From the Director's Desk

Happy Fall! There's been a flurry of activity here at the Commack Public Library with the start of a brand new school year. The schedule of fall programs began and the start of school assignments for the children and teenagers of the Commack Public Library community. Please remember if you go to our website and click on the Brainfuse Homework Help icon on the right hand side of the page you and your family will receive free tutoring in a variety of subject areas. This service also has many other exciting features I hope you will check out.

Congratulations to our Battle of the Books Team and Young Adult Librarian Joanne Albano who competed in the latest Suffolk County Library Competition. This great group of young people had a fun time and I am pleased they were able to represent the Commack Public Library.

Please remember that we offer fax and notary services to our patrons. The fax machine is located behind the circulation desk and our staff will send faxes anywhere in the United States for $1.00 a page. For notary services, we charge $2.00 a signature and we ask that you call first to make sure one of the notaries is available.

We continue to accept non-perishable food items for Long Island Harvest and soon will be collecting new toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program. We appreciate your continued generosity.

I hope to see you at the Friends of the Library Yard/Book/Raffle Sale and Bike Consignment on Saturday, October 18th! Many thanks to this dynamic group for their donation to our summer reading club programs.

Laurie Pastore

Sunday Afternoon Concert
"It's Broadway" with Gunter Stern
November 23rd, 2:00 PM
Registration: Saturday, October 11th

Enjoy the soulful sound of baritone vocalist Gunter Stern as he escorts you through a program of Broadway hits from such musicals as Carousel, Phantom of the Opera, Man of La Mancha and more!

Gunter Stern has appeared in over a dozen musicals nationwide performing leading roles in the king and I, South Pacific, Camelot and the Sound of Music.

Ken Shelby

Special Thanks to a
Valuable Volunteer

The Commack Public Library would like to express its deep appreciation to Ken Shelby, a Commack resident and volunteer for AARP, who recently retired after teaching the very popular Driver Safety Program at the Library for the past 20 years. Ken has always been extremely generous with his time, volunteering for several other organizations including Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Pilgrim State, the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook, and St. Vincent De Paul, as well as organizing local blood drives. We greatly appreciate all his efforts and valuable service to the Commack community, helping drivers stay safe (and save money!) these past many years.

Friends of the Library Yard/Book/Raffle Sale and Bike Consignment
Saturday, October 18th
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Please see the Friends in the News
column on page 2 for more information!

Bus Trip to New York Botanical Gardens
Holiday Train Show and Arthur Avenue

Thursday, December 11th, 8:15 AM
Register at the Circulation Desk

Wind through the illuminated winter wonderland of the Holiday Train Show of the New York Botanical Garden. Watch model trains speed along more than a quarter mile of track past New York's historic landmarks made out of bark, nuts and leaves found on the grounds of the gardens. Ride the tram tour of the gardens and shop for holiday gifts at the gift shop. Then relax at a delicious lunch at Mario's Restaurant on Arthur Avenue before shopping along this "Little Italy of the Bronx." The cost of the trip is $91 per person which includes all tours, transportation, lunch and tips.

October 2014


~ Adult Programs ~

World War I and United
States Propaganda

Thursday, October 9th, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Register at the Circulation Desk

In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson established a Committee of Public Information for the purpose of changing Americans' mindset about the war waging in Europe. What strategy and techniques did the Committee use in persuading the American public that the war was being fought "to make the world safe for democracy?" What was the policy followed by the government with those who dissented and expressed their opposition to our involvement in the "Great War?" After the war, what impact did the success of wartime propaganda have on the American psyche?

Presenter Donald Parker is a retired teacher of American History. He is a recipient of an Intellectual/Freedom Award from the New York State Council for the Social Studies and was also a co-coordinator of the Long Island Coalition against Censorship.


Friends of the Commack
Public Library Present:

Get to Know Your Drinking Water
Tuesday, October 14th, 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Register at the Circulation Desk

Do you ever wonder about your drinking water? Where does it come from and is it safe to drink?  Long Islanders get 100% of our drinking water from right beneath our feet. Groundwater also feeds all the lakes, streams, bays and harbors throughout our Island. Unfortunately, our water is threatened by toxic tides, pesticides, sewage, as well as by other emerging threats like pharmaceutical drugs that contaminate our waters.  Citizens Campaign for the Environment will use a three-dimensional interactive aquifer model, to demonstrate the unique properties and vulnerabilities of Long Island's groundwater system, as well as how pollution moves through the ground into our bays and harbors. In addition, we will discuss what needs to be done to reverse this trend and how you can become a part of the solution.

CSI-NY: Inside the Suffolk
County Crime Laboratory

Tuesday, October 21st, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Registration: Sunday, October 5th

In this lecture presented by a forensic scientist from the Suffolk County Crime Lab, you will learn about the different areas within the Crime Laboratory, the types of evidence received by the Lab and how some of this evidence is analyzed. You'll also hear an overview of the civilian crime scene team at the Suffolk County Crime Lab and a review of case examples and situations. There will be time for a discussion of any questions you may have and to dispel any misconceptions created by the "CSI-effect."

Salsa Lessons
Thursdays, October 23rd, 30th & November 6th
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Registration: Sunday, October 5th

Come to the library and learn the Salsa! This exciting and fast-moving Afro-Caribbean dance is enjoyed by both dancers and onlookers and will be taught by the exuberant Norma Granofsky. Both singles and couples are welcome.

Freaks and Monsters:
The Macabre Movies of Tod
Browning and James Whale

Thursday, October 30th, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Registration: Sunday, October 5th

Tod Brownin and James Whale's classic horror films still continue to amaze and chill audiences. Join in on the fun as film scholar Glenn Andreiev (recently featured in Newsday's "Act II") presents this program examining the lives, films and careers of these innovative masters of fright. Film clips and rare stills from such Browning/Whale classics as The Unknown (with Lon Chaney and a sultry Joan Crawford), Dracula, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, Freaks, and more, fill the afternoon with info and thrills! Also, find out why, at the height of their films artistic and money-making zeniths, did the studios halt the careers of both Browning and Whale.

National Safety Council
Defensive Driving Course

Saturday, November 1st, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

This 6-hour classroom course is taught by a certified instructor. Participants are entitled to three years of insurance premium savings and four points reduced from their driving record. The fee is $30. Applications may be picked up at the Library. For further information, call 631-360-9720.

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