A collaborative project of the Amityville Public Library, the Amityville School District, and the Village of Amityville bringing "Little Free Libraries" to parks and schools around town. The Little Free Library movement places small book shelters in neighborhoods and is based on the premise of "take a book, return a book.” The mission is "To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations."
Special thanks goes out to:
Senator Michael Venditto and the Suffolk County National Bank for their generous donations to fund the Little Free Libraries; High school art teachers Jayne Grasso, Nidia Keaveny and Heather Rickard and their students for painting the Little Free Libraries; The Book Fairies, Library volunteers, and patron donations for helping stock the Libraries and Daniel DeMarco and Associates for cutting lumber for the posts, as well as Charlie Chamberlain, the Village Department of Public Works, and the School District for installing the Little Free Libraries.
Visit a Little Free Library at these locations: James A. Caples Memorial Park (Village Beach and Ballpark), Nautical Park, Northwest Elementary, School, New Pocket Park (name and location TBA), Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School-corner of Ireland Place and Park Avenue, and Peterkin Park.
Take the "Literacy-Friendly Neighborhood Pledge" to work together with your neighbors to develop and engage in activities that promote reading in the community. If you, your organization, or business are interested in volunteering to steward a Little Free Library, please contact the Library: 631-264-0567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Sketch Project
Thank you to everyone who participated in this wonderful community project!
Participants of all ages were supplied with a free Community Sketchbook to draw, write, collage, cut, print, photograph, etc. Completed sketchbooks were then exhibited at the 2017 Community Art Show at the Library and are available to view here on our website. The project also included a series of optional sketch meetups at locations throughout the village hosted by local artists.
The library wants to know about your favorite items in the stacks! When participating in Patron Picks, grab your favorite movie, book, audio book, or graphic novel from the shelf and take a picture with it. Show off your favorite stories and your taste in media and recommend them for other library users to discover.
First annual Library at the Park at James A. Caples Memorial Park! Musical performances from the "Music of Amityville Concert Series" featured local bands: Beatle Jazz, Tunisia Solomon and Steel Impressions. Families enjoyed fun activities including face painting, an obstacle course, parachute games, and crafts.
Look out for us on the Library's cool new outreach vehicle! Our Mobile Library will be around town at parks and festivals. When the weather is nice, we will be riding around bringing books for all ages to the community, registering patrons for programs and Library cards.
Upon completion of the 2015 Summer Reading Club kids where awarded Library Heros signs which were posted on lawns across town. Parents submitted photos that were shared with the community on Facebook and the Library website. Thank you Suffolk County National Bank for sponsoring the Library Hero lawn signs. Way to go Library Heroes!!!!