Smithtown Library to Re-Open Wednesday

Opening is set for 10 a.m.

The Smithtown branch of the Smithtown Special Library District is set to open Wednesday at 10 a.m., after being closed for more than a year for extensive renovations.

Library Director Robert Lusack told Patch last month that there was minimal work left to be done before opening.

"The workers first need to do a water tap, which is necessary to do so the fire marshal can give an inspection and then approve moving in content," he said in August.

Lusack also said in August that the Kings Park and Smithtown branches should be opening up around the same time.

RELATED: Smithtown Library Remodeling Coming to an End

Changes to the new building include brand new paint and furniture, a new brick patio, a new young adult room, a children’s room with a blue and green motif and dragonfly theme, a reading/sitting room for adults and more.

Kristy Grinere contributed to this report.

Home Town Native September 17, 2012 at 09:33 PM
What a complete waste of money! People are losing their homes in Smithtown due to astronomical Property Taxes, and we spend 21 MILLION DOILLARS on renovating outdated libraries! What should have been done is a DOWNSIZING of the physical libraries and expending the electronic forms of books, its cheaper, more efficient, and the future of libraries! Let me say that again, 21 MILLION DOLLARS!
littleShamrock September 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I totally agree. Ebooks are what people want right now (I perfer to buy my own hardcover books). I am sure there is a larger percentage that don't even go to the library as well ... but it does have some good events at it for the kids ... but so did the YMCA and look what happened to that! 21 million dollars ... what we had too much money laying around because of no snow? Or did we take away from something we really needed like FOOD at the food pantry, can you imagine 21 million spent there?
Chris September 17, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I agree with Home Town Native 100 percent. Think their budget vote is coming up soon. Guess what I will be voting!
Argile September 17, 2012 at 11:35 PM
People are losing their homes due to 2 unions, the teachers and police unions. 70%+ of your property taxes right there folks.
Mung Bean September 18, 2012 at 01:41 AM
I love libraries, I always thought they were a magical place and have many fond memories of going to them and taking out books. Libraries helped foster my love of learning and language. I hope to instill this love in my children, so yes... $300 a year is a lot for a library tax, but for me its worth it.
John K Massaro September 18, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Same here. I frequent the library at least twice a month. Just brought my son there this weekend for his first library card. I can spend hours in there...
Nesconset Dude September 18, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Agreed. These libraries offer more than just books and movie rentals, especially if you have children. They also enhance the community along with your property value. If you want lower taxes, move to Brentwood, maybe CI. I wonder what the libraries look like there, but your taxes will certainly be lower.
Cathy September 18, 2012 at 11:46 AM
I am very torn, as to weather the libraries are an archaic idea or not. I love to read, and have a kindle and iPad. In my home I have thousands of books. I went to the library every week as a child, and know the value of spending time there. Maybe, a better idea would be to have smaller or less libraries in the town of smithtown. Perhaps we should furnish every resident with a kindle or nook? One of my big gripes with the library renovation, was the expensive pella windows they put in. As a resident of our great town,I cannot afford to put in top of the line windows in my home, would Andersen windows not have been good enough? I think we all have to remember that every school in this town, also has a library in it. We need to find a balance between brick and mortar libraries and the new e-book culture,which the future generations are embracing at an alarming rate.
LAURA September 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Didn't they just have a vote to raise taxes on us?? They do this on the down low and people find out after so we never end up voting. The libraries do not need all of that money!
LAURA September 18, 2012 at 12:20 PM
I do feel we should have a nice sturdy library, and updated books and media to rent. BUT the thing is, when our economy is crumbling, we should think about being less liberal with where our tax money goes. Did the library really need a 21 million dollar renovation?? Mist likely, no.
Mung Bean September 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM
I do wish we had better oversight into where the money goes. I always worry in that small budget operations, like libraries and schools are like fiefdoms, ripe for graft and exploitation. And from what I read in the news across the nation, there is a lot of that.
Argile September 18, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I'm a big fan of the library. I'm anti tax with certain things but not this. IMO paper is not dead. Although I'm disappointed that I only read 3 books last year now that I discovered that the books I read the Nesconset library can get from other libraries. Sucks for Barnes & Noble though...
Katy September 19, 2012 at 02:30 AM
The library deserves every penny. Take advantage of what it has to offer. $300 a year is less than a dollar a day.
Cathy September 19, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Has anyone thought of the germs harboring in library books? Especially the children's books? I say, I will take that $300, buy my own books, read the vast libraries of books available on my e-reader for free.
John K Massaro September 19, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Ohmygod Cathy! You've got to be kidding! I know a place where you never get harmed. A magical place with magical charms. Indoors, Indoors, Innn-dooors!
June Kempf September 19, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Yeah! Our Smithtown library writer's group is coming back home. We are grateful for the cooperation of the library staff, who helped us to carry on at the Nesconset branch during the renovation period, but we are looking forward to returning to our original and improved site. There are so many valuable programs that the library offers - beyond lending books; that are worth every penny of that extra dollar a day.


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