From the Director's Desk

"Season's Readings" to our Commack Public Library community! As the busy holiday season approaches, please take time for yourself and utilize all that the Library has to offer you and your family.

The Commack Public Library now has an Automated External Defibrillator in the building. The American Heart Association supports placing AEDs in targeted public areas such as sports arenas, gated communities, office complexes, doctors' offices and other heavily traveled locations. Many of our staff have been trained and the cost of the equipment and program has been offset by a portion of the $10,000 in state funding obtained by Senator Flanagan for the Commack Public Library. The Library is a public place frequented by many people of all ages and the AED program is a valuable tool that could prove invaluable in the unfortunate event of a cardiac emergency. The remaining portion of this grant will be used to support our program budget for seniors. We are thankful to Senator Flanagan for his continued support of the Commack Public Library and the Commack Public Library community.

We are also thankful to Senator Marcellino for securing $5,000 in state funding for the Commack Public Library that we plan on using towards children's and young adult programming.

As we approach the New Year, I would like to remind you of the mission of the Commack Public Library. It is as follows:

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.

For the safety of all who visit the Library, please exercise extreme caution in entering and exiting the parking lot, obey all traffic signs, park in designated spaces and reduce your speed when driving through the parking lot.

Laurie Rosenthal

CPL Director Laurie Rosenthal with Senator John Flanagan

Thank you to Senator John Flanagan
for the grant he obtained for the
Commack Public Library!

A Closer Look at Our
Social Security Benefits

Tuesday, December 2nd, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Register at the Circulation Desk

Deciding when to begin receiving Social Security benefits can be a daunting task. The choices you make could mean thousands of dollars over your retirement lifetime. Joan Bubaris, CFP, will teach you key facts about the Social Security program, including: calculating expected benefits; choosing the right time to file; receiving benefits while working; income tax implications; and options for spouses and ex-spouses.

December 2014


~ Adult Programs ~

Long Island Blood Services Drive
Saturday, January 3rd, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Close to 2,000 local hospital patients rely on blood transfusions each day to save their lives. The Commack Public Library will serve as a community blood drive location on Saturday, January 3rd, from 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM, and is depending on the support and generosity of its public in this very important matter. Please call the library at 499-0888 to schedule an appointment or an approximate time you would like to donate blood on this day. If you have any questions about your eligibility for giving blood, please call 1-800-688-0900. For general information, call 1-800-933-2566. Please be sure to eat regular meals the day you donate and do not take aspirin 72 hours before you donate.

Senior Resources for Town of Huntington Residents
Tuesday, December 9th, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Register at the Circulation Desk

Melissa-Robyn Levitan from the Town of Huntington Outreach Services will discuss the extensive resources available to seniors including the Nutrition Center, Adult Day Care Program, residential repair, transportation, and much more.

A Tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein
Thursday, December 11th, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Register at the Circulation Desk

After the death of Larry Hart in 1943, Richard Rodgers needed to find another lyricist. In Oscar Hammerstein, he found a wonderful partner with whom he continued his successful career for many years. Together, they wrote music for quite a few successful Broadway musicals: Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. Dr. Mel Haber will share visual excerpts from these and other musicals, including, "People Will Say We're in Love," "Surrey with the Fringe on Top," "It Might As Well Be Spring," "Some Enchanted Evening," "Shall We Dance," and "The Sound of Music" and present biographical about these composers and performers. Among the singers we'll hear will be John Raitt, Shirley Jones, Dick Haymes, Lena Horne, Ezio Pinza, and Mary Martin.

Eddie and Jean Costello's Trash or Treasure Holiday Extravaganza
Sunday, December 14th, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Register at the Circulation Desk

Do you have something that is old or unusual, perhaps even bizarre? Have you wondered if it may be worth something or even be very valuable? Then bring it down to the Library on December 14th and have it appraised by collectibles expert Eddie Costello. In this informative and entertaining holiday-themed program, you will lean about today's hottest antiques and collectibles and how to identify them. Have fun seeing what unusual things your neighbors have! There will even be an award for the most unique item. You may bring in one item for a free appraisal.

The Sugar Blues
Monday, January 5th, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Registration: Saturday, December 6th

Do you lust and crave sweets? Do you wish sugar wasn't your vice? Besides the possibility of a few extra pounds, regularly indulging your sugar craving can seriously jeopardize your health. Certified Health Coach Michele Nigro will teach you how to avoid harmful sugars, look for healthful ones and control your hankering in a healthy way.

Sunday Afternoon Concert
Glenn Baldwin and Friend of Jazz
January 18th, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Registration: Saturday, December 6th

Join us for a fun-filled performance of blues, jazz, bossa, American songbook standards and material with Friends of Jazz, a collection of local musicians led by pianist Glenn Baldwin, who have performed at public and private venues from Mattituck to Manhattan since 2002. The group is best known for its annual Happenings on Main Street concert in Northport Park.

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