Meet Our Staff
During her twenty plus years at the library, Laurie has formed many relationships with library guests and their families. Laurie researches and organizes the library’s popular bus trips. While not on a bus trip, find her at the reference desk assisting library guests on the computers, helping guests download a book onto their device, or finding their next great read. When she is not at work, Laurie enjoys hiking with her two boys and volunteers at her church.
Can’t decide what to read next? Have a particularly tricky reference question? See Mrs. Curtis! She possesses a broad depth of knowledge and is extremely well-read. History, biographies, mysteries, and literary fiction are her favorite genres. Mrs. Curtis also facilitates one of Library's bi-monthly book discussions.
Diane is a proud, lifelong resident of Islip. Her claim to fame is that in high school she was voted both “Glee Club Bookworm” and class “Punk Rocker”! She has always been an avid reader and would prefer to stay home with a good book rather than go to an OK party. She believes that reading is the key to children’s literacy and feels honored to work in the library profession.
I’ve been part of the Islip community since I was born. My two children are the third generation to graduate from Islip. Working at the Islip Library allows me to be a helping hand in the community that I love.
International woman of mystery Michele Ferrari is a voracious reader of just about everything. Striving desperately not to become her neighborhood’s “Crazy Cat Lady” (it may already be too late!), she has been a resident of Islip for over 25 years, with a lot of Buccaneers’ paraphernalia to prove it. She enjoys laughing at absurdities and introducing the right reader to the perfect book.
Mrs. Graybosch became a children's librarian when she found she could combine her love for children and reading into one profession! She loves to try and find that one perfect song for storytime and has a talent for losing spectacularly at any video game you place in front of her. In her spare time she likes to travel and is the proud owner of over five different Minnie Mouse Ears.
Are you looking for your next psychological thriller? Ms. Harvey is our Suspense/Thriller expert. Stop by the Reference Desk for your next thrilling read. Ms. Harvey is also our new Teen Librarian - keep an eye out for future programs that you will be sure to love. When she's not at work, Ms. Harvey can be found reading a good book, or making delicious desserts. Fun Fact: Ms. Harvey has worked in a library setting since she was sixteen years old and she loves the color pink.
Mrs. Hoffman, Program Coordinator of our Children’s Department, became a librarian in 2004, realizing it was the career for her after spending much time with her children at her own public library. She collects antique “story buttons” – making them into jewelry and displaying them. She loves reading historical fiction, hiking, visiting art museums, and watching movies with her family.
Are you looking for a book to read but can't figure out which one? Mr. Irish is your Librarian! He’s a great resource for adult and teen book recs as well as one of our best search engines. Stop by the Reference Desk for a reading suggestion or an answer to your reference question today!
Are you looking for a good science fiction or horror book? Mr. Klein is our master of the genre and will give you a great recommendation. Need help with the latest tech gadget? He’s the go-to person for all things tech related. His computer classes are second to none. Mr. Klein also helps patrons find information about local history, and genealogy in our Local History Room.
Thirty-five years ago I walked into the Islip Public Library with my daughter. Each week we would attend all the wonderful children's programs and check out the maximum items allowed. When a librarian told me about an open position at the circulation desk, I immediately applied. Eventually, I became the Head of the Circulation Department. It is still the most rewarding career I've ever had. When I am not at work, I enjoy going to plays and concerts, reading mystery novels, and going out to dinner with my family.
You will usually find Mrs. LoDolce in the Children's Department trying to find new ways to further enrich every family's experience at the library. She would love to hear any of your suggestions. If you need any language resources, she's the one to ask. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and French. Welcome – Bienvenidos - Bienvenue!
Since her first storytime as a preschooler, Mrs. Schubart, Library Director, has always been captivated by libraries. She strives to make our Library a service-oriented destination and empowers staff to make the magic happen. Mary takes guilty pleasure unwinding in bookstores to explore what’s being published and how books are merchandised. She has pursued family genealogy for over 20 years and has traced a family branch back to Puritan times.