List of Local Library Events

Mike Massimino

Libraries around Long Island are celebrating this year’s selection with various events. Download our List of Local Library Events to find a program near you!

Don’t forget to like and follow us on Facebook at to watch the live stream of Mike Massimino’s discussion being given at the Patchogue Theatre on Sunday, April 15 at 2 pm.

March 31, 2018 at 11:29 am Leave a comment

2018 Author Event


The author will speak at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts.

This event is now sold out. There will be a standby line at the theatre for those without tickets as there will likely be cancellations. No guarantees.

Missed out on getting a ticket, but still want to hear Mike Massimino speak? Be sure to like and follow our Facebook page where we’ll be live streaming the event!

March 29, 2018 at 11:08 am Leave a comment

LI Reads Podcast is Live!

Mike Massimino

Half Hollow Hills Community Library’s latest “In the Stacks” podcast is all about Long Island Reads! Visit to listen to committee co-chair Janet Schneider discuss this year’s selection Spaceman by Mike Massimino. Thank you Charlene Muhr and Ellen Druda for sharing this great book with everyone.

If you liked what you heard, make sure you get your free ticket to hear Mike Massimino speak at the Patchogue Theatre on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 2 pm. We hope to see you there.

March 16, 2018 at 11:27 am Leave a comment




by Mike Massimino

Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe, is the spellbinding true story of the Long Island boy who became one of our best-known living space travelers. Despite daunting challenges and numerous setbacks, Mike never gave up his dream of becoming an astronaut. His book brings the reader into a rare, wonderful world where nerdy science meets thrilling adventure, and pulls back a curtain on just what it really means to have “the right stuff.”

“Every generation of astronauts needs a storyteller — a person with wit, humor, and passion who has lived our collective dreams of space exploration and returned to tell us all about it. Mike Massimino is that person. He’s that astronaut. And this is his story.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson 

Why Spaceman?

  • Mike Massimino was born in Oceanside and grew up in Franklin Square. In Spaceman, he lovingly recalls his Long Island childhood, school, family, and neighborhood.
  • Mike is a true local hero and his inspirational life story will appeal to readers of all ages.
  • He is a natural communicator with a large social media presence, widely known from multiple appearances on The Big Bang Theory, ideally suited for sharing his love of science and technology to a general audience.
  • Spaceman offers a wide variety of topics and themes that lend themselves to related programming for children, teens, and adults, including astronomy, STEM education, and innumerable science and adventure tie-ins.
  • Spaceman is currently available in paperback, hardcover, ebook and audio download. It is soon to be a Talking Book from the National Library Service.
  • Long Island Reads will honor Mike in person at an award ceremony and author talk at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts on Sunday, April 15, 2018.

October 23, 2017 at 1:26 pm 2 comments

Colson Whitehead

CWURCongratulations to Pulitzer Prize winning author Colson Whitehead! We saw his greatness in 2011 with our selection, Sag Harbor.

April 13, 2017 at 1:47 pm Leave a comment

2017 Author Event

Get your tickets here!

April 8, 2017 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

Library Events

While you’re waiting for your free tickets to this year’s author event (Sign up begins tomorrow at!), take a look at the events taking place at libraries in honor of Long Island Reads!

Long Island Reads 2017 Programming

March 31, 2017 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

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