News from the Adult Services Department
Week of August 31, 2020

*** Welcome Back - Check Out Items, Computers Open ***
You can now visit the library in person. Masks are required. Browse the entire collection, use the computers, or use curbside pickup

 1 large eggplant 1 ¼ lb or so, cut into 1-inch cubes 
Kosher salt 
1 yellow onion chopped 
1 red bell pepper cored and chopped 
2 small celery stalks thinly sliced 
Black pepper 
1 cup crushed tomatoes 
2 tbsp capers 
¼ cup pitted green olives roughly chopped 
¼ cup raisins 
2 teaspoons honey more to your liking 
1 bay leaf 
¼ tsp to ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes 
1/4 cup red wine vinegar 
¼ cup dry white wine 
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint 

Roasted Eggplant Caponata


Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Season the eggplant cubes with salt (if you have the time, set it aside in a colander to sweat out its bitterness for about 20 or 30 minutes, while you prepare the remaining ingredients. Pat dry with paper towel). 

Place the seasoned eggplant cubes on a sheet pan, add a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil (about 3 tablespoons or so) and toss to coat. Roast the eggplant in the heated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until browned. 

Heat 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onions, bell pepper, and celery. Season with a pinch of kosher salt and black pepper. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, tossing regularly until softened. 

Add the tomatoes, capers, olives, raisins, honey, bay leaf and crushed pepper flakes. Pour in the vinegar and white wine. Stir to combine. Simmer on medium-low heat for 10 minutes. 

Stir in the roasted eggplant and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes in the sauce. Finish with fresh parsley and mint. Serve on slices of french or italian bread, or scoop up with warm pita bread as an appetizer.
Evening Nature Walk at Smith Point - Join us!
Wednesday, September 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th in person at 5:30 p.m.
Weather Permitting Meet with library staff at the Flight 800 Memorial at Smith Point to walk. Remember to wear sunblock and bug spray if needed. 

Face masks are required but may be removed when 6 ft. distance is maintained between patrons from different households. The CDC guidelines should be followed. 
Morning Nature Walks at Wertheim Refuge

Thursdays, September 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th at 10:00 a.m.

Weather Permitting Meet with library staff at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge to walk the trails. Remember to wear sunblock and bug spray if needed. Face masks are required but may be removed when 6 ft. distance is maintained between patrons from different households. The CDC guidelines should be followed. 

Food Preservation and Home Canning Workshop

Tuesday, September 8, 7:00 - 9:00 PM 

Click to Register here

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County will be offering a workshop via Zoom on home canning for beginners. The workshop will focus on water bath canning and following food safety procedures. Participants will learn how to make and preserve their own jams. 

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. 
Meet With Our Social Work Intern for Everyday Help

Appointments being taken now, meet online
A social work intern (English and Spanish Speaking) is available to help you find answers to questions regarding food stamps, emergency services, employment opportunities and other everyday issues.  

Appointments are necessary. You must provide us your email to receive the Zoom ID# link to join the session. We will email you the day before the program. Call or stop by the adult reference desk at (631) 399-1511 ext 240.

Learn more about joining a Zoom meeting here: 

Castles and Palaces: Fantastical Real Life Residences

September 2 at 7 pm 

Europe is loaded with castles and palaces, each with its own tales to tell and maybe even a ghost or two. Take a sweeping virtual tour of some of Europe’s most famous, and infamous castles from Spain to Russia.

This tour includes Alhambra, Chateau de Chenonceau, Stirling Castle, The Catherine Palace, Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon, Blenheim Palace, and Neuschwanstein. 

Go to to view this event. 

Tai Chi for Beginners via Facebook Live

Wednesdays, September 2, 9, 9:30 – 10:30 AM 
Via Facebook Live 

Join our Tai Chi for Health Institute board certified instructor Michele and learn how Tai Chi can help you improve your balance, increase mobility, reduce stress, tone and strengthen muscles, and increase your energy level. This low-impact physical activity includes gentle movements suitable for people of all ages, mobility, ability, and fitness levels. Classes do not require deep bending or squatting, and may be done seated or standing.   

Go to to view this event. 
Gentle Yoga with Krista - Learn from Home On Zoom
Thursdays, September 3, 10, 17, 24, 10:00 – 11:00 AM 

Gentle Yoga with Krista via Zoom will offer a practice with beginners in mind or anyone looking to find some extra room to breathe and decompress. With a focus on breath awareness, connecting breath and movement, and creating length and strength in the body. Modifications will be suggested for different abilities. 
Helpful props: yoga mat or non-slip surface, chair for support if needed, strap (belt), cushion, and a blanket. 

Join Us for TV Drama Trivia on Kahoot!

In honor of back to school, test your knowledge of popular television dramas where the characters attended high school.  

All day Thursday, September 3rd until 12:00 p.m. Friday, September 4th.  

Access this trivia from the program calendar or the libraries Facebook page. 

Check the program calendar and Facebook for access to this quiz. 
Floral Welcome Sign - Beginner Level Painting Class

Thursday, September 3, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. 
Via Facebook Live 

Join painting instructor Linda O’Connell via Facebook Live and learn to work wet-on-wet to create a dimensional flower. You will also learn simple stencil techniques. 

Materials needed: 
Paint- DecoArt Americana- Warm White, Wild Berry, Antique Maroon, Vintage Pink, Asphaltum, Cadmium Yellow, Crimson Tide, Autumn Red 
Brushes- stencil Brush, #10 filbert, #12 flat, 3/8” deerfoot. Other- polka dot stencil, word stencil 
Go to to view this event. 

Artist of the Week:

Ann Legere - The Smoke Shack

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

Website Pick: Center for Mark Twain Studies

Take a virtual tour of the quarry farm, including the original location of Mark Twain’s study where he wrote major portions of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Life on the Mississippi, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, The Prince and the Pauper, A Tramp Abroad, and many short pieces. You can also explore a virtual map of Elmira from 1901 and Woodlawn Cemetery. (Finger Lakes)

Brad's Ebook Pick of the Week:

Long Island and the Civil War [electronic resource eBook] : Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties during the war between the states / Harrison Hunt & Bill Bleyer

Although no battles were fought on Long Island, the Civil War deeply affected all of its residents. More than three thousand men-white and black-from current-day Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties answered the call to preserve the Union. While Confederate ships lurked within eight miles of Montauk Point, camps in Mineola and Willets Point trained regiments. Local women raised thousands of dollars for Union hospitals, and Long Island companies manufactured uniforms, drums and medicines for the army. At the same time, a little-remembered draft riot occurred in Jamaica in 1863. Local authors Harrison Hunt and Bill Bleyer explore this fascinating story, from the 1860 presidential campaign that polarized the region to the wartime experiences of Long Islanders on the battlefield and at home 

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