Please Join Us

The Commack Public Library is very grateful for the input that we received from our patrons who attended the informational meetings where we presented our preliminary plans for a proposed Library renovation. We would like to thank our patrons who attended these meetings and provided us with their valuable insight. There is still time if you would like to be part of the process to determine the future of your public Library. The next public informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. Please join us.

Youth Services Department
The Youth Services Department is continually bustling with the laughter and excitement of children, tweens and teens. In 2014 alone, the Commack Public Library offered 259 program sessions to children and their families and 53 program sessions to young adults, despite the challenges of the restricted and congested space available.

The proposed renovation will enable the Library to continue to achieve our goals to help you inspire your children to develop a lifelong love of reading, education, learning and libraries and to help your teenagers to become productive members of our community through volunteerism, programs, learning, literacy and imagination.

Some of the exciting special features that we hope to incorporate in the new Library specifically for children, tweens and teens include dedicated spaces for:

  • developmentally appropriate play areas
  • iPad and computer stations
  • comfortable, age-appropriate seating
  • children's fiction and non-fiction housed inside the same space. (Currently, the children's non-fiction is intermixed with the adult non-fiction, making it challenging to locate.)
  • a separate children's and young teens' programs room
  • tables and chairs for homework and study space
  • all young adult fiction housed in the separate space

We would greatly appreciate having an opportunity to hear your feedback about these proposed features for the Youth Services Department and also about other features you believe are important to be included in the Library's renovation. Please join the discussion at one of our upcoming informational building meetings, or provide us with your suggestions online.

The next informational building meeting will be held at the Commack Public Library on:

  • Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

We welcome your input! Thank you.

Photography Exhibit
"Colors and Textures" by Richard D. Berman

In his latest exhibit, photographer Richard D. Berman focuses on the vivid colors and interesting textures that surround us daily, yet usually go unnoticed.

Adult Summer Reading
Club Luncheon

August 22, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Members of Explore the Extraordinary: The Adult Summer Reading Club are invited to this get-together where we will eat and discuss the books we have read. There will also be a special prize drawing for members who have completed their bingo cards. This luncheon is only for members of the club - if you'd like to join, you can sign up for it at the Reference & Information Desk.

The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Great Books Reading
and Discussion Group

Tuesday, September 1st, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

The Great Books Reading and Discussion Group meets on the first Tuesday of each month, September through June. The next meeting will take place on September 1st to discuss The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal, translated by Richard Howard. . You may join the group at any time. Just read the chosen selection and come prepared for a stimulating discussion.

School Supplies

School Supplies Drive
for Area Homeless

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is collecting school supplies for children and young adults in need in our area. Please donate new supplies such backpacks, binders, calculators, crayons, glue sticks, pens, etc., and place them in the bin in our lobby. Thank you!

August 2015


The Commack Public Library is dedicated to providing the community with quality library services to fulfill the informational, educational, cultural, professional and recreational needs of patrons of all ages, by providing traditional, current and popular materials, knowledgeable reference service, and innovative programs in an open and friendly environment.


Bus Trip to Philadelphia to see the "Vatican Splendors"
at the Franklin Institute
Wednesday, November 4th, 6:30 AM
Registration begins Saturday, September 5th

See objects dating back to the first century at this multi-sensory exhibit which comprises one of the largest Vatican collections ever to tour North America. Galleries transport visitors to the Vatican, delivering the sights and sounds of the grand Basilica, underground catacombs and the magnificent papal chambers. We will also enjoy a guided bus tour of Historic Philadelphia. Lunch will be on your own. The cost of the trip is $94. This trip will be shared with the Deer Park Library.

Exploring Long Island Shipwrecks
Tuesday, August 4th, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Register at the Circulation Desk

Eco-Photo Explorers will present this informative and exciting presentation exploring a number of different shipwrecks from all eras of Long Island history. They will discuss the history of shipwrecks from the Revolutionary War through modern times and show the viewer what some of these wrecks look like today underwater. A discussion that highlights some of the marine life which inhabit these artificial reefs is included. Eco-Photo Explorers is a New York based organization formed in 1994 to help promote public interest in protecting the underwater environment through knowledge and awareness using underwater photography.

Multimedia Travel Presentation: Vietnam
Note Date Change: Tuesday, August 18th
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Register at the Circulation Desk

Join Ken and Marva Winter for a multimedia presentation of their trip to Vietnam, part of a seven week tour they took of Southeast Asia. Enjoy the sites of Saigon, Chu Chi Tunnels, Hanoi, Halong Bay and the beautifully mountainous Sapa. See the Sunday Bac Ha Market - a sensory overload of sights, sounds and smells where people in traditional garb descend from the hills to buy and sell their wares, eat, get haircuts and socialize. The Winters do not book group tours but rather choose and pre-book hotels, transportation and guides in each city. They will share tips on how to arrange a private tour to accommodate individual interests and pace requirements, often at a lower cost and higher quality than group tours.

Forbidden Hollywood:
The "Pre-Code" Years

Thursday, August 27th, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Registration: Saturday, August 1st

See forbidden and once-shunned movie clips from classic Hollywood "Pre-Code" films that made audiences and censors scream! Before the Motion Picture Production Code's strict censorship rules were fully enforced in 1934, many Hollywood Pre-Code movies were peppered with scenes of sexual innuendo, profanity, illegal drug use, prostitution, near-nudity and more. Filmmaker and film history writer Glenn Andreiev will present this fun, informative, jaw-dropping program from that untamed era. Many film clips that will be shown here were removed by nervous, scissor-happy censors when these films were re-released to theatres after the "Code" went into effect.

Rumba Lessons
Thursdays, September 10th, 17th & 24th
Registration: Saturday, August 8th

Come to the library and learn the Rumba! This fun, sensual dance of Cuban origin will be taught by the exuberant Norma Granofsky. Both singles and couples are welcome.

St. Francis Hospital
Community Outreach Program

Friday, September 11th, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

A bus from St. Francis Hospital will be parked at the library on Friday, September 11th, from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, offering free health screenings. The screenings will include a brief cardiac history, blood pressure, a simple blood test for cholesterol, and diabetes screenings with appropriate patient education and referrals as needed for people over the age of 18. No registration is necessary. For general information, call the Outreach Department at 516-629-2013.

CPR/AED Certificate Course
Saturday, September 12th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Register at the Circulation Desk

The Institute of Medicine recommends increasing public knowledge of CPR to improve survival rates of cardiac arrest. The Friends of the Commack Public Library is sponsoring a CPR/AED certificate course and will pay $5 toward each person's certification, lowering the cost of the program to $35 for each participant. Please take part in this important event and learn how to save a life!

Everything You Need To Know About Home Care Medicaid and Pooled Trusts
Thursday, September 17th, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration: Saturday, August 8th

Join us for an enlightening Elder Law & Estate Planning Seminar that will leave you with a better understanding of the Home Care Medicaid system. Eldercare attorney Craig Andreoli will provide detailed information about the rules of Home Care Medicaid and the ways to preserve your assets, have money to pay your home expenses, and still receive Medicaid benefits. Topics discussed will include Medicaid eligibility, spousal refusals, irrevocable trusts, and pooled trusts.

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