Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Museum Passes are here!

Early this year, Emma Clark Library patrons responded to a survey regarding services, and in particular, many expressed an interest in museum passes.  The wait is over!  

We now have Museum Passes for the following local cultural institutions:
·         Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
·         Cradle of Aviation Museum
·         Long Island Children’s Museum
·         Long Island Museum of American Art, History, & Carriages
·         Old Westbury Gardens
·         Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium

We also have passes for the following NYC institutions:
·         Guggenheim Museum
·         Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum (Coming Soon!)
·         Museum of the City of New York  (Coming Soon!)
·         Museum of Modern Art

Simply request the passes online at or call 631.941.4080 or stop by the Reference Desk.  All passes must be picked up in-person.  

Monday, August 26, 2013

Emma Clark Library to bring floating collection of young adult books to RC Murphy Junior High

Starting this school year, Emma Clark Library and RC Murphy Junior High will begin a partnership where the library will bring a floating collection of young adult books to the school to give the students greater access to a wider variety of books.

Nanette Feder, Teen Services Librarian at Emma Clark, approached Betsy Knox, School Librarian, with the idea in the spring.  The program gives RC Murphy Junior High the opportunity to circulate much of the young adult fiction that they do not have in their collection.  Additionally, library circulation drops during the school year because many teens are too busy with school and extracurricular activities to get to the library, so it is a win-win situation for all.  RC Murphy was chosen because it is the secondary school in the district that is farthest from the library, and therefore those children live further away which makes it more difficult to get to the library.

The library will be lending approximately 100 age-appropriate paperback and hardcover books at a time.  The books will have a 3-month loan period which would be extended if necessary. The library would then swap out 25% of the collection every 2 months.  The school will set aside a bookcase to house this collection and identify it as Emma Clark Library’s books.

This is the second program of its type – back in May, the library started a floating collection with the Long Island State Veterans Home.

If you have any questions about the floating collection with RC Murphy Junior High, you may contact Nanette at 941-4080 ext. 116 or email her at

Monday, August 19, 2013

New Teen Tech Clinic to begin in September

Starting September 17th, local teen volunteers will be available in the Computer Lab to answer computer questions and help you learn how to use your mobile devices including cell phones, tablets, and e-readers.  This program will continue on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month (except holidays) from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

“Teens in the community are always looking for opportunities to earn community service, and there are many adults in the community who need help with learning how to use their mobile devices, so it is perfect,” says Nanette Feder, Teen Services Librarian.

The dates the tech clinic will be held during the rest of 2013 are as follows:  September 17, October 1, October 15, November 19, December 3, and December 17.

Appointments are encouraged, but not required.  If you would like to make an appointment, contact the Adult Reference Desk at 631.941.4080 ext. 127.

If you would like to become a teen volunteer, you may contact Nanette Feder, Teen Services Librarian, at 941-4080 ext. 116 or email her at

Monday, August 12, 2013

Congratulations to Emma Clark's 2013 Battle of the Books team!

Congratulations to our 2013 Battle of the Books team, The Vending Machine Magicians, for coming in FIRST place in Session 1 of the regional competition at Stony Brook University on Saturday! 
The team also won the team spirit award for the session.
5 assistant coaches (high school and college students, all former summer battle players) came to the competition to support the team, as well as helped out with the program all summer. We are incredibly grateful for their help.
Best of luck to the team in tonight's FINALS!!!!

2013 Battle of the Books Team -
1st place in Session 1 of the regional competition at Stony Brook U. and team spirit award

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Emma Clark Library Invites Local Authors for New Collection

Continuing its tradition of recognizing and encouraging all writers in the community, Emma Clark Library invites authors who live or work in and around the Three Village Community to donate one copy of each of their published books to the library for a new “Local Focus” collection.

"Benefiting both local authors and our readers, the new Local Focus will let readers easily browse both critically reviewed and not-yet-discovered titles by authors who live and work in the communities surrounding the library, as it simultaneously introduces those authors to their neighbors,” explains Joan S. Kahnhauser, Head Adult Reference Librarian.

The library welcomes both Adult and Children’s books, and titles more appropriate for children will be kept in the Children’s Room.  The collections will be shelved alphabetically by author keeping the focus where it belongs – on the author.  Books will be searchable by both title and author in the library catalog. 

All titles will remain in the catalog and be available on request for three years.  At the library’s discretion, certain titles may be relocated into the main circulating collection and considered part of the long-established Three Village Author Collection.

The Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, located at 120 Main Street in Setauket, provides public library service to all residents of the Three Village Central School District.

Monday, August 5, 2013

New addition to "Emma's Garden" - an interactive Google Earth map

New addition to "Emma's Garden" - an interactive Google Earth map with markings and information for all the plantings around the library - that you can view from any computer.  Either click on the link below or visit the library's homepage.

If you like this map, you should see what it looks like in person!