Main Library Facilities Upgrade

We have heard the concerns of many of our patrons to improve seating, add quiet space, and improve the overall look of the library. We are meeting with furniture companies to purchase new tables, chairs and public service desks as we strive to improve study spaces, provide for collaborative meeting areas and enrich the design and functionality of the first floor.

Before we could undertake the cosmetic and design improvements, it was imperative that we evaluate the infrastructure and utilities. Increasing repair costs and obsolete components are requiring us to replace our air conditioning units with updated, energy efficient models, retrofitting our lighting fixtures and bulbs with lower energy, more comfortable LED lights, improving and updating our Fire Alarm System and installing a Building Management System to effectively control all building systems in an effort to be energy and cost
conscious. The specifications and designs for new equipment have been submitted to the New York State Education Department and we expect work to begin this summer.

We plan to remain open throughout most of the construction and will make every effort to minimize disruption to patrons as much as possible. Information regarding the progress of the project will be found on our webpage, through mass emails and notices posted throughout the building. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We thank you very much for your patience as we make every effort to reduce energy costs and ensure that our facility is a comfortable place to visit.

The Huntington Public Library proudly announces the formation of the
Huntington Library Foundation, Inc.

creativityProminent business, civic and community leaders have formed a foundation to raise funds for innovative and creative programs not currently funded by the Huntington Public Library’s general budget.

According to Board Chair, Peter J. Klein, the Huntington Library Foundation is an autonomous, tax-exempt corporation, separate and distinct from the library board.

“The Foundation will not replace taxpayer funding, and monies collected will not become part of the library’s general budget,” said Mr. Klein. “The foundation’s goal will be to help fund creative initiatives that will benefit our community and help our residents be more successful in life. I look forward to working together as a community to help maintain the library’s legacy as the educational, informational and cultural anchor of our community.”

Please watch for further information on special projects being funded by the foundation or ways that you can help the foundation. Tax-deductible contributions to the foundation can be sent to:

Huntington Library Foundation,
338 Main St., Huntington, NY 11743.


Long Island Reads… Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Eric Larsonwake
Each year, readers from all over Long Island gather together to participate in this Island-wide reading project intended to bring together readers from across Nassau and Suffolk Counties to discuss a book with a Long Island connection and participate in library-sponsored activities and events associated with it. This year’s pick, by Freeport native Eric Larson, explores the events surrounding the ill-fated May 1915 voyage of the Lusitania and the lives and deaths of the huge ocean liner’s many passengers in this suspenseful best-seller which will appeal to readers of historical fiction and history buffs alike. There are several ways to participate in Long Island Reads events:
  • Check out or download a copy of Dead Wake from the Huntington Public Library collection; CD books and Large Print versions are available. Please ask one of our librarians to assist you in locating or downloading a copy.
  • Attend the free, ticketed, author event at the Hillwood Recital Hall on the C.W. Post Campus on Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 PM where Eric Larson will read from his work, talk about the process of writing Dead Wake and answer questions. Information about free tickets for the event may be found after March 15 at Tickets are required for entry to the event and seating will be first come, first seated.
  • Participate in a local book discussion of Dead Wake at the Huntington Public Library on Wednesday, April 19 at either 2:00 PM or 7:00 PM in our Main Meeting Room. The discussions are open to all. Please register using code HMA397.
  • Join us for a screening of the National Geographic documentary The Last Voyage of the Lusitania on Thursday, March 30 at 7:00 PM in our Main Auditorium. Martin Sheen narrates this 60 minute film which includes commentary from famed maritime explorer Dr. Robert Ballard as well as interviews with survivors of the tragic voyage. All are welcome. Please register for HMA669.



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