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Do you Miss Performing Arts?

Do you miss performing arts? There are a a number of possibilities to see wonderful performers from home:

“The Shows Must Go On” on the YouTube platform  offers a new Broadway show every Friday. The show is only available for 48 hours. So have your snacks ready! So far the offerings have included “Cats” and “Hairspray.”

Love Shakespeare? The Globe Theatre has been releasing a new show every two weeks. The current production is The Merry Wives of Windsor.

The Vienna State Opera has been streaming operas and ballets from its archive. The performances are available for 24 hours.

Like all other performing arts programs, American Ballet Theater is moving to a virtual season May 11-July 4. Daily programming include converatsions, ballet classes, concerts, artist profiles and spotlights, hair and makeup tutorials, and historical review.

And the esteemed Metropolitan Opera is offering a different encore presentation from its Live in HD series. Each performance begins at 7:30 and is available for 23 hours. At their homepage you can  link to additional information about the operas.

The Folger Shakespeare Library is presenting its 2008 production of Macbeth on Facebook.

And Port Jefferson’s Theatre Three has original short plays on its YouTube channel.

Theaters may be dark but there is a way for us to enjoy cultural events.

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

Evening Book Discussion


Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 7:30 PM

with Sonia Grgas, Reference Librarian

Shakespeare’s controversial comedy The Taming of the Shrew sees willful, independent Katherina transformed into a willing, obedient wife to Petruchio. It is one of Shakespeare’s most re-visited plays, with adaptations including Kiss Me Kate, and 10 Things I Hate About You.

Based on The Taming of the Shrew, Vinegar Girl features Kate, a socially awkward young woman, adored by the preschool children she teaches but misunderstood by her peers. Her father is a scientific genius, but not so great on emotions. About to lose his (equally genius, equally socially inept) research assistant, Pyotr Cherbakov, because of visa problems, and desperate to save the project that is his life’s work, he comes up with a plan: Kate will marry Pyotr who will then be able to stay in the country and finish the project.  The plan sounds perfect, except for one small hitch: Kate.

Why not enhance your reading experience and read the play The Taming of the Shrew and/or watch one of the film adaptations  either before or after you read Vinegar Girl?

This program is free.

No registration required.

Books are at the circulation desk.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services



Our Displays for April

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April is “National Humor Month” and our first floor book display has a great selection of humorous books. Check out some of the titles, classics like Catch-22, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Miss Julia to the Rescue, Very Good Jeeves, Everything Changes and an assortment of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels

Talk about classics, note our other first floor book display, it’s “The 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare 1626-2016.”  His works, both comedies and dramas, are as popular today as when first written. His themes of love, power, prejudice and justice are universal and enduring.

Our third floor displays are on the more serious side.  April is both “Alcohol Awareness Month” and “Autism Awareness Month.”  Our health librarian has created a two sided display on both topics which include books and free printouts.  You can learn about either topic or get information on coping with either subject.

poem for your pocketLast but not least “April is National Poetry Month.” This third floor display includes a collection poetry books written by American poets.  Enjoy the artistic beauty of the written word. And while you are on the third floor, pick up a “Poem For Your Pocket.”

The April book displays at SPL offer wide range of entertainment and interest.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services