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Robin Du Plessis Art Exhibit Opens March 30, 2015

Broken Egg 1 by Robin Du PlessisThe latest exhibit in our ongoing series of shows by local artists will feature the work of painter, photographer and surface designer Robin Du Plessis. The show will run from March 30, 2015 to May 3, 2015. There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, April 11th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

Ms. Du Plessis’ work deals with transcendence and the natural world,and covers a variety of genres and materials. She received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Since receiving her degree her career has followed a circuitous path that has included fabric development, artifact and medical illustration, costume design and boat building, all of which have informed her current work. She lives and works in Sag Harbor, NY.

The artist’s website, which features photos of some of her work can be found at

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“Your Business in the Cloud” Tech Class: Fri. 3/27, 10:30am-11:30am

imageAdding sophisticated technology to your small or home-based business no longer requires technical expertise or a large investment in equipment. Applications available “in the cloud” now make it possible for business owners to manage everything from word processing to WiFi networking with minimal hardware and software, and no technical staff. JJML’s technology coordinator will review developments in cloud-based information technology, some of which are currently in use at the library. He’ll also discuss why others are not being used. Pre-registration suggested. Limit 14. Free. Call 725-0049 to register.

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Caregiver Support Group meeting Thursday mornings

caregiver Are you a caregiver, or – do you know a caregiver who may be interested in our group? Our new weekly discussion group is for anyone providing long-term care to a child, spouse, parent or friend. Sponsored by the Suffolk County Family Service League, the group will be facilitated by trained social worker, Stephen Miller, LMSW. Light refreshments will be served. Drop-ins are always welcome. The group will meet Thursdays from 9:30 am to 10:15 am. on March 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30.

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Vacation Planning Workshop Using Online Tools

images Join us tomorrow evening for a workshop on how to make the most of online vacation planning. Valerie DiLorenzo will guide you through some top vacation planning sites — what to look for and what to avoid. Hotel and plane reservations, sights to see, maps and key language phrases are some of the topics that will be covered. Learn how to get the most for your travel dollars. The workshop is free..Wednesday March 11 at 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration required.

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Celebrate National Library Week – Win a Fire HD6 Tablet

Amazon Fire HD6National Library Week is a time to honor the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. This year it runs from April 12 through 16, and the theme is “Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library.”

We’re inviting you to help us celebrate National Library Week by sharing your “first time” library memory and/or what you hope to find when you visit the restored building at 201 Main Street “for the first time.”

What’s a “first time” library memory? Simply describe your earliest memory of a library. It can be any library, and about any facet of the library experience…the building, the books, a librarian, or even someone else you met while there. You may also include how this experience made you feel, or how it influenced your attitude towards libraries, although this is not required.

Or, If you would rather, you may share whatever thoughts or imaginings you have about the “new” library at 201 Main Street. Possible topics include appearance, amenities, services, displays, collections, programs, the environment around the library and more.

Of course, you may answer both questions if you wish.

All respondents will be entered into a drawing for one of two Amazon Fire HD6 tablets. The drawing will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015.

There are a whole bunch of ways to enter:

1. Leave your thoughts in a comment to this post.

2. Leave your thoughts in a comment on our Facebook page.

3. Tweet your (brief) thoughts with the hashtag #JJMLFirstTime.

4. Visit our website at where we’ve created a simple form for you to fill out.

5. Go retro and bring your thoughts written on paper to the library. There’s a box at the front desk where you can deposit your entry.

We can’t wait to hear your stories!

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In the Woods, by Tana French

In the Woods by Tana FrenchDetectives Rob Ryan and Cassie Maddox, of the Dublin Murder Squad, investigate the murder of a young girl in Knocknaree, Ireland.  It overlaps an open case from 20 years prior, that Detective Ryan had been involved in as a child victim.  Keeping his personal involvement in the old case secret, is only one of the big mistakes that he self-admittedly makes during the course of the investigation.  The use of language is masterful and captivating, however I found that the middle section of the story became a bit slow for a psychological thriller.  Once the story turned toward a resolution it regained a better pace and surprised the reader with a dark and twisted ending.  I look forward to reading more by Tana French.

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Recruitment Event – Wednesday February 11, 2015

usejobsIf you’re looking for a job or know someone who is, check out the onsite recruitment event at the Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center.  TruGreen will be recruiting for several positions.  The Employment Center is located at 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY and will take place on Wednesday, February 11th  from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  For details go to:


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