Port Washington Public Library News


Sunday, Feb. 2

Film: The Public
(2018-120 min.). An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold. Writer, producer and director Emilio Estevez also stars along with Alec Baldwin, Gabrielle Union, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Michael K. Williams and Christian Slater. 2 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 3

Smartphone Tech Help @ The Lab
Our teen tech-xperts are available to answer questions about your smartphone! We can help with setting up a new device, questions about using and installing apps, and more! Bring your device to The Lab. Walk-ins are welcome, but preference will be given to those who make an appointment by calling (516) 883-4400 ext. 1900. 4:30 p.m.

Film Movement Screening: Bye Bye Germany (2017-102 min.). In postwar Germany, David Bermann (Moritz Bleibtreu) recruits friends from a displaced persons camp to sell linens at inflated prices to unsuspecting citizens. American special agent Sara Simon (Antje Traue) determines to uncover David’s secret. Director Sam Garbarski scripted with Michel Bergmann, from his writings. First up, an Israeli violin maker restores instruments that survived the Holocaust in Erin Morris’s Animated Strings (2017-3 min.). 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6

Happy Birthday, Babe Ruth! The Babe Ruth Story (1948-106 min.). William Bendix portrays the baseball great, who was born this day in 1895. Claire Trevor, Charles Bickford, and Sam Levene co-star in this docudrama from producer/director Roy Del Ruth and screenwriters Bob Considine and George Callahan. 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7

Sandwiched In: Free African-American Communities in the 19th Century
Dr. Marsha J. Tyson Darling will focus on the evolution and social agency of free African- American communities in the aftermath of the American Revolution, dating from 1787 to the eve of the Civil War. 12:15 p.m.

Live @ PWPL: Natalie Douglas Sings to Nina… A Tribute to Nina Simone
See article in newsletter. 7:30 p.m. FOL

Saturday, Feb. 8

Applying for Jobs Online
Companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to screen job candidates. Most resumes never make it through these systems. This workshop provides specific strategies job seekers can use to strengthen their resumes and use networking connections to get in the door for interviews. Presented by professional career counselor, Karen McKenna, and made possible by the Career & Personal Finance Center. 10 a.m.

Using LinkedIn for Your Job Search
LinkedIn is the premier platform for professional social networking. Learn how to use LinkedIn to enhance your job search strategy by taking full advantage of its key features. Presented by professional career counselor, Karen McKenna, and made possible by the Career & Personal Finance Center. 1 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 9

Jonathan Swensen, Cello. 3 p.m. MAC

Monday, Feb. 10

Virtual Visits: The Louvre (Part 1)
Art historian Ines Powell will share her insights into this iconic museum. Part one of this three-part series that will concentrate on the galleries dedicated to ancient art. 2:30 p.m. FOL

General Tech Help @ The Lab
Our teen tech-xperts are available to answer any technology questions you might have, whether you’re setting up a new smartphone or tablet, trying to brush up your Microsoft Office skills for work, or need help with your social media accounts. Bring any device you would like assistance with and come ready with questions. Walk-ins are welcome, but preference will be given to those who make an appointment by calling (516)883-4400 ext. 1900. 4:30 p.m.

Investing Basics:
Helping You Make Educated Decisions
Investing is multi-faceted and daunting for most people. Workshop attendees will learn: strategies used by nearly all investors; how to go further with goals-based management approach; how the approach can help you pursue your ideas; and the benefits of professional investment management. Presented by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. Made possible by the Career & Personal Finance Center. 7 p.m.

Film Movement Screening: The Charmer
(2017-102 min.). A young Iranian man named Esmail (Ardalan Esmaili) is desperate to meet a woman who can secure his stay in Denmark. As time is running out, he meets Sara (Soho Rezanejad), but his past is catching up with him. Director Milad Alami scripted with Ingeborg Topsoe. Subtitled. First up, writer/director Pearl Gluck’s short Summer (2018-19 min.), about two girls at a Hasidic sleepaway camp. 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Hypertension Screenings
Blood pressure screenings provided by St. Francis Hospital. 11 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Fiction Book Group
We will be discussing Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. Copies available at the Information Desk. 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Current Job Opportunities: Drop-in and Apply
Local companies are looking to fill over 100 positions for administrative, manufacturing and skilled trade opportunities. Use this drop-in service to find out which companies are hiring. A representative from Manpower will be on hand to discuss employment prospects and can also assist with the application process. This is a service that takes place on the second Wednesday of each month from noon to 4 p.m. No appointment necessary. Se habla español. 12 – 4 p.m.

Medicaid Sign-up Help
Free, walk-in assistance from the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council. 2:30 – 6 p.m.

Photography Club of Long Island meeting with Katherine Criss, speaking on the topic “How to Edit Art for an Exhibition.” 7:30 p.m.

Board of Trustees Meeting
The Public is invited to attend. 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14

Sandwiched In: Valentine’s Day Love Songs
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Dan Lupo returns with a 4-piece band to perform some classic love songs, including “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “Just The Way You Are,” and “My Girl.” Joining Dan on stage will be George Karaisarides and Mariel Monsour on vocals, and Jim Bordonaro on drums. 12:15 p.m.

Around the World with Ron Brown: Senegal
Senegal is the most westward point in Africa. Explored by the Portuguese in the 15th century, it was a major port for treasures such as gold, ivory, spices, and ebony. After the Portuguese, the French built the cities of Dakar and St. Louis. Even now, these cities reflect the history of the European influence on Africa. Note the early start time: 2:30 p.m. FOL

Film: Judy (2019-119 min.). Emotionally fragile showbiz legend Judy Garland (Renee Zellweger) prepares to perform at London’s Talk of the Town club in the year 1960. Screenwriter Tom Edge adapted Peter Quilter’s stage play End of the Rainbow for director Rupert Goold. 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15

Developing an Organic Vegetable Garden with Reese Michaels
Learn techniques including square foot gardening and how and why to compost at a special family session of this popular workshop. Both adults and children are welcome. Presented by master gardener Reese Michaels. Co-sponsored by Plant a Row for the Hungry, Port Washington. Registration in progress. 2 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16

Film: Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood
(2019-161 min.). This sprawling drama from writer/director Quentin Tarantino looks at life in Hollywood in the summer of 1969 through the eyes of fading TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo Di Caprio) and his longtime friend and stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Recommended for adults. 2 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17

PWPL is open from 1 to 5 p.m. in honor of Presidents Day

Film: Blinded by the Light
(2019-118 min.). In England in 1987, Javed (Viveik Kalra) – a teenager from a Pakistani immigrant family – learns to live his life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of American rock star Bruce Springsteen. Producer/director Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) scripted with Sarfaz Manzoor, from his memoir, Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion, Rock ‘n’ Roll. 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Film Movement Screening: Amnesia
(2017-96 min.). Young techno musician Jo (Max Reimelt) befriends a solitary older woman named Martha (Marthe Keller), who no longer plays the cello she keeps in her seaside home. A Barbet Schroeder film. In several languages with English subtitles. First up, Anna Maguire’s short Your Mother and I (2016-13 min.). Julie Sarah Stone and Don McKellar play daughter and father in this Dave Eggers adaptation. 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 19

Family Film: The Lion King
(2019-118 min.). Jon Favreau produced and directed this CGI-rich remake of Disney’s 1994 animated classic, which still boasts the songs by Tim Rice and Elton John. The voice cast includes Donald Glover, Seth Rogan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, Beyonce Knowles-Carter and James Earl Jones. 2:30 p.m.

Film Movement Screening: Apprentice
(2017-96 min.). Corrections officer Aiman (Fir Rhaman) attracts the attention of Rahim (Wan Hanafi Su), the prison’s chief executioner. Boo Junfeng scripted and directed this drama from Singapore. First up, Boo’s short The Casuarina Cove (2009-19 min.), in which a former military officer recalls a relationship formed on a gay beach in Singapore. Both films are subtitled. 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 20

Nonfiction Book Group
We will be discussing Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodward and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring by Richard Gergel. Copies available at the Information Desk. 1:30 p.m.

Film Movement Screening: The Ardennes
(2017-93 min.). Kenny (Kevin Janssens) gets out of jail to find that his girlfriend Sylvie (Veerle Baetens) has moved in with his brother Dave (Jeroen Perceval). Director Robin Pront scripted with Mr. Perceval. First up, Pront’s short Injury Time (2010-15 min.), about three soccer fans. Both films are subtitled. 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 21

Sandwiched In: Office of the President Series: Part Two: How the JFK Assassination Changed the Constitution. Join Professor James Coll for a discussion that will examine constitutional provisions dealing with a premature vacancy in the presidency, and legal changes over time in the order of presidential succession. 12:15 p.m.

E-Readers for the Perplexed
Feel like you could be getting more out of your
e-reader? Confused about how to access e-books? PWPL staff experts will cover the basics and offer tips and tricks. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own devices. Register at pwpl.org/events or at the Library. This is a workshop where registration is required for attendance. 2:30 p.m.

Happy Birthday, Robert Young! The beloved actor, best known for Father Knows Best (1954-60)
and Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969-88), stars in Edwin L. Marin’s comedy Married Before Breakfast (1937-71 min.). 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22

AARP Defensive Driving Class
Kindly bring your driver’s license, AARP card (if a member), pen, lunch, snacks, and drinks. Fee $20 for AARP Member and $25 for non-members. Check payable to AARP. This class is open to Port Washington Public Library Cardholders only. 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. with a 30-minute break.

Sunday, Feb. 23

Film: Downton Abbey
(2019-121 min.). Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton return in a stately drama from director Michael Engler and screenwriter Julian Fellowes. 2 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 24

Afternoon on Broadway: Porgy and Bess
Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess is a folk opera that continues to cast an indelible impression on African-American culture and the opera world. In this singing talk, Tanisha Mitchell will explore the history behind the opera and play and perform memorable selections. The audience will also discuss the poignant question: Is Porgy and Bess truly an African-American opera? 3 p.m. MAC

Smartphone Tech Help@ The Lab
Our teen tech-xperts are available to help answer questions about your smartphone! We can help with setting up a new device, questions about using and installing apps, and more! Bring your device to The Lab. Walk-ins are welcome, but preference will be given to those who make an appointment by calling (516) 883-4400 ext. 1900. 4:30 p.m.

Financial Wellness 101
At this workshop you will learn the basic principles of saving cash for emergencies such as unemployment

  • Protecting your family from financial pitfalls
    • Wedding planning
    • College planning
    • Vacationing responsibly
    • Retiring comfortably
    Presented by Cetera Investors and made possible by the Career & Personal Finance Center. 7 p.m.

Film Movement Screening: Bad Lucky Goat (2017-76 min.). Teenager Corn (Honlenny Huffington) and his sister Rita (Kiara Howard) embark on a journey of reconciliation and comic misadventure. Samir Oliveros scripted and directed this Colombian production. First up, Georgia Fu’s short, Miss World (2017-20 min.), about a woman who returns to Taiwan to see her father off to prison. Both films are subtitled. 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

Western Wednesday: Stampede
(1949-77 min.). Cowboy Mike McCall (Rod Cameron) and spirited settler Connie Dawson (Gale Storm) face off against swindlers in this movie from director Lesley Selander and writer/producers John C. Champion and Blake Edwards. 7:15 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 27

Happy Birthday, Joan Bennett!
The actress, born this day in 1910 in Palisades, New Jersey, stars in the classic film noir thriller The Woman in the Window (1944-99 min.). With his family away for the summer, a professor (Edward G. Robinson) becomes entangled with a femme fatale (Joan) and a blackmailer (Dan Duryea). 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 28

Sandwiched In: Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle
Alice Schwarz, museum educator with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, returns to explore the work of African-American modern artist Jacob Lawrence. An upcoming exhibit at the Met features the artist’s series of paintings that focus on times of war and conflict in America from the Revolutionary War through Westward Expansion. The exhibit will be on display at the Met from June 2 to September 7. 12:15 p.m.

Earth Day Film Festival Part One: Paris to Pittsburgh
(2018-77 minutes) As part of the Library’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this year, PWPL is partnering with local members of Transition Towns, an organization focused on climate change and sustainability, to present a three-part documentary film series. Paris to Pittsburgh shines a light on the many forgotten people and communities who have been affected by climate change in our country, as well as solutions for how we can fight back and reduce our carbon footprint. State and city leaders have stepped up to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement. Learn about Fleet Farming in Orlando, training ex-cons to install solar panels, new jobs in wind energy and New York City’s revolutionary zero waste campaign. Rachel Brosnahan narrates 7:00 p.m.


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