in person at the library

Painted stemmed wine glasses, adults

Wednesday, March 22, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m

$10 non-refundable feeto be paid when registering in person. This is a handy step-by-step project for painting your own set of stemmed wine glasses with a lavender flower motif.

  • Pay (cheque/cash) and register in person at the library starting March 1st

NY State Empire Driver Safety Class, Erwachsene

Saturday, March 25, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

$30 fee payable when registering in person. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Empire Safety Council.Bring a snack/lunch. Save 10% on your car insurance by taking this NY approved driving safety course.

  • Pay (checks or money orders) and register in person at the library beginning March 1st

Introduction to Windows 11, adults

Wednesday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m

This hands-on course provides an understanding of Microsoft's brand new Windows 11 operating system. You will learn new Windows 11 features; how to use the redesigned desktop, what new applications are available and how to download the free upgrade to your Windows computer and much more. Requirement -Comfort with your Windows computer.

Handicrafts with Theresa!

The link below will take you to a page with several DIY craft videos including Bird Feeders, I Love My Pet Collage, Garden Terrariums and Simple Sugar Scrub, all of which can be made at home. For teens, adults, and families, these crafts are fun and entertaining! Please click on the links below for all projects.

Acts of kindness to people and pets

This program is a compilation of 6 projects with step-by-step instructions that give back to people and pets. Through Theresa's programs, she does a lot for many of Long Island's animal shelters, as well as Meals on Wheels and the Homeless Coalition. She supports over 100 programs that give back and will give ideas through this program. 2 hours community service

Savvy Sightseer Armchair Travel Series

Missing the North Shore Public Library's Savvy Sightseer Travel Series? Savvy sightseer, Jeanne Schnupp, offers virtual excursions for everyone! Please click on the link below to take a trip with Jeanne and see the list of upcoming "trips". These courses are ideal for families, teenagers and adults!

  • Savvy Sightseer Armchair Travel Series

cooking demo

Missing our cooking programs with Simply Creative Chef Rob Scott? He helped you by putting some cooking demos online! Click on the link below for a list of demos and their recipes!

(Video) Savvy Sightseer Armchair Travel: Scotland with Talk of Outlander

  • Simply creative chef Rob Scott

Small Business Development Center an der Stony Brook University

Attention Hispanic businesses!

The Small Business Development Center at Stony Brook University is full of useful information on business reopening grants, loans, plans, proposals and requirements and more, all related to small businesses and the Covid-19 pandemic.

New York COVID-19 Information

defensive driving

If you need to take a defensive driving course, please visit the link below to connect to a variety of options, some for AARP and even some for AAA members.


What makes a good library program? ›

To do public programs, library workers need communication skills, including customer service, networking, public speaking, facilitation, and “people skills.” Running programs requires talking to all kinds of people in all kinds of contexts.

How can I improve my library? ›

In fact, a few simple changes can make a big difference!
  1. Wide and diverse reading opportunities. The first and most obvious feature of a great school library is lots of books. ...
  2. Make it comfortable. ...
  3. Guide pupils on the journey. ...
  4. Make reading regular. ...
  5. Consider the visual environment.
Sep 18, 2021

How do you attract users to your library? ›

Sharing the public space of the library with another institution can be a fantastic way to cover more needs and attract different user segments. It is often easier to partner with a local public institution that shares the same set of values, but you can do even more by partnering with local private organizations.

What every library should have? ›

9 Things that Make Libraries Great
  • Librarians. ...
  • Historical information. ...
  • Current information. ...
  • Tools to analyze information. ...
  • Books. ...
  • Programs. ...
  • Technology. ...
  • Accessibility.
Nov 17, 2018

What are the 3 essential components of a library? ›

A library exists when the three components of its trinity – the readers, the books and the staff – are in purposive contact with each another.

What are the 3 essential components of a library coding? ›

The followings are the basic components of Automation Library System. Computer System. Networking Device. Software.

What are the problems facing library? ›

Some of the challenges include inadequate funding, inadequate and outdated stock, bad location, lack of adequate and qualified staff, lack of staff motivation and insecurity of library materials.

What is library best practice? ›

The Best Practices document for libraries provides a framework to evaluate the library's strengths as well as weaknesses. It also serves as the basis of strategic planning. This document has multiple sections with some repeating. Each section should adhere to certain standards.

How do you deal with difficult patrons in a library? ›

How to Deal with the Grumpy Patron
  1. Listen. Let the patron tell you what the problem is, and do not interrupt. ...
  2. Breathe. Inhale slowly and deeply, and exhale out long. ...
  3. Pay attention. ...
  4. Lower your voice. ...
  5. Watch body language. ...
  6. Call for backup.
Aug 13, 2012

What are the golden rules of library? ›

failure to pay fines, failure to check out computer appropriately. failure to pay printing costs. leaving children under the age of 7 unattended in the library or under 12 alone on library property after closing. disrupting service to other patrons.

What is the most popular book in the library? ›

The Complete 500
1.Don QuixoteMiguel de Cervantes
2.Alice's Adventures in WonderlandLewis Carroll
3.The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnMark Twain
4.The Adventures of Tom SawyerMark Twain
152 more rows

What are the 4 major types of library? ›

Academic libraries serve colleges and universities. Public libraries serve cities and towns of all types. School libraries serve students from Kindergarten to grade 12. Special libraries are in specialized environments, such as hospitals, corporations, museums, the military, private business, and the government.

How do you promote a library program? ›

Try these out-of-the-box advertising ideas for your next program, and you might be pleasantly surprised to see some new faces.
  1. Sidewalk signs. ...
  2. Window displays. ...
  3. Scout new ad locations. ...
  4. School communications. ...
  5. Community mailings. ...
  6. The local watering hole. ...
  7. Local businesses. ...
  8. Don't forget online.
Oct 18, 2019

Who are potential users of a library? ›

On the basis of activities: Student, Researcher, Faculty member and others. On the basis of their works: Businessman, Managers and Workers, etc. Besides, a user may be male or female and regular or irregular users based on the usage of libraries.

What are the 5 sections of library? ›

Sections of Library
  • Acquisition Section: Acquisition section is responsible for the selection and purchase of materials or resources. ...
  • Technical Section: ...
  • Circulation Section: ...
  • Reference Section: ...
  • Periodical Section: ...
  • Bound Volume Section: ...
  • Reprographic section: ...
  • Computer Section:

What is the third law of library? ›

Third Law: Every book its reader

The third law of library science, "Every book its reader," means all books have a place in the library, even if only a small demographic might choose to read them.

What are the 7 parts of a program? ›

Essential Elements of a Program
  • Statements. A statement is an instruction that performs an action. ...
  • Functions. A function is a statement that returns a value. ...
  • Variables. A variable is a word defined in the program that stores a value. ...
  • Operators. An operator is an arithmetical symbol. ...
  • Objects. ...
  • Properties. ...
  • Methods. ...
  • Comments.

What are the 4 types of code for? ›

Common styles are imperative, functional, logical, and object-oriented languages. Programmers can choose from these coding language paradigms to best-serve their needs for a specific project. Each involves its own benefits and limitations.

What are the 3 components of a program? ›

Your system has three basic types of software: application programs, device drivers, and operating systems. Each type of software performs a completely different job, but all three work closely together to perform useful work.

What is library abuse? ›

The most common ways of abusing library materials by student is by tearing of pages (92.10%), folding of pages (86.66%), and writing on pages of information materials (82.50%).

Do you suffer from library anxiety? ›

Common signs and symptoms of library anxiety include the following: Fear and uneasiness with the physical space of the library, often related to how big the library is. Fear of approaching a librarian or library worker to ask for help. Fear that you are alone in not knowing how to use the library.

How do you study all day at the library? ›

How to be Productive in the Library
  1. Comfort. ...
  2. Food. ...
  3. Book a study room. ...
  4. Go alone. ...
  5. Pick a location ideal for you. ...
  6. Be close to any books you might need. ...
  7. Make sure to bring everything you need. ...
  8. Music.
Aug 24, 2017

What are the three good reasons to use a library? ›

  • 1 They offer free educational resources to everyone. ...
  • 2 Libraries are safe refuges for the homeless and underserved populations. ...
  • 3 They help boost local economies. ...
  • 4 They play an important role in English language learning. ...
  • 5 Libraries make communities healthier. ...
  • 6 They preserve history, and more importantly, truth.

How should you behave while you are sitting in the library? ›

How to behave in the library
  1. Put books back to their places, once you do not need them (do not leave them on the desk)
  2. Do not occupy more than one place.
  3. Be quiet. ...
  4. If using your phone, turn off the ring tone. ...
  5. Do not cause damage to borrowed items.

How do you show respect in the library? ›

Return books to where they belong.

Return a book to a library worker or to the return bin. Do NOT place books on top of shelves. If you must be loud or annoying, please do it intelligently as demonstrated in the helpful library tutorial shown below.

What is the first law of library? ›

The first law of library science "books are for use" means that books in libraries are not meant to be shut away from its users.

What is Six law of library science? ›

These are: 6th Law: “Every reader his library”. 7th Law: “Every writer his contribution to the library”.

What is the major rule when using the carpet in the library? ›

The simplest rule is to keep dirt as far away from your carpet as possible. If you have the luxury of designing your facility from scratch, keep the carpeted areas as far from the outside entrance as possible.

What are the 3 most read books? ›

The Most Read Books of All Time
  • Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling.
  • The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien.
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
  • The Da Vince Code by Dan Brown.
Jan 26, 2023

What is the number 1 book ever? ›

According to Guinness World Records as of 1995, the Bible is the best-selling book of all time with an estimated 5 billion copies sold and distributed.

What is the number 1 most read book? ›

The Holy Bible is the most read book in the world. In the past 50 years, the Bible has sold over 3.9 billion copies. It is the most recognizable and famous book that has ever been published. The Bible is a collective book with many different preachings based on God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

What is the difference between public library and special library? ›

Many special libraries are not open to the general public, though access may be requested for specialized research by request. Special libraries are also sometimes known as information centers. Some authors differentiate special libraries from information centers by defining the latter as having "a very narrow scope".

What are the two main types of libraries? ›

Academic libraries are those that are part of the educational institutions, ranging from primary schools to universities. The special libraries are a natural outcome of need for information support to research and development, business, industry, etc.

What are the 6 sections of library? ›

Library Sections
  • A. Circulation Section. This section houses and circulates the major library collection covering the different areas of discipline. ...
  • B. Filipiniana Section. ...
  • C. Reserve Section. ...
  • D. Reference Section. ...
  • E. Periodical Section. ...
  • F. Archive Section. ...
  • G. Internet Section. ...
  • H. AVR Section.

How do you evaluate the success of a library program? ›

Metrics such as user satisfaction, user participation, user support, user development, community engagement, and community produced projects are a great indicator to find out what are the benefits the attendants perceive from a program or activity they participated in at a library.

What makes a successful school library? ›

a school library that meets resource recommendations of 15-20 books per child. the provision of professional development on information literacy and technology literacies to the teaching faculty.

What is one way we could improve the school library? ›

Automated Circulation & Control

Discard large collection of books with low circulation Automated library management system enable academic libraries to configure and customize rules for circulation. Librarians can simplify circulation and assign tasks to issue books, magazines journals and make a check out.

How you will measure and determine the success of a program or project? ›

You can measure the success of a project by reviewing project scope, evaluating project specifications, analyzing the project budget, and reviewing client and internal satisfaction.

What are outcomes for library programs? ›

An outcome is a specific benefit that results from a library program or service designed to help patrons change their knowledge, skills, attitudes, behavior, or awareness. Outcomes are generally expressed as changes individuals perceive in themselves. Outcomes can be quantitative or qualitative.

What are key performance indicators for a library? ›

Measurable Key Performance Indicators
  • Resources, Infrastructure system. User space per person. Number of seats per person. The rate of written questions/requests answered. ...
  • Usage. User satisfaction. Seat occupancy rate. ...
  • Efficiency. Delivery speed. Speed of opening the library material to access.

How many books should a library have? ›

Byers cited a common belief that 1,000 is the minimum in any self-respecting home library. Then he quickly divided that number in half. Five hundred books ensure that a room “will begin to feel like a library,” he said.

How many books does an average school library have? ›

Historically, the size of a school library's book collection has correlated positively with grade level and student enrollment. Elementary school LMCs have roughly 12,000 books on their shelves, middle schools offer around 13,000 titles, and high schools weigh in with 13,636 titles.

How many books should be in school library? ›

1. The Library should be well equipped and spacious. It should have at least five books (other than text books) per student in its stock subject to a minimum of 1500 at the beginning.

How do you encourage students to read? ›

10 Ways to Cultivate a Love of Reading in Students
  1. Read. Simple first step! ...
  2. Share your reading experiences. ...
  3. Invite students to socialize around reading. ...
  4. Organize a Read-a-Thon. ...
  5. Take a field trip. ...
  6. Listen to audio books. ...
  7. Invite authors to speak. ...
  8. Make connections between reading and other issues.


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