From the Director's Desk

Happy New Year to you and your family! Welcome to 2015 at the Commack Public Library where we continue to strive to meet the needs of our Commack Public Library community with the wide range of materials, programs and services that we offer to patrons of all ages.

We have received some very creative entries for the Design A Bookmark Contest. There is still time to submit your entries to the Youth Services Department. The youth services staff is already getting ready for the warmer days ahead by preparing for the 2015 Summer Reading Club and all the fun that they have in store for your family.

There is still time to join our Annual Winter Reading Club Seasons Readings for adults. There are special prizes for participation and you will have an opportunity to share some of your favorite book titles with your friends and neighbors and attend a special luncheon at the conclusion of the club.

Thank you to all who participated in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Through your generosity, we were able to collect lots of toys for children who would otherwise not receive a gift this season.

Please take time out of your busy schedule to participate in the Long Island Blood Services Drive on Saturday, January 3rd, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Your donation will help others in your community during the time of the year when there are typically blood shortages on Long Island.

I look forward to your continued support of the Commack Public Library during the coming year as we evaluate our needs for the future. Hope to see you all in 2015!

Laurie Rosenthal

Sunday Afternoon Concerts

Glenn Baldwin and Friend of Jazz
January 18th, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Register at the Circulation Desk

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.

The Karkowska Sisters Duo presents:
Music Love Stories
February 15th, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Registration: Saturday, January 3rd

The delightful Karkowska Sister Duo returns to the Library to present "Music Love Stories," a program full of secrets of the heart behind great masterpieces including "Faust Fantasy" by Wieniawski, Elgar's “Salute d'Amour," the rarely played Hubay's Carmen Fantasy which includes the most famous "Torreador Song," Chopin's love songs and more! The Sisters insert comedy and tantalizing stories about the composers' lives to present a performance which one reviewer called “part shtick, part virtuosity." Anna, a virtuoso violinist educated at Julliard, and Kasha, a concert pianist graduated from the Chopin Academy (Warsaw, Poland), have recorded for Polish National, Mexican and American Television and Radio (including PBS), and triumphed at the most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall.

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.

January 2015


~ Adult Programs ~

The Sugar Blues
Monday, January 5th, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Register at the Circulation Desk

Do you lust for 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.

Beginner or Refresher Canasta Classes
Thursdays, January 15th, 22nd, 29th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration: Saturday, January 3rd

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.

Be a Success with Indoor Plants!
Thursday, January 15th, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Register at the Circulation Desk

Learn how you can enjoy beautiful blooms and greenery in your home all year long! Horticulturist Paul Levine will show you the top ten easiest indoor plants to care for, correct lighting, different watering techniques, potting soil and fertilizers, and much more.

Bake a Cake for Elvis! (Or Anyone Else!)
Tuesday, January 27th, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Registration: Saturday, January 3rd

Join us for some fondant fun as we celebrate the King of Rock and Roll's 80th birthday!! Have fun with Elvis trivia, listen to his music and use butter cream and fondant icing to customize your cake with Elvis flair or your own fondant creation. Everyone will take home a cake in a bakery box.

Eat Like da Vinci
Tuesday, February 3rd, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Registration: Saturday, January 3rd

Chef Jo-Ann Tiranno of the Passionate Palate will teach you the ins and outs of the Mediterranean Diet including cooking techniques (such as water sauté) and how to prepare a 15th century Minestra. You will learn about the Mediterranean diet in the time of da Vinci and plate design using da Vinci's divine ratio. You will also enjoy samples of this delicious and healthful way of eating.

Mardi Gras Night
Monday, February 16th, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Registration: Saturday, January 3rd

Join the Block Island Seafood Company for a trip to New Orleans without leaving New York.  BISCo. will take you to the Big Easy by way of Cajun and Creole cooking.  They'll demonstrate their jambalaya and seafood gumbo just in time for Fat Tuesday! There will be a non-refundable $5 tasting fee due at registration.

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
January 6th - June 19th
Registration: Sunday, January 4th, 1:00 PM

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.

Season's Readings:
The Adult Winter Reading Club
December 27 - March 21

This year, beat the winter doldrums by participating in our annual Adult Winter Reading Club! Here's how it works - read five books and win a prize. Complete a Winter Reading Bingo Card and you will receive a prize and a chance to win the drawing at our end of winter luncheon. You'll even win something just for signing up! Please direct any questions to Brian Bonelli at the Reference & Information Desk or Email.

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