Now on view on the main floor of the Patchogue-Medford Library is a children’s art exhibit titled This Is Us! The inaugural exhibition, made possible with the support of the Patchogue-Medford Friends of the Library, features drawings from children aged 5 – 10. All of the drawings were created during a library program last March. The children were given white stock paper, pencils, colored pencils, crayons and markers, and instructed to draw pictures of themselves as well as their family members. The project’s goal was to teach the children multiculturalism and diversity through art. In total, 15 children participated in the program and have their artwork on display.
Thanks to all who came out to vote for the 2018-2019 Library budget and Trustee election.
The budget passed, 258 yes, 53 no.
Eleanor Ryder was elected to a 5 year term.
Now on view at the Patchogue-Medford Library is Disruption, a group exhibition featuring the artists of Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE). The exhibition, curated by FREE’s Director of Art Therapy Ed Regensburg, LCAT, consists of eight abstract paintings. The artists included in this exhibition are Maria C., Diane E., Mary Claire J., Christine K., Daniel K., Cheryl L., Alicia M. and John M.
FREE exhibitions feature dynamic works of art created by individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. The images in this exhibition are powerful and moving, both for the viewers and the artists. The works are testaments to the important role art has in self expression and empowerment. FREE believes that art is an expressive outlet that fortifies the artists successful, ongoing contributions to their communities. 2018 is the sixth year FREE has exhibited artwork at the Patchogue-Medford Library.
Shoe designer Beth (Katz) Levine spent her early years on her family’s cattle and dairy farm in Holtsville. The Katz family later lived on West Avenue in the 1920’s and 1930’s and Beth graduated from Patchogue-Medford High School.
In 1949, Beth and her husband Herbert opened a shoe business and factory in New York City. Women’s black or brown platform shoes were worn during the World War II. The young Levines responded with their “Femme Fatale” shoe with a V-cut closed toe and a narrow ankle strap produced in a variety of colors considered vulgar at the time. The “Femme Fatale” was a huge hit and their first bestselling shoe. [Read more…]
2018 marks the fifth year that Patchogue-Medford Library will be hatching baby chicks! We have been monitoring and maintaining the optimum temperature and humidity levels in the incubator since our eggs arrived on March 15. We are just about ready to increase the humidity from 48%-56% to 65% and begin the final three day countdown to hatching. [Read more…]
Researching female ancestors can be challenging due to several factors.
First, most women take their husband’s surname when they marry. This makes it tricky, although not impossible, to learn about your female ancestors’ lives before marriage. If you can’t find your female ancestor’s maiden name, that maternal line can become a brick wall in your research. Look for marriage records at city halls or marriage registrations at you ancestor’s church.
Second, there is the historical fact that women have lacked equal rights to men thus leaving much shorter paper trails. For example, if a woman couldn’t legally own property in her lifetime, it’s unlikely you’ll find her name on any deeds or that she will have left a Last Will and Testament of her own.
One way to learn about your female ancestors’ lives, though, is to really read the records you can find for them, like census records. We’re often so excited to find their names listed on a record that we don’t really read the full record.
The 1900 and 1910 U.S. Federal Censuses both offer interesting glimpses into the lives of our female ancestors through fields known as the “fertility questions.” In both censuses, women were asked how many times they had given birth and how many of their children were alive. This was done in an effort to learn about the rate of infant mortality. This information can help you discover children in your family history who died between the censuses. It can also help you to gain a deeper appreciation for the struggles your female ancestors endured. Note that these questions were asked of all adult females regardless of their marital status. Many researchers might be surprised to see how many single-parent households existed back then.
In the case of my own great-great-grandmother, the 1900 census indicates that she had three children, two of which were alive at the time. In the 1910 census she was recorded as a widow; having given birth five times, she had three living children.
Armed with this information, I was able to search for those children’s’ birth and death certificates. I learned the names their mother gave them, the dates she gave birth, the causes of their early deaths, and the cemetery where her children are interred. I can only imagine the impact these losses had on great-great grandma and the extended family.
I also learned from the 1910 census that as a single mother of three, she took a job at the Aqueduct Raceway in Queens, New York. I don’t know exactly what she did there but I sure hope she bet on the ponies once or twice and won.
So I recommend you read census records closely and maybe you too can gain a clearer picture of what life was like for your foremothers.
If you need help, don’t hesitate to contact our reference desk to schedule an appointment with one of our Genealogy Consultants.
Happy Heritage Hunting!
On Tuesday, April 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., residents will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Our goal is to provide our community with a high standard of resources and services delivered efficiently and in the most cost-effective way possible. We continue to focus on finding creative solutions to save money without compromising the quality service that our residents have come to expect. With that in mind, the proposed budget reflects an increase of 1.5 %.
Danielle Paisley, Library Director
Jennifer Bollerman, Assistant Library Director
Board of Trustees
Harold Trabold, President
Eleanor Ryder, Vice President
Lisa Caselles, Second Vice President
- 4/10 PTA @ Tremont Elementary 7:00
- 4/11 PTA @ Eagle Elementary 7:00
For the month of March, we are celebrating Women’s History Month with a group exhibit by Women Sharing Art, Inc. Titled Women Sharing Art, Inc. Embraces Women’s History Month, the display features paintings, photos, mosaics and more from 15 members of the all women’s art organization. Artists on exhibit are: Tova Abrams, Victoria Beckert, Mirielle Belajonas, Sheri Berman, Pat D’Aversa, Doris Diamond, Janene Gentile, Kathie Gerlach, Gabriella Grama, Margaret Henning, Libby Hintz, Sue Miller, Kay O’Keefe, Dee O’Shea, Eileen Palmer and Linda Purrazzella.
A new group of photographs of Patchogue and Medford has been added to Digital PML's Patchogue & Medford Miscellanous Historical Photos Collection, including photographs of First Grade and graduating classes of Patchogue's schools in the early 20th Century. The collection features miscellaneous historical photographs of Patchogue and Medford, including photographs of businesses, school class portraits, and views of areas of Patchogue in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Digital PML is the Patchogue-Medford Library's repository of digitized materials, containing scanned books, postcards, photographs, maps, virtual exhibits and more.