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Long Island Reads… Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by by Franklin Square native (and Big Bang Theory guest star!) Mike Massimino.Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe / Mike Massimino

Each year, readers from all over Long Island gather together to participate in Long Island Reads, an Island-wide reading project designed to bring together readers from across Nassau and Suffolk Counties to discuss a book with a Long Island connection and participate in library-sponsored activities and events associated with the title.

This year’s pick is Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Franklin Square native (and Big Bang Theory guest star!) Mike Massimino. The memoir is the spellbinding true story of a Long Island boy who became one of our best-known living space travelers. Despite daunting challenges and numerous setbacks, Mike never gave up his dream of becoming an astronaut. His book brings the reader into a rare, wonderful world where nerdy science meets thrilling adventure, and pulls back a curtain on just what it really means to have “the right stuff.”

How Can You Participate In Long Island Reads 2018?

  • Check out or download a copy of Spaceman from the Huntington Public Library collection; CD books and Large Print versions are available. Please ask one of our librarians to assist you in locating or downloading a copy.
  • Participate in a local book discussion of Spaceman at the Huntington Public Library on Monday, April 9 at 7:00 pm in our Main Meeting Room. The discussion is open to all but registration is required (HMA397)
  • Attend the free, ticketed, author event at the Hillwood Recital Hall on the C.W. Post Campus on Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 PM where Eric Larson will read from his work, talk about the process of writing Dead Wake and answer questions. Information about free tickets for the event may be found after March 15 at longislandreads.org. Tickets are required for entry to the event and seating will be first come, first seated.
  • Attend the free, ticketed author event at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm, where Mike Massimino will read from his work, talk about the process of writing Spaceman and answer questions. Information about free tickets for the event may be found on March 1, 2018 at https://longislandreads.wordpress.com. Tickets are required for entry to the event and seating will be first come, first seated.

 

 

Free Tax Preparation
Saturdays, February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7 & 14 • Station Community Room
Register using code HSA045

Free Tax preparation is available at our Station Branch on Saturdays, beginning in February and ending before April 15. Please note that some tax information, especially from brokerage firms, may not be sent until the end of February. Appointments slots are: 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am & 12:00 pm

AARP Tax-Aide is administered by the AARP Foundation, in cooperation with the IRS. Electronic filing (e*filing) is included. Please bring your current tax records and copies of your last filed federal and state tax returns. All persons listed on the tax return must be present and must bring a photo ID and a Social Security card or another form of Social Security verification. Call 631-427-5165 ext. 251, or 122, for complete information and to make a reservation. Registration required. HPL cardholders only for the first week; after that, appointments are open to all.

AARP Tax-Aide is a free tax counseling and preparation service, helping low and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to people ages 60 years and older. AARP Tax Aide volunteers cannot prepare returns that include rental property, military income, alternative minimum tax, or those with many stock transactions.

Acting Workshop for Adults
Acting Workshop for Adults
Thursdays, January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1 • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm  •  Auditorium
Register using code HMA166
Explore your inner actor participating in Theater Games, Scene Study, Monologues, and a final group performance to which your friends and family are invited. Helen Murdock-Prep is a Theatre Educator, Writer, Actor, Calligrapher, and Cartoonist.   Registration required with non-refundable payment of $40.00 online or in-person with check or money order payable to Huntington Public Library. HPL cardholders only. Open to all on January 9.

 

 

 

Geeks, Books & Coffee
Monday, January 29 • 6:00pm • Station Small Meeting Room
Register using code HSA274
Join the library book club that is going to discuss all things geek culture. Books and comics are being turned into Movies & TV shows at a rapid pace, and we can’t get enough of them. Let’s binge together through the Nerdosphere! Every two months we will explore a particular theme that is of interest to the group. Starting off, the club will be discussing books that are headed to Film and TV screens near you! Come for an adventurous discussion of books, comics, TV and film and yes there will be coffee!   Registration required. HPL cardholders only.

 

 

Improvisational Theater and Playwriting
Improvisational Theater and Playwriting
Tuesday, February 20 • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm • Auditorium
Register using code HMA559
Participate in improvisational theater with Dr. Milton Bloch, Director. Sharpen your wit and improve your memory, as you imagine problems, consider creative solutions and perform them on stage.   Registration required. Open to all.

 

 

 

Geeks, Books & Coffee
Monday, February 26 • 6:00pm • Station Small Meeting Room
Register using code HSA274
Join the library book club that is going to discuss all things geek culture. Books and comics are being turned into Movies & TV shows at a rapid pace, and we can’t get enough of them. Let’s binge together through the Nerdosphere! Every two months we will explore a particular theme that is of interest to the group. Starting off, the club will be discussing books that are headed to Film and TV screens near you! Come for an adventurous discussion of books, comics, TV and film and yes there will be coffee!   Registration required. HPL cardholders only.

 

 

Regularly Scheduled Adult Programs

 
Coloring & Paper Crafternoons
Thursdays, March 1, 15; April 5, 19 • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm • Meeting Room
Relax while coloring or making simple, fun, paper crafts. Bring your own coloring supplies. Annina Luck provides a craft activity and inspiration on the second of the two dates each month.  No registration required. Open to all.

 

 

Bridge Club
Fridays, March 2 – April 27  •  10:00 am – 12:00 pm  •   Meeting Room
Register using code HMA179 
 
No registration required. Open to all.

 

 

 

YMCA Enhance Fitness Program
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, March 5 thru June 22 • 2:30 - 3:30 pm · Station Community Room
Register using code HSA308
Enhance Fitness is a proven community based senior fitness and arthritis management program. Its purpose is to help older adults become more active, energized, and empowered for independent living. The program consists of low impact exercise classes that are safe and challenging for older adults of all fitness levels and focuses on increasing cardiovascular endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility which can help reduce arthritis symptoms. A certified instructor leads classes at a pace that works for each participant. Registration for this program is directly through the YMCA. Call 631-421-4242.

 

 

Painting with Pastels taught by Anne Gunthner
Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19 & 26 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm · Station Community Room
Register using code HSA253
Whether you are a new-comer or have used pastels before, this class will cover new and additional information to help you achieve the next level in pastel painting. Always important, the concept of value, chroma and intensity of color (and how to determine the appropriate application of each)will be demonstrated and discussed. We will also cover basic design elements such as proportion, perspective, compositional balance, etc. Supplies: A multi-colored pad (of Canson basic pastel paper (may be purchased at Michael’s or Riebes), no smaller than 9 x 12” Foam core board (or similar) to back your pastel paper with, a table easel with a drop cloth of some sort to put under your easel, at least one box of pastels (Michaels brand is fine but please purchase 24 color size if possible) Paper Towels, clamps and/or masking tape, good reference landscape photos or still life objects. A non-refundable payment of $40.00 is due at time of registration online or in person by check or money order made payable to Huntington Public Library.   Registration required. HPL cardholders only.

 

 

Op Ed Fridays
Op-Ed-Fridays
Fridays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30;  April 6, 13, 20, 27  •  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm •Meeting Room
Register using code HMA524
Discuss articles about current issues with Dr. Milton Block, faculty member at Queens College and the Life Long Learning Institute.   No registration required. Open to all.

 

 

Chair Yoga with Bonnie Millen
Chair-Yoga-with-Bonnie-Millen
Tuesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 22, 29; June 5, 12, 19, 26  •  10:45 am – 11:45 am, OR
Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 24, 31; June 7, 14, 21, 28
 •  10:00 am - 11:00 am  •   Auditorium
Register using code HMA500 (Tuesdays)
Register using code HMA502 (Thursdays)
Gentle movements from the comfort of a chair help increase strength and mobility. Hand weights provided. Registration required for either the Tuesday OR the Thursday class with non-refundable payment of $50.00 (10 sessions) online, by credit card, or in-person by check or money order payable to Huntington Public Library.   Registration begins March 1st for HPL cardholders and March 8th for out-of-district residents.

 

 

 

Caregiver Ambassador Program
Mondays, March 12 & April 9 • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm •Main Library, Main Floor –Sign in at Adult Reference Desk
Register using code HMA969
As part of Parker Jewish Institute’s Willing Hearts, Helpful Hands Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative, a Caregiver Ambassador will meet one-on-one with caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. The licensed social worker is trained to assist with information and referrals regarding caregiver programs, medical care, respite care, benefits, support groups, and more. She will offer free memory screenings, tips on how to speak with your doctor about memory problems, and will discuss with caregivers the importance of taking a break!   Open to all. First come, first served.

 

 

 

"Walk This Way!" Walking Club
Fridays, April 6, 13, 20, 27  •  9:30 am – 10:30 am  •  Heckscher Park
Register using code HMA615
Our popular walking program is back for the spring! A great opportunity to get fit with friends, and meet new friends, too. Wear your walking shoes, bring your Fitbit or step tracker, and “Walk Your Way” to a better you! Meet at Heckscher Park, Route 25A & Prime Avenue, in the parking lot on Prime Avenue.   Registration required. Open to all.
Beginner English Classes
Beginner English Classes
Tuesdays, March 6, 20, 27; April 3, 10 & 24; > •  5:30 pm - 6:30
Thursdays, March 8, 22, 29; April 5, 12 & 19 •  5:30 pm - 6:30
Register using code HSA083
All sessions are in the Station Community Room. Huntington Library is offering beginner English class for new English speakers with little or no English skills. A Native English speaker will teach this class which is designed to help new English speakers practice and improve Basic English skills in a casual and fun environment. Participants may attend as many sessions as they like. Registration required. Open to all.

 

Gentle Yoga with Ann
Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 23, 30; June 6, 13, 20, 27  •  11:00 am to 12:00 pm • Auditorium
OR Saturdays,  April 7, 14, 21, 28; May 19; June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 •  11:00 am to 12:00 pm • Auditorium
Register using code HMA163 (Wednesdays)
Register using code HMA162 (Saturdays)
Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher Ann McDermott-Kave teaches this class for all levels. Registration required with non-refundable payment of $50.00 for Wednesdays (10 sessions) OR $50.00 for Saturdays (10 sessions) online by credit card, or in-person by check or money order payable to Huntington Public Library.   Registration begins March 1st for HPL cardholders and March 8th for out-of-district residents.

 

 

 

Intermediate English Classes
Intermediate English Classes
Tuesdays, March 6, 20, 27; April 3, 10 & 24  •  6:30 pm to 7:30 pm  •  Station Community Room
Register using code HSA084
Improve basic writing, speaking, reading and listening in English. Learn language skills that will help you feel more independent and confident in daily life.  Registration required.  Open to all.

 

Fearless Watercolors with Jan Guarino
Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23 • 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm • Meeting Room
Register using code HMA832
Discover new watercolor techniques to free you of watercolor anxiety, learn to trust your instincts with color and make drips work for you. Jan provides demos and constructive critiques. Projects may include landscape, portrait, floral or still life. Bring your supplies. See the recommended supply list at the public service desks OR in the online program record.   Registration required with a non-refundable payment of $40.00, online by credit card or in person by check or money order payable to Huntington Public Library. HPL cardholders only. Open to all on March 22.

 

 

Career Counselor @ Main Library
Career Counselor @ Main Library
Thursdays, March 8 & April 5 •  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm •
Make an appointment by calling the Reference Desk at 631-427-5165 ext. 251.   HPL cardholders preferred.

 

 

 

Let's Talk Conversation Group
Let's Talk Conversation Group
Thursdays, March 8, 22, 29;  April 5, 12 & 19  •  6:30pm to 7:30pm  •  Station Community Room
Register using code HSA058
Join a native English speaker for some casual conversation. Come prepared to speak in English. Group led by Myra Picard.  Registration required. Open to All.

 

 

Restorative Yoga and Reiki with Dorothy Mandrakos
Fridays, January 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, & 16  •  9:30 am · Station Community Room
Register using code HSA295
Feeling stressed during this hectic time of year? Relax and rejuvenate with Restorative Yoga and Reiki. Restorative Yoga is a restful, healing practice where you will be supported by props. Poses are held longer to create space in the body and encourage deep relaxation. Reiki is a healing modality that encourages a sense of calm and well-being. You will leave feeling refreshed and renewed. A non-refundable payment of $30.00 is due at time of registration online or in person by check or money order made payable to Huntington Public Library.   Registration required. Props needed: block, bolster, belt, blanket and an eye pillow or washcloth.  HPL Cardholders ONLY.

 

 

 

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