05/04/17 4:30pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Friday Night Dialogues at

REPORTER FILE PHOTO  Friday Night Dialogues presents noted linguistic professor Barry Nobel on May 5 at the Shelter Island Library.

Linguistic scholars have traced the history of the English language as far back in time as 4,500 B.C., when the ancestors of much of Europe and Asia once spoke in the same mother tongue.

On Friday, May 5 at 7 p.m., noted linguistic professor, Barry Nobel, comes to “Friday Night Dialogues @ the Library” to track that history — in one hour! (more…)

02/16/17 4:30pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Bob DeStefano will be the master of ceremonies for a return engagement of 'Triva Night' at the library.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Bob DeStefano will be the master of ceremonies for a return engagement of ‘Triva Night’ at the library.

Think you’re smart? Now’s your chance to prove it!

The mid-winter, blues-busting “Trivia Night: Battle of the Brains” returns to the library’s Friday Night Dialogues on February 24 — 7 p.m. in the library’s Community Room — a perfect antidote to the daunting days of winter when the days are short and sunlight is sparse. (more…)

10/06/16 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Andrew Scott Cooper

COURTESY PHOTO | Andrew Scott Cooper

“The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran” is the newest book by noted historian and U.S./Iran relations expert, Andrew Scott Cooper. It is the story of Mohammed Reza Pahlavi and Empress Farah, the late Shah’s widow, who currently lives in the U.S. and was a major source for this book. Back in February, 2014, which marked the 35th anniversary of the fall of the Iranian monarchy and the triumph of the revolution that brought Ayatollah Khomeini to power, Mr. Cooper discussed his “under construction” manuscript at the Shelter Island Library’s Friday Night Dialogues.  (more…)

05/19/16 2:00pm

COURTESY PHOTO | Stephen Barney, Jr.’s new book ‘The Barneys of Flushing Meadows, American History.’

Shelter Island’s deep and rich history has become increasingly familiar to us through the ever-expanding efforts of the Historical Society, Sylvester Manor, Island historians and indeed many Islanders and visitors whose families trace their roots to its earliest years. (more…)