Tween Program: Mother’s Day Candles


There is still room to register for our Mother’s Day Candle program! Tween patrons in grades 5-8 will create a design on tissue paper with Sharpies. With the help of wax paper and a heat gun the design will be transferred onto a large candle. (Patrons in grades 4&9 may attend if space permits.)

Voilà! A free, homemade gift for any special person in your life. : )

Call the Young Adult desk at (516) 481-6591 ext. 18 to put your name down on the list or register online through our website. Please Note: You will need the barcode on the back of your library card to register online.



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Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library

2015-nlw-librarymade-twitter-75National Library Week will be observed April 12-18, 2015 with the theme, “Unlimited possibilities @ your library®.”

Did you research or write your book or term paper, learn how to make a hand-knitted scarf or culinary creation? (This winter our adults and teens made Irish Soda bread and the teens also made Chinese dumplings!)  Did the library help you find a new job or get your small business off the ground? Or perhaps the library’s homework help service made a difference in your child’s last report card.

Help us demonstrate the “Unlimited possibilities available @ your library” by sharing what the library has helped you to create. Share a photo or link to your creation on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #librarymade  for the chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Maker Shed or Amazon.  Official rules are available on the #LibraryMade promotional page on I Love Libraries website.

Celebrations during National Library Week include:
National Library Workers Day,  Tuesday April 14, 2015
National Bookmobile Day,  Wednesday  April 15, 2015)
Celebrate Teen Literature Day, Thursday April 16, 2015

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Looking for a camp?

Looking for a camp?

With school quickly coming to an end, now is the time to start thinking about summer plans.

There are tons of camps and summer programs for kids to enjoy this summer. Choosing one can be a daunting task. There are tons of online sources that can help you find the right camp for your kids this summer. Here are a few that can help you get started.

West Hempstead Public Library does not affiliate itself with any
of these organizations or camps. This information is provided as a courtesy.
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Arbor Day Family Festival

Arbor Day Family Festival

Saturday & Sunday, April 25th & 26th

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine)

$20 per vehicle admission fee

Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park

1395 Planting Fields Rd., oyster Bay, NY 11771

Enjoy music performances, circus shows, crafts, petting zoo and much more!

For more information go to

The festival is a collaborative effort between Planting Fields Foundation and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
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Get or Renew Your Passport Here!

passport_mobile-officeThe Mobile Passport Center is coming to the library on Saturday, May 9, from 11 a.m. through 2 p.m. You will find the Town Of Hempstead’s Mobile Passport Center truck in the parking lot. It’s easy and convenient! They supply the forms and take the pictures.  You pay the fees and your passport will be mailed to you.

Now extended through June 30, 2015, the Hempstead Town Clerk’s Office is waiving town fees for replacement Passports lost in Superstorm Sandy. Residents must show a FEMA claim or homeowner’s/flood insurance claim in order to take advantage of the fee waiver.

No registration is required.  Tell your friends and be ready for your next vacation!

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Child Safety Program

Child Safety Program

April 17, 2015

9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

The Town of Hempstead will be at the Library for a Child Safety event. A Child Safety Kit is provided free of charge. Photographs and fingerprints are taken of the child and given to the parent (no records are kept by the Town of Hempstead).

This program is sponsored by the West Hempstead Kiwanis Club.

Find out more about this program and more at:

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YA Program – Irish Soda Bread


There are still spots available in our Irish Soda Bread teen program on
Thursday, March 12 from 7 to 8 pm!

Ms. Kathy returns to help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Participants will learn how to make a simple, delicious traditional Irish soda bread. Each teen will make their own bread and take it home to bake. There is no charge for this yummy program!

Please be advised that this program may contain allergens.

Residents and non-residents in grades 6-12 are invited to attend.

Stop by the Young Adult desk to register or call us at (516) 481-6591 ext. 18 to reserve your spot. 

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Parent University at WHHS

ram-logoParent University is a free community event sponsored by the West Hempstead Union Free School District.  It takes place on Monday, March 16 from 6 pm-9 pm at WH High School, 400 Nassau Blvd.  Adults interested in life-long learning opportunities will gather from 5:30-6:00 pm for registration and refreshments, followed by a keynote address at 6 pm by former police officer John Groshans re Sexting, Texting, and the Digital Divide. From 6:35-8:55 pm you will have the opportunity to participate in 3 different workshops, chosen from 23 course offerings covering a variety of subjects.

Use this link to find the online registration form and details:
or you may download and print from these links:
1. Parent University Registration Form: PU-Reg-Form
2. Parent U Course Catalog in English:  WHUFSD-PU-Course-Catalog
3. Parent U Course Catalog in Spanish:  WH-Universidad-de-Padres

Representatives of the West Hempstead Public Library will be there to talk about the resources and services offered and will give a tour of our library website.  To attend this workshop be sure to register for Session A16, B16, or C16.

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Teens Can Now Borrow Movies and Video Games


All teens in grades 6-12 can now check out our video games, ALL Children’s movies, and movies in the Adult section that are rated G, PG, and PG-13.

Please note: A permission slip must be signed by your parent/guardian the first time you check out any of these materials so please stop by the Circulation Desk with them.

We have video games for Playstation 3 & 4, Xbox One, and Wii-U.

If you want to try out a game before you buy it follow these steps to see if we own it:

1. Visit our Online Catalog by clicking this link.

2. Type the title of the game into the Search box and hit enter on your keyboard.

3. On the left side of the screen under Library click on “More,” scroll down to “West Hempstead,” and click our library. Note: You can see all of the libraries that own it by ignoring this step.

If we own the game it will list West Hempstead under LOCATION. If it is available it will say “CHECK SHELVES”, otherwise it will show the date it is due to be returned.


These steps will work for any book, movie, CD, or other item that the library owns.

You can also call the Young Adult desk at at (516)481-6591 ext. 18 and we will check the availability for you.

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Weather Alerts

Please check our various channels of communication before venturing out in hazardous weather.  We will endeavor to keep you posted  via the Events Calendar on our website at, our New & Noteworthy blog, and of course by phone at 516-481-6591.

We will close early or open late, as needed, to protect the safety of our patrons and staff.

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