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.


Irish Humorous Songs With Jim Hawkins (eia353) Sunday, March 17
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a laugh and a song.
Join Jim Hawkins with his gift of storytelling and singing to learn a little more about Irish history, culture and traditions.

The New York Exceptions (eia272) Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m.
Sing along with music from the 50’s & 60's with the New York Exceptions. This tribute group will be singing the songs of Chuck Berry, Wilson Pickett, Dion, the Drifters and more. It will be fun!

Naomi Zeitlin - Divas Of Soul (eia357) Sunday, April 7
Naomi turns her talents to the music of famous soul divas including Tina Turner, Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Esther Phillips, Martha and the Vandellas, Patti LaBelle, Adele, and others. Her energy and enthusiasm combined with showmanship and style will leave you thoroughly entertained.


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

Senior Fitness (eia125)
Tuesday, March 12, 19, 26
April 2, 9, 16, 30 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 8, 15, 22, 29 April 5, 12, 19, 26 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 11, 18, 25 April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 9:30 a.m. Fee: $18
Zumba is modified to suit the needs of the active older participant.


Chair yoga (eia441)
Please note time change
Thursday, March 14, 21, 28 April 4, 11, 18, 25 at 1:30 p.m. Fee: $21
Yoga (eia100)
Saturday, March 9, 16, 23, 30 April 6, 13, 20, 27 at 9 a.m. Fee: $24
Yoga (eia399)
Wednesday, March 13, 20, 27 April 3, 10, 17 at 10 a.m. Fee: $18
Yoga (eia406)
Monday, March 11, 18, 25 April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 5:30 p.m. Fee: $24
Yoga (eia312)
Monday, March 11, 18, 25 April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 7 p.m. Fee: $24
Yoga (eia115)
Thursday, March 14, 21, 28 April 4, 11, 18, 25 at 5:30 p.m. Fee: $21





National Library Week, an annual event celebrating the contributions of libraries and librarians, runs from April 7-13 this year. Long Island libraries join the celebration by sponsoring “Long Island Reads – One Island, One Book” where book lovers in Nassau and Suffolk come together to read the same book, participate in discussions of the selection, and enjoy related events. This year’s selection is The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer. The book is the story of a college freshman who finds her perspectives transformed by a mentor at the center of the women’s movement. The East Islip Public Library will be holding a discussion of The Female Persuasion on Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. Long Island Reads will honor Ms. Wolitzer in person at an award ceremony and author talk on Sunday, April 7 at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library. Free tickets available online on March 1st.

Performance Poets Association (eia455)
Saturday, March 9 and April 13 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 hosts poetry readings all over Long Island, and publishes the PPA Annual Literary Review.

Irish Heritage Cooking (eia298)
Monday, March 11 at 7 p.m. - Fee: $5

Join Chef Barbara for one of her most popular classes, “Irish Heritage Cooking.” This is not the standard “boiled cuisine,” instead, she invites you into an Irish kitchen to enjoy some of the basic yet classic food, along with basic cooking techniques. The menu is as follows: Irish Soda Bread, Carrot Soup, Shepherd’s Pie, Colcannon Potatoes and “Special treat” Guinness Brownies

Spring Clean Your Life Three Steps to the Life You Want (eia354)
Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m.

How often do you fantasize about the life you always wanted for yourself but never seem to enjoy? But how do we begin living the life we want and, once we begin, how do we keep on living it through stress, chaos, loss, and setbacks? This seminar will help us with that and is divided into three segments: lecture, meditation, and question-and-answer period.

Going South of the Border with Chef Rob Scott (eia356)
Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. - Fee $7

Join Chef Rob Scott for a Mexican Fiesta. He will prepare and share food and recipes for South of the Border Lasagna and Tortilla Soup with cheese and sour cream. It’s never too early to get ready for Cinco de Mayo.

Night Out for Special Needs Adults (eia257)- Caregivers Must Be Present
Monday, March 18 - Decorate a Clay Pot with Flowers
Thursday, April 25 - A Tissue Paper Bunny Craft.

The Writer’s Group at the EIPL (eia122) Tuesday, March 19
& Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m

Writing and publishing can be a very solitary endeavor and writers need support. EIPL Writer’s Group Moderator, Debra Peoples provides that support. Join our group of writers as they share their work and tips on getting published. Attendance at the group has diminished, and we don’t want to have to cancel this opportunity for local authors. If you are interested and can’t attend due to the current day or time, please let us know (581-9200 x 5).

Create An Author Website (eia351)
Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m.

Thinking of publishing a book and wondering if you need an author website? The answer is YES, you do! We’ll be looking at different author websites and discuss the basic components of an author site, ways to tailor it and how to write website copy.

Bohlsen Local History Lecture Series
Islip and the Struggle for Women’s Suffrage in NY State
Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m.

On November 6, 1917 an important vote occurred on the proposed amendment to the New York State Constitution that would grant suffrage to women in New York State. While many Islip residents were involved, two women with ties to the Town were major financiers for the effort and were responsible for the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Islip Town Historian, George J Munkenbeck will fill us in on these two impressive women.

Batman Year One (eia323)
Saturday, March 23, from 2 – 3 p.m.

Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Dark Knight with this thrilling DC Universe Animated Original Movie featuring Bryan Cranston and Ben McKenzie. Bruce Wayne returns home after years abroad to become the masked vigilante Batman, the city explodes as his new nemesis Catwoman, the mob and Gordon all close in!

Downsizing & Making Some Money Too (eia297)
Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m.

Have “too much stuff” and/or are attempting to downsize, move, or are left with an estate of a loved one filled with “stuff”? This lecture will help with the many decisions that come with downsizing: selling (ebay, Facebook marketplace, Etsy, etc), donating to charity, keeping, or even hireing a professional tag sale company.

Herbal Science & Its Health Benefits (eia299)
Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Rasheed, a Ph.D in Pharmacology, has 20 years of research on drugs and natural products used with respect to reducing cancer, inflammation, thrombosis, and pain. Her goal is to educate people on the health and medicinal values of natural products.

The Comedy Team of Laurel & Hardy (eia301)
Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m.

Popular comedy team Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy appeared together in more than 100 films. Join Larry Wolff of the International Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society as he explores the lives of this comedy. Enjoy a memorabilia display! If you plan to attend this program, consider coming that afternoon to the 2:15 p.m. showing of Stan & Ollie, a new film about the duo’s tour of post-war Britain as they attempt to reignite their film career.

Find Your Family Roots Online (eia322)
Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m.

An introductory genealogical presentation with a focus on online research: what it can and cannot accomplish.

Did my Grandmother have a Family? Use of Documents & DNA (eia347)
Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m.

An intermediate genealogy program that focuses on problem solving strategies.

Travel Snacks - Ireland (eia106)
Friday, March 29 at 2 p.m.

Join food and travel writer, cookbook author, and photographer Margaret M. Johnson for an armchair guide around Ireland. She has worked food and travel events with Tourism Ireland, Bord Bia (Irish Food Board) and the Irish Dairy Board.

Cooks Among the Books - Spring/Easter (eia129)
Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m.

If you celebrate Easter with a traditional menu, bring in one of your favorite recipes. Or perhaps Springtime makes you want to try something new. Share a recipe that helps us celebrate the season.

Identity Theft Workshop (eia321)
Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m.

The Bethpage Federal Credit Union will present this workshop to inform participants about what they can do to protect themselves against identity theft and the steps they can take to recover if they do become a victim.

Make It At Our Learning Fair-Saturday, April 6
Registration is necessary for the following as space is limited
Soap Making (eia348) – 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join Carly McAllister from the Modern Primal Soap Co. as she demonstrates how to make soap. You will leave with a sample as well as the recipe.

Make A Porcupine From Recycled Books (eia350) 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Doesn’t seem possible but every participant will be creating an adorable porcupine from an old book. There will also be samples of other items you can make.

Jewelry Making (eia349) 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Learn the craft of jewelry making with a simple project of working with beads and charms to make earrings.

Senior Advocate (eia201)
Monday, April 8 at 9 a.m.

Senior Advocates educate seniors on benefits they may be eligible for and assist them in applying for those benefits. Emphasis is on programs that foster economic independence such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly known as Food Stamps), Medicare Savings Program (MSP), and HEAP.

Hiking Long Island A Comprehensive Guide to Parks and Trails (eia352)
Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m.

Lee McAllister is a naturalist, photographer and the author of two books on hiking. His Hiking Long Island book is currently out in its 4th edition. He will lecture on L.I.’s many hiking opportunities and show photos of the natural beauty that can be experienced by walkers here.

Decoupage Paper Mache Rabbit (eia355)
Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. - Fee $7

You’ve seen these decoupaged paper mache rabbits in catalogs, on Etsy, and in popular retail stores. Now decoupage and decorate a paper mache rabbit and make your own masterpiece.

Travel Snacks - River Boat Cruising (eia106)
Friday, April 26 at 2 p.m
This is a great overview on river boat cruising both abroad and in the United States. It will include places to see, the different cruise lines, as well as specialty cruises.

Star Wars Day
May 4th from 1-3:15 p.m.

May the 4th be with you. In celebration of Star Wars Day, the library will be showing, Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Family Afternoon at the Long Island Ducks Sunday
May 19, at 1:35 p.m. Open to All - Fee: $11

Enjoy discounted tickets to the Long Island Ducks; after the game, children may run around the bases! Pick up tickets one week before the game. We will meet at the stadium, transportation is on your own. Payment is due upon in-person registration.

Income Tax Information
Let the library help you with the annual task of filing your personal income tax returns. The library will have available (in the side stairwell) a small array of NYS and US forms for you to take
home. We will display whatever forms the tax agencies send us this year. If you do not find the form you need, a Reference Librarian will help print one copy from the Internet. You may also want to borrow a
tax guide from one of the well know publishers.

VITA Tax Assistance
The East Islip Public Library is fortunate this year to again have VITA volunteers coming to the library to assist low to moderate income individuals (less than $50,000) with filing their basic tax
returns. Volunteers will be at the library on Thursdays from 10-3 p.m. starting February, 7 through April 4, 2019. Call the Reference Desk (581-9200 x5) to make an appointment. You will be asked to bring
photo identification, your social security card, W-2 and 1099 forms, a copy of last year’s returns, change in order to make copies and the bank routing account numbers for direct deposit.



3/6 – A Star is Born (2018); 135 min.; R
Starring: Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga
3/13 – Bohemian Rhapsody (2018); 134 min.; PG-13
Starring: Rami Malek
3/20 – I Can Only Imagine (2018); 110 min.; PG
Starring: Dennis Quaid
3/27 - Stan & Ollie (2018); 98 min.; PG
Laurel and Hardy, the world’s most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song - a grueling theatre tour of post-war Britain. Starring: John C. Reilly & Steve Coogan.
After the film attend our 7 p.m. program this evening by Larry Wolff of the International Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society as he explores the lives of this great comedy duo and shows some of their funniest short subjects.


4/3 – Front Runner (2018); 113 min.; R
Starring: Hugh Jackman
4/10 – Vice (2018); 132 min.; R
Starring: Amy Adams & Christian Bale
4/17 – LBJ (2016) 98 min.; R
Starring: Woody Harrelson
4/24 – Norman (2016); 119 min.; R
Starring: Richard Gere & Michael Sheen



3/16 - Tea with the Dames (2018); 84 min; NR
An afternoon conversation with Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, and Maggie Smith is spotlighted in this documentary. They reminisce over their early acting days during the 1950s, relive pivotal moments in their amazing careers, and more.
4/20 - Trashed– (2012); 98 min; NR
Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem by traveling around the world to beautiful destinations that have been tainted by pollution.



5/7 – In The Fade (2017); 106 min; R; (German)
Katja’s life falls apart in the blink of an eye when she loses her loved ones in a terrorist attack.
After a period of grief and mourning, Katja decides to seek revenge.


(Start at 2 p.m. sharp unless otherwise noted)

Christopher Robin

Winne the Pooh ventures into London to turn a middle-aged Christopher Robin’s life around.
Rated: PG; 120 min.; 2018 Starring: Ewan McGregor
First Man

Astronaut Neil Armstrong rigorously trains to become the first man to walk on the moon.
Rated: PG-13; 141 min.; 2018 Starring: Ryan Gosling & Claire Foy
Mary Queen of Scots

Scottish Queen Mary becomes a political and romantic rival to her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. Rated: R; 124 min.; 2019 Sexual Content Starring: Saoirse Ronan & Margot Robbie
Green Book

A white bouncer bonds with a black musician while chauffeuring him around the Jim Crow South.
Rated: PG-13; 130 min.; 2018 Starring: Viggo Mortensen & Mahershala Ali
The Favourite

As a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne, a close friend governs the country in her stead and
takes a fancy to a new servant.
Rated: R; 119 min.; 2018 Sexual Content Starring: Emma Stone & Rachel Weisz
Private War

Based on the true story of Long Islander, journalist Marie Colvin, who died covering the Syrian civil war. Rated: R; 106 min.; 2018 Sexual Content Starring: Rosamund Pike & Jamie Dornan
Easter Parade

A hoofer tries to mold a singer into a Broadway star.
Rated: NR; 107 min.; 1948 Starring: Fred Astaire & Judy Garland
Can You Ever Forgive Me
When author Lee Israel’s books stop selling, she turns her art form to deception.
Rated: R; 106 min.; 2018 Starring: Melissa McCarthy


Wednesdays at 7 p.m. (EIA144)
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 Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Dead Wake
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Wednesday, April 17, 2019



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:


Country Living Fair (EIA316)
Dinner at the Tavern at the Beekman Arms
Date: Saturday, June 1
Bus departs E.I. Library parking lot: 7:15 a.m.
Fee: $95 Check or money order payable to: Islip Public Library
Registration ends: Tuesday, April 30 at 9 p.m.

Journey with us to the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY, at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds.
Enjoy a day of great shopping, seminars, demonstrations, delicious food, and a chance to meet the editors of Country Living Magazine! You will have approximately 5 - 5 ½ hours at the Fair. Next it’s a short ride to the Tavern at the Beekman Arms, a 1766 Inn located in Rhinebeck for a 5 p.m. dinner. Trip is rain or shine; dress appropriately.
Cost includes transportation via motorcoach, admission to the Country Living Fair
and dinner at the Tavern at the Beekman Arms.
Approximate return time: 10 p.m.

Train Trips:

nyc train

For $10 (cash only) round trip Saturday, April 6, 2019
(Purchase tickets by Monday, April 1, 2019 )
Train leaves Great River Saturday at 8:58 a.m.
Your tickets are paid for at the EIPL.
The day of the trip, arrive at the Great River train station by 8:40 a.m., and 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.

AARP Smart Driving Course (eia140)
Tuesday, April 9 from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4 from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
***Please bring your aarp card***
Signups for April start on Thursday, March 14 for district residents and Friday, March 15 for non-district residents. Signups for June start on Thursday, May 9 for district residents and Friday, May 10 for non-district residents. A $20 check or money order made out to AARP for AARP cardholders, or a $25 check for non-AARP members to be paid at the Circulation Desk. You must have your New York State Driver’s 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.

Defensive Driving Course (EIA153)
Defensive Driving Course (eia153)
Empire Safety Council Please note time change
Saturday, April 13 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Fee: $25.
Saturday, June 1 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Fee: $25
Register in advance for this course at the Circulation Desk with a non-refundable check or money order for $25 made payable to the East Islip Public Library. A bag lunch is suggested.

Senior Advocate (EIA201)
Monday, April 8 at 9 a.m.
One-On-One Medicare Counseling and Assistance (EIA156)
Must be Medicare Eligible.

One-On-One Medicare Counseling and Assistance Must Be Medicare Eligible (eia156) Wednesday, March 13 and Wednesday, April 10 at 10 a.m.
Meet with a Suffolk County RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) volunteer from HIICAP (Health Insurance Information, Counseling & Assistance Program) to answer questions and provide information specific to your needs regarding Medicare health insurance and benefits, Medicare Savings Programs, Extra Help for prescription drugs and EPIC. Register at the Reference Desk.

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