Coming up at the G.N. Library

Author Ellen Meister will present The Softer Side of the Sharpest Wit, a program about Dorothy Parker, at the Main Library.

Engrave a Personalized Gift for Mom at Main’s STEM Lab

Engrave a personalized Mothers’ Day gift using computer software and an Epilog Laser Cutter on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and another session from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Main Library’s STEM Lab, 159 Bayview Ave. For all ages. Family-friendly event. A great opportunity for children to work with a parent to make a customized gift. Projects should take about 15 to 30 minutes to design and print. No experience necessary. Registration preferred. If space available, walk-ins are welcome on a first-come first-served basis. Call 516-466-8055, ext. 230.

New Beginnings Singles 50 Plus facilitated by Marla Matthews at Main

New Beginnings Singles 50 Plus facilitated by Marla Matthews will meet on Saturday, April 27 at 4 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library, 159 Bayview Ave. Join the conversation or just come and listen when Marla Matthews, social worker and television talk show host of The Relationship Journey, facilitates this discussion, social and support group meet-up. If you are divorced, widowed, single, or an empty nester age 50 plus who would like a new beginning, come and be inspired to make new friends, network and learn new skills towards reinventing yourself.

Author Ellen Meister at Main
“Dorothy Parker: The Softer Side of the Sharpest Wit”

Author Ellen Meister presents “The Softer Side of the Sharpest Wit,” a poignant, informative and often irreverent presentation on Dorothy Parker on Sunday, April 28 at 1:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library, 159 Bayview Ave. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Meister is an editor, book coach, creative writing instructor and ghostwriter. She is one of the leading authorities on Dorothy Parker.

Craft for a Cause at Lakeville Branch and Levels
Community Service for Teens

Volunteer and make a difference for local community organizations. Earn community service by participating in craft and writing projects for a variety of interests and abilities. Your service will impact youth, families, veterans, pets, and more. Upcoming opportunities will be held on Tuesdays, April 30, May 7, and 14 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Lakeville Branch, 475 Great Neck Road. Come as often as you would like. No registration needed. Contact Adam Hinz at 516-466-8055, ext. 246, or email
Levels will hold a one-day Craft for a Cause on Monday, April 29 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Levels, the Great Neck Library’s Teen Center, Main Building, 159 Bayview Ave. Registration is required for this workshop. Call Levels at 516-466-8055, ext. 216, or register online.

Home Composting with Charlie Kemnitzer at Main

Learn home composting from a program created by the Cornell Compost Committee Master Gardeners and presented by Charlie Kemnitzer on Tuesday, April 30 at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library, 159 Bayview Ave. Topics include: what to compost; how the process works; the importance of heat, oxygen and moisture; composting systems; uses of compost and its benefits.

Homework Helpers at Parkville

If you need some help with your homework, and are a kid in grade K to 5, you can receive homework help from high school students in a group setting. Drop-in on Tuesdays, April 30 to June 4 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Parkville Branch, 10 Campbell St. (off Lakeville Road), New Hyde Park. No registration needed. Stop by the Reference Desk to check-in on the day of the program. First-come, first-served. Contact is Adam Hinz, 516-466-8055, ext. 246 or email

Matinee Film at Main

The next Wednesday matinee, about Vincent van Gogh’s final years in France painting masterworks, will be shown on May 1 at 2 p.m. at the Main Library, 159 Bayview Ave.

FAFSA and Financial Aid Workshop at Main

Join Michael Turner from New York State Higher Education Services Corporation for an informative presentation on FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the financial aid application process on Wednesday, May 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Large Multipurpose Room of the Main Library, 159 Bayview Ave. There will be time for a Q&A following Turner’s presentation.

Author Lisa Kohn at Main
“To the Moon and Back: A Childhood Under the Influence”

Meet author Lisa Kohn and listen to her share the story of her memoir, “To the Moon and Back,” about being raised in the cult of the Moonies, on Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library, 159 Bayview Ave. Books will be available for purchase and signing. “To the Moon and Back” reveals how one can leave behind absurdity and horror and create a life of intention and joy. Kohn’s long-running blog offers hope to others who may feel beaten or damaged by their upbringing or circumstances. She shares stories from her past, as well as her challenges, peace, and healing of today.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings at Station

Have your blood pressure checked by a clinical nurse from St. Francis Hospital, free of charge on Thursday, May 2 from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Station Branch, 26 Great Neck Road (2nd level), Gardens at Great Neck Plaza, above Best Market. Hypertension affects an astounding one in four adult Americans. Also known as high blood pressure, this condition usually has no symptoms, which is why it is often called the “silent killer.” No registration required.

Encore Film at Station

The next encore film, about Vincent van Gogh’s final years in France painting masterworks, will be shown on Thursday, May 2 at 2 p.m. at the Station Branch, 26 Great Neck Road (2nd level), above Best Market.

Chronic Lower Back Pain presented by Dr. Shaheda Quraishi at Station
Northwell Health

Meet Dr. Shaheda Quraishi when she speaks about back pain: its causes, treatment, and prognosis on Friday, May 3 at 1 p.m. at the Station Branch, 26 Great Neck Road (2nd level), above Best Market, Gardens at Great Neck Plaza. Quraishi emphasizes anatomy, physical examination, and imaging to aid in the diagnosis of the most common etiologies of lower back pain. She will also cover the spectrum of treatment for spinal disorders ranging from conservative to aggressive. Her goal is to help people understand the reasons why they have back pain and what can be done to manage it and help prevent recurrences.
Quraishi graduated from Albany Medical College in 2001. She completed her residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the internationally renowned Rusk Institute at NYU. Quraishi then went on to complete a fellowship in pain management at the New York Medical College in Valhalla. She currently practices at Northwell Health specializing in the treatment of spinal disorders including radiculopathy (sciatica), spondylosis (arthritis), and myofascial pain (sore muscles). Her clinical focus is in interventional procedures such as epidural injections, facet injections, and trigger point injections.

Socrates Salon with Conversation Host Ron Gross at Main

Join Socrates Salon with conversation host Ron Gross when the topic will be “Who Matters More?” on Friday, May 3 at 3 p.m. in the Large Multipurpose Room of the Main Library, 159 Bayview Ave. We joke about “keeping up with the Joneses” — but there’s real competition in our society for status and the accompanying privilege. No registration. Socializing and refreshments at 2:40 p.m.

Augment Your Library Card at Main’s STEM Lab

Use Augmented Reality to enhance your library card at the Main Library’s STEM Lab, Main Floor, 159 Bayview Ave. It is really very simple. Give it a try. No registration required. Just stop on by during the following STEM Lab hours: Mondays and Tuesdays 1 to 9 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For all ages.

Search for Prospective Candidates
Great Neck Library Board of Trustees and Nominating Committee

The 2019 Library Election will be held on Oct. 28. There will be two seats expiring in January 2020 — one on the Board of Trustees (Scott Sontag) and one on the nominating committee (Patrick McDonnell). Interested members should send a letter and résumé by Friday, May 24th to:
The Chair of the Nominating Committee
c/o The Director’s Office
Great Neck Library
159 Bayview Ave.
Great Neck, N.Y. 11023
Any nominee for a position on the Board of Trustees or the Nominating Committee must be a member of the Great Neck Library Association by the record date of Oct. 7, 2019.
All persons 18 years of age or older, who are residents of the Great Neck School District and are either valid library card holders or registered voters with the Nassau County Board of Elections, will be members of the association.

Great Neck Library Closing/Cancellation Information Online

Library patrons connected to the Internet are asked to check the website: for library weather related closings/program cancellations.
In order to access this service, library district residents can log on to, type in their zip code or Great Neck Library and obtain information on program cancellations or library closings. In addition, at no charge, residents can request automatic e-mails from when the Library has posted any information. This is a great way for Library District residents who are connected online to be advised of weather-related changes in library hours or programs.



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