The North Merrick Public Library Board was given an “Outstanding Trustees Award” by the Library Trustees Association of New York. The award was given at the Trustee Institute on Long Island sponsored by LTA in April.
The library offers these exciting opportunities:
In addition to providing you with reading and viewing resources, the library provides vehicles by which you may engage with others.
Display Your Artwork
A wall in the Reference Room has been designated as a space where artwork can be hung for display. Artists are encouraged to display their work and to provide a brief statement about the work being displayed and/or a biographical statement.
Contact our Public Relations Librarian for further information.
Commune with Your Neighbors
The library offers many opportunities to commune with other members of the community. You may enjoy participating in a book discussion group, the monthly current events forum, or possibly the Friends of the Library.Details about how you might participate in these and other activities can be found on our online calendar and in our newsletter.
Attend Library Programs
The library offers a wide variety of programs that you may participate in. Programs that are offered include:Concerts, Cooking Demonstrations, Exercise Classes, Bus Trips, and Driving Classes (that can lower your car insurance premium).
Reserve a Meeting Room
Meeting rooms may be reserved for times when the rooms are not already booked for library programs. Meeting rooms may be reserved for use by groups for educational, cultural, philanthropic, and civic purposes, and for nonpartisan political discussion programs. Meeting rooms shall not be available for commercial purposes. An application form to request a meeting room reservation can be accessed by contacting the library.
The first public library in the Merricks was founded in 1891 and consisted of about 50 books housed in a barn. The library was formally incorporated in 1897.
Although the Merrick Public Library was funded through tax dollars paid by the residents of Merrick, the library also offered its services initially for free to their neighbors in North Merrick. When the population of both Merrick and North Merrick grew substantially to eventually rival one another, the Merrick Public Library began to charge the residents of North Merrick a non-resident fee to use the library.
In response to the growing need for library services in the North Merrick community, the North Merrick Public Library was established by a community vote on November 21, 1964 and was granted a Provisional Charter on January 28, 1965.
The North Merrick Public Library initially opened as a storefront on December 5, 1965 at 1148 Merrick Avenue, and remained there for its first ten months. Then the newly formed library relocated to Meadowbrook School where it opened its doors on October 3, 1966.
The library celebrated its 50th year anniversary in 2016.