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2022 Annual Report to the Community

Annual Report to the Community

The year 2022 saw the Library returning to normal operations, post-COVID.  We were excited to present the community with additional space for reading and enjoying the outdoors with the construction of our terrace which will also be a wonderful spot to enjoy a coffee in 2023 with the addition of a small café space within the Library.

The Library offered patrons access to a wide range of items, classes, events, and services to help educate and enrich.  The programs were hosted virtually and in-person.  Our Shred Day and e-waste recycling programs continue to be very popular with over 12,000 lbs. of paper shredded and recycled, and over 275 people were able to recycle their unwanted electronic devices during our May e-waste recycling event.  Our patrons borrowed or accessed 624,779 items, both physically and digitally.  Our patrons continue to be among the heaviest users in the entire county of the Live-brary (Overdrive) e-book collection.  In total, for all of the Library’s eBooks, eMagazines, and eAudiobooks, our patrons downloaded 171,020 e-items.  Our patrons downloaded or streamed 9,350 movies through the Library’s Kanopy and Hoopla services.  We welcomed 29,113 attendees (virtually and in-person) to more than 700 library classes and events.  Our young patrons read 24,544 books during our kids and teens summer reading events.  There were over 7,200 attendees at our programs geared toward adults, with 826 one-on-one technology assistance sessions provided by our in-house experts.  Our patrons borrowed museum passes 1,872 times in visits to area museums using our free museum pass service.  Our patrons logged over 2,700 sessions through the Brainfuse online learning platform for homework help and resume assistance.  The Library’s websites hosted more than 200,000 sessions with more than 1,800 people learning about our local history by visiting the Library’s Spy Ring website; and our wireless network supported 24,488 patron logins last year.

We’re here for you and we encourage all of you to visit the library virtually or in-person to take advantage of the materials and services available to you.  Thank you for your support, and we wish all of you and your families health and happiness in 2023.

February 2023

Emma S. Clark Memorial Library Board of Trustees:

Christopher Fletcher, President

Carol Leister, Vice-President

David Douglas, Treasurer

Suzanne Shane, Secretary

Deborah Blair

Linda Josephs

Orlando Maione

Anthony Parlatore

Angeline Yeo-Judex




2022 “Year in Review” Highlights



●        Poured footing and foundation for the outdoor terrace construction.

●        Raynham Hall Museum in Oyster Bay was added to the Library’s Museum Pass collection.

●        Kids Winter Reading Challenge commenced with an Eric Carle theme in honor of the late author who passed away in 2021.



●        The 7th Annual Kids Bookmark Contest was announced.



●        Winners of the 8th Annual Helen Stein Shack Picture Book Contest were revealed.

●        The Kids Winter Reading Challenge was completed. 118 children participated and 2,328 books were read.

●        The Health & Hygiene Drive concluded with over 3,700 essential items collected for local organizations.

●        Foundation was poured, brick veneer was put in place, bluestone pavement was installed, and carpentry work began for the outdoor terrace construction.

●        SRC “Photo Shoot” – We had 68 photos of children sent to the Children’s Librarians for summer decorations.

●        Setauket Elementary Science Fair – (approximately 200 people visited our table).



●        The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office hosted “Shed the Meds” at the Library for patrons to properly dispose of unused medications in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.

●        The winners of the 8th Annual Helen Stein Shack Picture Book Contest were honored with a special ceremony at the Library. Attendees included the family of the late Helen Stein Shack, local elected officials, and representatives from the Three Village school district.



●        A new, monthly social program – Knit, Crochet, & Chat – commenced this month.  Sixteen women attended this first session.

●        The Library resumed its partnership with the Long Island Museum for the “At the Museum” Book Discussion and Tour.

●        Winners of the 7th Annual Kids Bookmark Contest were announced for Children’s Book Week. There were 80 entries – a recording-breaking year!

●        Harbes Family Farm’s Barnyard Adventure in Mattituck was added to the “Museum Pass” collection, just in time for the 2022 season reopening.

●        The Library hosted two successful recycling events – Community Shred Day (over 400 cars, 12,000 lbs. of paper recycled) & E-Waste & Metal Recycling (about 275 people participated).

●        Individuals received free health screenings through the Mobile Health Bus.

●        The Children’s Program Room reopened after a hiatus due to COVID-19.



●        Kids and Teen Summer Reading kicked off with the 2022 theme – “Oceans of Possibilities”. Our Children’s Library was transformed into an underwater haven with our annual tradition of Three Village kids’ photos as the decor’s main attraction.

●        The Library resumed the Teen Storytellers program this summer, where teens read to children. 30 teens attended the training session.

●        Library staff had a table at the Maker Faire in Port Jefferson, sponsored by the Long Island Explorium. 500 people visited our table!

●        A new YA nonfiction collection was added outside of the Teen Room.

●        The Little Free Library was reinstalled at West Meadow Beach with Councilman Kornreich and Brookhaven Environmental Educator Nicole Pocchaire in attendance to show their support.

●        77 ESL/ENL students from W.S. Mount Elementary visited the Library, and 36 children received new Library cards.

●        Teen volunteers painted inspirational messages on seashells, which were hidden around the Library for patrons to discover.

●        406 people attended the Summer Reading Kick-Off.



●        The Library hosted a Food Drive, and teen volunteers made deliveries to various organizations throughout the month.

●        Library staff had a table at the Three Village Farmers Market and enjoyed interacting with visitors of all ages.

●        “Senior Bus”, a service for those who cannot drive to the Library, returned after the hiatus due to COVID-19.

●        Teens were trained in 3D Printing to qualify as a volunteer for future “Printing for a Cause” programs. Items will be donated to local organizations in need.

●        Blood Pressure Monitor Kits were added to the lending library.

●        154 people recycled their unused medication at our evening Shed the Meds event.

●        Children’s: Library Lawn Programs:

○        National Circus Project – 415 people attended

○        Farm Animals – 252 people attended

○        Magic of Amore – 320 people attended

○        Taiko Drums of Japan – 194 people attended, all on the Library lawn



●        The newly constructed outdoor terrace opened, adding approximately 800 sq. ft. for public use.

●        110 concertgoers enjoyed CB Jacobs and the Say Hey Crew on the Library lawn.

●        A Dungeons & Dragons group of teens began (with the majority of the group new to Library programming!)

●        JSTOR was added to the Library’s collection of online databases, just in time for back to school.

●        129 volunteers (teens & their families) picked up trash at West Meadow Beach during our 2 clean-up events in July & August.

●        14 teen volunteers maintained our Little Free Library at West Meadow Beach throughout the summer.

●        In total, teens completed 886 hours of Community Service through the Library this summer.

●        It was a record-breaking year for Summer Reading with the most books read ever – 24,544 books read by kids & teens. Minnesauke Elementary won the coveted Emma Cup.



●        About 300 history enthusiasts and families visited the Library’s activities in celebration of Culper Spy Day.

●        New monthly “Knit, Crochet, & Chat” evening sessions commenced in September, due to requests for this social program after working hours.

●        “Teen Transporters” debuted – a cohort of teens who are on-call year-round to transport supplies from the Library’s various drive donations to local organizations in need.

●        “Think Like the Banned” critical thinking project for teens launched during Banned Books Week.

●        Community Shred Day, E-Waste Recycling, and Shed the Meds brought hundreds of visitors to the Library to recycle this month.

●        The Ward Melville Iron Patriots Robotics Team visited the Children’s department and ran two Vex Robotics classes for the upper elementary students. (54 people attended)



●        Tech Tutors returned! Trained teen volunteers once again started providing one-on-one tech assistance for adults twice a month.

●        Life-Sized Candy Land was back with 169 kids and parents/caregivers traveling through the decorated children’s library, playing games, and receiving treats.

●        The Children’s department offered a Fire Prevention class for children ages 4 – 7 years. (74 people attended)

●        The 9th Annual Helen Stein Shack Picture Book Contest opened up for Three Village teens in grades 7 – 12.

●        The Mobile Health Outreach Bus, parked in the Library parking lot, provided free health screenings and flu vaccinations.

●        Emma Clark’s contribution to The Great Give Back included 23 dog toys made by kids, 90 guinea pig snack kits made by teens, and 769 items delivered to animal rescue organizations by 7 teens & their families.



●        Local veterans were featured in the Library lobby and on the Library’s social media.

●        Emma Clark partnered with SBU Football and offered discounted tickets to a game and the opportunity to walk on the field.

●        The Library hosted a Pajamas Drive, which brought in 159 pairs of pajamas. 5 teen volunteers transported these items to local organizations.

●        Hoopla, one of the Library’s free digital services, started offering select “MasterClasses” for free.



●        Local author and Holocaust survivor Ruth Minsky Sender gave a talk that was livestreamed into Emma Clark. More than 70 teens and adults listened to her experiences both in-person in the Library and via Zoom from home.

●        The Library hosted the annual “Share the Warmth” drive with 1,434 items donated to 6 local organizations. 9 Teen Transporters made deliveries.