Past Programs and Events
Greetings from Fire Island
Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 7:00- 8:30 pm
Frank Turano, professor at Stony Brook University, presented his recently released documentary film, Greetings from Fire Island about the history of Fire Island. Dr. Turano also discussed the making of the film and described conservation efforts in the 20th century to preserve Fire Island's wilderness areas. This program was accompanied by an exhibit of related materials in the Long Island Room display cases, which will remain on view through the end of 2013. This program concludes the 2013 Long Island Room Program Series. Look for information about next year's programs in the coming months.
History of the Kings Park Fire Department
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 7:00- 8:30 pm
Miles Borden, long-time Kings Park Fire Department member and local author discussed his recently published book, First One Hundred Years: Fire and Emergency Services: History of the Kings Park Fire Department and the Kings Park Fire District.
A book signing followed the formal presentation. Mr. Borden's book is available to borrow through the library. You can check the book's status here
Grand Re-opening of the Richard H. Handley Collection of Long Island Americana (Long Island Room)
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 7:00- 8:30 pm
On Wednesday, June 19, the Smithtown Library celebrated the grand re-opening of the Richard H. Handley Collection of Long Island Americana (Long Island Room), its local history archives. The evening's program included an overview of the collection's history and also provided attendees with the opportunity to view some of the collection's most remarkable highlights. Smithtown Town Historian, Brad Harris was the featured speaker and Long Island Room librarians, Cathy Ball and Caren Zatyk were available to answer questions about the collection.
Women in Long Island's Past
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 7:00- 8:30 pm
Dr. Natalie Naylor, researcher, lecturer, founding director of Hofstra University's Long Island Studies Institute and author of the recently published book, Women in Long Island's Past: A History of Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives
(History Press, c2012) presented a program chronicling the lives of a number of influenial women throughout Long Island's past. Upon the conclusion of the program, a book signing followed. Dr. Naylor's book is available to borrow through the library. You can check the book's status here