March is Women's History Month

women's historyWomen's History Programs and Reading Recommendations  

March is "Women’s History Month." Here are some upcoming programs at the library and classic books by or about women.

For more information about Women's History Month, please see a Children's or Adult Services Librarian.


Abigail-AdamsAbout My Wife, Abigail Adams, the First Modern American Woman

Tuesday, March 6, 7 – 8 PM
John Adams, portrayed by the renowned re-enactor George Baker,  talks with admiration, humor and affection about his wife. Abigail Adams helped found the new nation and raised their son John Quincy Adams to become president. He will relay the stories of their romance, challenges and accomplishments and perform historical songs.

Maya_AngelouCelebrating the Great Works of Maya Angelou

Monday, March 12, 7 – 8:30 PM
Instructor: Natasha Nurse, Adjunct Professor, Nassau Community College
In honor of Women’s History Month, we celebrate one of the greatest poets and African-American thinkers of our time. Maya Angelou, has touched the hearts and minds of people of many backgrounds. Registration begins March 1.




Thursday, March 22: 7 – 8:30 PM
Presenter: Rick Feingold, History degree, Rutgers University
Four daughters of wealthy General Philip Schuyler ran away to elope with rich men. But one, Elizabeth Schuyler, married the penniless orphan and immigrant Alexander Hamilton for love. This program features music from the Broadway musical Hamilton. A handout contains detailed instructions about how to get tickets to see Hamilton. Registration begins March 1.

agatha-christieAgatha Christie, the Bestselling Novelist of All Time and Her Eccentric Detective Hercule Poirot

Thursday, April 12: 1 – 3:30 PM  
Presenter: Playwright, Author and Lecturer Angelo Parra.
Examine the life and multi-faceted work of Agatha Christie and the career of her most popular detective character with audiovisual presentations and a screening of "Appointment with Death," starring Poirot interpreter David Suchet.

See also Our Friends of the Library page for other programs.

jane-austenCheer from Chawton: A Jane Austen Family Theatrical

April 22: 2 PM
Written and performed by Karen Eterovich
In the tradition of home theatricals held during her childhood, Jane Austen has prepared an entertainment for her family in which her siblings are to take part with her. But her family has played a trick on her: they have left Jane to tackle an unrehearsed solo performance. They quiz her on her life,writing and the inspiration behind her work. These serve as the springboard for a most enjoyable afternoon including excerpts from Austen’s novels, letters and childhood writings. Q&A follows the program.
Some audience members will be asked to participate in limited roles. A female aged anywhere from 16 – 30, and a man in his 50s can come at 1 PM to see if you will be given a role to play! Doors to the Fielding Room open 15 minutes before the performance.

Adult Fiction Classics Adult General Fiction Adult Nonfiction (Biographies) Books for Kids


Adult Fiction: The Classics


Jane Austen


My Antonia

Willa Cather



George Eliot


The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Carson McCullers


The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison


The Age of Innocence

Edith Wharton


Adult Fiction: General



Naomi Alderman


The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood

Started Early, Took My Dog

Kate Atkinson


Caleb's Crossing

Geraldine Brooks


The Grief of Others

Leah Hager Cohen


A Visit from the Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan


Ten Thousand Saints

Eleanor Henderson


Great House

Nicole Krauss


Ghost Lights

Lydia Millet


The Tiger’s Wife

Téa Obreht


State of Wonder

Ann Patchett


A Trick of the Light

Louise Penny



Karen Russell



Mary Doria Russell


So Much for That

Lionel Shriver


Stone Arabia

Dana Spiotta


Salvage the Bones

Jesmyn Ward


Adult Nonfiction: Biographies and Memoirs


Emma Lazarus

Esther Schor

Cecelia and Fanny: The Remarkable Friendship Between an Escaped Slave and Her Former Mistress

Brad Asher




A Life in Motion: A Memoir

Florence Howe


The Woman Who Could Not Forget: Iris Chang Before and Beyond The Rape of Nanking

Ying-Ying Chang



And This Is The Light

Lea Goldberg; Barbara Harshav, trans.


Agatha Christie, an Autobiography

Agatha Christie


Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts

Stacy A. Cordery


Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life

Natalie Dykstra


My Year with Eleanor: A Memoir

Noelle Hancock


The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie

Wendy McClure


A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France

Caroline Moorehead


Radioactive : Marie & Pierre Curie, a Tale of Love and Fallout

Lauren Redniss


Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

Richard Rhodes


No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington

Condoleezza Rice


princess knightBooks for Kids





Women Explorers: Perils, Pistols, and Petticoats

Julie Cummins


Annie Jump Cannon, Astronomer

Carole Gerber


A Stranger At Home: A True Story

Christy Jordan-Fenton


In the Bag!: Margaret Knight Wraps It Up

Monica Kulling


Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way)

Sue Macy


Cleopatra: Serpent of the Nile

Mary Fisk Pack


First Girl Scout: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low

Ginger Wadsworth


Jazz Age Josephine

Jonah Winter


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