Visiting Hours: 9am-9pm Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri
11am-9pm Wed

(516) 883-4400

9am-5pm Sat
1pm-5pm Sun


Search the Catalog

Image Alt

Books for Dessert

  /  Books for Dessert

Books for Dessert is a book club for adults over 21 with intellectual disabilities, who live or work in and around Port Washington. Read about Books for Dessert in American Libraries Magazine. 

Books for Dessert collaborates with groups such as AHRC, Community Mainstreaming Associates (CMA), YAI, and The Nicholas Center.

There are two separate groups that meet weekly. One group meets on Monday Mornings from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., and the other meets on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The groups meet to read, discuss, and socialize, while enjoying some coffee and cookies.

We have read over 80 books, including:

•             Charlotte’s Web
•             Short stories such as The Lottery
•             Romeo and Juliet
•             Frankenstein
•             Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

For a list of all books read in the program, click here.

In April 2019 we welcomed author James Preller to the library to meet with our group participants while discussing his books and writing process, answering questions and signing books!

For more information about our book club, please contact Kate Monsour at 516-883-4400, ext. 1302 or

If you are an organization or individual interested in replicating this program in your community, let us know. The Library has prepared a program guidebook to help you get started.

Advisory Board:
Annmarie Benzinger
Nancy Axelrad Comer, Chairperson
Georgia DeYoung
Elise May
Marion Rosenbaum
Anne Sacks
Evelyn Schonbrun
Marian Weissman
Kate Monsour, Staff Liaison

The Books for Dessert Advisory Board is seeking new committee members who have an interest in literacy for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. For more information please contact Kate Monsour, Head of Adult Services, at 516-883-4400 ext. 1302. or