News from the Adult Services Department
Week of July 13, 2020
Join Our Adult Summer Reading Club at
There will be 8 weeks of raffle prizes, the first raffle drawing will be Friday, July 3.
Enter each book you read this summer to be in the drawing for a $25 Amazon e-gift card! (you must have a library card to enter)

***We Are Now Open to the Public***
You can now visit the library in person. The library is operating under guidelines set forth by the State of New York for retail establishments. The rules of operation aim to provide both library customers and staff with a safe, healthy environment – while providing customers with access to the library’s entire collection. The guidelines also limit the amount of time customers can spend in the building. Read about it here!

1 cup uncooked  couscous  
1 1⁄4 cups  chicken broth  
3 tablespoons  extra virgin olive oil  
2 tablespoons  fresh lime juice  
1 teaspoon  red wine vinegar  
1⁄2 teaspoon  ground cumin  
green onions , chopped 
red bell pepper , seeded and chopped 
1⁄4 cup chopped  fresh cilantro  
1 cup  frozen corn kernels , thawed 
2 (15 ounce) cans  black beans , drained 
salt and pepper 
Black Bean and Couscous Salad


Bring chicken broth to a boil in a 2-quart or larger sauce pan and stir in the couscous. 

Cover the pot and remove from heat. 
Let stand for 5 minutes. 

In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, vinegar and cumin. 

Add green onions, red pepper, cilantro, corn and beans, and toss to coat. 

Fluff the couscous well, breaking up any chunks. 

Add to the bowl with the vegetables and mix well. 

Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve at once or refrigerate until ready to serve. 

Beginner Meditation Series - Everyone Can Meditate
Wednesdays, July 15, 22, & 29, 9:30 - 10:15 AM  

Join Registered Yoga Teacher eRYT500, Amy Perri and learn how meditation can help keep you centered and calm, especially during difficult times. This class will instruct you in the various ways to meditate, including: Breath Awareness, Guided Visualization, and Affirmation Repetition. With Meditation you will find a place of peace and calm residing within you regardless of what is happening around you.

You must provide us your email to receive the Zoom ID# link to join the session. We will email you the day of the program. 

This service is intended for adults age 18 and older. For MMS library card holders only. To register, click here to go to our program calendar or call (631) 399-1511 ext. 240.
Learn more about joining a Zoom meeting:  
Taste of India with Chef Rob - Join us on Facebook Live!
Saturday, July 18, 7:00 – 8:00 PM 

Take a culinary “Facebook Live” journey to India with Chef Rob and learn how to make coconut and lime curried shrimp and curried chicken with vegetables. No registration is required!

Go to to view this event.  

Line Dancing – Virtual Dance Series 

Thursday, July 16th from 7-8pm 

Get moving this summer. Join Professor Mark James from Suffolk County Community College to learn a variety of line dances including the Cupid Shuffle, Fireball, Electric Slide and Country. This class will be held using Zoom. Please use a valid email address to register, the Zoom invitation to join the class will be emailed to you the day of the class.

Additional dates: July 16th, July 30th, and August 13th.

Small Business Mentoring - Score via Virtual Appointment
Mondays, July 13 and 27 

Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner seeking business advice? Speak with a SCORE business mentor. Individual virtual appointments are available on July 13 and July 27, from 6pm – 8pm. 

Virtual Beginner Guitar Class - Live with Chris Fury 

Tuesdays, July 14, 21, 28 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm via Facebook Live.  
Chris Fury will be hosting a 4 part beginner guitar lesson series. The guitar series lessons are intended for the absolute beginner or for those who previously took the May guitar classes and want to build on what they learned. Topics to be Covered: 
Guitar Basics and Melodies  : • Guitar Anatomy: – Acoustic and Electric • How to Hold a Guitar Pick • Reading Guitar Music • Exercises • Scales • Songs • Questions and Answers 

Rhythm and Chords Topics: • Review • What is a chord? • How to read a chord diagram • How to read a chord chart • Songs • Rhythms in music • Questions and Answers 

Strumming and Music Theory Topics: • Review • Strumming and more advanced Rhythms • More Songs • How to name the notes on guitar • Questions and Answers 
Go to to view this event.  

Our Novel Bunch Book Club July pick :
The Bear  by Andrew Krivek

In an Edenic future, a girl and her father live close to the land in the shadow of a lone mountain. They possess a few remnants of civilization: some books, a pane of glass, a set of flint and steel, a comb. The father teaches the girl how to fish and hunt, the secrets of the seasons and the stars. He is preparing her for an adulthood in harmony with nature, for they are the last of humankind. But when the girl finds herself alone in an unknown landscape, it is a bear that will lead her back home through a vast wilderness that offers the greatest lessons of all, if she can only learn to listen. 

"[A] tender apocalyptic fable . . . endowed with such fullness of meaning that you have to assign this short, touching book its own category: the post-apocalypse utopia"  -Wall Street Journal 
Borrow the book from our library collections at  Hoopla  and  Overdrive/Libby . Join our book club group at  to discuss. Our book discussions will begin the week of July 20. 
Join Us for Travel Trivia on Kahoot!
Travel trivia on Kahoot! 
Test your knowledge of popular travel destinations. 

All day ... jump in and give it a try!

Thursday, July 16th until Friday, July 17th until 12:00 p.m. 

Check the program calendar and Facebook for access to this quiz. 
Artist of the Week:

C A Taylor presents a Watercolor Sketch 

We are inviting our local artists to share what you have been working on with us. Do you draw, paint, craft or take photographs? We want to see them! Share your creativity and email a copy of your artwork to librarian Catherine 

Local History Corner with Brad
by Brad Shupe, local history librarian
American Battlefield Trust Virtual Battlefield Tours  

The  American Battlefield Trust Virtual Battlefield Tours  offers the incredible opportunity to experience 360-degree virtual tours of more than 20 American Revolution and Civil War battlefields. You can explore Gettysburg, with 15 different stops, each of which features icons that discuss in great detail the history and significance of the battle. 


My Ebook Pick of the Week:

The author of  American Nations  examines the history of and solutions to the key American question: how best to reconcile individual liberty with the maintenance of a free society. From Booklist: The U.S. Constitution provides ample evidence to support either side in our current, increasingly fractious ideological divide. There are strong protections of individual rights of religion, speech, property, and due process in criminal proceedings. There is also recognition of the obligation of government to promote common defense and general welfare and even of the need, with limitations, to expropriate private property. Woodard illustrates that the clash between our efforts to protect individualism and use state power to promote collective or communal aims has been a constant theme in our history. This is not an original observation, but Woodard effectively reinforces it by describing the manifestation of that clash from the colonial period to the present. More problematic is his viewing these epochs and clashes through the prism of the supposed regional nations that divide the U.S., as posited in his American Nations: A History of Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America (2011). Though he takes a broad-brush approach, this is a useful reminder that free, democratic societies constantly strive to balance public needs and individual freedom.
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