The Original Building (1967-2005)

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June 11, 1967

With construction of the new building completed, members of the community were invited to attend a preview of the library on Sunday, June 11, 1967. The building was 16,800 square feet and was designed to hold 70,000 volumes.

June 18, 1967

The grand opening and dedication ceremony for the new building was held on Sunday, June 18, 1967. On this day the library officially opened its doors’ for operation. The ceremony was attended and supported by many members of the community, including a local Boy Scout troop who aided in the festivities.

April, 1984

Library director Gertrude Schweibish retired in April 1984, after 23 years of devoted service.

July, 1984

In July of 1984, after the retirement of Gertrude Schweibish, Mrs. Susan Heintzelman was appointed library director.

March, 1989

Library director Susan Heintzelman left the East Islip Library in March of 1989, after 5 years of dedicated service, to open a bookstore in California with her husband. In the same month, Mrs. Clara Goode was appointed as the new library director.

September, 1997

Library director Clara Goode retired In March of 1997, after 8 years of dedicated service. In the same month, Mr. Peter Ward, the library’s assistant director, was appointed library director.

October, 1998

Library director Peter Ward left the East Islip Library in October of 1998, going on the serve as director at two other Long Island libraries.

January, 1999

In January of 1999, Mr. Guy Edwards, the present director of the East Islip Public Library, was appointed.

June 21, 2001 

On June 21, 2001 the East Islip Public Library proudly celebrated its 40th Anniversary.

40th Anniversary Invitation (June 21, 2001) [*CLICK HERE*]


Over the years many changes occurred in the 1967 building. For example, music technologies changed over time, taking us from LPs to cassettes to CDs. Computers became important for searching and word processing, replacing the card catalog and print indexes, as well as the typewriter. In addition, many wonderful programs were attended by children, teens, and adults throughout the history of almost 40 years in the original library building.


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