From the Director's Desk
Connect @ the Commack Public Library! This month I encourage you to "connect" to the materials in the Commack Public Library media room. There's a wide variety of items available to you including: DVDs and Blu-rays, music CDs, Playaways (small audio book devices), books on CD, video games, language learning CDs and software. If you have any questions regarding this collection or any collection, please speak to one of our librarians who can assist you by providing information or locating materials you are interested in.
I also encourage you to "connect" to the summer reading clubs we are offering to all of our patrons, from babies to senior citizens. During the summer, please make reading for fun one of your COOL summer activities. Remember, for your children, reading during the summer months helps keep their academic skills up when they return to school in September.
Please join the Board and me at the next Building Information meeting that will take place on Sunday, July 26th at 3:15 p.m. "Connect" and contribute your ideas to help us meet your needs for library services in the future.
Please continue to "connect" to your Commack Public Library!
WE NEED YOUR INPUT
The Commack Public Library held the first two in a series of informational meetings to present our preliminary plans for the Library renovation on May 21 and June 15, 2015. We would like to thank our patrons who attended these meetings and provided us with their valuable insight into this important process regarding the future of your Library. As you may be aware, our structural building has not been able to adequately keep pace with the evolution in Library services or to address our building infrastructure limitations.
The initial proposed plan that we presented at these informational meetings calls for taking the structural building down to its "shell," and renovating it to enable the Library to address the need to accommodate the extensive changes in services offered, inadequate spaces and building systems, inaccessible areas to handicapped patrons and the rapidly aging building infrastructure. The proposed renovation plan also will actively pursue the use of energy efficient materials and systems, which will reduce our need for energy and save money for years to come, including:
- Installation of efficient types of insulation
- Installation of a white roof to reduce solar heat gain and heat island effect to the environment at night
- New HVAC distribution to create the efficient heating and cooling of the Library
- Installation of LED lighting cutting our watts per square foot to one-third of what they are now
- Furniture and furnishings that employ green practices - new carpeting made from recycled materials, low and no VOC paints, low and no VOC adhesives and solvents and more.
We received valuable input from our Library patrons who attended the May and June informational meetings. Following are some of their suggestions for improvement:
- Elevator must be large enough to hold stretcher
- Bathrooms must be updated
- Children's room should have an entrance off the parking lot
- Emphasize the new outdoor space
- Investigate energy alternatives, such as solar and windmill
We would greatly appreciate having an opportunity to hear your feedback and your comments on what you would like to see in the new Library. In the very near future, you also will be able to provide your suggestions directly on our website and via email. Please join the discussion at one of our upcoming informational building meetings, or give us your suggestions online.
The next informational building meetings will be held at Commack Public Library on:
- Sunday, July 26, 2015, at 3:15 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
We greatly look forward to seeing and hearing from you soon!
Sunday Afternoon Concert
July 26th, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Register at the Circulation Desk
Don't miss a special performance by Lenny Dell, an original member of the pop group of the 50s and 60s, "The Demensions." These singing sensations released the hits "Over the Rainbow" and "My Foolish Heart," and appeared repeatedly on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. As a soloist, Lenny Dell will perform timeless standards from artists such as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, as well as his own original songs.
NYS Summer Reading Club 2015
Monday, June 29th - Saturday, August 15th
Grade levels for all summer programs refer to the grade ENTERING school in September. Please bring your library card to register.
Birth - 35 Months Old
Stroll, crawl, cruise, or walk on down to the Commack Public Library and join our summer reading club for infants and toddlers. Pick up your reading log starting Monday, June 22nd and listen to a minimum of ten books to receive a very special prize designed just for our littlest listeners. Each additional set of 10 books will earn an additional prize and raffle ticket for some great end-of-summer prizes! Complete 50 books and have your picture displayed on our "Super Listeners" wall all summer long!
3 Years Old - Entering Kindergarten
Are you ready for some summertime fun at the Library? Pre-readers who listen to a minimum of 10 books will earn prizes and a ticket to our end-of-summer event. Each additional set of ten books earns more prizes. Reading logs will be available starting Monday, June 22nd . Raffle tickets will be given for each set of ten books for the chance to win great prizes! Complete 100 books and have your picture displayed on our "Super Listeners" wall all summer long!
Every Hero Has A Story
Entering 1st- Entering 5th Grade
Get your capes ready! Heroes come in all ages and sizes, and you can be one of them by joining us this summer at the Commack Public Library! Once again, we are making our reading club more interactive and using a Bingo card! Come to the library beginning on Monday, June 22nd to pick up your Bingo card and see all of the fun "reading activities" you can do to report on your books! Our "Prize Wheel" is back this summer, and each time you make a Bingo you will get to spin the wheel! To see what you can win, come in and join the fun!
City of Heroes
Young Adult Summer Reading Club
Entering 6th Grade - Entering 12th Grade
Monday, June 29th - Saturday, August 15th
Get your masks and capes ready and become a superhero at the library this summer! This year we will once again be making our reading club more interactive by using our Summer Reading Club BINGO card! Come to the library beginning on Monday, June 22rd to pick up your BINGO card and see all of the new "reading activities" you can do to report on your books! We will also be bringing back the spinning "Prize Wheel" this summer, each time you make a BINGO you will get to spin the wheel! To see what you can win, come in and join the fun!
Explore the Extraordinary
The Adult Summer Reading Club
June 27th - August 22nd
The Commack Public Library invites you to participate in its annual Adult Summer Reading Club! Nothing cures the summertime blues like relaxing with a good book! You'll win something just for signing up! Please direct any questions to Brian Bonelli at the Reference & Information Desk. Email.