What do YOU want to see in YOUR library?
Our second community meeting is quickly approaching. The first was a huge success. We heard so many wonderful ideas and suggestions for what the community is looking for in a library and what they hope to see. Here are some of the ideas that came out of our first meeting and subsequent conversations:

  • Libraries are community centers. We connect people to information as well as connecting people to people. We need to have a larger meeting room, and smaller quiet rooms to have the programs that we want to provide.
  • Libraries are places for children – whether it’s for parents to meet when their kids are babies, story hours for toddlers, or for games, toys, learning or programs. Our Children’s Room is a very busy place! We’d like a Children’s Room that offers that ‘wow’ factor and includes the space and facilities that our families deserve.
  • Libraries give teens a place to go, and to gather, with friendly, understanding staff, plus the books and materials that they need and want. Our teens need more than a small corner of the Library. They need a dedicated space.
  • Libraries bridge the ‘digital divide.’ We offer computers and technology to allow our entire community to stay engaged in a digital world.
  • Libraries provide access to every age, income level, and stage of life. Plainedge is a school district, but more than 50% of our district doesn’t have children in school. We need to offer something for everyone.

Please join us for further conversation and refreshments in the Library on May 25th at 7:30 p.m. Our Board and design team of architects will be here, and we would love to hear from you! They will be taking notes, so they can design the library that the Plainedge community wants and needs. We want to hear your ideas on how we can modernize (reimagine) our 1960s building, to be the library you've always wanted!

Please RSVP to Michele Lipson, Director at mlipson@plainedgelibrary.org. We hope to see you there!
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A maximum of 1 “Library of Things” item per household may be borrowed per month.


The Plainedge Public Library offers a “Library of Things” collection as a part of its circulating collection. A “Library of Things” item may be checked out by any Plainedge Public Library cardholder, whose card is in good standing, and is over the age of 18. All borrowers must sign a Library of Things User Agreement form or have one on file before being allowed to check one out.


Each “Library of Things” item circulates in a bag, along with a list of associated parts, if extra parts exist, instruction manual, and a copy of this policy. The user is responsible for returning all of these materials with its associated parts in good condition. The user will be responsible for the cost of repair or replacement of the item or its parts if it is lost or returned damaged.


Eligibility: Person reserving a “Library of Things” item must be a Plainedge resident, 18 years of age or older, with a valid Plainedge Public Library card in good standing.


Availability: Reservation for “Library of Things” items will be made on a first-come, first served basis. Reservations may be made either online, by phone or in person at the Library.


Loan Period: “Library of Things” items are checked out from the Reference desk for a seven-day period (with no renewal). A maximum of 1 “Library of Things” item per household may be borrowed per month.


Returns: “Library of Things” items must be returned inside the Plainedge Public Library only. Some “Library of Things” items are fragile pieces of equipment. If it is put in the book drop, it may become damaged as other items are returned. Returns via the book drop will result in a $10.00 fee.


Cancellation: Reservations may be canceled or rescheduled online, by telephone or in person. Please call the Library if canceling within 24 hours of reservation date.


Late Fines: There will be a $10.00 per day charge if the “Library of Things” item is returned late, up to the cost of a new identical replacement item.


Lost or damaged Library of Things item: The charge for a lost “Library of Things” is defined during library purchase and recorded in our circulation system. Some items have independent parts that make up the whole “Library of Things” checkout, which will be charged accordingly, related to the replacement cost of such damaged or missing part. These charges will be confirmed by the Library Director not to exceed the price of the full cost of a new item.




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