06/21/15 5:59am
06/21/2015 5:59 AM
Nelson DeMille at a recent appearance at the Riverhead Free Library. (Credit: Kathy Berezny)

Nelson DeMille at a recent appearance at Riverhead Free Library. (Credit: Matt Karpilovsky)

Nelson DeMille came to the Riverhead Free Library as part of a fairly standard author visit last Saturday. But in doing so, he inspired organizers to set out on a mission: to establish the library as a major hub for both established and burgeoning writers. (more…)

06/12/15 12:00pm
06/12/2015 12:00 PM
(Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Huntington artist Caitlyn Shea with her self-portrait, ‘Elusive.’ (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Huntington artist Caitlyn Shea presented her self-portrait, ‘Elusive,’ a work in acrylic, spray paint and charcoal, before the opening of her show and gallery talk at Rivehead Free Library’s Elizabeth Overton Gallery last week.

In her talk, Ms. Shea discussed the challenges she faced after a fire at her home damaged some of her work. An art auction event for her benefit is planned for July 10. Her paintings will be on view at the library through July 24.

Ms. Shea was one of the artists who participated in the East End Arts’ JumpstART program last year and is a mentor in it this year.

To donate to help Ms. Shea rebuild, visit her GoFundMe page.

04/08/15 12:39pm
04/08/2015 12:39 PM

Voters approved both the Riverhead Free Library and the Baiting Hollow Free Library budgets Tuesday.

Both technically are votes on approving a contract for library services with the Riverhead Central School District, and both votes were held at the Riverhead Free Library and were open to all Riverhead school district voters. (more…)

04/06/15 4:00pm
04/06/2015 4:00 PM

Riverhead Free Library’s proposed 2015-16 budget calls for a three percent tax increase of $100,634, bringing its total to $3.45 million.

“Once again, the Board of Trustees worked rigorously to pare the coming year’s budget without cutting hours or services to our ever-increasing patrons,” library director Joy Rankin wrote in a mailing to residents.

Under the proposed budget, spending will increase 2.2 percent to $3.58 million. At 2.67 million, personnel costs — which are up by $14,775 — make up the bulk of that amount.

Library revenue is projected to decrease from $151,500 to $130,913 in the proposed budget. Revenue from fines and fees is proposed to drop from $30,000 to $18,000 and revenue from contracts with neighboring districts that use Riverhead Free Library is proposed to drop from $105,000 to $95,913.

A public vote on the library’s budget is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The vote will take place in the library’s meeting room.

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