Built in 1892, the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building was constructed as a memorial to the 40 local residents who died in the Civil War. It was the site of the original Huntington Public Library. To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War, the Huntington Town Clerk’s Archives and the Huntington Public Library initiated town wide events commencing in April 2015. With Huntington Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia’s support and assistance, and with the assistance of the Huntington Historical Society, the Huntington Town Historian’s Office, Northport Historical Society, Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association, Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, Huntington Chamber of Commerce, Walt Whitman Birthplace, Huntington Arts Council, African American Historic Designation Council, and the North Shore Civil War Roundtable, events have been planned through October 2015. Stay Tuned!!
2015-2016 PROPOSED LIBRARY BUDGET
The Huntington Public Library Board is once again able to offer the community a budget which will not exceed the New York State Tax Levy Cap of 2%. Based in part from the reduction of staff salaries and benefits (due to attrition and retirements), the budget proposal includes a tax increase of only 1.25%. Voters will be asked to approve a total levy of $8,817,225.00 on April 21, 2015. The modest increase in the proposed budget will feature increased funding for library programs, services, and materials which includes increasing our Sunday and Friday evening hours to coincide more closely with the school year. The budget also allows for a much needed investment in our facilities. We are planning to replace the heating/cooling units at the Main Library with new energy efficient models. We are also looking to install LED lighting to be more energy efficient and are looking to renovate our interior space to better serve the needs of our patrons.
Likewise, continued investment in technology will keep improving our electronic services. This budget allows the library to maintain all essentials while at the same time, remain fiscally responsible by keeping the tax levy low.
PROPOSED 2015-2016 ANNUAL BUDGET - CLICK HERE.
BUDGET PRESENTATION AND MEET THE CANDIDATES NIGHT:
Monday, April 13, 2015 5:30 pm - Main Building
BUDGET VOTE AND TRUSTEE ELECTION:
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 10:00 am - 9:00 pm - Main Building
With a Huntington Library Card in good standing, you are eligible to receive a one-year free family membership at the Art League of Long Island, 107 East Deer Park Road, Dix Hills, New York, 11746. This offer is available only to new Art League members.