Port Washington Public Library events for Jan. 15- Jan. 31

Port Washington Public Library events for Jan. 15- Jan. 31

Art Lecture- A Close Look: Thomas Cole’s The Oxbow

Tuesday, 01/16/2024 @ 12:00pm

Lapham Meeting Room 

Join museum educator Alice W. Schwarz for an in-depth discussion of the iconic The Oxbow by artist Thomas Cole, the father of 19th-century American landscape painting. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required.


Smart Phones for the Perplexed              

Wednesday, 01/17/2024 @ 2:30pm       

Hagedorn Meeting Room

Do you feel like you could be getting more out of your smartphone or tablet? PWPL staff experts will cover the basics and offer tips and tricks. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own devices. Registration starts January 3.


Citizens’ Policy Forum

Thursday, 01/18/2024 @ 7:00pm

Lapham Meeting Room

What can everyday citizens do when so much in Washington and elsewhere seems broken or dysfunctional? Join Rick Leeds, an independent policy researcher, as he moderates a non-partisan, fact-based discussion about process and policy issues facing our country. All political persuasions are welcome—registration is required.


Sandwiched In- What’s Old Becomes New: Cruising the Great Lakes 1819 to 2023

Friday, 01/19/2024 @ 12:00pm 

Lapham Meeting Room

Join William Van Dorp for a visual presentation including a brief history of 19th and 20th-century passenger vessels on the Great Lakes, a sampling of the variety of cruise ships on the Great Lakes just completing the 2023 season, their various itineraries, and some surprising amenities on these vessels. Sponsored by the Nautical Advisory Council. Registration required.


Defensive Driving Course

Saturday,01/20/2024 @ 9:30am

Hagedorn Meeting Room

Priority will be given to Port Washington cardholders. The instructor will collect payment of $33 via cash during class. Registration begins on Tuesday, January 2.


An Insider’s View of the Legal Battle Against Book Banning

Sunday 01/21/2024 @ 2:30pm

Lapham Meeting Room & on Zoom

Join us for this unique program on the First Amendment featuring two attorneys on the front lines. FOL Board Member Rebecca Hughes Parker and Michael Bamberger are attorneys at the global law firm Dentons, who are challenging laws restricting the display, distribution, and sale of books and other materials—registration required.


Afternoon on Broadway: A Celebration of Cole Porter

Monday, 01/22/2024 @ 3:00pm

Lapham Meeting Room

Join award-winning stage and film director Stephen Nachamie as he celebrates the life and music of the legendary Cole Porter—registration required.          


Adventures in Classic Readings

Monday, 01/22/2024 @ 6:30pm

Mezzanine Meeting Room

The reading for January and February will be The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish. All registrants will receive a complimentary copy of the book provided by the Friends of the Library’s Ruth D. Bogen Memorial Fund (while supplies last). Available for pick up at the Information Desk.


Teen Study Hall

Monday, 01/22/2024 @ 7:00pm

Lapham Meeting Room

Teens are invited to use the Lapham Meeting Room as a dedicated study space for their upcoming exams until 9 pm. The Friends of the Library will generously provide coffee and snacks.


Fiction Book Club

Tuesday, 01/23/2024 @ 7:30pm

Mezzanine Meeting Room

Join fellow readers at the Library for an engaging discussion of Let Us Descend by Jesmyn Ward. Copies will be available at the Information Desk or on Libby—registration is required.


Small Business Workshop: Franchising

Wednesday, 01/24/2024 @ 7:00pm

Hagedorn Meeting Room

Individuals thinking about starting a new business will benefit significantly from this 7-part series. This session covers an overview of the franchise industry, funds, and more. This program is being presented by the Long Island chapter of SCORE and sponsored by the Career and Finance Center.        


Art Lecture- Van Gogh in Auvers: 1890

Thursday, 01/25/2024 @ 3:00pm

Lapham Meeting Room

Join Professor Thomas Germano for this visual lecture focusing exclusively on the prolific creative burst of life and energy Van Gogh demonstrated just before his death at age 37. It is also the subject of an international traveling exhibition in Amsterdam in 2023 and Paris in early 2024—registration required.


Sandwiched In – Hollywood Battles Television: Wide Screens and Thrill Rides in 1950s Movies

Friday 01/26/2024 @ 12:00pm               

Lapham Meeting Room

Join film historian Max Alvarez for this exciting lecture featuring sequences from such 1950s hits as This is Cinerama, How to Marry a Millionaire, and House of Wax. And see it on our big screen! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Film: Barbie (2023-114 min.).

Friday, 01/26/2024 @ 7:00pm  

Lapham Meeting Room 


Social Security Explained

Monday, 01/29/2024 @ 7:00pm

Lapham Meeting Room

Join us for an overview of the services and benefits the Social Security Administration provides to seniors. Bring your questions! No registration is required.

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