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Manhasset Library Update: December 25, 2009

Monday Night Film at Your Library
500 Days of Summer (2009 – 95 min)

Join your host John Bosco on Monday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m. for his monthly Director’s Cut series, and enjoy little-seen but critically acclaimed film gems you may have missed in the movies or on DVD.  This month’s selection is 500 Days of Summer.  When his girlfriend (Zooey Deschanel), unceremoniously dumps him, greeting-card copywriter and hopeless romantic Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) begins sifting through the year-plus worth of days they spent together, looking for clues to what went awry.  As he recalls the good and bad times he spent with the commitment-phobic girl, his heart reawakens to what it cherishes most. Marc Webb directs this uncommon love story.

Lunch and a Movie on Wednesday Afternoon
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002 – 95 min)

Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m., for your library’s monthly film series Laughter is the Best Medicine. Bring your lunch at 12:30, meet new friends, and sit back and watch a movie at 1 p.m.  Coffee and cookies will be served courtesy of the Friends of the Library. This month’s selection is My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  Screenwriter Nia Vardalos also stars as Toula Portokalos, a single Greek woman who falls in love with a non-Greek (John Corbett), which is a no-no for members of her strict family–particularly her traditional father (Michael Constantine), whose Greek pride knows no bounds. Andrea Martin shines in a hilarious supporting turn as Toula’s aunt, who tries her best to charm Toula’s fiancé (who’s a vegetarian to boot!) with her delicious lamb.

Giants of Musical Theater with Dr. James Kolb
The Immigrant Experience and the American Musical Stage

On Thursday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m., please join Chairman of the Drama and Dance Department at Hofstra University Dr. James Kolb as he brings you another of his fascinating lectures. Between the potato famine of the 1840s and the quotas of the 1920s, the U.S. saw an extraordinary influx of Irish, German, Jewish, Italian, Asian and Central European immigrants. Initially excluded and often mocked, most of these newly emergent groups eventually found their way onto the American musical stage—either as contributors or as its subject matter. This presentation examines how immigrants were depicted on the American stage and how immigrant men and women contributed to the growth of this distinctly American form.

Adult Programs

There is no fee for programs or registration necessary, unless otherwise noted. Programs are for Manhasset residents first, then non-residents, space permitting.  For additional information please contact Debbie Dellis-Quinn, Program and Community Relations director, at 627-2300, ext. 430.

Library Hours

Your library will close at 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and will be closed on New Year’s Day.  We will reopen on Saturday at 9 a.m., with regular hours.  We wish you a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year and look forward to seeing you at the library in 2010.