Over the years, patrons and friends of the East Islip Library have made contributions to support the library’s mission in a variety of ways. From cash gifts to support specific services, to naming the library as a beneficiary of part of an estate, these gifts provide something special to the whole community for generations to come.
Please consider making a donation to your library. There are several special projects currently underway where your tax deductible gift can make a difference. For more details, please speak to our Library Director, Guy Edwards, at (631) 581-9200 ext. 7. Thank you!
If you are planning any type of summer vacation, near to home, or in the far reaches of the world, you will find valuable tools here at the library. We have many travel books that cover vacation destinations throughout the world. We subscribe to all of the popular travel magazines, and as usual, the library will have its annual travel pamphlet giveaways. In addition, look for our East Islip Public Library Travel Brochure and the web links on the home page (www.eipl.org).
Just in time to help those who are struggling with layoffs or career changes, the library has a professional career counselor available on Thursdays from 4:30-8:30 p.m. You can receive help with resumes, cover letters, career exploration, and the latest online tools. Call for an appointment at 581-9200 x 5. Also, don’t forget to go to the web page and visit the Career/Employment/College Resource Page (www.eipl.org).
Local History Corner
Come and visit the Local History Room in the lower level of the library. It houses the library’s collection of materials on local history and our special collections on Lighthouses. The room is shared with the East Islip Historical Society which provides rotating displays, pictures and reference materials.
You will find rotating local history exhibits outside of the library’s Main Reading Room. In addition, the library also hosts the Local History Lecture Series, generally on Thursday evenings, throughout the year.
For more information, call the reference desk at 581-9200 x 5 or view our Local History Page.
Language Learning News
Are you learning English? Check out our Language Learning Collection for weekly editions of “News For You” an excellent newspaper to take home and use for practice.
Are you learning a new language? Go to the Language Learning/Multicultural section of (www.eipl.org) and log onto Mango, an online language instructional database.
Looking for books in Spanish? Come in and browse our new collection of fiction and non-fiction in the Language Learning Collection. You will also find books, CD’s and DVDs to help you learn a new language in the Language Learning Collection.
Obtaining Books and Materials
If the library does not own a book or any other material that you need, let us know by calling or coming in, so that we can try to purchase it or borrow it from another library. We can’t always get every item, but we can interloan materials from all Long Island libraries and the New York State Library.
Reader’s Advisory Corner
The library has a trained staff to assist you with your reading needs. The staff creates monthly book displays throughout the library, offers summer and winter adult reading clubs, a Book Discussion Group, the SelectBooks Service (a librarian will create a customized booklist based on the answers to a few questions), and a Reader’s Advisory blog
Book Sale Nook
The library sells used books on a continuous basis in the Book Sale Nook in the lobby. The prices are posted, and purchases are made at the Circulation Desk. You can always find a nice assortment of used books and AV materials for sale in our Book Nook in the front lobby of the building.
For your convenience the library has a color copier/fax/scanner in the Adult Services Department. The prices are posted.
Sophia Chappell Scholarship
The Library sponsors the $250.00 Sophia Chappell Scholarship, on behalf of the Chappell Family, and the East Islip Public Library Board of Trustees.
Going Green & Helping Out
The library has a place where you can drop off used glasses. We also have a food collection bin for Long Island Cares and are collecting treats and towels for the Islip Town Animal Shelter. In the winter, the library sponsors a Mitten Tree, where patrons may drop off gloves, hats, scarfs and mittens, which are donated to local outreach centers.
As a result of several patron requests, we will be publishing and posting a list of forthcoming DVDs that are on order, and their release dates, and a list of the new DVDs that have been added to the collection over the last month. Both lists will be posted in the Media Area of the library. We hope these lists will aid in your selection of DVDs here at the library.
What's New In the Book Collection
New Fiction * New Non-Fiction
The East Islip Public Library offers a Homebound Service to our patrons who are unable to visit the library due to a temporary or permanent illness or disability. Homebound patrons will be able to choose titles from the library’s new book collection, large print and regular book collections. An Application and approval is necessary to qualify for this service, which is free of charge. If you have any questions about the details of this service, or if you would like an application, please contact Kassia Worst, or Jo-Ann Carhart at 581-9200 ext. 5.
In addition to fiction and non-fiction books to borrow, the library offers many other materials for you to use or borrow.
Large Print Books * Magazines * Videos * DVDs * Music CDs * Reference Collection * ESOL - Books for adults who are learning English * Long Island Collection * Auto * Repair Books * Microfilm/Fiche * Books on Tape * Books on CDs * Pamphlet File * Paperbacks *Irish Culture Collection.
Each month, the library offers programs of interest to the community. You can find information about these programs by clicking on the Event Calendar section of the web page. In addition, here are some of the programs we offer weekly, monthly or annually.
Art Gallery & Display Cases
The library has an Art Gallery on the second floor. Local artists are invited to display their art there on a monthly rotation. Some artists make their work available for sale. Art and special collections are also displayed in the cases on the second floor. The Arts Council of the East Islip Public Library sponsors a Juried Art Show each September.
There is a Reading Room on the main level, with a fireplace and coffee machine. The library’s collection of periodicals and newspapers are on display in the Reading Room. During the winter and summer there is a jigsaw puzzle on which patrons may work.
There is a computer Lab with a print station on the main level of the library, with WiFi available throughout the building. Adults may also borrow a laptop from the Circulation Desk, for in house use.
Generally the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 P.M. Now the meetings will be virtual. Click here for dates and time.
- Temporary unavailable.
Sponsored by the Empire Safety Council, this six-hour course saves 10% on vehicle liability insurance and collision insurance premiums for three years and removes up to four points from a driver's record.
Game Day - Canasta, Mahjongg, Bridge, or any game of choice - Temporary unavailable.
Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
We provide the room, you provide your game of choice. Bring a friend, cards, or any board game and we have the space for you. It is very informal and getting groups together is up to those that attend. Registration is not required.
Knitting & Crocheting Circle - Temporary unavailable.
Every Saturday from 2 - 4 p.m.
We are providing space for a new group to meet at the EIPL. Do you like to Knit or Crochet? Whatever your passion, gather and socialize with others who share your interest, and perhaps pick up a few tips and tricks
as you work your own creations! Please bring your supplies. Instructors may be available. Sewing circle every Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Each spring the library provides a display of travel brochures for you to take home and use in your summer vacation planning.
Newsletters and booklets
The library publishes material to help you with your information needs.
Librafax- Bi-monthly library newsletter.