Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (book cover by Knopf)

Great Neck Calendar For June 26 to July 2

Thursday, June 27

Parkville Pageturners

Join Librarian Will in the Parkville branch programming room from 2 to 3 p.m. for a discussion of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

Set in the days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. (Goodreads)


Writing Circle Featuring Author Shira Dicker

Writing Circle takes place in the Main Library multipurpose room 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This workshop will feature former Great Neck resident Shira Dicker, author of the long-awaited short story collection Lolita at Leonard’s of Great Neck and Other Stories from the Before Times. All writers and genres welcome! No registration required.Shira Dicker is a restless writer-at-large, captivated by contemporary culture, who works at the intersection of religion and activism.  She has written for newspapers and magazines both local, national and global. Her short story collection, Lolita at Leonard’s of Great Neck, will be published in May 2024 by Wicked Son Press.

Monday, July 1

Scavenger Hunts

A number of scavenger hunts are taking place in the Great Neck libraries. In the Main Library, the scavenger hunt for the month of July will be all about birdwatching. This program will be all month long at the Main Building and no registration required. At the Parkville location, go on a summertime-themed scavenger hunt in the Parkville Branch Children’s room through the month of July. Participants will receive a prize while supplies last. For the Station branch, search around the Children’s Room for Summer Olympic related photos and objects related to the Paris Games and win a gold, silver, or bronze medal. This event is July 1 and is available all day.

Tuesday, July 2

Blood Pressure Screenings

Have your blood pressure checked by a clinical nurse, free of charge from 12 2 p.m. in the Station Branch small room.  Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, affects an astounding one in four American adults. This condition usually has no symptoms, which is why it is often called the “silent killer.” Healthcare proxy information is also available.

This service is provided by St Francis Hospital Community Outreach.


Safe Boating Courses

America’s Boating Club regularly holds both virtual and in person boating safety classes. Club members, as well as non-members, participate via Zoom from throughout Long Island. The typical class is taught over five sessions held from 7pm – 9pm once a week. Visit to register for a session near you.

You Are Not Alone
If you or someone you know is in crisis or feeling suicidal, call the Long Island Crisis Center 24/7 hotline: (516)679-1111. The 988 Suicide and Crisis line is also available 24/7 by dialing 988 or 1-800-273-8255.

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