Adult Reference Blog

Karl Grossman, “Jewish History on Long Island’s East End”

Journalist and professor of journalism, Karl Grossman, will give a presentation from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 15 about “Jewish History on Long Island’s East End” from 6 to 8 p.m. at the East Hampton Library. There is free admission.
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Grossman is a full professor of journalism at the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury, teaching there for 41 years. As a member with his family of the Jewish Center of the Hamptons in East Hampton, he met regularly with noted architect Norman Jaffe and benefactor Evan Frankel working to put into words Jaffe’s concept for the “Gates of the Grove” sanctuary so members of the congregation could understand Jaffe’s extraordinary vision. Grossman’s paternal grandparents, Herman and Stephanie, settled in Sag Harbor more than a century ago. Herman, a skilled engraver, came to the United States from Hungary and worked at Fahys’ watchcase factory in Sag Harbor.

Grossman is the author of six books.

For 28 years, he has hosted the nationally-aired television program “Enviro Close-Up with Karl Grossman” and, on Long Island, he is host of the TV show “Environment Long Island” produced by LTV in Wainscott. The East Hampton Library houses the Karl Grossman Research Archive, the digitized collection of Grossman’s journalism since he began as a Long Island-based reporter in 1962. His weekly column started at the daily Long Island Press in 1969 and now appears in The East Hampton Press, The Southampton Press, The Sag Harbor Express and Shelter Island Reporter, among other newspapers, and on news websites. He has been long active in Jewish journalism writing for the Long Island Jewish World, Manhattan Jewish Sentinel and Jewish Tribune, and he has a blog on The Times of Israel in Jerusalem. Grossman has received many awards for journalism including the George Polk Award. He founded and was the first president of the Press Club of Long Island.


Author Talk, Bob Roth, “”Strength and Stillness”

Join us for a discussion with NY Times Best Selling Author and Transcendental Meditation teacher Bob Roth

SAT 8/3
11 AM — 1 PM

“Oprah Winfrey and Jerry Seinfeld. Ray Dalio and Ellen DeGeneres. Gwyneth Paltrow and Howard Stern. Tom Hanks and Gisele Bündchen.

What do they have in common? The answer is a Transcendental Meditation teacher named Bob Roth, who has spent the past forty-five years helping many thousands of people access their innate creativity and power through this simple, nonreligious technique. Roth’s students range from titans of business and the arts to federal prisoners, from war-scarred veterans to overworked moms and dads.” (Amazon)

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Author Talk – Sparrow Beach – Shelby (Skip) Raebeck

Join us in welcoming author Shelby (Skip) Raebeck as he discusses his novel, Sparrow Beach!

Living on Long Island’s fast-developing East End, local builder Michael Dorian is forced to reckon: with a building industry being overrun by Manhattan developers; with a failing marriage and teenage daughter riddled with anxiety; with the nature of a hauntingly beautiful place that offers opportunity but no longer feels like home. Sparrow Beach is about the dark cloud of excess that threatens to consume Long Island’s East End, and about the patchwork of characters that live beneath it, those who adapt, finding new paths amidst the changing landscape, and those who refuse to.

Tue, July 23, 2019

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

To Register: Call (631) 324-0222 Ext. 3, Stop by the Adult Reference Desk OR Visit the Eventbrite link below:

Movie – The Public

An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold.


5-7 PM

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Author Talk – The Courtroom is My Theater – Jay Goldberg

Join us in welcoming attorney and author Jay Goldberg as he discusses his book, The Courtroom is My Theater. One man’s journey through the practice of law with some of the world’s most powerful and colorful characters, including Robert F. Kennedy, Willie Nelson and Bess Myerson.


3:30 – 5 PM

To Register: Call (631) 324-0222 Ext. 3, Stop by the Adult Reference Desk OR Visit the Eventbrite link below:

Katherine C. H. E.: Songs of Love and Longing- Concert

Local mom and international chart-topping and best-selling singer-songwriter, Katherine C. H. E. combines pop and folk music with flavors of world, gospel, reggae and jazz, infusing all with messages of love, hope, and positivity.

Katherine grew up in Nashville, TN, where she developed her love of music but only recently stepped into performing. Her debut CD, Campfire Sessions hit #1 on Amazon’s Folk album charts. Katherine performs at venues on Long Island, in New York City, and along the East Coast. She also hosted a local TV show, Music in the Hamptons.

Earlier this year, Katherine released a CD of children’s music and has been performing for children all over the East End. This is one of her few shows for grown-ups this summer.


6-8 PM

at The East Hampton Library
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Wild and Neat: Bridging the Gap between Great Planting Design and Ecology: A lecture by Claudia West

Wild and Neat: Bridging the Gap between Great Planting Design and Ecology

A lecture by Claudia West

Principal, Phyto Studios

Thursday, July 11 at 10 AM

Cosponsored by East Hampton Library

Baldwin Family Lecture Room
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Claudia West is a leading voice in the emerging field of ecological planting design. Known for her passionate advocacy of plant-driven design, Claudia is a widely sought-after speaker and consultant who applies the technologies of plant systems to bring essential natural functions back into our cities and towns. She has worked on all sides of the green industry – as a designer, a grower, installer and land manager – grounding her innovative work in pragmatic solutions that address the realities of our urbanizing world. She is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Planting in a Post Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes.

Author Talk “How a Nursing Home Works” Peter D. Busacca

Peter D. Busacca takes the reader through each department of a nursing home to show them the complexities of what goes on there to deliver quality care to the patient/resident. Healthcare is the fastest-growing sector of the economy, so a young person thinking of a career in healthcare could see what they are going to get themselves into, and a family member who has a loved one in a nursing home can learn more about the process

Peter D. Busacca, BA, MBA, ACHA, LNHA has been a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator since 2003. He has a Bachelor of Arts in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics, a Masters of Business Administration, an Advanced Certificate in Health Administration, and is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the State of New York.

5:30 –7 PM
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East Hampton Library Authors Night 2019

Alec Baldwin, Robert Caro, Ted Bell, Ali Wentworth, and Candace Bushnell are just a few of the authors that will be at Authors Night 2019.  Visit for more details. The event will be held August 10th, 2019.



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