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At The Bryant Library

Now Is The Time To Get A Library Card


September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when The Bryant Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that our

students have the most important school supply of all – a free library card. 


 Resources at Bryant are available to anyone with a library card.  Students can find materials, programs and services that support academic achievement at the library.   Check out our young adult programs scheduled in the fall.


Students can use their library cards remotely.  Bryant offers access to important educational resources, like on-line homework help and databases.  


 “The Bryant Library provides Roslyn’s students with all the tools they need to succeed,” said Library Director Cathy Mealing.  “We provide students with exciting and engaging programs that make learning fun and resources that they can access from the library or from home – all with a free library card. It is for these reasons that a library card is most important school supply of all.”



Book Talks with Elizabeth Olesh


Wednesday, Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m. 


Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon


Monday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.


Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo


You Can Do It!


Cell Phone 101


Tuesday, September 10, 1 p.m.


Learn how to operate your cell phone to make it your personal assistant. You will gain the confidence needed to make and receive calls, text messages, and e-mails as well as learn how to surf the web.  Did you know that passwords, the date of your last flu shot, the size of your dining room table, birthdays and anniversaries, can all be stored safely in your phone?  Join us for this informative program with Diane Miller and learn how using your phone can help simplify your life.


Current Events with Ivan Krakowsky


Tuesdays, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, 1 p.m.


Ivan Krakowsky will take you behind the headlines and explore current news items.  Krakowsky is a former Department Head of Social Studies for Farmingdale Public Schools.


Basic Sign Language Class at 7 p.m.


Led by Alison Bernstein


Tuesdays, Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, 7 p.m.


Register online by clicking on the September 17 class in our calendar listing.


Minimum Class size of 8 people needed in order to run the course.


This program is open to all ages and will teach basic sign language for communication. Alison has been working in the deaf community for over 25 years as a P.E. teacher at St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf. She has been fluent in sign language for 22 years and has a degree in P.E. and Deaf Ed.


From Victoria R. to Jackie O.-109 Years of Adornment for Men and Women


Program by Jessica Ley


Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m.


Before tossing out Grandma’s baubles, bangles and beads, take an exciting tour of the wonderful world of antique, vintage and collectible adornment.  This PowerPoint-illustrated lecture covers the decades from 1860 to 1969, highlighting the historic, societal, economic and political influences in each period, from the somber reign of Queen

Victoria through the sizzling sixties presided over by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  With the price of gold and silver skyrocketing, who knows…maybe that box of junk jewelry you found in the attic isn’t junk after all.


Bring along one item of jewelry – 10 people, chosen by random, will get a verbal evaluation. Jessica Ley has been a dealer in antique and vintage jewelry for 30 years, and holds a certificate in Fine Arts Appraisal from New York University.


Virtuoso Superstars of Classical Music


Video presentation by Philip M. Malamud


The New Season 2013-2014: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1:30 p.m.


This is the start of our annual program spotlighting some of the great performers who will be appearing in the New York area.  This program contains the music Mozart, Chopin and others.


Great Legends of the 20th Century Part I: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 1:30 p.m.


Many of the greatest performers of the 20th Century are no longer with us, but through the magic of film and videotape they continue to enrich our lives.  We will see and hear Vladimir Horowitz and others.


Beyond Larry Lang: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1:30 p.m


In the more than a decade since Larry Lang burst on the scene a wonderful group of immensely talented performers have risen to prominence.  We will see and hear these gifted youngsters perform the music of Beethoven, Schubert and others.


Discussions After Sandy: A Community Conversation

Mondays, Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7, 28, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.


A representative from the Project Hope Crisis Counseling Program will be available to discuss the experiences, effects and continuing efforts to recover after Hurricane Sandy.

The Project Hope Crisis Counseling Program was created to assist individuals, families, and groups impacted by the disaster caused by Hurricane Sandy. Project Hope offers free and confidential supportive counseling and public education services to Hurricane Sandy disaster survivors in New York City and Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, and Westchester Counties.


New York State Basic STAR Registration Program 


Program by North Hempstead Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman


Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m.


As a result of a new law approved by the State Legislature, New York State is requiring that ALL property owners who currently receive the Basic STAR Exemption register with the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance ( in order to receive the exemption for the 2014-2015 school year and subsequent years. The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance will begin mailing renewal applications to North Hempstead residents September 9, 2013 through September 13, 2013.  There may be as many as three separate mailings. (You cannot pre-register; please wait to receive your application in the mail.)  This is for the Basic STAR Exemption only and does not pertain to those of you receiving the Enhanced STAR Exemption.


Community Meeting with NYS Assemblyman Charles Lavine and


Representatives from The Long Island


Rail Road


Tuesday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m.


New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine invites you to attend a meeting with Long Island Rail Road officials to learn more about the proposed initiative to use so called “scoot” service to shuttle commuters between Oyster Bay and Mineola. Additional details will be announced.


Food In Art: Masterpieces from the Renaissance to the Present


Slide Presentation by the Nassau County Museum of Art Lecturer Evelyn Silver


Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1 p.m.


Through the ages, food has been used by artists in many ways.  In this hour-long PowerPoint presentation, we are introduced to over 25 major artists.  We see how Chagall depicted food in his work; how Manet shocked the world and represented class distinctions.  We witness celebrations as shown by Breughel, and a brilliant still life by Frieda Kahlo. During this presentation we will have much food for thought while we learn about expressionism and Pop Art.  We will see the American art and humor in the works of Red Grooms and Mel Ramos.  


Dura Europos


Slide lecture by Archaeologist Denise Gold


Thursday, Oct. 10, 1 p.m.


Dura, the fortress located in Syria on the great river Euphrates, was called Europos, by its Macedonian settlers.  The city was constructed mainly as a fortress in 300 B.C.


In the next century (2nd Century B.C.) the Parthians took over Dura Europos.  Later in 165 A.D. the Romans dominated this area, pushing their empire into Asia.  Finally, the Sasinians under Shapur I in 265 A.D. destroyed the city, removed the population, and Dura Europos was never settled again.


By the 20th century new conquerors came, the British.  While the British soldiers were preparing to hold this fortress, they discovered beautifully preserved frescoes. 

Archeologists from the French Academy, and especially, Yale University, uncovered one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century.  An early Christian domus ecclesiae (a house church), a Mithraeum used by Roman soldiers to worship their savior Mithras, and also an unusual, and most interesting synagogue.


The New Long Term Care Landscape


Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.


Please register by clicking on the program on the Calendar of Events of the library website. 


Rona Loshak, MBA, CLTC and Natalie Karp MBA, CLTC 


Karp Loshak LTC Insurance Solutions


There is a greater need than ever for people to address long term care costs. We are all living longer, health plans and government programs are being cut back, and people’s retirement nest eggs are not being used for the purpose they were intended as these costs grow.


Long Term Care planning has changed. Rona and Natalie will address the different types of LTC plans and how the industry is changing. Some changes include women’s rates increasing for new applicants by 40 percent  in the next 3-12 months since they account for over two thirds of LTC  claims; new hybrid Life/LTC plans - the pros and cons depending on many factors; new NYS partnership plans and rules; tax incentives including the Pension Protection Act which includes options for new and older LTC Insurance plans, and new policy variables and plan options. 


Natalie Karp, MBA, CLTC and Rona Loshak, MBA, CLTC are highly accredited, award winning specialists in LTC Insurance and ranked by The American Association of Long Term Care Insurers as top professionals in New York State and the entire country in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.


Karp Loshak LTC Insurance Solutions is a trusted source of information on long term care insurance for individuals, business owners, and employer groups. They are licensed in 12 states and are State Partnership certified. Natalie and Rona are both adjunct Professors at CW Post, Tax & Accounting Institute.


Natalie and Rona’s expertise includes: Traditional Long Term Care Insurance policies, Life with LTC benefits, Annuity contracts with LTC benefits, financing Long Term Care

Insurance and providing LTC Insurance with tax and estate advantages. As independent brokers, Karp Loshak LTC Insurance affiliates with the leading LTC Insurance carriers to educate, analyze, and recommend suitable LTC Insurance options based on health, age, budget and lifestyle.  


Karp Loshak LTC is an approved NYS Sponsor of Continuing Education for CPAs and CFPs. As independent, highly accredited, Long Term Care Insurance specialists used as a resource by the Wall Street Journal recently in their comprehensive articles on long term care, Karp Loshak LTC Insurance Solutions can help dispel myths and give valuable, consumer friendly and educational information.


The primary focus is to help people understand the importance of planning for the likely event of long term care needs while they are still able to.


Yoga Classes by Donna Rovegno


Tuesday Yoga Class

September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17, 10 a.m.

Registration: $56 payable by check.  Checks made out to Bryant Library.


Thursday Chair Yoga Class

September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, December 5, 12, 19, 10 a.m.

Registration: $56 payable by check.  Checks made out to Bryant Library


Thursday Night Yoga

September 12, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 31, November 7, 14, 21, December 5, 12, 19, 2013,

7:30 p.m.

Registration: $48 payable by check.  Checks made out to Bryant Library.


Saturday Morning Yoga

September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, December 7, 14, 21, 2013, 9:30 a.m.

Registration: $52 payable by check.  Checks made out to Bryant Library


Pilates Classes by Marlene Kirsch

Wednesday Pilates

September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18, 10:30 a.m.

Registration: $70 payable by check.  Checks made out to Bryant Library


Friday Pilates

September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, December 6, 13, 20, 9:15 a.m.

Registration: $65 payable by check.  Checks made out to Bryant Library.


Author Events


Special Hot of the Press Event


Kimberly McCreight: Reconstructing Amelia


Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1 p.m.


Recontructing Amelia is a story of secret first loves, old friendships and the cruelty of an all-girls club steeped in tradition.  But most of all, it’s the story of one mother’s love.  This at once poignant and suspenseful story explores the chilling reality of teen life in the age of social networking, asking just how well even the most dedicated mother really knows her child.


The story was inspired by the author’s own fears as a mother of two girls. “How on earth—in a world so filled with dangers, big and small—will I ever keep them safe?” she wondered. “Perhaps I worry because I’m especially fatalistic. But I don’t think so. I think I worry because, deep down, I know the truth: that there is only so much I can do to protect my girls. That’s what I thought a couple of years back when I read about the star student and athlete who committed suicide by jumping out a window at Dalton. It’s what I thought when I heard about Tyler Clementi’s tragic leap from the George Washington Bridge after he was surreptitiously videotaped with another man.  And it was brought back to me again last spring when a New Jersey teenager named Lennon Baldwin hanged himself allegedly in response to cyber-bullying.”


Kimberly McCreight named one of Entertainment Weekly’s “13 to Watch in 2013,” attended Vassar and the University of Pennsylvania Law School from which she graduated cum laude. After several years as a litigation associate at one of New York City’s biggest law firms, she left the practice of law to write full-time.  Her work has appeared in such publications as Antietam Review, Oxford Magazine, and Babble.  


Special Event Sponsored by the Harvard Club of Long Island


Evan Mandery: A Wild Justice


Wednesday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.


In 1972, the Supreme Court struck down Georgia’s death penalty law.  Since Georgia’s law closely resembled those in the 40 other states with capital punishment, most legal experts believed Furman v. Georgia meant the end of executions in America.  The victory was highly improbable.  The constitutionality of capital punishment had been axiomatic for 200 years, until, in 1962, the largely forgotten Justice Arthur Goldberg, and his clerk, Alan Dershowitz, suggested otherwise in an unusual dissent from a denial of certiorari in a capital case.  Goldberg’s opinion spurred an underfunded band of civil rights attorneys to begin a quixotic crusade that produced the stunning 1972 victory and, four years later, a crushing defeat when the Court reversed itself following a brilliant oral argument by Solicitor General Robert Bork.  Drawing on interviews with law clerks, litigators, and four years of archival research, A Wild Justice is an extraordinary, behind-the-scenes look at the Supreme Court, the Justices, and the political complexities of one of the most morally vexing issue in America.


Evan Mandery was born in 1967 in Brooklyn and moved when he was twelve to East Meadow, Long Island.  He is the author of six books including three novels: Dreaming of Gwen Stefani, First Contact (Or It’s Later Than You Think), and Q.  Evan is a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is an avid poker player and golfer. He lives in Manhasset with his wife, Valli Rajah-Mandery, a sociologist, and their three children. 


Mac Griswold:The Manor


Thursday, Oct. 17, 1 p.m.


Mac Griswold’s The Manor is the biography of a uniquely American place that has endured through wars great and small, through fortunes won and lost, through histories bright and sinister—and of the family that has lived at the manor since its founding as a New England slave plantation three and a half centuries ago. In 1984, the landscape historian Mac Griswold was rowing along a Long Island creek when she came upon a stately yellow house and a garden guarded by looming boxwoods. She instantly knew that boxwoods that large—twelve feet tall, fifteen feet wide—had to be hundreds of years old. So, as it happened, was the house: Sylvester Manor had been held in the same family for eleven generations. Formerly encompassing all of Shelter Island, a pearl of 8,000 acres caught between the North and South Forks of Long Island, the manor had dwindled to 243 acres. Still, its hidden vault proved to be full of revelations and treasures, including the 1666 charter for the land, and correspondence from Thomas Jefferson. Most notable was the short, steep flight of steps the family had called the “slave staircase,” which would provide clues to the extensive but little-known story of Northern slavery.

Alongside a team of archaeologists, Griswold began a dig that would uncover a landscape bursting with stories.


Based on years of archival and field research, as well as voyages to Africa, the West Indies, and Europe, The Manor is at once an investigation into forgotten lives and a sweeping drama that captures our history in all its richness and suffering. It is a monumental achievement.


Mac Griswold is a cultural landscape historian and the author of Washington’s Gardens at Mount Vernon and The Golden Age of American Gardens. She has won a Guggenheim

Fellowship and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Travel and Leisure. She lives in Sag Harbor.


Books will be available for signing for all three events.