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Village Board Awards Carnegie Library to Patchogue-Medford Library

Library intends to use space as expansion of the Young Adult section.

The Patchogue Village Board of Trustees has unanimously awarded the Carnegie Library to the for their use at Monday's Village Board of Trustees meeting at .

Dina McNeece-Chrils, director of the library, said that the building will be used as an expansion of library's Young Adult section.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

John Bogack August 14, 2012 at 01:16 PM
This is great news. I was at the Board meeting at which the reasons for granting the library system control over the Carnegie library was discussed. It is clear that the library possesses the long term ability to pay for the renovation that may take several years to arrange and complete. Plus the library system has the administrative experience to run what will become a new young adult annex for the long term future. There are still lots of loose ends to tie: the site has to be fully assessed for any hazards, the county still has to tranfer ownership of the land to either the village or the library. Lots of money is going to have to be found through grants, donations and fund raising to finally fix the building up. But a key part of the history of the village is well on its way to being saved. These events should inspire confidence in our elected officials too who responded to public concern and whose planning saved the building without having to spend vast sums of public money during a time when money is tight.
Michael Andrews August 14, 2012 at 04:35 PM
This really is great news. There was a palpable fear that Residents First would push to get this property into private hands and see it become a restaurant and bar. I'm glad that it will be made into a public institution that will accept everyone through its doors: just like Mr. Carnegie intended it to be. Everyone who is a "Friend" of the library should be very happy that (1) it was moved safely and (2) it will remain in the public domain. I know there were some public figures who were privately hoping the library would fall so that the mayor and Tritec would have egg on their faces. Shame on them! Go Patchogue!
James Norton August 16, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Are you kidding? The Patchogue Library possesses the long term ability to pay for the renovation that may take several years to arrange and complete? And do you think that it is so because they can tax as needed to fulfill their goals?? Just stupid!

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