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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


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Celebrate National Women’s History Month in March 2018

The 2018 Theme for National Women’s History Month is “Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” Check out The National Women’s History Project website at http://www.nwhp.org for more information!

“Throughout this year, the NWHP honors fifteen outstanding women for their unrelenting and inspirational persistence, and for understanding that, by fighting all forms of discrimination against women and girls, they have shaped America’s history and our future. These 2018 Honorees refused to be silenced. Their lives demonstrate the power of voice, of taking action, and of believing that meaningful and lasting change is possible in our democratic society.”

Come in to the Library and check out some books about women’s history and the state of women’s (and girls’) rights in the world today, or read biographies about some inspirational women who have made and are making history – actually, make that Herstory!

Below is just a sampling of some of the more recent titles on the subject. The Islip Public Library owns all of them!

  • Together We Rise: The Women’s March: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World. 305.42
  • We Should All Be Feminists By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. 305.42
  • Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote By Johanna Neuman. 324.623
  • That’s What She Said By Joanne Lipman. 305.309
  • The Little Book of Feminist Saints By Julia Pierpont. 305.42
  • Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, From Birth to Tweens.  By Melissa Atkins Wardy. 305.23082
  • Men Explain Things To Me By Rebecca Solnit. 305.42
  • All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation By Rebecca Traister. 306.8153
  • All the Women in My Family Sing: Women Write the World – Essays on Equality, Justice, and Freedom By Deborah Santana, editor. 814.54
  • Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope – Voices From the Women’s March. 305.42
  • The Woman’s Hour: The Last Furious Fight to Win the Vote By Elaine F. Weiss. 324.623
  • Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family By Anne-Marie Slaughter. 305.42
  • Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time By Tanya Lee Stone Teen. 371.822
  • The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boys’ Club By Eileen Pollack. 305.4209
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead By Sheryl Sandberg. 658.4
  • Because I Was a Girl: True Stories for Girls of All Ages By Melissa De la Cruz, editor 305.4
  • Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education By Jennifer De Leon, editor 378.1982
  • Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America By Samhita Mukhopadhyay. 305.420973
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban By Malala Yousafzai
  • A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power By  Jimmy Carter. 323.34
  • Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray By Rosalind Rosenberg. 305.4209
  • The Feminist Revolution By Bonnie J. Morris. 305.42
  • Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women By Marianne Monson. 920.72
  • Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years By Gillian Thomas. 344.7301
  • Votes for Women: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot By Winifred Conkling. Teen 324.42
  • She Takes a Stand: 16 Fearless Activists Who Have Changed the World By Michael Elsohn Ross. Teen 320.08
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide By Nicholas D. Kristof. 362.83
  • Powered by Girl: A Field Guide for Supporting Youth Activists By Lyn Mikel Brown. Teen 320.408
  • What I Told My Daughter: Lessons from Leaders on Raising the Next Generation of Empowered Women By Nina Tassler, editor 305.409
  • Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics By Marjorie Julian Spruill. 323.34
  • At Home In the World: Women Writers and Public Life, From Austen to the Present By Maria DiBattista. 809.8928
  • Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women’s Movements By Dorothy Sue Cobble.
  • Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation By Cokie Roberts. 973.3

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 24, 2017. Never Forget.

The internationally recognized date for Holocaust Remembrance Day corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar. It marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

The Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. Jews were the primary victims—six million were murdered; Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), people with mental and physical disabilities, and Poles were also targeted for destruction or decimation for racial, ethnic, or national reasons. Millions more, including homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Soviet prisoners of war, and political dissidents, also suffered grievous oppression and death under Nazi Germany.

Information from: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website: ushmm.org

The Islip Public Library has a large collection of materials about the Holocaust. To learn more, come in and check out a book or a dvd. Following are a few suggestions:

Black Earth : The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyer

The author contends that the Holocaust is unfortunately not an event locked away in history. Evidence suggests that the hatreds and sources of conflict at play during the Holocaust are close to the surface today.

Maus by Art Spiegelman

A classic graphic novel that tells the story of the Holocaust using depictions of cats and mice.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Anne Frank’s diary provides a first-hand account of her family’s experience of hiding in an attic in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Of the eight people Anne went into hiding with, only one, Anne’s father Otto, survived the concentration camps. He found her diary and had it published. Anne was 15 years old at the time of her death.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

The author was an Austrian psychiatrist and a Holocaust survivor who spent three years in the Nazi concentration camps. The premise of the book is that people cannot avoid suffering but they can create meaning out of it.

Night by Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 87, was fifteen years old when he and his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz. His mother and younger sister perished, his two older sisters survived. Elie and his father were later transported to Buchenwald, where his father died shortly before the camp was liberated in April 1945. Night is the best known book of the trilogy he wrote about his experience. The other two parts of the trilogy are Dawn, and Day.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

During World War II, 8-year-old Bruno and his family leave Berlin to take up residence near the concentration camp where his father has just become commandant. Unhappy and lonely, he wanders out behind his house one day and finds Shmuel a Jewish boy of his age. Though the barbed-wire fence of the camp separates them, the boys begin a forbidden friendship, oblivious to the real nature of their surroundings.
Note: This book was made into a movie by the same title.

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

The Zookeeper's Wife is the true story of the extraordinary efforts of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, zookeepers in Poland in 1939. Horrified by Nazi racism, they capitalized on the Nazis' obsession with pureblood animals in order to save over 300 doomed people by hiding them in the bombed-out cages at the Warsaw Zoo.
Note: This book was made into a movie, now in theaters.

Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally

You’ve probably seen the movie which was released in 1994, but have you read the book? This bestselling classic of Holocaust literature, winner of the Booker Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction, is based on the true story of German war profiteer and factory director Oskar Schindler who saved more Jews from the gas chambers than any other single person during World War II.

Girls to Women | March is National Women’s History Month

March is National Women’s History month. What better time to focus on raising confident girls that will grow into strong and self-assured women? From how-to guides to the real-life revelations of other girls, from rambunctious fictional role models to actual heroines of history, the library offers a wide selection of readings and videos that explore the various experiences of those who came before us, as well as encourage the potential that lies within each of us. With that in mind, what follows is a listing of library resources that will enlighten and entertain:

Health and Personal Conduct

Very often, growing up and changing physically, emotionally, and psychologically can leave young girls feeling isolated and confused. Being available to talk with your child goes a long way toward helping to reduce the angst and pitfalls of tweenhood. These are some resources that can provide a good jumping off point for those discussions:

Stand Up for Yourself & Your Friends

Dealing with Bullies & Bossiness and Finding a Better Way By Patti Kelley Criswell. A guide for girls on how to recognize and handle bullying. Shares quizzes for identifying one's personal "speak-up" style and offers advice from real-world girls on how to use words to manage bullies and get an adult's help when needed.

Drama, Rumors & Secrets

Staying True to Yourself in Changing Times By Nancy Holyoke. Full of tips, quizzes and advice from real girls to help you keep your head and heart during tough times and put your best self forward.

Friends: Making Them & Keeping Them

By Patti Kelley Criswell. This book is designed to help you learn how to make new friends and to make the most of the friendships you already have. It's full of quizzes, crafts, thoughtful advice, and true stories of friendship shared by real girls.

Chicken Soup for the Girl's Soul

Real Stories by Real Girls About Real Stuff Compiled By Jack Canfield. This book is designed to help you learn how to make new friends and to make the most of the friendships you already have.

Staying Home Alone

A Girl's Guide to Feeling Safe and Having Fun by Dottie Raymer. Explains what to expect when one is left home alone and how to respond when the unexpected happens, with activities to help learn about one's home, neighborhood, and capabilities.

The Gutsy Girl

Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure By Caroline Paul. A book about the glorious things that happen when you unshackle from fear and open up to exhilaration.

Girl to Girl

Honest Talk About Growing Up and Your Changing Body By Sarah O'Leary Burningham. Being a girl isn't always easy, and growing up is far from a walk in the park. This time of transition is particularly confusing without a confidante to help. Meet Sarah O'Leary Burningham, a real-life big sister here to coach preteens through all of life's big moments, from first bras to first periods.

The Care & Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls By Valorie Lee Schaefer
The Care & Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls By Dr. Cara Natterson

These thoughtful advice books will guide you through the steps of growing up. With illustrations and expert contributors, these books cover questions about periods, your growing body, peer pressure, personal care, and more.

Is this Normal?

More Girls' Questions Answered By The Editors of The Care & Keeping of You. A fact-filled resource answers questions about adolescence and the body from real girls, from pimples and periods to ear piercing and eating disorders, and includes advice on how to talk to parents about uncomfortable subjects.

A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens [electronic resource eBook]

Talking to your Kids about Sexting by Joani Geltman. Covering a broad range of issues--80 different topics in all--this straight-talking guide helps parents understand why teenagers (and sometimes tweens) behave the way they do and what developmental factors are involved.​


Although still not as recognized as boys’/men’s sports, female athletes continue to make inroads into the public’s consciousness. For example, Islip School District has proven to have incredibly talented and dedicated students that more than justify our “Pride!” These are guides and biographies to instruct and inspire:

Strong is the New Pretty

By Kate T. Parker. Celebrates, through more than 175 memorable photographs, the strength and spirit of girls being 100% themselves.​

​For Soccer-Crazy Girls Only

By Erin Downing. From training techniques formations and strategies- this book has it all!

The Hockey Book for Girls​

By Stacy Wilson. Hockey rules, equipment, exercises, and drills for girls who want to play. Includes profiles of the top women hockey players.​

Winning Lacrosse. Girls Lacrosse, Skills & Drills: Beginning Player​

[Videorecording DVD] Chalk Talk Productions. Learn the fundamentals of lacrosse with one of America's top women's lacrosse coaches. With beginning players and their coaches in mind, University of North Carolina Head Coach Jenny Levy shares her secrets to mastering the basics of the sport.

Dirt On Their Skirts

The story of the young women who won the world championship by Doreen Rappaport and Lyndall Callan; pictures by E.B. Lewis. Margaret experiences the excitement of watching the 1946 championship game of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League as it goes into extra innings.


(Electronic resource eBook) by Alex Morgan. From her beginnings with the American Youth Soccer Organization to her key role in the 2015 Women's World Cup, Alex shares the details that made her who she is today: a fantastic role model and athlete who proudly rocks a pink headband.

Babe Conquers The World​

The legendary life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias by Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace. On the court, track, field, or golf course, Babe was determined to be the best - and she was. An action-packed story of a woman ESPN ranks as #10 of the top North American athletes of the twentieth century.

Courage To Soar

A body in motion, a life in balance by Simone Biles with Michelle Burford. Simone takes you through the events, challenges, and trials that carried her from an early childhood in foster care to a coveted spot on the 2016 Olympic team.

Other Role Models: in real life…

Anything but Ordinary Addie

The True story of Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic by Mara Rockliff. This rollicking romp tells the true story of one fearless magician's rise to glory. Extensive information, including instructions for performing one of Addie's original tricks, makes this a dazzling celebration of one of the first female conjurers in show business.

The Book of Heroines

Tales of History's Gutsiest Gals by Stephanie Warren Drimmer. Discover true stories of superstars, war heroes, world leaders, gusty gals, and everyday women who changed the world.

Independent Dames

What You Never Knew about the Women and Girls of the American Revolution by Laurie Halse Anderson. A superbly researched and illustrated celebration combines historical facts and humor to pay homage to the ladies who played important roles in the founding of our nation.

Technology: Cool Women Who Code

By Andi Diehn. Introduces readers to technology and coding, discussing how it developed and what it can be used to create, before providing profiles on three women who have greatly impacted the field. The series also includes titles about women in engineering, astronomy, and aviation.

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise

How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children by Jan Pinborough. Examines the story of how librarian Ann Carroll Moore created the first children's room at the New York Public Library.

What I Told My Daughter

Lessons from leaders on raising the next generation of empowered women edited by Nina Tassler with Cynthia Littleton. A diverse group of women--from Madeleine Albright To Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from Dr. Susan Love to Whoopi Goldberg and more...reflect on the best advice and counsel they have given their daughters either by example, throughout their lives, or in character-building, teachable moments between parent and child.

Brave Girl [videorecording DVD]

Clara and the shirtwaist makers' strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel. An account of immigrant Clara Lemlich's pivotal role in the influential 1909 women laborer's strike describes how she worked grueling hours to acquire an education and support her family before organizing a massive walkout to protest the unfair working conditions in New York's garment district. Also available in book format.

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

By Misty Copeland. Middle grade adaptation of the New York Times bestselling memoir by the first African-American principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre history.

The Eagle Huntress [videorecording DVD]

Produced by Stacey Reiss, Sharon Chang and Otto Bell; directed by Otto Bell. This film follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been typically been handed down from father to son for centuries.

Of course, the library also has juvenile-level biographies of well-known women who have changed the world, such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Harriet Tubman, Alice Paul and Malala Yousafzai.

…And in fiction

Never underestimate the power of story to shape someone’s path. The heroine of A Wrinkle in Time by Margaret L’Engle, Meg Murray, inspired astronaut Janice Voss (Science Director at the NASA Ames Research Center) to become interested in math, science, and outer space. She says that what appealed to her was the aspect of joining together with family and friends, pooling resources, and solving a problem. The cues that were given in the book, that women and girls are smart and capable, were absorbed and internalized. The idea that a little girl could save her father turned the traditional rescue stories on their head, though it never occurred to her that there was anything unusual in that. On one of Janice’s flights, she took a copy of the book into space and then sent it back to L’Engle with a note of appreciation. You never know when the heroine of a story can change your life.

The Paper Bag Princess

By Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko. After her castle and clothes are destroyed by the dragon, Princess Elizabeth, dressed only in a paper bag, sets out to rescue Prince Ronald, who was taken captive. A classic!​

Fire and Hemlock [electronic resource eBook]

By Diana Wynne Jones. Polly Whittacker has to rescue cellist Thomas Lynn from the evil power of the Fey. This fantasy filled with sorcery and intrigue, magic and mystery - and a most unusual and satisfying love story. Also available in print.

Catherine, Called Birdy

By Karen Cushman. The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.

The Detective's Assistant

By Kate Hannigan. In 1859, eleven-year-old Nell goes to live with her aunt, Kate Warne, the first female detective for Pinkerton's National Detective Agency. Nell helps her aunt solve cases, including a mystery surrounding Abraham Lincoln, as well as the mystery of what happened to Nell's own father.

Stella by Starlight

By Sharon M. Draper. When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.

Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City

By Kirsten Miller. Life becomes more interesting for Ananka Fishbein when, at the age of twelve, she discovers an underground room in the park across from her New York City apartment and meets a mysterious girl called Kiki Strike.

Pippi Longstocking

By Astrid Lindgren. Pippi Longstocking is the only girl in the world who can do exactly what she wants to. She is nine years old, fearless and extremely strong. She lives in a cottage by herself, with a horse and a monkey for company, and her adventures are the wildest imaginable!

The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery

By Nancy Springer. Enola Holmes, younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, must travel to London in disguise to unravel the disappearance of her missing mother. The first of a series. Also available as an eBook.

Alanna: The First Adventure

By Tamora Pierce. Eleven-year-old Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself as a boy to become a royal page, learning many hard lessons along her path to high adventure. The first book in the Lioness Quartet. Available in several formats.

The Breadwinner

By Deborah Ellis. After her father is arrested, eleven-year-old Parvana and her family are left without someone to earn money or even shop for food in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital. As the family conditions grow desperate, only one solution emerges. Forbidden to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy, and become the breadwinner.

Of course, there’s always the classics featuring strong female protagonists that have inspired generations of girls: Alice (Lewis Carroll), Jo March (Louisa May Alcott), Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery), Meg Murray (Madeleine L’Engle) and anything written by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Also of note is New Moon Girls magazine, available in print in the J department and at www.NewMoon.com. This is a publication in which girls from around the world are the editors and content providers- and it’s ad-free!

Coincidentally, the foremost organization for empowering girls, the Girl Scouts of America, was founded on March 12, 1912, by Juliet Gordon Low. The library has several biographies of this remarkable woman. We also have the manuals for each level of scouts: Daisys, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadets, as well as guides for leaders.​

For further information on the Girl Scouts in general, see their website: www.girlscouts.org.
For information about local troops and activities, see the Suffolk County website: www.gssc.us

To Learn More About Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, Visit the Following Websites:

The History of the Islip Village Cemetery

At one time there was a small cemetery in Islip Hamlet known as the Islip Village Cemetery. The earliest date that we can verify for the cemetery is 1873, on our historic map. The cemetery is also marked on our 1902 and 1915 historic maps. According to the library’s historical maps, the cemetery was located on the west side of what we now call Pardee Avenue. Using map measurements, the cemetery started approximately 500-600 feet north of Main Street and stretched about 250 feet north. The measurement north of Main Street conflicts with an undated note by former Islip Town historian Carl Starace. He notes, the Islip cemetery was approximately 100 yards north of Main Street. A few long time Islip residents believe the cemetery would begin just south of Dwight Court, along Pardee Avenue for about 250 feet. This would locate the cemetery closer to Mr. Starace’s measurement from Main Street. However, the cemetery no longer exists and we are left to wonder what happened? When and why was the cemetery moved?

Before being named Pardee Avenue, this road was unlabeled on our 1873, 1902, and 1915 historic maps. According to an article on Thursday July 13, 1967 from Your Islip Bulletin, this road was formerly known as Whitman Lane. The Whitman family owned large parcels of land on the east and west side of Whitman Lane, which is marked on the 1873 through 1915 maps. According to real estate transfers listed in the Suffolk County News, it appears Whitman Lane becomes known as Pardee Lane (now Avenue) around June 1931.

Islip Town Historian, George Munkenbeck, found some previous efforts to determine when this cemetery was moved. A letter addressed to former Town Historian, Robert Finnegan, from Oakwood Cemetery stated “we know that some of the gravestones were moved from Islip to this location, but we do not believe that any remains were moved, and we do not know when this took place.” In a note dated April 26, 1994 from then Islip Town Historian Carl Starace, replying to a person inquiring about what happened to the remains of a family member who was buried at the old cemetery located on the west side of Pardee Avenue. Mr. Starace replied, he was not sure that bodies were removed to Oakwood Cemetery. A letter to the New York State Division of Cemeteries on May 18, 1993 from Richard D. Silverthorn (former president of the Historical Society of Islip Hamlet) noted, “Our Town Hall has no records concerning this move due to a fire which destroyed some records.” In a reminiscence memoir by Edward Milton Van Sicklen covering Islip the approximate years between 1907 – 1930, he states, “it would seem no one died for such a long time in these parts that after a while, this burial ground was abandoned. The location was on Pardee Lane. A few years back, the bodies were taken up and reburied in another cemetery.” Unfortunately, his note was not dated, so his referral to a few years back, is not clear as to a date of the cemetery removal.

Documentation provided by Mr. Munkenbeck lists some names of the people who were buried at the Islip Village Cemetery:

  • Brown, Theodore, son of Joseph & Mary Brown, d. 30 Sept. 1848, age 1y 3m 22d.
  • Brown, David Linns, son of Joseph & Mary Brown, d. 18 Feb. 1850, age 5y 3m 25d.
  • Brown, Lucy Emma, daughter of Joseph & Mary Brown, d. 22 Aug. 1854, age 3y 16d.
  • Dougherty, Horace F., b. 25 May 1826, d. 7 Jan. 1875.
  • Fielder, Eliza, wife of Chas. L., d. 30 June 1859, age 39y.
  • Fielder, Eliza-Bell, daughter of Chas. L. & Eliza, d. 1 May 1859, age 3y 8m 2d.
  • Fielder, Mary, daughter of Chas. L. & Eliza, d. 6 May 1859, age 10y 3m 7d.
  • Fielder, Ralph Glyndon, son of Chas. L. & Eliza, d. 27 April 1850, age 5y 5m 15d.
  • Green, Emily, wife of Caleb N Green, d. 21 Feb. 1812, age 21y.
  • Howell, Ardelissa R., daughter of Joseph B. & Mary Howell, d. 4 Oct. 1859, age 8y.
  • Howell, Amanda D., daughter of Joseph B. & Mary Howell, d. 24 Oct. 1859, age 5y 28d.
  • Jones, Richard, d. 2 Jan 1865, age 77y.
  • Jones, Jane, wife of Richard Jones, d. 24 Jan. 1855, age 50y 4m 12d.
  • Saunders, Joel, d. 4 Aug. 1857, age 68y 2m 28d.
  • Shepard, Joseph H., d. 7 Nov. 1868, age 65y 11m 5d.
  • Shepard, Mary M.B., wife of Joseph H. Shepard, d. 22 June 1856, age 56y.
  • Smith, Caroline, wife of Eliphalet Smith, d. 5 Feb. 1865, age 40y.
  • Smith, Eliphalet, d. 18 Oct. 1878, age 81y 7m 21d.
  • Smith, Elsey, d. 23 Sept. 1822, age 21y 3m.
  • Smith, Frederick N., 1861 – 1882.
  • Smith, Henry, (no date), age 85y.
  • Smith, Josiah R. Smith, d. 27, Nov. 1854, age 66y 9m.
  • Smith, Maria, wife of Eliphalet Smith, d. 22 May 1819.
  • Smith, Mary M., wife of Josiah R. Smith, d. 8 Oct. 1834, age 40y 8m.
  • Smith, Medad, d. 14 March 1825, age 27y.
  • Smith, Ruth, d. 11 Aug. 1824, age 66y.
  • Walter, Annie C., daughter of Thos. J. & Anne C. Walters (sic), d. 15 Oct. 1870, age 3y 8m 17d.

Located within the Smith plot at Oakwood cemetery, these names/initials are located on some of the stones. The markers may have been mostly illegible to complete names:

  • Georgie and her babe . . . Little Mary Emma . . .
  • G.S., E.S., E.G., R.S., J.H.S., M.M.S., & J.S.

We have a couple of possible answers to our questions. Mr. Van Sicklen’s notes covered Islip from 1907 – 1930 and the cemetery was marked on a 1915 map. It’s possible the cemetery was removed sometime during 1915 – 1930 but, we can’t say for sure since we do not know when Mr. Van Sicklen wrote his memoir. According to Mr. Van Sicklen, the cemetery was abandoned, leading us to a possible reasoning on the removal of the cemetery but, that reason isn’t clearly stated. We still can’t pinpoint when or why the cemetery was removed but, we do have some possibilities.

The unsolved mystery of the Islip Village Cemetery continues. If you have any information that may be useful in solving the mystery, please leave a comment and/or contact reference librarian Greg Klein at (631) 581-5933.

Let’s discover local history together!

Get the Facts on Immigration: 9 Myths About Immigrants & Immigration

Listed below are some common myths about immigrants and immigration to the United States.

Source: The Anti-Defamation League​ - http://www.adl.org

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." Now the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals, and protects civil rights for all.

Myth #1: Immigrants are overrunning our country, and most are here illegally.


The percentage of immigrants in the overall population is about the same as it has been at many other times throughout U.S. history. Today immigrants comprise approximately 13% of the total U.S. population. From 1900-1930, immigrants comprised between 12% and 15% of the U.S. population, and similar spikes occurred in the 1850s and the 1880s.

Of the 41 million immigrants in the U.S. in 2013 (the most recent year for which there are statistics), close to 47% were naturalized citizens. Among the rest, many immigrants are here on temporary work and/or student visas, some are refugees and people seeking asylum because of dangerous conditions in their home countries.

Undocumented immigrants comprise about 3.5 % of the total U.S. population.

Myth #2: Immigrants bring crime and violence to our cities and towns.


Although immigrant population (including those who are undocumented) rose sharply between 1990 and 2010, the violent crime rate in the U.S. during that same time period plummeted by 45%, and the property crime rate dropped by 42%. Studies consistently show that crime rates are lowest in states with the highest immigration growth rates.

Myth #3: Immigrants hurt our country by taking jobs and services without paying taxes.


Immigrants actually help to create new jobs. In addition to buying American and local products, immigrants often start their own businesses. Immigrants are twice as likely to start businesses as citizens born in the U.S. and companies owned by immigrants are more likely to hire employees than companies owned by native-born citizens.

Immigrants collectively pay between $90 and $140 billion each year in taxes. Everyone living here pays sales taxes and property taxes (whether living in purchased or rental homes), and more than half of all undocumented immigrant households file income tax returns using Individual Tax Identification Numbers.

Myth #4: Immigrants get Welfare and other Benefits


Undocumented immigrants are not eligible for Federal public benefits such as welfare, Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, and food stamps. Victims of human trafficking can however get access to emergency medical care. Additionally, most immigrants, even those with lawful status, are not entitled to these benefits until they have been here for at least five years. Immigrants’ paychecks include deductions for Social Security (as do those of any other worker) even though they are not entitled to actually receive these benefits themselves.

Myth #5: Immigrants come to U.S. with the sole purpose of having their babies born here.


If this were so, we would expect to see at least the same number of women coming into the country as men. There are many more young immigrant men coming into the U.S. than there are young women. Research consistently shows that the vast majority of immigrants come to the U.S. for economic opportunity or to flee violence or poverty in their birth countries.

Myth #6: Immigrants bring diseases in the U.S.


The vast majority of immigrants arriving in the U.S. have been screened for health issues. Also, interestingly, the vaccination rate in Mexico is 99%, while the vaccination rate in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador is 93%. The vaccination rate in the U.S. is 92%. According the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no evidence that immigrants have been the source of any modern outbreaks in the U.S.

Myth #7 Terrorists are infiltrating the U.S. by coming across the Mexican border.


The vast majority of U.S. residents linked to terrorism since 2002 are U.S. citizens. According to a 2015 report by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Counterterrorism, “There are no known international terrorist organizations operating in Mexico.” Additionally, according to the Department of Homeland Security, “the suggestion that individuals that have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any credible intelligence or facts on the ground.”

Myth #8: All undocumented immigrants sneak across the Mexican border.


Somewhere between one third and one half of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. have overstayed their visitor, student, or work visas. That means that they entered the U.S. with lawful documentation and only later became undocumented.

Myth #9: We can stop undocumented immigrants from coming into the U.S. by building a wall along the Mexican border.


The border between the U.S. and Mexico is almost 2,000 miles long. It spans difficult terrain including mountains and deserts. Rivers flow along two thirds of the border. Much of the area is private property, which the government would have to buy from the owners in order to build a wall. Building such a wall would be extremely expensive and difficult as well as largely ineffective. History shows that people find ways to cross walls (examples being the Great Wall of China and the Berlin Wall).

The U.S. prides itself on being “a nation of immigrants” – almost everyone in the U.S. is here because their ancestors came to the U.S. from other countries, (the exception obviously being those few who are 100% native American). We are a nation of fairness and equality, it is possible to create a process for addressing immigration that treats immigrants with dignity and respect instead of as criminals.

Interested in learning more?

Check out these websites as well:





You can also come into the Library and check out some books, or search our subscription databases by visiting www.isliplibrary.org (from home or in the Library) and clicking on Research. Inquire at the Adult Reference Desk if you’d like some assistance. Librarians are always happy to help you find the facts.

Don’t believe everything you hear – research the facts.

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Find These Invaluable Library Genealogy Resources At Your Library

Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah once wrote, "By searching for our roots, we come closer together as a human family." As a family history enthusiast, I’ve been working on my own family tree for nearly 20 years, and the journey has been thrilling, exasperating, and incredibly rewarding all at once.

Along the way, I have found various library genealogy resources to be invaluable.

Did you know that the Library offers online access to HeritageQuest and historic newspapers? If you come into the Library, you can also use our online Ancestry.com subscription to trace your family tree and perhaps uncover a family secret or two.

Using those free sites, I was able to trace 375 ancestors and even discovered that my 6th great grandfather was a drummer in the Revolutionary War!

Visit our website to link to HeritageQuest or stop by and tap into Ancestry.com to get started on your own family tree. See where it leads you…

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!

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