The Brentwood History Department

The Brentwood Public Library serves the residents of the Brentwood School District. Our mission is to provide an environment for lifelong learning by making available responsive services and resources that inform, educate, and enrich the lives of the people of the community.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Islamic Tile Painting

On Wednesday, May 28th, Kids enjoyed painting their own tile fashioned after the Islamic Tiles. Here Cheryl Frey Richards, instructor, dries the tiles that the children had made before painting on the final glaze.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

"A Century of Brentwood" added to the Digital Collection

The Local History Department has added a new title to our Digital Collection. "The Century of Brentwood" tells the story of Modern Times, a utopian community started by Josiah Warren and Stephen Pearl Andrews, and takes you through the changes to the community up until the 1950's. It is an interesting book that will shed some light on the history of Brentwood. It is also fully indexed and can be searched by following the link and clicking on the book icon.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Staff Visits WIN / WNYH Radio Station

On Tuesday, May 20th librarians, Edana Cichanowicz, Head of Reference, Rosalie Toja, Head of Programing and Mary Koferl, Head of History Department, visited WIN Radio Station in Jericho. There we taped a program reviewing some of the upcoming programs that the library is presenting in the near future. The staff does this bimonthly for the radio station. If you want to know more about the programs we offer keep tuned to WNYH (740 AM).

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Pelican Disaster: Shipwreck off Montauk Point

Join us for this exciting adventure on Wednesday, June 11th at 7pm. Please register by calling 273-7883 ext. 347.

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Reminder Notices By Email

Did you know that you can now be notified about upcoming history programs by email? Just send us your email address and tell us if you want to be notified for the history programs that you have registered for as well as future programs on a particular subject (ex: crafts, cooking, history lectures, needlework, etc.)We will then add you to our email lists to remind you about upcoming programs or history programs that you already registered for. Just click on the picture on this blog and you can begin composing your email message.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Trip to Long Island Psychiatric Museum

On Tuesday, May 20th the Local History Departed visited the Long Island Psychiatric Museum. There were twenty-four patrons who toured this museum with us. Sara Kalvin, Director of Public Relations gave us a tour of the museum. We had a chance to learn about the history of three Psychiatric Hospitals on Long Island (Kings Park, Pilgrim and Central Islip. The museum contains a large scale model of Pilgrim State Hospital. We learned that there were other hospitals that used the same floor plan for their hospitals. We had a chance to wander around the museum and view the artifacts that were rescued from the buildings as they were closed down.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Brentwood History Wiki

The Brentwood Local History Department is working on a History Wiki or online encyclopedia. If you would like to contribute to the Wiki please email the History Department at the following address: or join the wiki if you intend to write an article regularly. All articles will be edited and verified by the Local History Department. Please click on the History Wiki icon to link to our Wiki.

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Local History Class Visit to North Elementary School

In May our Youth History Librarian, Adele Bennett, visited the fourth grades at North Elementary School. She made a local history presentation about the historical landmarks in Brentwood. Adele brings the local history quilt and enlarged photographs to show the children during her program. The program is interactive giving the kids a chance to ask about the historical landmarks in their town. One of the highlights the kids enjoy is hearing Adele ring the original school bell. This bell was used at the Octagon Schoolhouse and is part of the Local History Department's collection.

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Brentwood Landmarks: Part 1

This is our fourth podcast. Join Adele Bennett as she tells you about the landmarks in Brentwood, New York. Listen to her stories about the Fire Department, Railroad Station and the Quanahassett Hotel.

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