Hundreds visited last week’s ribbon cutting ceremony marking the re-birth of the Carnegie Library as part of the Patchogue-Medford Library.
The ceremony and open house culminates years of work, which includes the historic building’s move off of Lake Street to West Main Street in 2012 to make way for Tritec Real Estate’s New Village development and Patchogue-Medford Library officially taking ownership in 2014. The landmark will become the new home of the Teen department later this year.
The festivities, which took place on June 17, brought together many of the faces in the Patchogue and Medford community that had a hand in helping save the building, including the Patchogue-Medford Friends of the Library and the Friends of the Carnegie Library groups.
Also thanked were former Patchogue-Medford LIbrary Director Dina McNeece-Chrils for starting this project, Tritec Real Estate for moving the building as well as Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and County Legislator Rob Calarco for their work leading to Suffolk County’s donation of land for the library to stand on. Funders of the project thanked included Yvonne Quatrale, Jefferson L. Ford Memorial Foundation and the Knapp Swezey Foundation.
The Carnegie Library’s ribbon was cut by Hanna Auer, the current president of the Teen Friends of the Library, and Edward O’Connor, the teen organization’s past president.
The event also featured an open house to show off the restoration of the building, during which food from community restaurants, bakeries and businesses were all donated to the event. A Carnegie Library-shaped cake was also created for the occasion by local resident Theresa McCabe.
Also featured were special library cards re-created from the oldest Patchogue-Medford Library card found and submitted by the Gallagher Family. Attendees were able to get a “classic” library card in the style, and even use it as their personal library card.
Following this celebration, Patchogue-Medford Library will be spending the summer putting the finishing touches on the building before it begins operation — which is planned to take place early on in the coming school year. Teens will still be welcome in both the main building and the Carnegie, with materials available in both locations as well. Classes and activities for the department will take place in both places as well, but the Carnegie will provide four times the amount of space the teens currently have.
Browse photos from the festivities below, and keep checking back for more updates on the Carnegie Library.