Great Neck Library events and election information

(l to r) Diane Block and Terrence Batts. Gemini Journey will perform From Klezmer to Broadway, arranged by the Music Advisory Committee, at the Main Library. (Photo courtesy of the Great Neck Library)

Election information

Eligible voters will elect one person to the Board of Trustees for a four-year term (Jan. 2020 -Jan. 2024) and one person to the Nominating Committee for a three-year term (Jan. 2020 – Jan. 2023) to fill the seats that will be expiring in Jan. 2020. Those elected will take office at the Library Association Annual Reorganization Meeting in Jan. 2020.
Candidates: Board of Trustees – For expiring seat of Scott J. Sontag, Nominating Committee Candidate: Scott J. Sontag. Nominating Committee – For expiring seat of Patrick McDonnell, Nominating Committee Candidate: Steve M. Jacob.

Voter Eligibility: In order to vote, you must be 18 years of age or older, a resident of the Great Neck School District and either a valid Library cardholder by the Record Date of Oct. 7, 2019 or a registered voter with the Nassau County Board of Elections.

To obtain a valid Great Neck Library card, present one form of identification showing your name and Library School District address at the Circulation Desk of any Great Neck Library location.
In-person voting will be held on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Voting sites are the Main Library, 159 Bayview Ave., Great Neck 11023 for those residents who live north of Northern Boulevard; and the Parkville Branch Library, 10 Campbell Street (off Lakeville Road), New Hyde Park 11040 for residents who live south of Northern Boulevard.

Voting by Proxy: Proxies must be requested on a form provided by the Library. Proxy request forms are available at all Great Neck Library locations, on the Library’s website at and also in the Library’s Newsletter. Oct. 22 is the last day for the Library to mail Proxy Ballots. Arrangements will be made by the Director’s Office for Proxies to be picked up in person for proxy requests received after this date. Completed Proxies must be received at the Main Post Office on Welwyn Road by Oct. 25 before 5:00 p.m. or deposited in a locked box at Main or the Branches before 5:00 p.m. on this date.
For general questions about the election, call 516-466-8055, ext. 201.


AARP Driver’s Safety Course at Parkville

Take this refresher course for drivers who are age 50 and over for reduction in points or discount on insurance on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Parkville Branch, 10 Campbell St. (off Lakeville Road), New Hyde Park, 11040. Please bring your lunch. AARP member fee: $20.00; Non-AARP member fee: $25.00. Checks only. Registration is ongoing by calling 466-8055, ext. 273.


Gemini Journey performs From Klezmer to Broadway at Main
Arranged by the Music Advisory Committee

Enjoy musical selections including Oklahoma, It Ain’t Necessarily So, Hava Nagila, Cabaret, Over the Rainbow, Sunrise, Sunset and much more when Gemini Journey performs From Klezmer to Broadway on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library, 159 Bayview Avenue.

Diane Block is a professional classical violinist who received her training at the Manhattan School of Music with a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance. She has freelanced as section violinist in the metropolitan area for over 30 years. Diane retired as Orchestra Director in 2013 after serving the Farmingdale School District on Long Island for 25 years.
Terrence Batts received a Bachelor and Master of Music at the Manhattan School of Music. He is Orchestra Director at Lawrence High School. Terry was Cello Instructor and String Dept. Chair in Juilliard’s M.A.P. program. He performed in numerous Chamber Music Concerts in Paris and Europe. He also performed with Stevie Wonder, Henry Mancini, George Benson, at Radio City Music Hall, and in Broadway and show pit orchestras.
Fred Simpson is a New York based poet, songwriter, producer, and percussionist who has performed extensively in the metropolitan area. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Fordham College of Fordham University. Fred leads poetry and percussion workshops at the Bronx Park East Community Organization and the New York Public Library.

This performance was arranged by the Great Neck Library Music Advisory Committee, now in its 49th year. Co-chaired by founding member Gabe Chieco and Michele Ganz, members include Estelle Pace, Robert Schaufeld, Donna Litke (staff member), Joan Brill-Pavlovic, Ellen Charlop, and Pamela Levy. This all-volunteer committee of Great Neck residents represents a wide range of musical experience and performance.

Great Neck School District residents have priority for seating. Please arrive 15 minutes earlier for preferred seating.


Writer Within facilitated by Lynda Aron at Main

Access your authentic voice and explore the power of imagination, self-expression and storytelling when Lynda Aron facilitates the Writer Within workshop on Monday (please note day of week), Oct. 21 at 1:00 p.m. in the Main Library’s Large Multipurpose Room, 159 Bayview Ave.

New writers, professionals and everyone in between are welcome. Sharing is encouraged but not required.


West Side Story Multimedia Presentation by Jack Schnur at Main

Jack Schnur will take a look into the iconic musical “West Side Story” on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library’s Community Room, 159 Bayview Ave. He will explore the behind-the-scenes stories and details associated with one of the industry’s most iconic and memorable films. Jack Schnur was a videotape editor at CBS for 30 years.


Matinee Film at Main

The next Wednesday Matinee, a look at the final days in the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare, will be shown on Oct. 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the Main Library, 159 Bayview Ave.


Parkville Pageturners

Join a discussion of Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate on Thursday, Oct. 24 at
1:30 p.m. at the Parkville Branch, 10 Campbell St. (off Lakeville Road), New Hyde Park.
Call 466-8055, ext. 257.


Great Decisions facilitated by Christy Orquera at Main

Join a discussion about the United States and Mexico on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library’s Community Room, 159 Bayview Ave. Call 466-8055, ext. 218, 219 or 254 for further information.


Encore Film at Station

The next encore film, a look at the final days in the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare, will be shown on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 2:00 p.m. at the Station Branch, 26 Great Neck Road (2nd level), above Best Market.


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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