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Check out a book discussion group at The Smithtown Library! We've got something for everybody. See below for listings by Branch.

Smithtown Main Building

Historical Non-fiction Book Discussion Group

Books are available at the Smithtown Main Circulation Desk. In-person registration only.

Love and Hate in Jamestown

Thursday, January 29, 2015 • 10:30-11:30am OR 2:30-3:30pm

Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Heart of a New Nation by David A. Price

A dramatic retelling of the establishment of the first permanent English settlement in the new world discusses the day-to-day experiences of its men and women, who were sent to find gold but instead encountered brutal hardships, citing the particular contributions of Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, and Chief Powhatan.

 


A Novel Idea Book Discussion Group 

Join us for our newest book discussion group in Smithtown. Books are available at the Smithtown Main Circulation Desk. 

The White Queen

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 • 2:30-3:30pm

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory 

A tale inspired by the War of the Roses follows the conflict from the perspective of Elizabeth Woodville, who ascends to royalty and fights for the well-being of her family, including two sons whose imprisonment in the Tower of London precedes a devastating unsolved mystery.

 


Smithtown Book Discussion Group

Books are available at the Smithtown Main Circulation Desk. No registration required.

The Three Weissmanns of Westport

Thursday, February 19, 2015 • 10:15am-12:15pm

The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine 

A modern tale inspired by Sense and Sensibility finds financially strapped literary sisters Miranda and Annie moving in with divorcée Betty in a run-down Connecticut beach cottage, where they find love among the suburban aristocracy.

 

 


Sports Pages Book Discussion Group

Books are available at the Smithtown Main Circulation Desk.

Wooden

Monday, February 2, 2015 • 10:30am-12:30pm

Wooden: A Coach's Life by Seth Davis 

A provocative and revelatory biography of the legendary UCLA coach John Wooden, by one of America's top college basketball writers.

 

 


Commack Branch


Commack Book Discussion Group

Books are available at the Commack Branch Circulation Desk. No registration required.

Under the Wide and Starry Sky

Monday, February 9, 2015 • 12:00-1:00pm

Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan 

This is the story of the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. By the bestselling author of Loving Frank.

 

 


Kings Park Branch


Health and Wellness Book Discussion Group

This non-fiction book discussion group selects popular titles covering subjects such as applied psychology, human physiology, personal health, diseases and therapeutics. Books are available at the Kings Park Branch Circulation Desk. No registration required.

A Short Guide to a Long Life

Monday, January 26, 2015 • 11:00am-12:00pm

A Short Guide to a Long Life by David B. Agus, MD 

Dr. Agus presents the simple rules everyone should follow in order to live a long, healthy and productive life.

 

 


Killer Reads Book Discussion Group

Join us for a book discussion just for mystery lovers. Books are available at the Kings Park Branch Circulation Desk. No registration required.

What the Dead Know

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 • 11:00am-12:00pm

What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman 

Thirty years ago two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall. Their bodies were never found and those familiar with the case have always been tortured by these questions: How do you kidnap two girls? Who - or what - could have lured the two sisters away from a busy mall on a Saturday afternoon without leaving behind a single clue or witness?

 


Kings Park Book Discussion Group

Books are available at the Kings Park Branch Circulation Desk. No registration required.

Destiny of the Republic

Monday, March 2, 2015 • 10:30-11:30am (no February meeting)

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Medicine, Madness, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard 

A dramatic narrative account of the 20th President's political career offers insight into his distinguished background as an impoverished wunderkind scholar and Civil War hero and Alexander Graham Bell's failed attempt to save him from an assassin's bullet.

 


20s & 30s Book Discussion Group

Join together with other 20 & 30-somethings from the area to discuss great books! Connect with the group via our Meetup account: Smithtown Special Library Dist.-Millennials Book Group. Books available at the Kings Park Branch Circulation Desk. No registration required. 

Good Luck of Right Now

Wednesday, January 21, 2015  7:00-8:00pm

The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick 

When his mother dies, 38-year-old Bartholomew Neil, who doesn't know how to be on his own, discovers a letter in his mother's underwear drawer that causes him to write a series of highly intimate letters to actor Richard Gere, while embarking on a quest to find out where he belongs.

 


Nesconset Branch


Tea-rrific Reads Book Discussion Group

Books are available at the Nesconset Branch Circulation Desk. Registration encouraged.

The Invention of WingsTuesday, January 27, 2015 • 2:15-3:15pm OR 7:15-8:15pm

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd 

On Sarah Grimke's eleventh birthday, she is given ownership of ten-year-old Handful, a Charleston slave, to be her handmaid. Follow their journey over the next thirty-five years as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other's destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

 

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Smithtown Sports Pages Book Discussion 
 
WoodenMonday, February 2, 2015
10:30am-12:30pm
 
Wooden: a coach's life by Seth Davis
 
A provocative and revelatory biography of the legendary UCLA coach John Wooden, by one of America's top college basketball writers.
 
 

Smithtown Historical Non-fiction Book Discussion 
 
Love and Hate in JamestownThursday, January 29, 2015
10:30-11:30am OR 2:30-3:30pm
 
Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the heart of a new nation by David A. Price
 
A dramatic retelling of the establishment of the first permanent English settlement in the new world discusses the day-to-day experiences of its men and women, who were sent to find gold but instead encountered brutal hardships, citing the particular contributions of Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, and Chief Powhatan.

Smithtown Book Discussion
 
The Three Weissmanns of WestportThursday, February 19, 2015
10:15am-12:15pm
 
The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine
 
A modern tale inspired by Sense and Sensibility finds financially strapped literary sisters Miranda and Annie moving in with divorcée Betty in a run-down Connecticut beach cottage, where they find love among the suburban aristocracy.
 

 
Smithtown A Novel Idea Book Discussion
 
The White Queen
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
2:30-3:30pm
 
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
 
A tale inspired by the War of the Roses follows the conflict from the perspective of Elizabeth Woodville, who ascends to royalty and fights for the well-being of her family, including two sons whose imprisonment in the Tower of London precedes a devastating unsolved mystery. 
 
 

 
Commack Branch Book Discussion 
 
Under the Wide and Starry SkyMonday, February 9, 2015
12:00-1:00pm
Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan 
 
This is the story of the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. By the bestselling author of Loving Frank
 
 

 
 
Kings Park Branch Book Discussion 
 
Destiny of the RepublicMonday, March 2, 2015 (no February meeting)
10:30-11:30am
 
Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard 
 
A dramatic narrative account of the 20th President's political career offers insight into his distinguished background as an impoverished wunderkind scholar and Civil War hero and Alexander Graham Bell's failed attempt to save him from an assassin's bullet.

 
 
Kings Park Branch Health and Wellness Book Discussion
 
A Short Guide to a Long Life
Monday, January 26, 2015
11:00am-12:00pm
 
A Short Guide to a Long Life by David Agus, MD
 
Dr. Agus presents the simple rules everyone should follow in order to live a long, healthy and productive life.
 

 
Kings Park Branch Killer Reads Book Discussion 
 
What the Dead KnowWednesday, January 28, 2015
11:00am-12:00pm
 
What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman 
 
Thirty years ago two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall. Their bodies were never found and those familiar with the case have always been tortured by these questions: How do you kidnap two girls? Who - or what - could have lured the two sisters away from a busy mall on a Saturday afternoon without leaving behind a single clue or witness?

 
 
Kings Park Branch 20s & 30s Book Discussion
 
Good Luck of Right NowWednesday, January 21, 2015
7:00-8:00pm

The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

When his mother dies, 38-year-old Bartholomew Neil, who doesn't know how to be on his own, discovers a letter in his mother's underwear drawer that causes him to write a series of highly intimate letters to actor Richard Gere, while embarking on a quest to find out where he belongs.

 


 

       Nesconset Branch Tea-rrific Reads Book Discussion 

The Invention of WingsTuesday, January 27, 2015
2:15-3:15pm OR 7:15-8:15pm
 
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
 
On Sarah Grimke's eleventh birthday, she is given ownership of ten-year-old Handful, a Charleston slave, to be her handmaid. Follow their journey over the next thirty-five years as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other's destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.
 
 
 

What's New: Graphic Novels

What's New: Graphic Novels                                                                                                                                               Updated 6/5/14

Snapshot / written by Andy Diggle ; art and covers by Jock ; letters by Clem Robins ; additional design for the trade by Jock & Vincent Kukua
Diggle, Andy, author.
Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, Inc., [2013].
GN DIGG
Rated T+/ Teen plus.

Avengers. Vol. 2, Infinity / writer, Jonathan Hickman ; artist, Mike Deodato ; color artist, Frank Martin with Rain Beredo (#12) ; letterer, VC's Joe Caramagna ; cover art, Mike Deodato with Rain Beredo (#7), Marte Gracia (#8) & Laura Martin (#9-12) ; assistant editor, Jake Thomas ; editors, Tom Brevoort with Lauren Sankovitch ; collection editor, Jennifer Grünwald ; assistant editors, Alex Starbuck & Nelson Ribeiro ; editor, special projects, Mark D. Beazley ; senior editor, special projects, Jeff Youngquist ; book design, Jeff Powell ; editor in chief, Axel Alonso
Hickman, Jonathan, author.
New York, NY : Marvel Worldwide, Inc., a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment, LLC, 2014.
GN HICK
Rated T+.

New Avengers. Vol. 1, Everything dies / by Jonathan Hickman ; penciler, Steve Epting
Hickman, Jonathan, author.
New York : Marvel Worldwide, c2013.
GN HICK
Rated: T+

A game of thrones : the graphic novel. Volume 1 / George R.R. Martin ; adapted by Daniel Abraham ; art by Tommy Patterson ; colors by Ivan Nunes ; lettering by Marshall Dillon ; original series cover art by Alex Ross and Mike S. Miller
Martin, George R. R.
New York : Bantam Books, c2012.
GN MART

A game of thrones : the graphic novel. Volume 2 / George R.R. Martin ; adapted by Daniel Abraham ; art by Tommy Patterson ; colors by Ivan Nunes ; lettering by Marshall Dillon ; original series cover art by Mike S. Miller and Michael Komarck
Martin, George R. R.
New York, N.Y. : Bantam Books, c2013.
GN MART

A game of thrones : the graphic novel. Volume 3 / George R.R. Martin ; adapted by Daniel Abraham ; art by Tommy Patterson ; colors by Ivan Nunes ; lettering by Marshall Dillon ; original series cover art by Mike S. Miller and Michael Komarck
Martin, George R. R.
New York : Bantam Books, ©2014.
GN MART

George R.R. Martin's the hedge knight : the graphic novel / written by George R.R. Martin ; adaptation by Ben Avery ; pencils by Mike S. Miller ; colors by Mike Crowell ; colors by Team Kandora, Transparency Digital ; lettered by Bill Tortolini, Lithium Pro Design
Martin, George R. R, author.
Seattle : Jet City Comics, c2013.
GN MART
Parental advisory.

The sworn sword : the Hedge Knight II / George R.R. Martin ; adaptation by Ben Avery ; pencils by Mike S. Miller
Martin, George R.R.
Seattle : Jet City Comics, 2014.
GN MART

From hell : being a melodrama in sixteen parts / Alan Moore, writer ; Eddie Campbell, artist ; Pete Mullins, contributing artist
Moore, Alan, 1953-
Paddington, Australia : Eddie Campbell Comics, 1999.
GN MOOR

FBP : Federal Bureau of Physics. The Paradigm Shift Vol. 1, The ParadigmShift / Simon Oliver ; [illustrated by] Robbi Rodriguez
Oliver, Simon.
New York : DC Comics/Vertigo, 2014.
GN OLIV

Over easy / Mimi Pond
Pond, Mimi, author, artist.
[Montreal] : Drawn & Quarterly, 2014.
GN POND

Ghosted [volume one, haunted heist] / Joshua Williamson, writer ; Goran Sudzuka, artist ; Miroslav Mrva, colorist
Williamson, Joshua, author.
Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, Inc., [2013].
GN WILL
Rated M/ Mature.

Showa : a history of Japan, 1926-1939 / Shigeru Mizuki ; translator, Zack Davisson
Mizuki, Shigeru, 1922- author, illustrator.
[Montreal], Quebec : Drawn & Quarterly, 2013.
GN 952.033 MIZU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grab and Go ... Fast Foods From Home

 

Wednesday, January 28 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Kings Park Branch
 
Ann Monaco, Holistic Health Counselor will teach us how to take control of our health. As you include more whole foods into your eating, you will be amazed at the positive effect on your overall health and energy level. Ann will show you how to make your own "grab and go foods". The results may just be lower medical bills and higher quality of life.

To register click here.
 
 
     
 
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For more details contact Gina Berti at ext 235.

Staff Pick

 
cant we talk about something more pleasant
 
Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, a graphic memoir of caring for aging parents by popular New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, is both heartbreaking and bitingly funny. The book has topped the Best Books of 2014 lists in Newsday, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and has been named a finalist for the National Book Award in Nonfiction.

Book A Librarian

Any Smithtown Library cardholder can make an appointment with a librarian for one-on-one training in various library and computer topics. We offer 30 minute sessions in the following areas:
- Using the Library Catalog
- Introduction to Library Databases
- Downloadable eBooks and/or Audiobooks
- eReader and Tablet Demonstrations
- Introduction to Social Networking sites
- And more!
For information or to make an appointment, please call the Smithtown Main Building at 360-2480, ext. 120.
We also offer Book a Children's Librarian.  For more information call the Smithtown Main Building at 360-2480 ext. 140 or the Commack Branch at 360-2480 ext. 340.

Library Hours

Monday - Thursday:
10:00am - 9:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
(September - May;
Smithtown & Commack only)

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Recycle Station

All Branches of The Smithtown Library collect the following items for recycling:
 
- Non-rechargeable Batteries
- Cell Phones
- Eyeglassesrecycle

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The Smithtown Library

Long Island's Largest Library Serving the Communities of Smithtown:
Commack, Fort Salonga, Hauppauge, Head of the Harbor, Kings Park, Nesconset, Nissequogue, Saint James, Smithtown, Village of the Branch

Commack Branch

3 Indian Head Road
Commack, NY 11725
631-360-2480
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Kings Park Branch

One Church Street
Kings Park, NY 11754
631-360-2480
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Nesconset Branch

148 Smithtown Boulevard
Nesconset, NY 11767
631-360-2480
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Smithtown Main Building

One North Country Road
Smithtown, NY 11787
631-360-2480
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