Adult Programs

Program Registration: You will need your library card to register for all programs.
Programs with a fee require in person registration and are non-refundable.

If you will need special accommodations because of a disability, or if you need further information, please contact Judy. Moccio or Andrea Smith at (631) 581-9200 Ext.123 at least two weeks before the program so we can accommodate you.


Registration begins for EIPL cardholders onThursday, Mar ch 1 at 9 a.m.
Limit of 2 people for each exercise class (yourself & another EIPL card-holder).
Out of district registration begins on Thursday, March 8 at 9 a.m. Programs with a fee are
non-refundable and require in-person registration.

Senior Fitness (eia125)
Tuesday, March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 10, 17, 24 at 1 p.m. Fee: $21
While seated in a chair, participants engage in weight bearing
activities using dumbbells and resistance bands.

Tai Chi (eia345)
Friday, March 9, 16, 23, 30
April 6, 13, 20, 27 at 1 p.m. Fee: $24
Tai chi is now used for stress reduction and to help with a variety
of health conditions. Class size limited to 20. Must Register.

Zumba Gold (eia278)
Monday, March 5, 12, 19, 26
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 9:30 a.m. Fee: $27
Zumba is modified to suit the needs of
the active older participant.


Chair yoga (eia441)
Thursday, March 8, 15, 22, 29
April 5, 12, 19, 26 at 1 p.m. Fee: $24

Yoga (eia100)
Saturday, March 10, 17, 24, 31
April 7, 14, 21, 28 at 9 a.m. Fee: $24

Yoga (eia399)
Wednesday, March 7, 14, 21, 28
April 4, 11, 18, 25 at 10 a.m. Fee: $24v

Yoga (eia406)
Monday, March 5, 12, 19, 26
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 5:30 p.m. Fee: $27

Yoga (eia312)
Monday, March 5, 12, 19, 26
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 7 p.m. Fee: $27

Yoga (eia115)
Thursday, March 8, 15, 22, 29
April 5, 12, 19, 26 at 5:30 p.m. Fee: $24

Please bring a mat or towel
Keep in mind -
The next sign-up for adult programs is


Performance Poets Association (eia455)
Saturday, March 10 and April 14 at 2 p.m.

The PPA is hosting a monthly Saturday meeting to help bring poetry to the public. Their meetings will include
featured poets, as well as open mic for other participants. This group which has been in existence for 20 years, hosts
poetry readings all over Long Island, and publishes the PPA
Annual Literary Review.

Classic Irish Tea (eia327)
Monday, March 12 at 7 p.m.

Bring your own tea cup and enjoy a classic Irish tea. It will be a great evening of cooking demonstrations, and the tea service,as well as a sampling of freshly made pastries, tea sandwiches,savories and desserts. Recipes will also be provided. This willcertainly put you in the St. Patrick’s day spirit. Registration islimited, so register early.

Book Bash – Author Ruth Sergel (eia255)
Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m.

In commemoration of Women’s History Month, author Ruth
Sergel, 2017 American Book Award winner, will speak about her
book, (See you in the Streets! Art, Action + Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.) Ms. Sergel will be our most unusual Book Bash speaker yet; she is an author, filmmaker, and performance artist, with her installations having been exhibited at MOMA, the Boston Museum of Art and the New York Historical
Society. A graduate of Brown University, she has received many grants for her work and was invited to the White House for the Community Leaders Briefing Series. She lives most of the year in Berlin, Germany.

Night Out for Special Needs Adults (eia257)

Caregivers must be present
Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m. - Spring Floral Arrangement
Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m. - Decorative Spring Watering Can

Genetically Modified Foods
Pros & Cons of GMO Technology (eia326)
Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m.

In the past two decades, GMOs have come to dominate the American diet. Advocates hail them as an enhanced method of crop breeding. Critics call for their banishment, insisting GMOs were designed by scientists and greedy corporations to benefit an industrial food system that forces us to rely on cheap, unhealthy, processed food. Learn exactly what the technology is, where it is used and what science shows regarding its safety.

The Writers Group (eia122)
Tuesday, March 20 and April 17 at 7 p.m.

The library now has its own WRITERS GROUP run by Debra Peoples, who presented our writing workshops.
Group members will share their work with other writers to be gently critiqued, as well as sharing any thoughts on the
writing and publishing process. New members welcome.

Learn To Play Canasta (eia199)
Wednesday, March 21, 28 & April 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Join instructor Jacqui Palatnik for BEGINNER/REFRESHER CANASTA classes. This oldie, but goodie card game is challenging, stimulating and lots of fun. Come alone or bring a friend to learn this popular card game that is making a big comeback. Must have 12 people to run, so please REGISTER BY FEB. 21.

Paint A Welcome Plaque For Spring (eia339)
Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. - Fee: $5

Create a wooden WELCOME plaque that will be ready for hanging. You will be painting it with a Spring flower theme. All materials will be supplied.

The Karpenteers (eia328) Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m.
With the first few notes, you’ll realize that the catchy melodies, lush harmonies and brilliant arrangements can only belong to the Carpenters. The four talented artists of the Karpenteers combine vocals, guitar, keyboards, clarinet, and drums to recreate the original magic of the Carpenters that produced hits such as We’ve Only Just Begun, Rainy Days and Mondays, and On Top of the World.

Anti Inflammatory Eating (eia188)
Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m.

Anti-Inflammatory Eating: specific foods that can prevent disease, slow down the aging process and make weight loss easier. Chronic inflammation is the root cause of many illnesses - including heart disease, many cancers, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, asthma, depression, obesity and IBD. Holistic Health Coach, Tina Annibell will teach you how to easily shift into a way of eating that reduces chronic inflammation. Go home with printed anti-inflammatory recipes.

Travel Snacks - Jerusalem (eia106)
Friday, March 30 at 2 p.m.

Its name means “city of peace” but as a focal point of three major religions, Jerusalem has witnessed 3,000 years of bloody conflict, intrigue and passion. Over 42 minutes, Benedict Cumberbatch narrates
this intimate portrait of one of the world’s most beloved cities.

Adult Coloring Night (eia169)
Monday, April 2 at 7 p.m.

Adult coloring is not only fun but also a great way to reduce stress and spend time with friends — or meet new ones. Come in and enjoy a little relaxation and music. All supplies are provided.

Britain’s Modern Monarchy (eia332)
Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m.

2018 will be a big year for Britain’s Royal Family: Will & Kate’s next prince or princess will make his/her grand entrance, Harry and Meghan will join the UK and US in holy matrimony and the Queen will unveil her new galleries in the rafters of Westminster Abbey. Join the celebrations by looking at changing fashions, royal weddings, magnificent crown and personal jewel collections, royal residences, famous comments, even royal baby naming! As an added treat you will be served ENGLISH CHOCOLATE SPONGE CAKE - a 100 year old British family recipe. LIMITED REGISTRATION.

Cooks Among the Books Women Chefs on Television (eia129)
Wednesday, April 4 at 7 p.m.

Choose a celebrity chef from television (Food TV, PBS, etc.), pursue her recipes and pick one to make and share with the group. As always bring copies of the recipe for everyone. Remember the library has many cookbooks from the likes of Giada, Ina, and Lidia, just to name a few.

Senior Advocate (eia201)
Monday, April 9 from 9 to 11 a.m.

The East Islip Public Library has been fortunate to make available the services of a Senior Advocate from the Suffolk County Office of the Aging on the 2nd Monday, every other month. The Senior Advocates assist those over 60 with issues of aging, such as; health, care giving, nutrition, housing, heating, and obtaining benefits.

Elderlaw Update (eia340)
Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m.

Protect yourself and your family by attending a lecture given by George Roach, former Chief Attorney in charge of the Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County’s Senior Citizen Division. Some of the topics covered are Medicaid, protecting your assets, long term care insurance, and necessary legal documents.

Amazing Paninis - Chef Rob Scott (eia311)
Wednesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. - Fee: $7

Three delicious paninis are on Chef Rob’s menu. You will learn to make and sample the following: grilled asparagus, prosciutto & mozzarella, Hawaiian chicken with sweet onions & grilled pineapples; and a dessert panini.

Historic Crimes of Long Island (eia254)
Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m.

Award winning author and historian Kerriann Flanagan Brosky will speak about fascinating misdeeds on Long Island from the 1600s to the 1950s. Learn about some of the ghastly crimes committed on Long Island – from the tar, feathering and murder of Charles Kelsey in 1872, to the East Hampton witch trial of 1657 and the kidnapping of Alice Parson in 1937. She will be at the library to discuss her findings and sign books.

Country Classics with Rob & Patty (eia206)
Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m.

Kick back and enjoy an afternoon of timeless country favorites from days gone by, with some dance demos thrown into the mix. You will enjoy the music of such performers as Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Patsy Kline, John Denver & more.

Love Letters - A Play (eia330)
Monday, April 16 at 7 p.m.

A.R. Gurney’s two-character play follows the relationship between a stuffy W.A.S.P. and a free-spirited woman, throughout their lives from childhood to death, as chronicled in the letters they write to each other for over 50 years. This Broadway hit is very simply presented with humor and honesty and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Water Quality on Long Island (eia200)
Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m.

Marshall Brown - co-founder and president of Save the Great South Bay will present an informative discussion on Long Island’s water problems. This group advocates a systematic, scientifically driven approach to the bay’s management. Science, not politics. A healthy bay means a healthy economy for the South Shore.

Travel Snacks - In the Footsteps of Ruth Reichl
A NYC Food Odyssey (eia106)
Friday, April 27 at 2 p.m.

Ruth Reichl was the NY Times food critic from 1993-1999, famous for her “populist” reviews of restaurants that everyone could enjoy and afford. With foreknowledge of her (often very funny) reviews, we will walk in Ruth’s footsteps to “visit” seven of them. Then we’ll explore their neighborhoods, visiting both familiar and new attractions.


Try Something New - Enjoy Something Different

THE SENSE OF HARMONY– NR; 57 min; 2014
From filmmaker Elizabeth Lennard comes a definitive look at one of the greatest visionaries of the Gilded Age -- a literary genius, cosmopolitan and activist, whose vivid portrayal of society still resonates today: Edith Wharton. A born storyteller whose career stretched over forty years, Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was the first woman to receive an honorary degree from Yale and to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Best known for writing such iconic novels as The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth, and Ethan Frome. This is being shown as part of our Edith Wharton Film series on Wednesdays in January.

Academy Award-winner Ron Howard’s authorized and highly anticipated documentary feature film about The Beatles’ unprecedented early career is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966), the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. Ron Howard’s film explores how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become this extraordinary phenomenon, ‘The Beatles.’

Wednesdays at 2:15 p.m

3/7 – Viceroy’s House (2017); 107 min.; NR
Starring: Hugh Bonneville
3/14 – A United Kingdom (2016); 111 min.; PG-13
Starring: Rosamund Pike & David Oyelowo
3/21 – Cromwell (1970); 145 min.; G
Starring: Richard Harris & Alec Guinness

4/4 – Marshall (2017); 118 min.; PG-13
Starring: Chadwick Boseman & Kate Hudson
4/11 – Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017); 117 min.; PG-13 |
Starring: Denzel Washington
4/18 – Legal Eagles (1986); 114 min.; PG
Starring: Robert Redford & Debra Winger
4/25 – Inherit the Wind (1960); 127 min.; NR

AT 2 P.M. (EIA184) Wednesdays at 2:15 p.m

THE SENSE OF HARMONY– NR; 57 min; 2014

From filmmaker Elizabeth Lennard comes a definitive look at one of the greatest visionaries of the Gilded Age -- a literary genius, cosmopolitan and activist, whose vivid portrayal of society still resonates today: Edith Wharton. A born storyteller whose career stretched over forty years, Edith Wharton (1862- 1937) was the first woman to receive an honorary degree from Yale and to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Best known for
writing such iconic novels as The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth, and Ethan Frome.

OF DOLLS AND MURDER - NR; 70 min; 1012

Before forensics, DNA, and CSI there were dollhouses, an unimaginable
collection of miniature crime scenes, known as the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. Created in the 1930s and 1940s by a crime-fighting grandmother, Frances Glessner Lee developed the Nutshells to help homicide detectives hone their investigative skills. These surreal doll-houses reveal a dystopic and disturbing slice of domestic life with doll corpses
representing actual murder victims, or perhaps something that just looks like murder. Despite all the advances in forensics, the Nutshells are still used today to train detectives.

(show time 2:15 p.m.)

Loving Vincent
Van Gogh’s paintings are brought to life to tell his
remarkable story.
Rated: PG-13; 95 min.; 2017
Starring: Saoirse Ronan
A 10-year-old boy with a facial deformity attends
school for the first time in 5th grade.
Rated: PG; 114 min.; 2017
Starring: Julia Roberts
Murder on the Orient Express
When a murder occurs on a train, detective Hercule
Poirot is recruited to solve the case.
Rated: PG-13; 114 min.; 2017
Starring: Kenneth Branagh
Battle of the Sexes
The true story of the 1973 tennis match between
Billie Jean King and ex-champ Bobby Riggs.
Rated: PG-13; 121 min.; 2017
Starring: Emma Stone and Steve Carell
Secrets of Jerusalem’s Holiest Sites
Bennedict Cumberbatch narrates an intimate
portrait of one of the world's most beloved cities.
Rated: NR; 42 min.; 2015
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
A mother challenges the local authorities to solve
her daughter’s murder.
Rated: R; 115 min.; 2017
Starring: Frances McDormand
I, Tonya
A tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding,
and one of the most sensational sports scandals.
Rated: R; 119 min.; 2017
Starring: Allison Janney
Home Again
A recently separated gal moves to L.A., where she
invites three young men to stay in her guesthouse.
Rated: PG-13; 97 min.; 2017
Starring: Reese Witherspoon
Goodbye Christopher Robin

The life of A.A. Milne and the creation of the
Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son.
Rated: PG; 107 min.; 2017
Starring: Margot Robbie



Join us each month for a great discussion of some of the most interesting fiction and non-fiction books.
Good company and refreshments are on the agenda. Please sign up.
A copy of each book is available at the Circulation Desk.

The Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman
Wednesday March 14, 2018

Dead Wake
Spaceman: An Astronaut's
Unlikely Journey To Unlock The Secrets To The Universe
by Mike Massimino
Wednesday April 18, 2018



The East Islip Public Library is pleased to offer a free family pass to these museums:
  • Children’s Museum of Manhattan in NYC
  • Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton
  • Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City
  • Fire Island Lighthouse at Robert Moses State Park
  • Guggenheim Museum in NYC
  • Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City
  • Long Island Science Center in Riverhead
  • Museum of the City of New York in NYC
  • South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton
  • Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport

Adults with library cards in good standing may reserve the pass in advance and check it out on their library card. Each pass is good for general admission for two adults and up to four children. Reservations must be made in person at the Children’s Desk.



Bus Trips:


Overnight Bus Trip To Salem, Massachusetts (EIA198)
Date: Friday, April 6 - Saturday, April 7, 2018
Bus departs East Islip Library: 7 a.m.
*Cost of trip: $250 pp/double room $325 pp/single room
Check or money order to: Islip Public Library
Registration ends: Monday, February 5 at 9 p.m.
Please note: No refunds will be issued after Monday, February 5 unless your seat can be taken by someone else. Overnight accommodations will be at the Hawthorne Hotel. Upon arrival we will enjoy a buffet luncheon at Finz Restaurant and then visit the Salem Witch Museum. We’ll check into the hotel, enjoy dinner (on
your own) and explore. The Hawthorne Hotel is located in the heart of Salem and is in walking distance to restaurants and attractions (a bar and restaurant also located inside the hotel). We will meet up later
that evening for a 90-minute Walking Tour of Salem with Hocus Pocus Tours. The next day hotel checkout is at 11 a.m. and we will head to the Village Tavern for a buffet brunch. After, we’re off to the House of the
Seven Gables which includes a 30-minute guided tour of the house, self-guided tours of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birth house and the Retire Beckett House which is the oldest house on site (1655).
Afterwards, you’ll have some free time before we board the bus for home.
*Cost of trip includes: transportation via Hampton Jitney Motorcoach;
buffet luncheon at Finz Restaurant; admission to the Witch
Museum; overnight accommodations at the Hawthorne Hotel; Hocus
Pocus Tour ticket; brunch buffet at Village Tavern; and admission ticket to the House of the Seven Gables.
Approximate return time: 9 p.m.

Tour of North Fork, Long Island (EIA203)
Date: Saturday, May 19
Bus departs East Islip Library parking lot: 8 a.m.
Bus departs Islip Library parking lot: 8:15 a.m.
Fee: $105 Check or money order payable to: Islip Public Library
Registration ends: Tuesday, April 17 at 9 p.m.

No refunds will be issued after Tuesday, April 17 unless your seat can be filled by someone else.
Our day will begin in Riverhead, where we will meet our stepon tour guide, Bruce Michael. Along the way Bruce will give us a tour of the Rt. 25 wine trail, as well as Sound Avenue, describing the history of each town and pointing out significant landmarks. We will make a stop at Love Lane in Mattituck, home of many fine and diverse shops. We will also visit the Catapano Dairy Farm for a tour, interactive goat milking demonstration, cheese sampling and everyone will receive a bar of pure goat milk soap! We will enjoy a 12 noon buffet luncheon
at Noah’s Restaurant. Noah’s Restaurant is located in the heart of Greenport, known for their locally-sourced ingredients. Following lunch it’s an afternoon of wine tasting! We’ll head to Osprey’s Dominion where you will receive a voucher for four wine tastings and, weather permitting, there will be live music playing in their gazebo. Afterwards, we will make a stop at Briermere Farms, known for their pies. Our day concludes at
Baiting Hollow Vineyard and Horse Rescue for a tour of the vineyard which includes visiting the horses that they’ve rescued a s well as a wine tasting, including an assortment of cheeses.
Cost of trip includes transportation via motor-coach, tour of North Fork with step-on tour guide Bruce Michael, tour
of Catapano Dairy Farm, buffet luncheon at Noah’s Restaurant, wine tasting at Osprey’s Dominion and Baiting Hollow
Horse Rescue. Approximate return time: 6:30 p.m.AS

Train Trips:

nyc train

For $10 (cash only) round trip
Saturday, April 14
(Purchase tickets by Monday, April 9)
SATURDAY AT 8:58 a.m.

The day of the trip, arrive at the Great River train station by 8:40 a.m. where you will be issued your return ticket on the platform. Everyone will board the same train for the trip into NYC (with a change at Jamaica). Your return ticket can be used for any train you choose on the same day.
Please sign up and pay for your ticket (non-refundable) at the Circulation Desk.


Wednesday, March 28 from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
***Please bring your aarp card***
Sign ups start March 8 for district residents and March 9 for non-district residents. A $20 check or money order made out to AARP for AARP card holders, or a $25 check for non-AARP members to be paid at the Circulation Desk. You must have your New York State Drivers License with you on the day of class. Enrollment is limited, first-come, first-served. Class starts promptly at 9:15 a.m. late comers will not be admitted. There will be a 30 min. lunch break; a bag lunch is suggested. Register at the Circulation Desk.

Saturday, March 24 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Fee: $40.
Register in advance for this course at the Circulation Desk with a non-refundable check or money order for $40 made payable to the All Suffolk Auto School. A bag lunch is suggested.

Blood Pressure Screening (EIA149)
Blood Pressure Screening, scheduled on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
Tuesday, March 27 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tuesday, April 24 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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