Library Openings Delayed Until Late Spring

Mid-April date pushed back due to unforseen delays.

Patrons anxious to visit the Smithtown and Kings Park branches of the Smithtown Special Library District will have to wait a little bit longer.

Electrical delays, including a LIPA power hook up, have pushed back the re-opening dates for the Kings Park and Smithtown branches from mid-April to late spring.

According to Robert Lusak, Director of the Special Smithtown Library District, LIPA has not yet turned on power to the Kings Park building, putting the remaining renovations in a holding pattern.

The construction is part of a Renovations on the and branches were completed last year.

"Until LIPA comes to give us permanent power, it holds up what we need to have in place," said Lusak.

The lack of power has delayed painting the interior walls as well, said Lusack.

"The walls are spackled and ready for paint, but the optimum conditions for painting aren't in place until the heat and air conditioning are turned on," he said.

Lusak said the Smithtown branch had some unforseen problems including some additional asbestos that was found and needed to be removed.

"We removed the concrete of the handicapped ramp and found a 1,000 gallon oil drum that needed to be removed," said Lusak who added the drum was not on the site plans.

"We want to make sure we are by the book. We don't want to rush into things and have problems," said Lusak. "We learned from the other two buildings," he said.

Still, Lusak said he is pleased with the renovations.

"I think people will be very happy with the end result," he said.

Click here to see interior photos of the renovation in progress

Cathy April 06, 2012 at 10:50 PM
If everyone in the area was given a laptop and a kindle, would we still need the library? I had this argument with someone a couple of weeks ago, so on a sunday afternoon we jumped in the car and drove to the library on Indian head rd. To our surprise the parking lot was overflowing with cars. Upon entering the library, we saw a wall of computers that was full of mostly senior citizens. Walking upstairs, we saw no one. We then entered the childrens section and there was 4 or 5 little ones with their parents. I saw blu ray movies available for check out, I saw 4 employees standing around talking with each other. In conclusion, I think the library is best utilized by children, and we should give seniors a laptop, so as not to have to make the trip to the library.
KP Student April 06, 2012 at 10:58 PM
I, a teenager, disagree completely with your statement. I have a laptop, a nook, and a library card that I use weekly. I don't think that media will replace libraries. My grandparents use the library frequently, and from my volunteer work there I see that many others' do too!
Ec April 07, 2012 at 11:29 AM
The library is more than just picking out books. Many seniors (&children) go there to socialize. Children go there for workshops,storytime & tons of other activities that are offered. Seniors meet up and have book clubs,holiday meetings,play bridge,mah jong,etc. How sad to think they should sit home alone and read off a computer.
Cathy April 07, 2012 at 12:07 PM
I don't know why everyone is so defensive, I am just reporting on what I saw there. I saw no seniors socializing, I saw them on the computer, not talking to each other. I bet they would enjoy a computer in their home. Yes, I do agree that young children enjoy the library, but then again they have story time at Barnes and Noble. All schools have libraries, so maybe they could go there instead. And Ec, there is a wonderful senior citizen center in this town that seniors can have book clubs, play bridge, mah jong etc.... I have always loved the library, I have always been an avid reader, but I find myself not going to the library. On my kindle, there are many free books to read, on my amazon prime account you can check out books from there lending library. There are many good discusssions on Goodreads, about books. There are online book clubs, etc........... I love the idea of the library, but as the years go by, I think it will be more agathering place than what it was set out to be. We can have cheaper gathering places than the multi-million dollar buildings that these places are.
kathy April 07, 2012 at 02:36 PM
I have to agree. I have always loved libraries, but do not go very often. I have a nook and can download books fron the library. The best part is they expire and you do not have to return them. They just disappear. I would have loved an updated library 20 years ago. Mostly the library clerks just stand around and talk.
KP LIslander April 07, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Hmmm....so where does one who has limited financial resources & has no choice but to live frugally, obtain a laptop, kindle or nook w/o incurring a cost? One's library taxes, which one has little control over the final budget but to either vote for or against, covers usage of library services. Any homeowner fortunate enough to have the financial resources to be able to choose to spend add'l monies to buy a laptop, kindle and/or nook, still has to pay taxes anyway. As such, it seems foolish to pay for services that aren't used. Taxes, which will always be there, allows for many services at no add'l cost (other than the taxes itself). At any library, one can use a computer, borrow books, CDs, or DVDs for no add'l cost per use. The library provides a convenient location for students to receive tutoring services if arranged, as well as areas for adult learning & instructional seminars/workshops that are offered, some for free & some of fairly low cost. There are also a number of various young children's activities, programs & storytimes, for differing age levels, more so than the amount & variety of what is offered at Barnes & Noble, which BTW are also not as conveniently located (for many) as the 4 of the branches spread around the township of Smithtown. Despite technology & despite the likelihood that there are those that aren't content about paying library taxes in the1st place-that still doesn't change the fact that libraries are a useful & valued resource to many.
+irish+ April 07, 2012 at 08:40 PM
@Cathy, as a frequent user of the Nesconset and main branches, I would have to say your experience is atypical. The library is usually filled with users of all age levels. What you failed to point out is that Barnes & Noble is not a public venue; but rather, a business. @KPLIslander, would agree with most of your comment. HOWEVER, the library was not designed to accomodate paid tutoring! THE LIBRARY IS A TAXPAYER-SUPPORTED FACILITY; and as such should NOT BE USED FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES, including tutoring for pay/profit! Besides, the conversation level involved disturbs the rest of the patrons in the reference areas. The reference tables are designed for just that: research, reference and reading.
KP LIslander April 07, 2012 at 10:20 PM
@Irisheyes - I never stated anything about PAID tutoring, so I am a bit bewildered about why there is the presumption/generalization that is what was meant. I know for a fact that AP High School students provide FREE tutoring (at NO COST to taxpayers) & get some sort of credit from their school for doing so. As far as decibels levels are concerned - anytime that I have been at the library, which is at least one or two times per week & at different days of the week varying between 4:30PM to 8PM - whenever it was that I did see high school students tutoring, their conversation level has always been quite low & is nowhere near being distracting to anyone around them, unless of course one is an intolerant person & for some reason MUST have it absolutely quiet (to hear a pin drop) at all times no matter what. While there is no way to guarantee how loud a conversation could possibly become, I'm sure if the conversation level was so too loud/disturbing to someone, they would be asked to keep it down. I would find it difficult to believe that if it was such a major ongoing problem or issue, that the library would allow such usage of the facility to continue in areas that were disturbing to others. Besides, there are other areas of the library that could be used for tutoring besides the tables in the reference area. Not only that, tutoring is not done at all times of the day & night - it primarily occurs after school is let out (i.e. mid-late afternoon hours for the most part).
John J. Gallagher April 08, 2012 at 12:04 AM
....and the beat goes on......while we're speaking of the library.....how 'bout the suggestion I made to a Library Board member: i.e.: with so many events occurring at the Veterans Plaza (adjacent to Kings Park Library).....why not have a sound system installed on site (while they're still working through late Spring).....so that any of our Community Oriented events could "hook up" to the library and utilize a sound system which will improve the presentations made from the Plaza (like Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Kings Park Day, Kings Park St. Patrick's Day Parade).....
MICHAEL J RYAN April 08, 2012 at 02:02 AM
I agree totally. Northport and other libraries set aside sections downstairs so other patrons are not disturbed. Tutors at $70 an hour should find other places.
George April 08, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Everyone here seems to make some valid points. The thought that comes to me is that libraries today are or should be very different than in the past, and it's not just about the new technology. Libraries are often the only place in the community where ALL people can go and spend some time outside of their home without spending a lot of money and still enjoy some pleasent hours. They are also a "civil" place where no one will invade another's personal space with loud activities. The library also sponsors events of varied interest which would not be available elsewhere. In conclusion the libray is not just a place about books, it's a wonderful community resource especially for those needing a few hours of peace and rest from the frenzy of life.
George April 08, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Oh, by the way, no one should accept the lame excuse about LIPA not connecting power. When a storm hits Long Island and people lose power, LIPA can fix the problem within hours, ONCE it gets to that location. Well, everyone knows the location and there are no other power outages. What's holding up a crew to go there and do what is neede asap? I will tell you: political pressure! Call LIPA, members or the library board, members of the town council and whomever also you can think of.
Cathy April 09, 2012 at 10:15 AM
my point exactly KP, it you gave every resident a nook or kindle, it would cost alot less than the new pella windows installed on main library. If a student needs private tutoring go to the school library or the students home, why the heck do i have to pay extra for them to have a place to go. What about utilizing the schools libraries for the childrens programs? There are senior citizen centers for seniors to meet.
KP11754 April 09, 2012 at 12:15 PM
This excuse is very suspect. The buildings are already serviced by temporary power which can be used for the permanent lighting till the permanent power arrives. The weather conditions would not preclude the installation of any finishes (paint, carpet, etc.). It's actually ideal. Sure this may delay the startup and commissioning of HVAC equipment and the elevator. Let's get the real story here. If the reason is that we do not want to pay the additional electrical costs to backfeed the power panels with temp power just say it.
John from Kings Park April 09, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Within hours?!?!?!? My guess is you weren't around during the last hurricane...
KP LIslander July 23, 2012 at 04:05 PM
When is the KP branch of the library slated to open?
swataz July 23, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Has the MAIN Smithtown Library opened yet?
KP LIslander August 24, 2012 at 04:18 PM


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