From the Director's Desk

Connect @ the Commack Public Library! In addition to the materials and services you "connect" to at your Library, this month I encourage you to connect to the diverse program schedule at your Library. Programs for babies, children, teenagers, young adults, adults and seniors are scheduled to meet the educational, recreational and entertainment desires of patrons of all ages. From exercise programs to Yoga classes to Sunday concerts among hundreds of other scheduled programs, I hope you have had the opportunity to enjoy some of these great events. If you haven't attended, please view all the programs we have to offer in this monthly newsletter, check our website or ask the staff what programs your Library has to offer to you and your family.

Thank you for your continued support of your Library and please continue to "connect" to the Commack Public Library.

Laurie Rosenthal

~ Adult Programs ~

Children of Holocaust Survivors
Thursday, May 28th, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Registration: Saturday, May 2nd

William Reszelbach, a child of Holocaust survivors, will present this lecture on the issues faced by children of Holocaust survivors. Among topics he will discuss will be the scars that plague both parents and children; how this history affects family dynamics; and the responsibilities of children of survivors.

Great Books Reading
and Discussion Group

Tuesday, May 5th, 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 May 5th to discuss "Why Write?" by Jean Paul Sartre. The reading for June 2nd will be "Bright and Morning Star" by Richard Wright. Both readings can be found in Great Conversations 5, available at the Circulation Desk.

Life at the Fire Island Lighthouse
Thursday, June 4th, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Registration: Saturday, May 2nd

Godfrey Mahler will discuss the Fire Island Lighthouse and what his life was like when he lived there as a boy while his father was lighthouse keeper from 1948-54. He will share family slides depicting the family's unique experiences residing at this Long Island icon. He will discuss what it was like living seven miles from the mainland of Long Island, attending the one room schoolhouse and facets of everyday life, as well as lighthouse duties and responsibilities.

Come see his fascinating presentation then check out or reserve our latest Museum Pass addition:

Museum Pass Added:
Fire Island Lighthouse

Fire Island Lighthouse

We have added the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc. to our very popular Museum Pass program. Book the pass and bring your family (the pass permits two adults and up to 4 children) to this maritime treasure: you can all climb the tower to enjoy the beautiful views of the ocean and the Great South Bay. The Keeper's Quarters and the Lens Building are also part of the museum complex. It is open year round and special events are scheduled each month. Visit their website, and make your plans. You can book this pass from our homepage, or you can phone the Reference desk and we will book it for you.


  • Saturday, May 9th:
    Yard/Book Sale and Bike Consignment
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • Upcoming Meeting:
    Tuesday, May 26th at 7:30 PM
May 2015


Please Join Us as We Plan for the
Future of Your Community Library

Almost forty-six years ago, our community approved the establishment of the Commack Public Library, which initially began operation out of a small trailer. The popularity of the Library clearly demonstrated the need for a permanent facility, and our present Library building opened in 1976. Since then, the administration and staff have maximized the use of all available space within the Library to best serve the informational, research, technological, recreational and entertainment needs of our patrons of all ages.

Today, your Library is once again at a crossroads. The library of today is so much more than books. It is a community center where people of all ages meet, study, share ideas through lively conversation, connect to computer-based information resources and beyond.

We currently serve more than 4,700 district households with nearly 11,000 patrons holding Library cards. It has become increasingly challenging to effectively meet our patrons' needs in our Library's limited building space, which is aging rapidly and in dire need of significant repairs. In response to this, your Library Board and Director are requesting your input regarding an initial draft plan to renovate the Commack Public Library to best meet your needs for today and tomorrow.

The initial draft plan has been developed in response to appeals from our community, extensive changes in Library services offered, inadequate spaces and building systems, inaccessible areas to our patrons who are handicapped and the rapidly aging structural facility. Some of the specific challenges our initial draft plan seeks to address include:

  • Meeting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) federally mandated requirements.
  • Installing energy-efficient and cost-effective heating and ventilation systems.
  • Providing a larger, dividable community meeting room to facilitate the expansion of community programs.
  • Creating dedicated Library spaces for our senior, children and young adult patrons.
  • Providing quiet rooms for individual and group study.
  • Increasing the Library's technological flexibility to meet the needs of 21st century users.

We hope that you will join us at one of our upcoming informational meetings that we will be holding to discuss these challenges in more detail with you as well as the most cost-effective ways to address them. The first two meetings will be held at the Library on:

  • Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, June 15, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.

The Library's Board and Director greatly look forward to hearing your valuable input about how you believe the Commack Public Library can best meet your needs as we look to the future.


Sunday Afternoon Concert
The Arnie Gruber Jazz Ensemble

May 17th, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Local jazz sensation Arnie Gruber and his band are back with a "jazzy" performance of songs from the Swing Era and beyond, featuring the music of Sinatra and Bennett. Arnie is a wonderful singer and piano player, and will be accompanied by sax, bass and drums for a true jazz ensemble. The music of Arnie Gruber has a diverse jazz feel blended with a contemporary approach, emphasizing the meaningful lyrics and memorable melodies of a simpler time. So come to the library, sit back and enjoy some great easy listening!

Drug Awareness and Narcan Training
Sponsored by Drug Free Long Island and
Suffolk County Police Department's 2nd Precinct
Guest Speaker and Trainer: Dr. Thomas F. Jan
Monday, June 8th, 6:30 PM
Register by contacting Drug Free Long Island at 516-203-7486 or send an email to

Please join the Drug Free Long Island and the Suffolk County Police Department's 2nd Precinct for this informative presentation about drug awareness and training in the event of an opiate overdose. Those in attendance will be trained in how to administer Narcan nasal spray to reverse the effect of a heroin or medical opiates overdose. We urge all who are attending to bring any unwanted, unused or expired medications for proper disposal (no liquids or syringes, please).

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