Letter from the Board

ENVISION today… INVEST in tomorrow

In the 44 years since the residents of our community voted to establish a public library, the world has experienced remarkable social, cultural and technological change. As we continue to look at ways in which the library can meet both the current and future needs of our community, we ask you to ENVISION a brand-new, state-of-the-art, 21st century library.

Now, 22 years after the last renovation of our current library building, the board is moving to take advantage of a unique and fiscally sound opportunity to build a modern, sustainable 21st century library on land donated by the Town of Brookhaven.

In addition to receiving free land to build the library from the town, the design of the proposed new library seeks to save taxpayers money by building a modern, energy efficient and technologically advanced building. Utilizing alternative energy sources, efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems and advanced computerized building controls, annual operating expenses will be dramatically reduced.

The specific priorities of what a 21st century library should be in our community was designed utilizing a comprehensive, inclusive and cooperative exploratory process, consisting of the library board and administration meeting with members of the community, business, civic and educational groups, in both formal group meetings as well as one-on-one conversations. As a result of direct, hands-on community participation, the library board is pleased to present an exciting plan for your new Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library.

In early Envision meetings, interested community members were asked to express what they valued most about our community, and the geography of our area was universally celebrated. The proposed site, situated on a plot of pristine donated land provides the unprecedented opportunity to offer outdoor programs and a space where residents can enjoy the local landscape. Our neighborhoods are growing at a rapid pace. This project has the capacity to give our community the space needed to grow, actively taking on the most appealing and valuable shape and character in the coming years and beyond.

After careful, deliberate and comprehensive examination, the library board of trustees has prepared the most responsive and fiscally responsible proposal possible. Following years of saving and planning, the library is asking residents to INVEST in a $33.5 million library bond, which will cost the typical homeowner (with an assessed valuation of $2500) an estimated $12 per month or $144 per year.

The library is a central source of lifelong learning and the lifeblood of our community. An investment in this project is not just an investment in the library as a facility, but an investment in the value of our neighborhood, its commerce and all the people who call it home.

ENVISION your new Community Library with safe and Convenient PARKING, space for MORE PROGRAMS and community meetings, a clean and COMFORTABLE ENVIRONMENT, and state-of-the-art TECHNOLOGY.

Please mark your calendar to vote on February 7, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the William Floyd High School on this important project.

Sincerely,

The MMSC Library Board of Trustees

Wendy Gross, Joseph Maiorana, James Mazzarella, Joseph Simmons, Mario Vigliotta