Revised Safe Child Policy

The Library Board of Trustees has revised its policy for children using the library. Below is an excerpt; for the complete policy go to

The Library welcomes library use by children. Parents and caregivers should be familiar with the Library’s hours of operation and should not leave children before opening or after closing. Attention must also be paid to the possibility of unexpected closings (storms, power outages, etc.) and unattended children should be able to contact a parent/ caregiver.

  1. Children under the age of five (5) must always be in close proximity and within sight of the adult responsible for their safety.
  2. Children up to and including the age of ten (10) must be supervised by a parent or caregiver at all times. Parents or caregivers must remain in the same area of the Library unless the child is attending a Library program, in which case they must remain in the Library building.
  3. Children aged eleven (11) through thirteen (13) may be left unattended for short periods of time; no more than three (3) hours, provided they are mature enough to follow library rules and observe proper conduct. Children are subject to the same rules of behavior as other patrons and the same consequences, including being asked to leave the Library.

Anyone under the age of 18 who remains past closing time will be deemed at risk. If the child is not picked up by closing and a parent/ caregiver cannot be contacted or located, the Suffolk County Police will be called.

The Library is a relatively safe environment but it is subject to the same risks as are encountered in other public buildings.  Children should be closely supervised by parents or caregivers while in the Library until they have attained a suitable age and discretion.

We look forward to seeing you and your children in both the Dix Hills and Melville library buildings.

Thank you.

First Community Conversations program; a success

The first in a series of community conversations was held at the South Huntington Public Library on Tuesday, October 2nd.  This first program brought out 90 people on a rainy night to view the film Suburban America; Problems and Promise produced by  Ron Rudaitis. The film was followed by questions and discussion with the panel: Eric Alexander, Executive Director of Vision Long Island; Nathalia Rogers, Director of the American Communities Institute at Dowling College and the filmmaker, Ron Rudaitis. Discussion was facilitated by Joye Brown, Newsday columnist.

To keep up with the conversation go to on Facebook.

 If you are want to be part of this conversation about the Town of Huntington and Long Island, join us for the next in the series — Growing Community: Who we are? How do we live together? when we look at the ‘numbers.’ This program will be held at the Elwood Public Library on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7 pm.

This is a joint project of the Libraries in the Town of Huntington and the Leadership Huntington Foundation.

HHH Library receives $5000 grant

The Library has received a grant from Capital One Bank to participate in their Financial Literacy Challenge and to develop financial education programs and materials to support their theme of Investing for GoodGrants were awarded to 25 Long Island organizations (we were one of 4 libraries) through a competitive application process.The goal of the grant is to encourage best practices in money management among children, teens and adults.

In the September/October First R newsletter  you will find programs for all ages that focus on managing, investing, and learning about handling your money! Come to the Library and find materials about money management to borrow and to keep . Stay to play the money management games on our computers.

By September 1st you can check out our new Your Money Matters blog from our web page at

Programming will continue throughout the year. Be sure to take advantage of it.

Libraries as Cultural Hubs, an event at the Brooklyn Public Library

Last Thursday evening, April 12, I attended an excellent forum with the CEOs of the NYC library systems put on by the Municipal Art Society of New York. Panel members were Tony Marx of the New York Public Library, Thomas Galante of the Queens Library and  Linda Johnson of the Brooklyn Public Library. They spoke about libraries as cultural places. All of their comments, although specific to NYC, apply to public libraries in general and show their importance in our communities. Here is a link to a recap and video of the program.

Here at HHH Community Library we try to offer a variety of programs. We are currently surveying our attendees about these programs and we are looking for your input. Be sure to fill one out when you attend. If you would like to complete a survey contact Karen Cognato @ 631-498-1229.