Long Awaited Opening of Kings Park Library Set

Library will open to the public on Wednesday.


Almost 18 months after it closed for renovations, the Kings Park Library is set to re-open.

The library will be open to the public beginning Wednesday at 10 a.m. The renovations, which began in April 2011 were expected to take about a year, with an expected April of 2012 opening.

In March of 2008, residents approved a $21 million plan to modernize and renovate the existing library buildings and convert the abandoned Nesconset Armory building into a permanent Nesconset Branch, which also houses the library district’s offices. The Smithtown branch closed last July and Kings Park in April of last year, to begin renovations.

The Kings Park branch is the final branch to re-open, with all four buildings renovations now complete.

According to library officials, all inspections are now complete. The renovations include new LEED-certified green/energy efficient windows and light fixtures, new HVAC systems, a new working elevator and expanded space including a children's room.

A grand opening is planned, but library officials said a date has not yet been set.

dom October 01, 2012 at 09:37 PM
kindels the future news print is DEAD libraries are like phone booths
Steven P October 01, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Well Dom, seeing as how you don't appreciate punctuation or spelling (kindel?), I'm not surprised you don't hang around our great library.
John K Massaro October 01, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Dream on, Don. Kindle will NEVER replace the printed page. Books have been around for thousands of years, the Kindle is just another fad...
Steven P October 01, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I don't think it's a fad, but I don't think it'll ever completely replace paper books entirely. I love my Kindle because it makes it easy to carry around a lot of books and sometimes it costs less to buy a book new. I still frequent the library and find it an invaluable service for our community.
Dr. Remulak October 02, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Gov't waste on parade. $21m to renovate a library. I'm with Dom: why not spend millions on a new Post Office, or phone booths, or a trolley? Maybe new hitching posts so we can tie up our horses?
Steven P October 02, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Some people appreciate the community, the free access to entertainment and information, some appreciate a building established solely for the exchange of ideas. Government waste? I think it's one of the few opportunities to invest in our culture and education, obviously some feel differently but the budgets all passed for a reason, people enjoy the library!
Jacob Mintzer October 02, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Have you ever tried using an E-book version of a textbook? Nobody uses them because they are stupid, physical hard copies will always be superior, especially for college students. A good example of the E-book textbook is with my brother, who got an electronic textbook for one of his classes. He subscribed to have the textbook, and it said that he could renew it if he needed to. It turned out the final was pushed back a few days, but due to licensing issues, he wasn't able to renew the textbook, so he couldn't study form the textbook the days before the final. If he had a physical textbook, it wouldn't have been an issue.
Jacob Mintzer October 02, 2012 at 05:59 AM
So you claim that books are obsolete, but not the mail system? You are a strange person.
pogue October 02, 2012 at 01:31 PM
the library is a vital part of our community offering traditional print, digital and a place for social functions that make a town a community. The library is far from being an obsolete dinosaur. The renovations will help the local library better service the community. many thanks to our librarians who have helped our children with projects, and research throughout the years.
maria m . October 02, 2012 at 02:50 PM
i own a kindle and love it but i bring my children to the library and they love it they will always know the respect of an actual printed book ,the library has even more to offer than just books too,they also have movies,information and classes .i fully support the library and have been waiting for it to open for so long -cant wait!
Dave M. October 02, 2012 at 03:50 PM
It's nice to have these shiny new buildings, but how about expanding the hours so that people have access to the contents? Like having Sunday hours all summer? Need a little more focus on the library users and less on the brick & mortar.
Dave M. October 02, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I just tried to renew a book online and got the following message: "Online material renewals are temporarily not working. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact your library to renew materials." I guess they forgot to order a new computer to go with their new buildings.
Eileen October 02, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Frank Rende October 02, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Once you actually go to a library and check it out. You will find there are more materials at hand to choose from than any kindle or nook. Try downloading every book in a library without paying for them. As well as all the other resources they have. Ever since I was a kid I have enjoyed going to the library, there is something special about it. Don't get me wrong I have a nook and an ipad and enjoy them but I dont think they will ever replace a library. Just as playing a game like soccer or baseball on an ipad will ever replace the actual game on a real grass field. It's a real place not a cyber entity.
Tom Scalli October 02, 2012 at 10:05 PM
The Library did cost a lot of money to upgrade, but it is still the mainstream of knowledge, I too have a Kindle Fire, and use the Library E book system which is great and still go there to take out a book. I am sure a lot of people cannot afford a Kindle or other Ebook devices. The Library also helped me with my Kindle. Also have children activities that are very good.And even some activities for adults.I will use it as much as I can and bring my grandsons there for activities, There is more out there then just sitting in your house.
Kathy O'R October 03, 2012 at 12:15 AM
It was probably not a problem specific to your local library, but a Suffolk County Cooperative Library issue. In other words a county wide issue. A phone call to your local library and you could have renewed your items.
Will October 03, 2012 at 12:55 AM
$21 million for a storage room for books? All you need is a cheap warehouse w/ a drive up window for this outdated information source. Everything they offer can be done online. Let the tutors teach at home.
Dr. Remulak October 03, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Sarcasm Jacob, sarcasm. Duh.
Dr. Remulak October 03, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Amen Will.


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