Library in the News
A selection of articles about the Library.
Birzon, Jacqueline. "Library Ranked Among Nation’s Top 3.5 Percent: Northport-East Northport Public Library recognized for services, community engagement "
The Record, 17 January 2013, page A5
For the fifth year in a row, the Northport-East Northport Public Library was ranked among Library Journal’s report of the nation’s top libraries. The rankings, which this year classified Northport within the nation’s top 3.5% . . . This year 7,570 public libraries were surveyed nationwide, and Northport-East Northport was ranked No. 176 . . .
Holzberg, Melissa. "All Aboard! Model Trains Return This Weekend "
The Record, 17 January 2013, page A16
The Northport-East Northport Public Library is once again home to the Railroad Museum of Long Island’s model train exhibit, but only for this weekend. Held in the museum cove of the library’s Northport branch, the model train exhibit has been a popular draw. After the renowned success of the exhibit in 2011, the library is taking full advantage of present and past generations’ love of miniature trains and opening their doors to railroad lovers across Long Island . . .
Adwar, Corey. "Local Library Lauded for Excellence "
The Observer, 20 December 2012, page 3
The Northport-East Northport Public Library (NENPL) is among the nation’s top libraries of the year by the Library Journal print and online publication. The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service 2012 surveyed 7,570 public libraries across the country and compared public libraries of similar size, awarding star ratings to 262 of these libraries . . .
Neighbor Newspapers, 19 December 2012, Volume 8, No. 10, page 17
In its fifth round of rating libraries nationwide for service and use, Library Journal has named the Northport-East Northport Public Library among the top 3.5%. This marks the fifth year in a row that the Library has earned that distinction as well as a four-star rating! Library Journal’s ratings are awarded on the basis of four measures of service – patron visits, material circulation, program attendance, and Internet usage . . .
"A Safe Haven"
The Record, 29 November 2012, Letters to the Editor page A8
Dear Editor: The trustees of the Northport-East Northport Public Library wish to express their gratitude to the staff for providing a place of warmth and comfort for many in the community when the East Northport building was re-opened on Nov. 1 after Hurricane Sandy’s devastation. Under the leadership of Director James Olney and Assistant Director Nancy Morcerf, more than 4,300 people came to the building . . .
"Gwendoline Steers Tragedy Subject of Library Talk"
The Observer, 29 November 2012, page 11
The Northport-East Northport Public Library will present “The Wreck of the Gwendoline Steers: A Forensic Analysis” by local author and maritime enthusiast Edward A. T. Carr Wednesday, December 5 at 7 p.m. at Northport Library . . .
Pearlman, Elise. "Library Hosting First Volunteer Fair"
The Observer, 20 September 2012, page 13
The Northport-East Northport Public Library will host its first Volunteer Fair on Friday, September 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Northport Library . . . "We have 21 organizations attending and all are actively seeking volunteers" . . .
Pearlman, Elise. "Master Puppeteer has a NAC for N'port"
The Observer, 6 September 2012, page 2
Storytellers have long held a position of respect in cultures around the world. On Wednesday, Sept. 12, visitors to the Northport Library will experience storytelling at its best when the Northport Arts Coalition (NAC) presents “Tamara and the Shadow Theatre of Java.” . . .
"Caribbean Comes to Northport"
Newsday, 16 August 2012, page A22
The Steel Impressions, a steel drum band from Amityville whose music includes Caribbean calypso, reggae
and soca tunes, performs at the Northport Public Library last night. The band is made up of members of the
Solomon family . . .
Bush, Leah. "Northport Library Director Retires After 36 Years"
NorthportPatch, 14 June 2012
Amidst hugs and fond recollections in a packed meeting room on Tuesday, Northport-East Northport Library Director Eileen Minogue bid a fond farewell after 36 years of building bridges with the community while nurturing a thriving library system. . .
"Director Retiring, Assistant on Deck at Library"
The Observer, 7 June 2012
After 44 years in the library field, 36 spent working with the Northport-East Northport Public Library, Library Director Eileen Minogue regards her upcoming retirement with a bittersweet sentiment. "After 44 years, it's time to pass the torch," she said. She will retire July 1 at which time the current assistant director, James Olney, will take over as the new library director. . .
"Northport Library Begins Parking Lot Fixes"
Newsday, 5 April 2012
Work began this week on safety improvements to the parking lot and rear entrance of the Northport Public Library. Library director Eileen Minogue said the parking lot of the 14-year-old Laurel Avenue building had settled, leaving the curbs, sidewalks and asphalt at uneven levels and causing a tripping hazard. The library had been patching the areas to avoid the hazard, but a permanent fix came in the form of a $20,000 state grant for repairs the library received in September. . . .
"Northport-East Northport Public Library Receives Four-Star Distinction for Fourth Year"
The Times of Northport, 8 December 2011
In its November 2011 issue, Library Journal announced its fourth round of national library ratings. Once again the Northport-East Northport Public Library was ranked among the top 3.5 percent of the nation's public libraries and named a "four-star library" among "America's Star Libraries." . . .
"America's Star Libraries, 2011: Top-Rated Libraries"
Library Journal, 1 November 2011
"The New Stars Are Here! Library Journal's fourth national rating of public libraries, the LJ Index of Public Library Service 2011, identifies 262 Star libraries . . . it rates 7,513 public libraries . . .”
Once again the Northport-East Northport Public Library was ranked among the top 3.5% of the nation’s public libraries and named a four-star library among America's Star Libraries.
"Visiting Author Inspires Lesson Plan"
The Observer, 20 October 2011
Newberry Award winning author Linda Sue Park visited with 200 Northport Middle School students Thursday, October 13 as part of the annual Visiting Author series sponsored by the Northport Public Library. . .
"Free Library Program Links Kids to Tutors"
Newsday, 22 September 2011
When the answers don't come easy, a free, online program offered by public libraries in Suffolk County is one way students can find help with their classwork. On Monday, many libraries throughout the county will host a "homework help day" to showcase the real-time tutoring help that is available to cardholders every day through the county's digital branch, Live-brary.com . . .
For more information about this program, click here.
"Library Murals Show 9/11's First Responders"
The Times of Northport, 14 September 2011
This past Friday, Sept. 9, the Northport-East Northport Library, in an effort to show the community it would never forget the events of 9/11, unveiled two identical 72-foot murals depicting photos of first responders from that day.. . .
"Residents Ask: Where's the power?"
Newsday, 30 August 2011
The Northport Public Library typically has 10 to 15 visitors using it's Wi-Fi at any one time. But Tuesday, there were as many as 150 on simultaneously, and thousands during the course of the day, said Anthony Martocello, the library's network system administrator. . .
"Northport Wins YSS Award"
sclsyouthservices blog, 15 May 2011
The Northport-East Northport Public Library has been awarded the 2011 Pied Piper Award from the Youth Services Section (YSS) of the New York Library Association. This honor recognizes excellence in library programming and promotional materials targeted to the young people in New York State . . .
"Slain Mom, Son Memorialized at Library"
The Observer, 2 December 2010
Patrons of the East Northport Library won't soon forget Connele and Anne Pabo. Last week family and friends came together at the library to unveil two memorial tables in their honor. The mother and son were regulars at the East Northport Library . . .
""Prestigious" Top Score For Library"
The Record, 18 November 2010
For the third straight year, the Northport-East Northport Library was honored as one of the best in the country. Library Journal awarded the local library four stars based on their quality and usage in it's October issue. Only 258 of 7,407 libraries that entered received any stars . . .
Pearlman, Elise. "New Book Tells Seldom-Told Tales of Northport"
NorthportPatch, 6 November 2010
Those who attend Bob Little's talk at Northport Library on Tuesday, Nov. 9 will hear these stories and more little-known tidbits of local history that he shares in his new book, Snapshots in Time: Tales of Our Community . . .
"Local Library Ranked Among Top in Nation"
The Observer, 4 November 2010
For a third year in a row the Northport-East Northport Public Library has been ranked by the Library Journal among the top 3.5% of the nation’s public libraries scored by the LJ Index and naming it a four-star library among “America’s Star Libraries.” This year, 7,407 public libraries were surveyed and only 258 received four-star ratings . . .
Stewart, Josh. "Read All About It: Northport-East Northport Library Excels"
Newsday, 2 November 2010
The Northport-East Northport Public Library has once again earned a “four-star” status from the industry publication Library Journal. In its October issue, the magazine named the Northport-East Northport among the 258 libraries to earn the “America’s Star Library” ranking out of 7,407 surveyed. The Library has been honored with the top status each of the three times Library Journal has released the list . . .
"Four Star Library"
North Central Suffolk Edition, Neighbor Newspapers, 3 November 2010
In its October 2010 issue, Library Journal announced its third round of national library ratings, once again ranking the Northport-East Northport Public Library among the top 3.5% of the nation’s public libraries scored by the LJ Index and naming it a four-star library among America’s Star Libraries . . .
"Seat of LEARNING: East Northport Public Library"
The Village Connection, 2010
Bob Little. The bear that sits reading atop a pile of books near the entrance to the East Northport Library is a fitting icon for a site that has been dedicated to learning and knowledge for the last century.
"Your 'One-Stop' Digital Branch for MP3s, Movies, More"
The Times of Northport, 8 September 2010
Want to download an MP3 legally without buying it? Need some help with a test or writing papers? Or maybe you're looking for job tips. Suffolk County library cardholders can get all that and more, just as many have for years, only now on one, comprehensive website.
"The Best of Huntington"
The Long Islander, 26 August 2010
Mary Jane Kirkland of Northport says the Northport-East Northport Library is, "a resource beyond compare," with a wonderful staff.
"Farmers Market Open"
The Times of Northport, 18 June 2010
The Northport Farmers Market opens Saturday, June 19, and runs every Saturday through Nov. 20 from 8am to 1pm in the Cow Harbor parking lot at the foot of Main Street, rain or shine. Throughout the season the Northport-East Northport Public Library will be offering exhibits and children's crafts.
"Facing Reality During The Job Hunt"
The Record, 25 February 2010
Career coach Michael Coritsidis will share his "7 Steps to Employment in Today's Economy" at the Northport Library on March 1.The career coach advised job seekers to adjust their expectations, as much as they may want another six-figure salary that employers may not be willing to offer. He has developed a "WEWE" exercise, or "Where Else, What Else," for individuals to list their transferable skills, break them down and figure out what other careers they can transfer to.
"N'port-East N'Port Libraries Ranked Among the Nation's Best"
The Observer, 11 February 2010
In its November 2009 issue, Library Journal announced its second round of national library ratings, once again ranking the Northport-East Northport Public Library among the top 3.5% of the nation's public libraries scored by the LJ Index 'and naming it a "Four-Star Library" among "America's Star Libraries."
"One-Man 'Christmas Carol' Comes to Town"
The Times of Northport, 3 December 2009
Visitors to the Northport Public Library on Dec. 9 are in for an early holiday treat when the Northport Arts Coalition, in cooperation with the library, presents "Bah Humbug," Damian Gillen's heartwarming and humorous take on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."
"Northport-East Northport Public Library rated as 4 Star Library by Library Journal"
Library Journal, 15 November 2009
The Northport-East Northport Library has been recognized by Library Journal's 2009 national rating of public libraries, the LJ Index of Public Library Service, identifies "star" libraries for service to their community.
"Providing Help for the Unemployed"
The Record, 15 October 2009
Local libraries from Half Hollow Hills to Cold Spring Harbor and across the Town of Huntington are offering increasingly comprehensive career programming to help patrons battle unemployment.
"America in Focus at Library's Museum Cove "
The Observer, 1 October 2009
It's the 11th year of the Museum Cove of the Youth Services Department. The Latest exhibit, Picturing America, explores works by some of our country's most important artists.
"Pass it on: Free Visits to Area Museums"
The Times of Northport, 13 August, 2009
Feel like checking out some old dinosaur bones? Strolling through acres of glorious gardens? Enjoying art, history, culture? All absolutely free? Then come into your local library to check out what museum passes they have to offer. But, plan ahead because the passes-usually for a family of four- are flying out the doors.
"Director's Life a Page-Turner "
The Times of Northport, 4 June 2009
After 40 years of library work with the last 21 spent locally, Northport-East Northport Public
Library's retiring executive director looks forward to brisk walks around her South Shore neighborhood and weight training with her personal coach.
"Library Director Retiring"
The Times of Northport, 27 May 2009
After more than 20 years of service, Stephanie Heineman, director of Northport-East Northport Public Library, has announced she will retire in July. Heineman assumed leadership of the library in 1988. Her retirement brings to a culmination almost 40 years as a library professional on Long Island.
"America's Star Libraries, The LJ Index of Public Library Service 2009"
Library Journal, 15 February 2009
The Northport-East Northport Public Library is rated as a four star library in this nationwide assesment of public libraries.
"Accolades, All Around"
The Times of Northport, 16 October 2008
Students from Northport High School's Academy of Information Technology hosted a breakfast and shared their internship experiences on Wednesday as a way of showing appreciation to participating employers including Northport Public Library.
"Books of Tech Knowledge, Introduction to the Internet, More"
Newsday, 7 July 2008
Pearlman, Elise. "Her Anniversary, Platinum. The Memories, Golden."
The Times of Northport, 26 June 2008
Stephanie Heineman, the director of the Northport-East Northport Public Library, celebrates 20 years of service to the community this Friday.
Newsday, 25 May 2008
Northport High School.
Striegel, Larry. "The Bear Makes a Comeback in East Northport"
Newsday, 28 February 2008
For a few years, East Northport's friendly mother bear went into hibernation - but now the bear is back.
Pearlman, Elise. "Dancing Machines"
The Times of Northport, 27 February 2008
Teens take part in new age marathon at Northport Library.
Pearlman, Elise. "She Tracks The Voices of Local History"
The Times of Northport, 24 January 2008
Tracks Through Time is a community oral history project that Barbara Johnson coordinates as part of her role as head of the Northport-East Northport Public Library's local history department.
Pearlman, Elise. "For The Love Of A Library And Its Bear"
The Times of Northport, 20 December 2007
Despite "unbearably" cold temperatures hovering below freezing last Saturday, more than 200 community members turned out for the long-awaited dedication of East Northport's Library Bear and "bearwalk".
Arend, Tricia. "Mascot Returns From Hibernation"
The Record, 20 December 2007
After a long and eventful journey, the Library Bear is nestled once again in front of the East Northport Library, cozily situated on top of her pile of books.
Campbell, K. "Bronze Replica Replaces Old Wooden Library Bear"
The Observer, 20 December 2007
Following a multi-year fundraising effort, the Northport-East Northport Public Library's deteriorating, damaged wood sculpture of the Library Bear has been replaced with a bronze replica.
Pearlman, Elise. "Library Bear Is Back"
The Times of Northport, 14 December 2007
A bronze replica of the Library Bear, a wooden folk art sculpture, is being dedicated Saturday, December 15 at 10 am at the East Northport Library and all are invited to attend.
Pearlman, Elise. "A Debut, Way Out Here"
The Times of Northport, 29 November 2007
More than 150 guests filled Northport Public Library's community room November 14 to see Way Out Here, a one-act theatrical work written by Huntington Station resident Douglas MacLeod and directed by Jo Ann Katz.
Campbell, Kelly. "New Decking Installed on Northport Library Footbridge"
The Observer, 18 October 2007
The footbridge that carries pedestrians over the Northport Public Library's lower level courtyard to the Laurel Avenue entrance will be closed for repairs until early November.
Pearlman, Elise. "On The Road to a Cure, Again"
The Times of Northport, 18 October 2007
Library leaders to 'Walk the Walk' against breast cancer.
Pearlman, Elise. "Museum Makes Abstractions 'Click'"
The Times of Northport, 12 September 2007
The wonders of the animal kingdom, magnetism, physical laws, color theory and other scientific concepts came alive for 30 families at the Northport Library on July 31 thanks to a visit from a traveling science museum called Science on the Move.
Pearlman, Elise. "Constant Gardeners Stop to Share Tips, Tales"
The Times of Northport, 18 July 2007
Several dozen participants in the Asharoken Garden Club's seventh annual Street Garden Recognition Program stopped to smell the roses on Monday by attending a reception in their honor in the Northport Library courtyard.
Pearlman, Elise. "Perfect Timing for Fashion Pages"
The Times of Northport, 17 May 2007
The community room at the Northport Public Library became a venue for high fashion last Friday as local students modeled gowns and tuxedos as part of the teen services department's first annual Prom Fashion Show.
Pearlman, Elise. "Son of Impressionism Showcased in Northport"
The Times of Northport, 28 February 2007
This March, visitors to the Northport library will have the opportunity to view the work of renowned American Impressionist Stokely Webster (1912-2001), who as a child once glimpsed the father of Impressionism at work.
Pearlman, Elise. "Information Specialist in the Making Since Age 14"
The Times of Northport, 22 February 2007
James Olney, assistant director at the Northport-East Northport Public Library has been part of the local library system for almost 22 years, starting at the early age of 14.
Pearlman, Elise. "Patrons Put in Their Two Cents"
The Times of Northport, 22 February 2007
Library patrons will literally have the chance to put their two cents into a campaign to restore the folk art sculpture that once stood in front of the East Northport branch.
Copquin, Claudia Gryvatz. "A Royal Sculpture "
Newsday, Distinction Magazine Long Island, Feb. 2007: p. 24.
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” –Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"Books as Bridges"
The Times of Northport, 18 January 2007
Librarian, Doris Gebel, editor of Crossing Boundaries with Children's Books, introduced patrons to award-winning books from around the world this past Tuesday as part of a month-long exhibit at Northport Public Library. The display, called "Children Between Worlds," was prepared by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany and features children's books about peace and tolerance.
"The Comeback Cub"
The Times of Northport, 16 November 2006
A campaign to bring back the beloved folk-art sculpture that once greeted visitors to the East Northport Library is well under way, Director Stephanie Heineman said.
Minzesheimer, Bob. "'The End' Leaves Readers on Edge"
USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2006: p. D.5
Typical of Handler's readers is Anna Saum, 11, of East Northport, N.Y., who discovered the
series a year ago and apologizes that she's only up to Book 9, The Carnivorous Carnival.
Weinstein, Leah. “Book Club For Kids ”
The Record, 19 October 2006: p.A14
Despite the common pop culture usage, book clubs aren't just for adults. In fact, the Northport-East Northport Public Library's Newbery Book Club is for kids only.
Morris, Deborah S. “No 'shhh' Spoken Here: But 'latte' and 'wi-fi' are Heard as Libraries Move to Meet the Needs of Communities.”
Newsday, 15 October 2006. pg. G.04
Of the 55 public libraries in Nassau County, 18 have undergone extensive renovations since 2000. In Suffolk, 13 of the county's 56 libraries have undergone either a face-lift or constructed a new building in the past three years. Usage is increasing, too. In Nassau, for example, public library visits increased 8.7 percent from 2000 to 2003, when the new wave of construction closed some buildings and relocated others; in Suffolk, visits increased 9.4 percent from 2001 to 2005.
Sweezey, Donald G. “Bear to Return to East Northport Library”
The Record, 12 October 2006: p.A3
Minzesheimer, Bob. "Friday the 13th Closes the Book on Lemony Snicket."
USA TODAY, 11 Oct. 2006: p. D.1
Typical of Handler's readers is Anna Saum, 11, of East Northport, N.Y., who discovered the series a year ago and apologizes that she's only up to Book 9, The Carnivorous Carnival.
Pearlman, Elise. “Little Prince Landmark Library Unveils and Dedicates Statue.”
The Times of Northport, 21 Sept. 2006
For more than 60 years, Antoine de Saint Exupéry's The Little Prince has advised readers to think clearly with their hearts. While ranking as one of the world's most widely read books, it was not commonly known that The Little Prince was written in New York and not in Saint Exupéry's native France.
Pearlman, Elise. “Library Unveils Little Prince Statue Saturday”
The Times of Northport, 14 Sept. 2006
During World War II, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a charismatic French author and aviator in self-imposed exile from his homeland, rented the Bevin House, a rambling Victorian mansion in Eaton's Neck, and wrote The Little Prince, the timeless tale of a chance encounter between a stranded aviator and an otherworldly child.
Pearlman, Elise. "Eileen Minogue: An Educator After All"
The Times of Northport, 25 May 2006
Eileen Minogue, assistant director of the Northport- East Northport Public Library, celebrates her 30th anniversary with this vital community institution this August.
Pearlman, Elise. "Celebration of a simple space"
The Times of Northport, 10 May 2006
Pearlman, Elise. "Space for healing"
The Times of Northport, 10 May 2006
Proven, Patricia. "Retired CEO Appointed to Library"
The Times of Northport, 22 February 2006
Copquin, Claudia Gryvatz. "My Town"
Distinction Magazine - Long Island, Feb. 2006: p. 31-34.
As if its expansive bay views, picture-postcard village and charming houses were not enough of a source of pride for Northporters, we also have the distinction of an illustrious resident in our midst-- one who is not only a revered college history professor and authority on "olde" New York City, but one who is the recipient of that coveted literary honor: the Pulitzer Prize.
Minzesheimer, Bob. "Lightning' strikes with young readers."
USA TODAY, 19 Jan. 2006: p. D.4
Author Rick Riordan already has won a mock Newbery, thanks to young book reviewers. Riordan's mythical adventure story, The Lightning Thief, is the top choice of New York's Northport-East Northport Public Library's Newbery Book Club. The club is made up of 25 reviewers, most of them in elementary school. In a testament to the power of the Internet to connect writers and readers, Riordan also is one of five authors who contacted the book club after reading reviews on the library's website (www.nenpl.org).
Proven, Patricia. “Curl up with a Good Book ... With our Good Neighbors of the Year.”
The Times of Northport, 30 Dec. 2005: p.A8.
As the Northport-East Northport Public Library celebrates its 90th year in the community, its director, staff and volunteers have earned recognition as The Times of Northport's Good Neighbors of the Year, for their courteous, friendly and professional service; for their creative ways of acknowledging and involving the community in projects and celebrations; and for their savvy in augmenting public resources without overburdening taxpayers.
Minzesheimer, Bob. “Birdsall's Secret: Listening Like a Kid”
USA TODAY, 27 Dec. 2005: p. D.2
Jeanne Birdsall has received scores of great reviews for her debut children's novel, The Penderwicks. But her favorite comes from a third-grader who wrote, "This book is about being a good listener even if you are a grown-up." Birdsall was "Googling myself"' when she found the website of the Northport-East Northport (N.Y.) Public Library, which posts online reviews by younger readers who are awarding their version of the Newbery Prize. The real Newbery, for the best children's book, is given annually by the American Library Association. The review of The Penderwicks, signed simply Scott, was "charming," Birdsall says. "It encompasses so much of my own philosophy about crossing the divide between being a child and being a grown-up."www.usatoday.com
Pearlman, Elise. "Poet Laureate at Northport library"
The Times of Northport, 17 November 2005
Pearlman, Elise. "Library Courtyard Opens; Dedication Set"
The Times of Northport, 9 November 2005
Pearlman, Elise. "The Little Prince Returns to Northport"
The Times of Northport, 5 October 2005
During WWII, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, a Frenchman in self-imposed exile from his homeland, rented a rambling Victorian mansion in a quiet corner of Northport known as Eaton's Neck and wrote about friendship, love and other intangible matters of the heart.
Proven, Patricia. "Library Takes Stacks to the Street"
The Times of Northport, 28 July 2005
Proven, Patricia "Library: 'Never Too Late' to Donate"
The Times of Northport, 5 May 2005
Proven, Patricia. "Grieving Family Envisions a Children's Space"
The Times of Northport, 20 January 2005
Proven, Patricia. "Library looks to restore its bear"
The Times of Northport, 23 December 2004
Proven, Patricia. "Libraries snap to wireless Net"
The Times of Northport, 1 October 2004
Starzee, Bernadette. "Northport Movers & Shakers: Library Director"
The Times of Northport, 24 June 2004