Adult Programs

December 2010

In-person registration begins on Wednesday, December 1st at 10 AM unless otherwise noted. On the 2nd of the month, we will accept telephone or online registration at To register online, have your NSPL Library card handy and go to the Library’s website. registration at To register online, have your NSPL Library card handy and go to the Library’s website.
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Please see our "Senior Corner" and
our "Multicultural Corner"pages for monthly events!

December 2010 Art Exhibit

Photography by Carol J. Miller
A fine arts photographer, Ms. Miller works with digital photography to enhance her work into new abstract visions of vibrant colors and movement. A resident of Rocky Point, Ms. Miller is mostly selftaught. Although she always was drawn to photography she was able to pursue her passion with more energy after retirement. Her work was shown in several group exhibits on Long Island including the East End Arts Council, the Brookhaven Arts & Humanities Council where she won 2nd Place in Digital & Mixed Photography in 2008 and the Phoenix Gallery in Bellport.

In the Glass Case:
Illustrations by Anna Jurinich

Award winning artist Anna Jurinich will display original drawings of her latest book illustrations for the childrens’ book “Gingerbread Cookies for All Season” by Frederick Terry. Ms. Jurinich has illustrated several books, including the Italian cookbook Mamma-si Mangia? and Where Do The Balloons Go? Her painting “The Button Collector” was part of the first Long Island Biennial at the Heckscher Museum this fall.

The Friends of the Library have scheduled a reception for both artists on Sunday, December 12, 2:30 – 4:00 PM. Everyone is invited to meet with the artists


Music from the Andes of South America (Peruvian Flutes)
Sunday, December 5 at 2:00 PM
Walter Purizaca and his band’s music will bring the rich cultural heritage of the people of Peru and the Andean Mountain range here to NSPL. Dressing in colorful native costumes and playing unique Andean instruments makes this an authentic and delightful performance. Come and be transported to the Andes by this beautiful music and the people who play it. This concert is for the whole family.

Anne Taffel: Piano
Friday, December 3 at 7:00 PM
Pianist Anne Taffel will present a concert celebrating the artistry of Franz Liszt (whose 200th year anniversary approaches) and Earl Wild (1915-2010). It will feature virtuosic transcriptions of well-loved works of Handel, Schubert, Donizetti and Gershwin. Miss Taffel will be leaving later in the month for a solo tour of Peru sponsored by the US Embassy.

Home for the Holidays
Sunday, December 19 at 2:00 PM
Give yourself a gift this holiday season. Take a break from the hustle and bustle and join the talented duo of Annette Moreau and Don Meritt for an afternoon of your favorite holiday music. No matter how cold it is outside, some great musical selections will make you feel warm and cozy and… home for the holidays.


Text Version
Knight and Day
Wednesday, December 1 at 2:00 and 6:30 PM
When a small-town girl named June meets a mysterious stranger, she thinks she’s found the man of her dreams. But she soon discovers he’s a fugitive super-spy, who thrusts her into a thrilling cat-and-mouse chase that spans the globe. As the bullets and sparks fly, June must decide if her ‘Knight’ in shining armor is a dangerous traitor or the love of her life. Starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. Rated PG-13. 109 minutes.

Disney's A Christmas Carol
Wednesday, December 15 at 2:00 and 6:30 PM
Ebenezer Scrooge begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk and his cheery nephew. But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come take him on an eyeopening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it's too late. Starring Jim Carrey. Rated PG. 96 minutes.

Adult Programs

NSPL cardholders must register in-person for the following programs beginning on December 1. On December 5, non-residents may register in-person if space permits.

Evergreen Holiday Centerpiece
Wednesday, December 8, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Join us in making your own seasonal holiday centerpiece for your table. We will be using fresh evergreens and holly, along with many other ingredients. You will learn the basic techniques in flower/ greenery arranging while having some fun! Participants should bring sharp clippers, a pair of scissors and gloves (optional) to the class. Non-refundable fee of $18 due at time of registration.

Decorative Holiday Candle Holder
Saturday, December 11, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Using a one-stroke painting technique, instructor Claudine Jalajas will teach you to create a lovely glass hurricane lamp that will warm your home this holiday season. Non-refundable materials fee of $6 is due at time of registration.

Cooking Demo: International Desserts
Monday, December 13, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
What better hostess gift to give this holiday season than a plate of beautiful and mouth watering international desserts? Chef Charlie will teach you all you need to know to broaden your dessert repertoire. Non-refundable fee of $3 due at time of registration.

New York, New York: The World in a City, Part II
Saturday, December 4 at 2:00 PM
How about traveling the world without the expense and aggravation that distance travel entails? You can, less than 60 miles away. New York’s five boroughs are a “melting pot” of many nationalities; name a nationality and there’s a neighborhood to explore in NYC! This workshop will introduce you to the amazing variety of ethnic neighborhoods right at your back door, with a particular emphasis on best food destinations. Pat Sommerstad leads your “travels” with a lively presentation of new destinations that includes restaurants and menus, accommodations, food related activities and cultural excursions, abundant handouts and even prizes! You’ll leave with four itineraries to help you explore new neighborhoods. Call or go online to register.

AARP Defensive Driving
Tuesday and Thursday, December 14 & 16 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
A fee of $12 for AARP members or $14 for non-members (payable by check only made out to AARP– no cash will be accepted) will be collected by the instructor at the first session. NSPL cardholders may register in person beginning on December 1. On December 2 telephone and online registration begins. Please have your library card barcode available when you call.

Metropolitan Opera
The last performance of this year is Mozart's "Cosi fan Tutte" on Thursday, December 2nd. Bus leaves NSPL parking lot at 4:30 PM. Anyone interested in joining the opera group for this performance may be able to buy tickets directly from the Metropolitan Opera House. Please check in with the library to reserve a seat on the bus.

Buses to New York City
Saturday, December 4 and Sunday, December 19.
Bus will leave NSPL parking lot at 9:30 AM. Bus will leave from 42nd Street in NYC at 6:00 PM. There will be only one stop at 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Ave for both December buses. Cost: $20 per seat. Limit 4 tickets per library card.

Friends of the Library News
Wednesday, December 1st at 10:30 AM
The last meeting of the Friends for this year. Many thanks to all the Friends who helped make the used book sale in November such a success The library Director and staff appreciate all the help and support the Friends have given throughout the year. Everyone is looking forward to a new and exciting year 2011. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 5th at 10:30 AM.

Tuesday, December 28 at 5:00 PM

Computer Classes

All About eBay
Tuesday, December 7, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
In this lecture and demonstration class, you will learn how to buy and sell items using eBay, the world’s most popular online auction website. Some of the many topics covered are creating an account, checking reliability of sellers and buyers, online safety, and much more. Call or go online to register. Prerequisites: None. Open to all.

Introduction to Picasa
Friday, December 10, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Become an instant graphic artist with Google’s free image editing program, Picasa. Learn how to alter images including sizing, shaping and coloring. Re-touch, filter and add effects to create works of art or just make your digital photos look the way you want them to. NSPL cardholders only until December 5, when non-residents may register if space permits. Prerequisites: For intermediate and advanced computer users.
Art Forum Meeting
The meeting this month is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17 at 7:00 PM.

Metropolitan Opera and NY Philharmonic News

The New Metropolitan Opera 2010/11 Season
This is the time to join the opera group for the new season. The operas for the 2010- 11 Season include Don Pasquale, Cosi Fan Tutte, Boris Godunov, Rigoletto and Le Comte Ory. The group leaves from the library parking lot in a coach bus and returns right after the performance

Reference News

Thinking of giving an audio player or e-book reader to someone for the holidays? Please look on the left side of our homepage under “SuffolkWave” to find compatible devices and frequently asked questions about the library’s downloadable collection.

Please see our display of holiday books for this festive season – traditions, decorating, cooking, fiction, and more!


The Brothers Karamazov (Part 2) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Thursday, December 9 at 2:00 PM
This month’s World Literature Discussion will be the continuation of The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoyevsky’s last and “grandest” novel of mid-nineteenth century Russia. Please join us as Adjunct Professor Bill Schiavo leads a lively discussion on the second part of this intense and tragic masterpiece. All are welcome; copies are available at the front desk.

Harry and Catherine by Frederick Busch
Thursday, January 27 at 7:30 PM
Our popular evening book discussions will continue on Thursday evenings in January with the novel Harry and Catherine, by award winning author Frederick Busch. Professor Dan Giancola of Suffolk Community College will moderate. All are welcome; copies will be available on January 3.

The Naked Ape: A Zoologist’s Study of the Human Animal by Desmond Morris
Monday, January 31 at 2:00 PM
Our non-fiction book series will take a hiatus for December and will continue in January with this 1967 classic book which established the field of evolutionary anthropology. Please join us as Adjunct Professor Bill Schiavo moderates. Everyone is welcome. Copies of the book will be available on January 3.

Thursday, December 2: Genealogical Basics
Thursday, December 9: Conducting Genealogical Research Online

Both sessions begin at 7:00 PM Genealogy Librarian Toni Raptis will present a two-part workshop on how to research your family’s history. The first night will be Genealogy Basics, a getting started class on the many resources available to assist you. The second night will be a hands-on look at the many databases and websites that can enhance your searches. You may come to either or both very informative programs. Please call 929-4488 to register. Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday evening, December 15, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
A volunteer from SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Businesses) will be here to provide individual counseling to those who are starting up a new business or need help with an existing business. Please call the Reference Desk at 929-4488 Ext. 225 to sign up for a one-hour appointment.

Computer Printing
Reminder: You need to bring your large library card (not the smaller key chain model) in order to print from our library’s computers. Only this larger card has the necessary magnetic strip required by the printer.


Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center A comprehensive career database with descriptions of more than 2000 jobs, it also has resources to help you select, plan and advance your career.

CollegeSource Online
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