From the Director's Desk

Happy New Year from my family to yours! 2016 is going to be an exciting year for the Commack Public Library and your community. With the overwhelming passage of the bond referendum, the staff and administration are busy getting ready for the renovation that is scheduled to start in November 2016. Numerous meetings, visits and discussions have been occurring these past couple of months and we will be sure to update you on the progress of the project each month in this column as well as on the Commack Public Library website.

The Marine Corps Toys for Tots program was extremely successful this year. Thank you for your generosity during the holiday season and throughout the year by participating in many of the Library's philanthropic activities. Starting this month, we will once again have the Long Island Volunteer Center's Prom Dress Drive and please remember we participate in the Long Island Cares Food Drive throughout the year. Wishing all of you a happy and healthy 2016!

Laurie Rosenthal

Donate Your Formal Dresses to
the Long Island Volunteer Center

The Commack Public Library is collecting donations of gently worn formal dresses, dressy shoes, evening bags and costume jewelry for the Long Island Volunteer Center's 22nd Annual Prom Boutique.

All dresses and accessories will be distributed free of charge to girls of families across Long Island who cannot easily absorb the expense of a new gown for their prom, awards ceremony, or graduation. High school guidance counselors, at-risk youth agencies, group homes, and church outreaches make the program available to their constituents.

There will be a donation box in the lobby of the Commack Public Library until Monday, April 4th.

Township Theatre Group
Presents: Going Places

Sunday, February 7th, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Registration: Saturday, January 9th

Please join us as Long Island's oldest community theatre company presents a series of lively and entertaining vignettes: In "Traffic Jam" a married couple, isolated in their car during a massive traffic jam, is forced to confront the issues that are clouding their marriage; In "Love is a Four Letter Word" love blooms during a chance meeting in an airport as two people wait for a delay flight; in "Stations in Life" four strangers on a stalled subway become surprisingly involved in each other's lives.

New Year... New You!

Get Fit Where You
Sit with Chair Yoga!
(Instructor Augusta Berner)
Tuesdays, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM &
Fridays 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM


Tuesdays, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
January 5th - June 17th
Registration: Sunday, January 3rd

This is a therapeutic chair exercise class designed for older seniors or for those with disabilities who are unable to participate in our regular yoga or exercise classes. It is designed to loosen joints, improve overall mobility, physical health and strength. Hand weights (1 or 2 pounds) will be used.

Learn to Lose Weight Naturally
Monday, February 8th, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Registration: Saturday, January 9th

Come Learn the Top 5 Weight Loss & Exercise Tips and how to incorporate them into your daily life. This is a wonderful jump start to your weight loss success and starting the new year off right, with Laura Koenig Rivkin, CHHC, CPT, local author of "A Whole New You: To Your Good Health". Healthy food samples will be provided for your enjoyment.

Borrow an eReader from the Library!

The Library has upgraded our lendable eReaders to the brand-new NOOK GlowLight Plus! These NOOKs are light, easy to use, and have been loaded with more than 200 fiction and non-fiction titles for you to enjoy. Patrons with an adult Commack Public Library card may borrow a NOOK for 14 days.

January 2016


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.


Long Island Blood Services Drive
Saturday, January 2nd, 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 2nd, 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.

That's So Vegan!
Monday, January 4th, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Register at the Circulation Desk

Learn the basics of the vegan diet and lifestyle while tasting some delicious samples. Join longtime vegan couple journalist Jerry Cimisi and vegan chef Jo-Ann Tiranno for an evening of exploring, discovering and eating!

Pizza: An Italian Trademark
Thursday, January 14th, 11:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Register at the Circulation Desk

Pizza is one of Italy's best known and universally loved contributions to world cuisine. Elena Florenzano, director of the Italian language school, Thinking Italian, will discuss the origins of pizza and acquaint you with the different varieties of Italian pizza, the various types of dough and the most traditional toppings found throughout Italy. She will also share the best pizza dough recipes and the secrets necessary to make the perfect pizza crust at home. Pizza (local American) will be served!


Skincare and Makeup 101
Monday, January 18th, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Register at the Circulation Desk

It's a New Year--continue the celebration with a New You! Join us for a fun and informative evening as licensed esthetician and makeup artist Tahliah Y. Fuller shares makeup tips, gives mini facials and speaks about the history of beauty. Bring your favorite products for a professional evaluation.

Book a Librarian!

Receive one-on-one personalized instruction from a Reference Librarian! Learn how to download e-books through Live-brary, use Hoopla to stream movies, read a digital magazine with Flipster, how to set up a social media account and more! To register, please contact Reference Librarian Michelle Rorke at 631-499-0888 or Email.

National Safety Council
Defensive Driving Course

Saturday, January 23rd, 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.

Great Hotels of the Catskills
Thursday, February 11th, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Registration: Saturday, January 9th

During the last century both the rich and middle classes boarded steamships and the Hudson River Railroad and headed for the elegant palaces in the Catskills. Perched high atop the cliffs overlooking the river and glacial lakes, some of these hotels had as many as eight hundred rooms. They offered every modern convenience, exotic cuisine plus old world opulence and luxury. In the slide presentation by author and Long Island historian Monica Randall, you will revisit the great hotels and luxury resorts of the past century, hear stories of their colorful guests, and see the haunting ruins that remain today.

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