Peninsula Public Library children's department


The following Zoom programs are free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Register by visiting the online Eventkeeper calendar at An email with Zoom login details will be sent prior to each program.

Online Art Lecture: Holbein Paints Wolf Hall. Thursday, August 6, 11 a.m. To mark the publication of the long-awaited final volume of Hilary Mantel’s bestselling trilogy, The Mirror & The Light, Art Historian Vivian Gordon will look at Hans Holbein’s portraits of the Tudor court. Mantel’s books trace the rise of Thomas Cromwell to great power as adviser to King Henry VIII.

Current Events Lecture: American Politics. Friday, August 7, 11 a.m. Hofstra Political Science Professor Dr. David Green will focus on current political events, including how to interpret recent election polls.

Movie and Discussion: The Women’s Balcony. Monday, August 10, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Film Professor Val Franco will introduce the 96-minute film The Women’s Balcony at 6:30. Attendees may then view the film free of charge through the library’s Kanopy service from 7–8:30. At 8:30, Professor Franco will return to the program to discuss final thoughts and impressions. This film is in Hebrew, with English subtitles. The film revolves around a mishap at a Jerusalem synagogue.

Online Tai Chi. Tuesdays, August 11 and 18, 11 a.m. Join experienced Tai Chi instructor Linda Cafiero for this enjoyable and relaxing three-class series.

Author Talk by Rebecca M. Painter: Healing From a Toxic Mother. Wednesday, August 12, 11 a.m. Professor Rebecca M. Painter will discuss her lifelong struggle to process a difficult, complex mother–daughter relationship. The program will include a reading from her book, [Love,] Rachel: A Daughter’s Memoir of Love, Betrayal, and Grace, focusing on how to deal with a toxic mother.

Beginning Canasta by Zoom. Wednesdays, August 12, 19, and 26, 4 p.m. Instructor Donna Miller-Small will provide simple, step-by-step instructions for the basics of the game. Attendees will need a deck of cards for the first session and should be near a table or desk in order to participate in practice exercises. Handouts will be sent prior to the first session.

Brian Rose Media Lecture: History of Hollywood Censorship. Thursday, August 13, 11 a.m. In this Zoom presentation, Professor Brian Rose will look at 125 years of movie censorship and the many ways Hollywood has tried to deal with this continuing issue.

Book Discussion by Rabbi Bruce Ginsburg: Inside, Outside. Monday, August 17, 3 p.m. Rabbi Bruce Ginsburg, spiritual leader of Congregation Sons of Israel in Woodmere, will discuss Inside, Outside by Herman Wouk. Inside, Outside is the story of four generations of Jews migrating from Russia to America to Israel, including how each dealt with matters of assimilation. Book Club Reserve print copies are available now for pick up at the library.

Online Gentle Yoga for Joints. Wednesdays, August 19 and 26, 11 a.m. Instructor Paulette Silber will focus on therapeutic stretches which do not involve holding postures or sitting on mats. Use of a chair is optional. Using the system “Joints and Glands Exercises” of the Himalayan Institute, this series will illustrate gentle stretches from head to toe. This is a seven-week series which continues through September.

Marjorie Wolfe Presents the Humor of Molly Goldberg. Thursday, August 20, 4 p.m. Humorist Marjorie Gottlieb Wolfe will recount favorite comedy bits and anecdotes from the popular 1950s TV show The Goldbergs, as seen through the eyes of Molly Goldberg, a.k.a. Getrude Berg.

Summer of Songwriters: Cole Porter. Friday, August 21, 11 a.m. Theater Historian John Kenrick will present an illustrated lecture on the life and work of the legendary Cole Porter, who was noted for his sophisticated lyrics, clever rhymes, and complex forms. Porter is considered one of the most important contributors to the Great American Songbook.

20-and-30-Somethings Book Club: Daisy Jones & the Six. Monday, August 24, 7 p.m. Librarian Katie will lead this discussion of Daisy Jones & the Six, a gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer.

Richard Knox Media Lecture: A Tribute to the Big Bands. Tuesday, August 25, 11 a.m. In this look back at outstanding bands of the Swing era such as those led by Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Harry James, lecturer Richard Knox will explain how these and other great jazz musicians presented a new art form for listening and dance to Americans living through the Great Depression and World War II.

Health Lecture: All You Need to Know About Allergies. Thursday, August 27, 3 p.m. Northwell physician Dr. Alissa McInerney will explain how to understand symptoms of allergies, how to relieve them, and more. Dr. McInerney is a Fellow, Division of Allergy and Immunology, at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.


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