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Author Talk with Erika Swyler

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Monday, August 1
7:00 - 8:30pm
Nesconset Branch

Homegrown author, Erika Swyler, will discuss her debut novel, The Book of Speculation. Born and raised on Long Island, Erika was inspired by her recent move back to her hometown, which provided the setting for this book. Erika’s discussion will be followed by a question and answer session. Copies of her novel will be available for purchase and signing.

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New History in a New Long Island Room

NEW HISTORY IN A NEW LONG ISLAND ROOM

 The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know.

--Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States

 
Simple yet eloquent, President Truman's statement about the newness of history may seem paradoxical, but it is actually quite accurate, particularly when it comes to the study of local history. Generally, in school we receive a relatively broad historical education that aims to give us an overview of the important people, places and events that have shaped the past. While such information is essential because it provides us with a basic understanding of how the world and our nation have evolved over time, it represents only a fraction of the whole. What is often missing from this wider view is an appreciation of how major historical happenings influenced life at the local level. To many then, local history is, as President Truman pointed out, "new" history. It is the history we don't know, but can come to know if we look in the right places-- places like the Long Island Room.
 
The Long Island Room, like many local history archives, houses a wealth of primary source materials that allow researchers to better understand how the past shaped the local community. These materials, including original documents, ledgers, account books, scrapbooks, journals, personal correspondence, business records, pamphlets, photographs, postcards, contemporary books and many other similar items, tell the story of daily life in a particular location at a specific moment in time. Their contents are often quite fascinating and tend to reveal a much more intimate version of history than what we learn in school. Such materials capture the triumphs, tragedies and mundane details of everyday life for everyday people in the community, a quality that makes this "new" history much easier to personally connect with.
 
In 2013 the Long Island Room re-opened to the public after months of renovation. During this period, its reading room was completely revamped and its storage facility was expanded and reorganized. Revived by the changes, the Long Island Room staff is busier than ever, working hard to improve access to the collection and plan engaging programs, exhibits and other outreach efforts for the community.
 
It is now a "new" Long Island Room and it is a great place to learn some "new" history! Come and see for yourself! 

Staff Pick

The Long and Faraway Gone: a novel by Lou Berney
In the summer of 1986, two tragedies rocked Oklahoma City. Six movie-theater employees were killed in an armed robbery. Then a teenage girl vanished from the state fair. Neither crime was ever solved. Twenty-five years later, the reverberations of those unsolved cases continue to echo through the lives of those touched by the crimes.

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Monday - Thursday:
10:00am - 9:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
(September - May;
Smithtown & Commack only)

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Recycle Station

The Smithtown Library collects the following items for recycling cell phones & eyeglasses.
The Library no longer accepts batteries for recycling. The Town of Smithtown now allows residents to dispose of many household batteries in their garbage. For more information click here.

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The Smithtown Library

Long Island's Largest Library Serving the Communities of Smithtown:
Commack, Fort Salonga, Hauppauge, Head of the Harbor, Kings Park, Nesconset, Nissequogue, Saint James, Smithtown, Village of the Branch

Commack Branch

3 Indian Head Road
Commack, NY 11725
631-360-2480
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Kings Park Branch

One Church Street
Kings Park, NY 11754
631-360-2480
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Nesconset Branch

148 Smithtown Boulevard
Nesconset, NY 11767
631-360-2480
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Smithtown Main Building

One North Country Road
Smithtown, NY 11787
631-360-2480
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