October brings events and activities to the City Island Library

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These are the events and activities in the month of October at the City Island Library. 

Shelf Help: Tell us your reading interests and we’ll pick five books for you! Fill out the online form or call Ask NYPL to receive reads handpicked for you based on your interests. www.nypl.org/shelfhelp 

Children’s Programs

Family Storytime: This event will take place in person at City Island.  Join us for a live program with songs, rhymes, and favorite read-aloud books as we show you that story time is fun for the whole family. Limited to 15 children and caregivers per session. Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 a..m.

Start with Art: Promote early literacy through art, while getting creative! Young artists will explore colors, shapes, and more while working on motor skills – and creating some fun crafts along the way. Limited to 12 children and caregivers per session. First Come, First Serve. Mondays at 11 a.m.

Bilingual Storytime: It is Spanish story time! Gather your preschoolers and toddlers to enjoy stories, rhymes and fun!/¡Tiempo de Lectura para niñxs! ¡Media hora de cuentos cortos, rimas, música, y diversión! First come, first serve. Limited of 15 children and caregivers per session. Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m.

Books and Bites: Every week, come together to read the selected book while enjoying some snacks! Our current book is Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson. Ages 10-14. Monday Oct. 17 and 24, 3-4 p.m.

October Teen and Tween Programs

Twisted Stitches: A teen/tween knitting, crochet, and needlework club! Bring your own project to work on in a calm, relaxed environment, or use our materials to learn a new skill. Thursdays at 3 p.m.

Latinx Heritage Month Programs: Celebrate Latinx Heritage with crafts and discussions that explore culture, landmarks, and more from Spain and South America.

Vejigante Mask Art – Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m.

Venezuela’s Kerepakupai Merú – Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m.

Teen Unwind: Celebrate the end of the week every Friday at 3 p.m. In October we will be J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic and genre-defining series “The Lord of the Rings” with crafts and activities, all month long.

Oct. 7: Lord of the Rings Scavenger Hunt

Oct. 14: Hobbit Riddles

Oct. 21: Lord of the Rings Bookmarks 

Oct. 28: Lord of the Rings Trivia

Adult Programs

Introduction to Computers: Join our computer class, with a different subject being taught each week. Subjects will include Internet literacy, social media, video chatting and more. All work will be conducted on our Library computers. No registration required. Call us for details on upcoming subjects. Thursday, Oct. 6 and 20 at 11 a.m.

Color Me Calm: Have you been feeling more stressed than usual lately? The City Island Library will be hosting a bi-weekly adult coloring program to help relieve that stress and promote calmness. Coloring materials will be provided. Thursday, Oct. 13 and 27 at 11 a.m.

Spanish Café: Online Advanced Spanish Conversation Hour: This program will provide a relaxed space for Spanish language students to practice their conversational skills by discussing art, film, culture and more exciting topics, as well as getting answers about the language itself. Coffee or tea encouraged! Every Wednesday at 4 p.m. 

City Island Book Club: Every month, a new title will be chosen and copies will be available for pickup on a first-come, first-served basis. Call us for details on what we’re reading next. Monday, Oct. 3 and 17 at 5 p.m. 

Island Writers: Do you have a passion for writing? Join us for our Island Writers, a creative writing group. This group is for writers of different levels and expertise. We are here to help one another on the journey of self-expression and creativity! Every Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Movie Screening: Come and join us as we screen core works that define the new queer cinema movement. Saturday, Oct. 1 and 15 at 2-3:30 p.m. Adults 18-plus

ESOL Cafe! Online Beginner English Conversation Hour: This program will provide a relaxed space for beginner non-English speakers to practice their conversational skills by discussing life, the arts, food, culture, current events and other topics of interest. Patrons will be welcomed to ask questions regarding grammar, syntax, pronunciation and translation in order to facilitate their learning process. Register Online. Every Friday at 10 a.m..

For any or all programs listed, please go to https://www.nypl.org/locations/city-island or call 718-885-1703 for more details and to register. Programs are subject to change.

The City Island Library is located at 320 City Island Ave. The library is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.