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Long Island Reads 2021:  The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett

Join us for the Long Island Reads 2021 Selection Award Event honoring author Brit Bennett for her novel, The Vanishing Half on Sunday, April 11 at 2:00 pm.


A groundbreaking novel, which has spent over 25 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Vanishing Half, explores themes of race, family, and identity.

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The Vanishing Half was chosen as Book of the Month Club’s 2020 Book of the Year and was sent as the pick for the Good Morning America and Barnes and Noble book clubs. HBO will be adapting the novel into a limited series, with Bennett serving as Executive Producer. Bennett teaches in the Creative Writing and Literature Program at Stony Brook University/Southampton. She graduated from Stanford University and earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan. Her 2016 debut novel, The Mothers, received critical acclaim and was also a New York Times best seller.

Hosted by Plainview-Old Bethpage Library, Bennett will receive her award at a virtual ceremony live on Crowdcast. Tickets are free of charge and will be available to the public beginning Monday, March 1, at 9:30 am through

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This event will also be streamed on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/li.reader.5

Long Island Reads is an island-wide reading initiative, spearheaded by a group of Suffolk and Nassau County librarians, intended to bring together readers from across Long Island to discuss a book and participate in library-sponsored activities and associated events.

A synopsis of The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett: Separated by their embrace of different racial identities, two mixed-race identical twins reevaluate their choices as one raises a black daughter in their southern hometown while the other passes for white with a husband who is unaware of her heritage. 

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Presented by Arooj Chaudhry, Computer and Technology Expert Google: More Than a Search Engine, Parts 1 & 2

Wednesdays, April 14, 28  •  7:00 - 9:00 pm • Register online for HMA108
Registration is required to receive Zoom sign-in via email.


Computer and Technology Expert Google: More Than a Search Engine, Parts 1 & 2
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Learn all about Google. Part 1 explains Google Docs, Google Slides and Google Sheets. Part 2 explains Google Sites, Google Hangouts, Google Drive, and Google Photos. Limited to 30. Registration required. Open to all. A Zoom link will be provided before the program.

 

Register using Code HMA108

 

 

Grab and Go Spring Lemon Blueberry Scones, via Youtube

Thursday, April 15 • 2:30 – 3:30 pm • Register online for HSA409
No Registration required. Open to all. A list of ingredients is available on the registration page.


Grab and Go Spring Lemon Blueberry Scones
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Learn to make traditional Irish Soda Bread with Chef Rob Scott, a delicious bread that can be enjoyed anytime! Pick up a kit containing dry ingredients for the recipe and then follow along, at home, on YouTube to prepare the perfect bread at home! Please note: Patrons will have to have other ingredients on hand at home to complete the recipe. Kits are limited and will be available to pick up beginning March 5. One kit per household. Registration required. HPL cardholders only.

 

Register using Code HSA409

 

 

Advanced Microsoft Word via GoToMeeting

Saturday April 17 • 1:00 – 2:30 pm • Register online for HSA100
Registration is required to receive GoToMeeting link via email.


Advanced Microsoft Word via GoToMeeting
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In this hands-on class, learn advanced word processing features including, Autotext, AutoCorrect, References, Citations, Review features, including track changes. Prerequisites: Introduction and Intermediate Word. You will receive a GoToMeeting link by email the day before the meeting.    Registration required. Open to all.

 

Register using Code HSA100

 

 

“Kiss Me, Kill Me” Mystery Book Discussions with Donna: Take Me Apart with Special Guest Author Sara Sligar

Tuesday, April 20 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm • Register online for HMA165
Registration is required to receive Zoom sign-in via email.


Take Me Apart with Special Guest Author Sara Sligar

Take Me Apart by Sara Sligar

Zoom

A riveting debut novel of psychological suspense about a young archivist whose obsession with her subject’s mysterious death threatens to destroy her fragile grasp on sanity.  Open to all. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom link by email the day before the meeting.

 

Register using Code HMA165

 

 

Please join us for a book discussion of The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Wednesday, April 21 • 7:00 pm • Register online for HMA397
Registration is required to receive Zoom sign-in via email.


Please join us for a book discussion of The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Zoom

Separated by their embrace of different racial identities, two mixed-race identical twins reevaluate their choices as one raises a black daughter in their southern hometown while the other passes for white with a husband who is unaware of her heritage.Open to all. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom link by email the day before the meeting.

Register using Code HMA397

 

Regularly Scheduled Adult Programs

 
Next Chapter Book Club via Zoom
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Mondays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19, 26 • 1:30 – 2:30 pm • 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Register using code HMA264
Adults, 18 years and older, with developmental disabilities meet via ZOOM to form friendships through reading and talking about books. All are welcome, regardless of reading level, led by librarian Maureen Comerford. SSome of the books that we have enjoyed are The One and Only Ivan, Marley and Me, and Who was Dr. Seuss? Currently, we are enjoying Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen. For information, contact Ms. Comerford at 631-427-5165, ext. 237 or email . Next Chapter Book Club's website is http://nextchapterbookclub.org.
Beginner English Classes via Zoom
Beginner English Classes
Tuesdays, March 2, 9, 16; April 6, 13, 20  •  5:30 – 6:30 pm
Register using code HSA083
Open to adults 18 years and older. For details, call 631-421-5053. These classes, taught by a native English speaker, will teach basic skills in a casual and fun environment. Participants may attend as many sessions as they like. Registration required. Open to adults 18 years and older. For details, call 631-421-5053.

 

Op Ed Fridays via Zoom
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Fridays, March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm  •  2:00 – 4:00 pm
Register using code HMA524
Come share your thoughts on a changing world. We will discuss articles and share opinions on health systems, U.S. foreign policy, the current financial crisis, socialism and democracy. Leading the discussion is Dr. Milton Bloch, faculty member at Queens College and the Life Long Learning Institute, and resident of Huntington. Join us for this weekly thought provoking hour.  Open to all.  Registration, with email address, is required. You will receive a Zoom link by email prior to the program beginning.

 

 

Virtual Career Counseling via Zoom
Career Counselor @ Main Library
Tuesdays, March 9 and April 6 • 6:00 – 9:00 pm
During this difficult time the library is pleased to offer Career Counseling remotely. Make an appointment by calling the Reference Desk at 631-427-5165 ext. 251/252.   HPL cardholders preferred.

 

 

 

Restorative Yoga with Angela via Zoom
Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
March 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 13, 20, 27  •  8 sessions, $40
Register using code HMA029

For this program, you’ll need two blocks (or books), a blanket (throw blanket) and a bolster (or a standard size pillow). We will explore postures that will allow your mind, body and spirit to find stillness and peace as we seek to release tightness, tension and discomfort found within. This practice enables deep relaxation as you release into poses for longer periods of time with the use of props to completely support you. Angela Williams-Jones has multiple Yoga certifications, Kundalini Training, Advanced Teacher Training is a Usui Reiki Master/Trainer. Registration is required. Open to all.  A Zoom link will be emailed to you before the first meeting.

QiGong with Leslie via Zoom
QiGong with Dorothy Mandrakos
Mondays, March 22,29;  April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10  •  5:30pm - 6:30pm  •  8 sessions, $40
Register using code HMA025
Many ancient Chinese exercises of QiGong (“chee-gung”) evolved over 2000 years. The fluid, low impact meditative movements chosen for this series are easy to learn and non-strenuous. Practitioners can look forward to revitalizing body, mind, and spirit while enjoying supportive benefits of calmness, deeper breathing, and better circulation, balance, focus, and coordination. Teacher Leslie Martin meets you wherever you are in your health and physical ability. Wear comfortable loose clothing. Have a chair handy with a back and a firm seat. Registration required. HPL cardholders only.

 

Gentle Yoga with Ann McDermott-Kave via Zoom
Saturdays, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturdays, March 27; April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15  •  8 sessions, $40
Register using code HMA162

The instructor teaches Iyengar Yoga for all levels. Please have a mat, foam block, belt, blanket or towel. Registration required. HPL cardholders only. Limited to 24.

Pranayama: The Yogic Art of Breathing via Zoom
Pranayama: The Yogic Art of Breathing
Saturdays, March 27; April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15  •  12:15 - 1:15 pm  •  8 sessions, $40
Register using code HMA506
The practice of Pranayama involves quiet, restorative postures of the body, seated or lying down, while focusing on various breathing techniques. Through pranayama, our minds learn how to concentrate and we reduce tension in the brain. Please have a mat and 2 blankets. Registration required. HPL cardholders only.

 

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