71 Monell Avenue
Islip, NY 11751

T: 631-581-5933

F: 631.277.8429

71 Monell Avenue
Islip, NY 11751
T: 631-581-5933
F: 631-581-8429

71 Monell Avenue
Islip, NY 11751

T: 631-581-5933 

F: 631-581-8429


Archive Monthly Archives: February 2016

Memories of Islip Hamlet

“Memory is more than a dustbin of time, stuffed with yesterday’s trash. Rather, memory is a glorious grab bag of the past from which one can at leisure pluck bittersweet experiences of times gone by and relive them.”

Hal Boyle, 1971 

Do you have interesting tidbits, life changing experiences, or fond memories of Islip Hamlet? Join us in remembering the history of Islip Hamlet from the community’s perspective by sharing a memory. Tell us about big events in Islip, businesses and business owners on Main Street, interactions at Islip Schools,interesting happenings around town, evenings at the Islip Speedway, natural disaster experiences, or simply share some fun historical facts about our community.

Memories can be viewed and shared at the display case located across from the Circulation Desk starting in the beginning of March. Memories will be rotated in and out bi-weekly or monthly based on number of submissions we receive. If you have a photograph to go along with your memory, please submit that as well. We will scan and return the original photo to you. If you don’t have a photograph to share, we will include one from the Library’s collection.

Memories shared with the Library will be placed on display, preserved, and may be included in future projects as well. Submission forms can be found by the display case; leave forms in drop box or hand them in at the Reference Desk. For more information, please feel free to speak with me, or with another librarian at the Adult Reference Desk.

Help us remember and be remembered! Thanks!

Celebrate women's history month

March Is Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month was established by Congress in 1987 to pay tribute to the generations of women whose “commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.” (from www.womenshistorymonth.gov)

Some Landmarks in U.S. Women’s History:

1848: The first Women’s Rights Convention was held in Seneca Falls, N.Y.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott (among others) were in attendance. The Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, calling for equal treatment of women and men under the law as well as voting rights for women was signed at this convention.

1872: Susan B. Anthony cast her vote to test whether the 14th Amendment would be interpreted broadly to guarantee women the right to vote. She was arrested and tried in June 1873; and convicted of unlawful voting.

1920: Women were finally granted the right to vote, 72 years after the Seneca Falls Convention. The 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, was ratified.

1923: The First Equal Rights Amendment was introduced. It states: “Men and women shall have equal rights throughout the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction.” The ERA was sent to the states for ratification in 1972 with a 7-year deadline. It quickly won 22 of the necessary 38 ratifications, but the pace slowed and even with the extension granted by Congress until June 1982, if fell short of votes. The Amendment was reintroduced in July of 1982 and has been introduced before every session of Congress ever since.

1932: Amelia Earhart made the first transcontinental nonstop flight by a woman

1933: Frances Perkins was sworn in as Secretary of Labor, and the first woman in the U.S. cabinet.

1934: Babe Didrikson pitched a full inning for the Philadelphia Athletics (vs. the Brooklyn Dodgers).

1941-1945: Millions of women entered the work force during World War II.

1963: The Equal Pay Act became a federal law, having been proposed 20 years earlier. The law states that employers must pay everyone equally for performing the same job duties regardless of the race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.

1965: The Supreme Court Issued a landmark ruling legalizing the use of contraceptives for married couples. The ruling was extended to include single women in 1972.

1972: Congress passed Title IX of the Education Amendments. The law requires that schools receiving federal funds provide equal access to educational programs for men and women. Title IX is credited with the growth of sports for women and girls at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels.

1973: Supreme Court established abortion rights in Roe v. Wade. Women were granted the legal choice of whether or not to continue with their pregnancy.

1973: Women-only branches in the U.S. Military were eliminated, integrating women into all branches of the U. S. military.

1978: Employment discrimination against pregnant women was banned. The Act ensures that employment discrimination on account of pregnancy is treated as unlawful sex-based discrimination.

1981: Sandra Day O'Connor became the first woman seated on the United States Supreme Court.

1983: Sally Ride became the first American woman astronaut to travel into space.

1984: Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman to run for Vice President of the United States on a major party ticket.

1993: Janet Reno became the first woman to hold the office of Attorney General of the United States.

1997: Madeleine Albright was sworn in as the first female Secretary of State.

2009: President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; this law changed the Civil Right Act of 1964 which said that discrimination complaints must be brought within 180 days of the discriminatory act; expanding workers’ rights to sue for pay discrimination.

The Islip Library has many books and some movies about women’s rights and achievements. We have biographies about amazing women of today and women in history for all age readers. You may enjoy watching Suffragette, a 2015 movie in our DVD collection, starring Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan to get a sense of what American women endured in order to claim their right to vote. Come into the Library to check out our March display of Library materials about Women’s History!

For some great fiction about women's interior lives try these titles:

  • My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  • The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessey by Rachel Joyce
  • We are not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
  • A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
  • Someone by Alice McDermott​
3d printer

3D Printers Lend a Helping Hand

The MakerBot 3D Printer has been at the Islip Library during February and will be there throughout the month of March. If you haven’t yet seen it in action yet, stop by the Adult Reference Desk to take a look, and to find out about programs using the printer.

While we have the 3D Printer for Febrary and March, we volunteered to work with an organization called Enabling the Future and have been busy printing 3D assistive mechanical hands, called the Raptor Hand. Enabling the Future is a global network of volunteers who are using 3D printing to give a helping hand to children in need; there are nearly 7,000 members and approximately 2,000 hands that have been created and gifted for free to individuals in over 45 countries.

During Teen Tech Week (March 7-11), teens will work in groups to assemble these devices and then we’ll donate them to Enable.

Translate »