“An Afternoon in the Country with Tennessee Walt”

Live Concert with Tennessee Walt 

Back by popular demand, join us for an afternoon of classic country songs, and the stories about the individuals that wrote or sang the songs. Live in person concert!

Hybrid program will also livestream on Zoom.

SAT Aug 7th

1PM

To Register to attend in person: Call (631) 324-0222 Ext.3, or Stop by the Adult Reference Desk, or email reference@easthamptonlibrary.org.
To attend via Zoom: register at www.eventbrite.com… 

Memories of the Pandemic: History Project

This exercise gives participants the chance to tell their story about how they were affected by the Pandemic. These stories will be cataloged and archived to be shared with future generations. Participants will have the opportunity to write, or create an audio recording, using photographs to document their experiences dealing with the pandemic.

To begin, click the record button, and speak into your microphone. If you want to skip a question, click skip question. You will be given the option to re-record if there is anything that you would like to change. At the top of the page there is a preview button, where you can listen to your recording before submitting it. When you have your recording exactly as you want it to be click save.

https://app.memria.org/stories/public-story-request-preview/e387a97d-c937-425c-a5a5-9c1fb8dae7d0/

If you would like to make an appointment to record your Memories of the Pandemic in person you can do so on Weds and Saturday. Call (631) 324-0222 ext.3 to make an appointment. If you need assistance creating a recording please call (631) 324-0222 ext.3 or email reference@easthamptonlibrary.org for assistance.

Storytellers will need to agree that their stories could be edited, published and shared.

“By submitting your story, you give your permission for any words, video recordings, and/or photographs made during this project to be used by the East Hampton Library staff, researchers and the public for educational purposes including publications, exhibitions, research, the internet, and presentations. This permission is perpetual, nonexclusive, and transferable. By giving your permission, you do not give up any copyright or performance rights that you may hold.”

Happy Pride Month!

Join us in celebrating Pride Month this June at the East Hampton Library. Pick up a book from our display that includes titles by Glennon Doyle, Bryan Washington and Kayla Rae Whitaker.

We will also be having an event on August 4th hosted by the LGBT Network. Join a representative from the LGBT Network as they present LGBT 101: An anti-bullying program. This program is a professional yet fun and interactive workshop designed to increase understanding as a tool to decrease the bullying of LGBT people. The workshop uses activities and ongoing dialogue and Q&A to facilitate conversations and foster understanding. The program covers the topics of sexual orientation, gender identity, and experiences of LGBT people. The program also provides definitions and understanding of terms such as non-binary, pronouns, gender fluid, and heterosexism/cissexism. Sign up for this upcoming Zoom event here.

East Hampton Seed Library Launches May 17th!

Stop on in to join us for the launch of our new Seed Library on May 17th. We will have packets of seeds for patrons to take home and plant in their own garden in hopes of creating sustainable food sources as well as connect with our community in a different way. Our goal is to have patrons save seeds and “return” them to the library, but it that mandatory? No! Feel free to use the seeds as best fit your needs. We ask that you only take what you know you will use during this planting season so that no seeds go to waste.

As we can’t have a large gathering to celebrate our launch of the East Hampton Seed Library, we will have a different kind of launch day festivity. Free plant markers will be available at the Reference Desk on May 17th on a first come, first serve basis. All you have to do is ask about our seeds!

For further information, check out http://www.easthamptonlibrary.org under the Adults tab to find more info about the East Hampton Seed Library on the day of the launch. Happy planting!

Upcoming May Events

April is quickly coming to a close and we are looking ahead to our upcoming events next month. The East Hampton Library has planned unique Zoom events in addition to our usual Senior Fitness and Chair Yoga classes that are available each week. Below are some highlights, but be sure to check our calendar on http://www.easthamptonlibrary.org for more events.

On May 4th at 6:30PM, the library will host “Immigrant Dreams” An Author Talk with Barbara Goldowsky. Goldowsky will speak about her experiences as a German immigrant in the 1950s and her newest book, which was published in August 2020.

Interested in Long Island history? Sign up for Long Island Spy Ring- A History and Tour Guide with Bill Bleyer. Bleyer, a former staff writer for Newsday, will discuss the true story of the Culper Spy Ring on May 10th at 6:00 PM.

A perfect spring event, History and Horticulture: Of Plants and Presidents with Jessica Damiano will provide an eye-opening and inspiring historical tour of the White House gardens. This will take place on May 14th at 6:30 PM.

Need to better manage your stress? On May 24th at 3 PM, the EAC Network will be hosting a Stress Management Support Group. A crisis counselor will lead a group discussion on stress, how it presents in the body, and ways to cope/practice self-care. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their stressors and receive support from the group. 

Each of these event can be signed up for by following the attached links, calling the reference desk at 631-324-0222 ext. 3, or by emailing reference@easthamptonlibrary.org. Our events are all on Zoom and those that sign up will receive the link 15 minutes before the start of the event.

March at the Library

Here at the East Hampton Library we are celebrating Women’s History Month. March is the annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to history and modern culture. In addition to our book display, we have a pamphlet of “Famous Firsts” that pertain to women’s history. Our librarian highlighted some historical and culturally significant achievements that happened in US history.

We will also being hosting a few Zoom events in honor of Women’s History Month. This includes two different talks by journalist Evan Weiner. On Friday, March 5th at 6PM, Weiner will give a talk entitled Title IX: The 1972 Legislation That Gave Women Equal Educational Access. Until 1972, sexual discrimination against women in college and university studies was legal. Women could be denied educational opportunities until 1972. Patsy Mink, Edith Green, Birch Bayh, Ted Stevens and Richard Nixon changed that. Congresswomen Green and Mink pushed a bill through the House demanding equal educational access for women if a school took federal money. Senators Birch Bayh and especially Alaska Senator Ted Stevens pushed it over the finish and Nixon signed it. The new legislation changed women’s education options from just nurse, secretary, or teacher; to different fields such as medicine, law, and engineering. To learn more about this event or to sign up, visit the link here.

The second talk being given by Weiner is You’ve Come A Long Way: Women Overcome Sexism and Racism To Play Sports. This talk will take place on Friday, March 26th at 6PM. Women have had doors closed on them in pursuing sports as an occupation. Men didn’t want them playing sports because they claimed playing sports was unladylike, and women’s bodies were not equipped to handle athletic competition. Yet some women continued to pursue sports and struggled to succeed. Women’s sports have grown in popularity, and there are recognizable names but there is a long way to go in being totally accepted. To hear more on this topic, sign up at the link here.

Celebrate Black History Month

Check out our displays around the circulation desk for Black History Month! Our circulation department has put together small biographies of famous actors, writers, politicians and more. Coupled with their works or books and movies about them, you can choose to browse some quick facts or take a deeper look into their lives. We also have brochures filled with suggestions for reading and viewing during Black History Month and beyond.

In our display by the front window, you can find a selection of fiction and nonfiction books by black authors. Come pick up books by Jacqueline Woodson, Tayari Jones, Colson Whitehead and Candice Carty- Williams. Not interested in a book? Browse our suggestions for black- run podcasts such as Code Switch and The Nod.

Don’t forget about our access to free movies through Kanopy! Using your library card, you can sign in and watch movies like Moonlight, Tijuana Jackson, and Night Catches Us. Documentaries like I Am Not Your Negro, Whose Streets?, and Nas: Time is Illmatic are also available to view on Kanopy.

Interested in a Zoom event that explores history through music? Then sign up here for The Blues and Beyond on Saturday, February 20th at 2PM. The Blues and Beyond tells the story of African Americans in the United States from slavery to the present day by exploring and documenting, with music, videos, narration and illustrations, the evolution of African American music alongside U.S. history. From field hollers and camp meetings to old spirituals to the Blues to the popular genres of today, music is the means by which African Americans have told their story.

Possibly nothing here sounds like something you would be into? Stop on by the reference desk, call, or email us and we would be happy to make suggestions tailored to your interests.

New Covid Testing Site

As of January 6th, East Hampton Town Hall has been offering drive-through testing for Covid. They offer PCR (RNA) nasal swab testing and rapid antigen testing for active viral infection diagnosis, and antibody blood testing to determine if someone has had a previous case of the virus. The location is 159 Pantigo Road and will be open from 7AM to 9PM. Testing costs $179 for the PCR nasal swab test; $99 for the rapid antigen test, and; $59 for the antibody test. Insurance is also accepted and a limited number of testing will be made available for free for those in need of financial assistance.

Some tests can be taken without an appointment, but the town strongly suggests making an appointment here.

New Art Books Available to Check Out!

Here at the East Hampton Library we love art in all forms. With Guild Hall right across the street, how could we not? Recently we’ve added some new visual art books to our collection for other art lovers to enjoy. Come on in and check out books from artists Roy Dowell, Daniel Rich, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Beverly Fishman, Phillip Allen, Warren Sensee, Steven Kinder, and more.
While the books from the above artists are currently in our new section, we also have some great art books in our nonfiction section as well. Recently included in our collection are books from Nancy Blum, Rachel Eng, and Carla Gannis. If you aren’t familiar with contemporary art, all the more reason to stop in and look at our offerings! Ask a librarian for help and they can direct to the art book of your choosing.

Come on in and Get a Free Winter Coat!

Thanks to the generosity of our patrons, we have a plethora of gently used coats to share with our residents of the Hamptons. Coats in all adult sizes are available as well as hats, gloves, scarves and other cold weather items. We also have a limited number of children’s items available for the taking. Just stop on in and ask a staff member to bring you to our free coats area and you can browse for yourself! Feel free to come in through January to search for your new winter wardrobe. Masks are required in the library.