From the Director's Desk

The summer has really flown by at the Commack Public Library with the numerous programs, services, and materials we have been offering to our patrons of all ages.

Babies, toddlers, children, teenagers and young adults continued to enjoy the four summer reading clubs throughout the month of July. There is still time to participate and be invited to the special programs at the end of the summer. Children also have the opportunity to receive special coupons from a variety of organizations. They can even participate in special contests to win additional prizes. We are thankful to the Friends of the Library for donating two Kindle Fires as grand prizes. Many of our adult patrons have been participating in the adult reading club and have been sharing their reviews of books they've read with other patrons.

Please ask our reference staff about our Museum Pass Program. We now have fourteen passes to local museums that provide admission for at least two adults and two children. You can also click on the museum pass icon on our website for more information about this popular program.

Please participate in our school supply drive for the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless. Look for more information on our website and in the lobby.

A full schedule of programs and services will begin in the fall and we look forward to continuing to offer the materials, programs and services you can enjoy. We appreciate your patronage and welcome your comments and suggestions concerning ways that we can better serve you!

Laurie Pastore

Nina Et cetera

Sunday Afternoon Concert:
Nina Et cetera presents:

Hotter than a Pepper Sprout: America's Music
September 14th, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Registration: Saturday, August 2nd

Come hear the talented Nina Et cetera perform traditional American music by Johnny Cash, Elvis, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Peggy Lee, Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and other icons of American music. The talented duo will accompany their smooth vocals with several instruments including the guitar, harmonica, auto harp, a slide guitar, piano, bass and percussion. Come celebrate our country's rich musical history!

Help Support "I Matter"
Community Art Project

August 1st - September 30th

Help Change the Face of Your Community by sponsoring the "I Matter" Community Art Project at the Commack Public Library. This public declaration of self-worth allows teens to express themselves through large photographic portraits and "I matter" statements. This project is a call for action to educate, inspire and motivate fellow students to make better decisions and to make a difference, not only in their lives but also in the lives of their loved ones and their community. The portraits of our Commack Public Library teen patrons featured in the picture will be displayed for public viewing during the months of November and December. The entire community is invited to an opening reception on Sunday, November 9th, at 2:00 PM. To learn more or to donate today, please visit the I Matter Project. Donations may be made between August 1st - September 30th.

3-D Printer

Traveling 3D Printer at the Library!

Have you heard about 3D printing? Have you always wanted to see a 3D printer in action? The Suffolk Cooperative Library System is making this amazing technology available to our Commack Public Library patrons as part of a traveling exhibit. Come to the Library anytime between September 6th and September 18th, and you will watch the printer create 3D objects right before your eyes. We will even be raffling off objects made from the printer! Don't miss your chance to see this new technology live at the Library!

August 2014


~ Adult Programs ~

A History of the New York Yankees
Thursday, August 28th, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Registration: Saturday, August 2nd

Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Berra and Jeter. Have you ever wanted to learn about the 100 plus year history of the world's most famous franchise? What position did Babe Ruth originally play? How come the Yankees did not sign Ted Williams? Did you know the Yankees almost traded Rivera, Jeter, Williams and Petite? How many Yankees have more than 3,000 hits? John Despagna, professor of Sport Management at Nassau Community College and a lifelong Yankees fan, will answer all these questions and more, in this entertaining history of one of America's favorite teams.

Long Island Blood Services Drive
Saturday, August 30th, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
A free pair of Mets tickets for all presenting blood donors will be mailed to their home.

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, August 30th, 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.

National Safety Council
Defensive Driving Course

Saturday, August 9th, 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 $35. Applications may be picked up at the Library. For further information, call 631-360-9720.

Great Books Reading
and Discussion Group

Tuesday, September 2nd, 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 2nd to discuss Post Captain by Patrick O'Brian. You many join the group at any time. Just read the chosen selection and come prepared for a stimulating discussion.

Beginner or Refresher Canasta Classes
September 4th, 11th, 18th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration: Saturday, August 9th

Canasta is a card game that was popular in the 1960's and has become today's latest rage. Not difficult to learn and lots of fun, it's a great way to get together with neighbors and friends. Jacqui Palatnik will instruct this three-part class.

Preserving Your Assets From the Cost of Long Term Care with the Use of Trusts
Monday, September 15th, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Registration: Saturday, August 9th

If you find yourself or a loved one in need of long term care but don't know how you can afford it, then come to this informative seminar. Attorney Craig Andreoli will outline what long term care is, its costs, and what payment options are available. He will then discuss trusts, a common solution to preserving assets while receiving long term care.

The Key to Living Your Best Life Possible
Tuesday, September 16th, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Registration: Saturday, August 9th

This seminar is designed to help you understand the inherent power of your mind and your ability to program it to live your best life possible. Educator Glenn Poveromo will discuss the workings of the conscious and subconscious mind, how belief systems are formed and influence our performance, and specific mental tools that will help you learn to consciously choose thoughts to create positive outcomes in your life.

Literary Elements
The Adult Summer Reading Club
June 28th - August 22nd
Luncheon: August 23rd

It's not too late to join our annual Adult Summer Reading Club! Nothing cures the summertime blues like relaxing with a good book! You'll win something just for signing up! Participants are welcome to attend our Luncheon on August 23rd from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM, where we will eat and discuss all the books we have read. Please direct any questions to Brian Bonelli at the Reference & Information Desk. Email:

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