Children’s Room Expansion

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Children are the hope for the future. The love of knowledge is the gift our library can offer them. Please help us make this possible.

What is a library? It is a space for all ages and interests; in which to think, ponder, imagine, delve, search and enjoy; learn a new language; reflect on a new thought or pursue an old one; explore the world of ideas; and send an email. It is a place for newcomers to be welcomed and immediately feel part of the community, or to settle into with a cherished book, newspaper or magazine on a cold winter’s day. It is a space to share with a small child and a first book; for someone who needs large print. It is a quiet space for a teenager with a school research project; a place where everyone can feel comfortable. It is a place for historians to read the primary source documents of our local history. It is a space to call your own — your own very special place — The East Hampton Library.

~ Reading is a foundation for learning, growing and succeeding. ~

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Naming Opportunities begin at $5000   

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The Need to Expand the Children’s Space

Fourteen years ago, the reference, fiction and non-fiction collections, and our famous Long Island Collection were expanded to provide additional space for the adult population of the library district. No expansion of the children’s collection was undertaken at that time.

The new Children’s Addition, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, in keeping with the existing architecture, inside and out, will complete the 1997 renovation of the Library.

Over the past decade, the demands on libraries have required state-of-the-art technology as well as the need for relevant programming for all ages.The new space will be used for increasing the children’s book collection, expanded reading and other programs for youngsters, a young-teen room, tutoring spaces, age-appropriate computer stations and a state-of-the-art fully handicapped accessible meeting room.


Space for Children to Learn and Grow

Many new library users are children, whose programs need space. We need space for an expanding collection of children’s books — easy readers, picture books, fiction and non-fiction — along with films, music, and other mixed media. We need a suitably sized area where children can blossom and grow.

Computers are an important library resource, exposing youngsters to a expanding and exciting world, much of it needing the supervision and instruction of professional librarians.
As technology advances so does the demand for collections of new research materials, requiring the finest and most up-to-date equipment. We need to provide space for new generations of technology, accessible for everyone in our community.


 A Teen Room of Their Own

As children enter the teenage years, their needs change. Many who have outgrown reading materials in the children’s room are not ready for adult books.

They need a place in the library where they feel welcome. Their own room will offer a place for homework, research, computers, and books, where they can work with fellow teens on school projects, free of other distractions.


 Nurturing Personal Growth

For generations, the libraries in America have served as the foundation of democracy. As newcomers reached our shores, they looked to our libraries to learn our language and culture. Following in that tradition, East Hampton volunteers tutor dozens of non-English speakers each year at the Library. These devoted Literacy Volunteers need dedicated space for their work.

By offering reading, writing and computer skills classes to newcomers. the Library helps to foster citizenship for those who strive to become productive in our communities.


Fostering Creativity with Program

Reading is just one of the ways libraries foster creativity. Craft programs provide children with a “hands-on” experience that teaches them to be creative by using their hands, eyes and imaginations.

Many of our popular children’s programs are designed to introduce the youngest children to the Library and prepare them for a lifelong connection to reading and libraries.

El Dia de Los Niños and El Dia de los Libros offers a full day of programs for the entire family.

The annual free Children’s Fair brings more than 2,000 children and their parents together to celebrate the joy of reading. Promoting children’s library services helps encourage youngsters to become regular library users and devoted readers.

The beautifully appointed and newly enlarged meeting room will be used by children and adults alike.


A Center of Learning

Small informal talks on the history of the East End are given under the auspices of the world renowned East Hampton Library Long Island Collection.

To celebrate National Poetry Month, we offer a program that includes readings and a local poetry contest in the schools.

Our popular film screenings, book discussion groups, computer classes, author talks, spelling bees for adults and poetry-writers workshops are in great demand and require fully handicapped access.

We need more space for the presentation of these wonderful programs that so enrich our lives and are free of charge for everyone.


A Supportive Community

Generous library friends contribute books and DVDs that overflow our shelves for those popular book sales held on holiday weekends to help raise funds for the Library.

There is no elevator access to the book sale room. Throughout the year, the staff must carry endless cartons of donated books downstairs for the sales. A new elevator will provide full access for the handicapped. Everyone, young or old, can take part in every program.

Floor Plans

New Addition Main Floor Plan

New Addition Main Floor Plan

addition main floor

Existing Main Floor of the Library with New Addition

Lower Level Floor Plan

Lower Level Floor Plan

Site Plan

Site Plan

Naming Opportunities

The East Hampton Library has launched a capital campaign to meet the funding requirements for the new Children’s Addition which includes renovation of the existing structure, new equipment, furnishings and landscaping.
You can invest in the future of the East Hampton Library today by giving a gift that will enable the library to continue providing excellent services to our community for years to come.

You can name a room, an area, or furniture. These commemorative gifts will help us reach our goal.

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Levels of Support
The following will receive special recognition on a plaque.
Supernova $250,000+
Galaxy $100,000+
Planetary $50,000+
Shooting Star $25,000+
Harvest Moon $10,000+
Sunrise $5,000+


Major Gift Opportunities
New Children’s Addition $2,000,000
Main Reading Room $500,000
Garden Cloister $100,000
Secret Garden $75,000
Elevator $75,000
Lower Level Lobby $75,000
Young Adult Room $50,000
Staircase $50,000
Toddler Area $50,000
Window Seat $50,000
Entry Foyer $50,000
Information Desk $25,000
Picture Books $25,000
Easy Readers $25,000
E-Book Readers $25,000
Transitional Books $25,000
Fiction $25,000
Spanish Language $25,000
Biography $25,000
Non-Fiction $25,000
Oversized Non-Fiction $25,000
Reference $25,000
Young Teen $25,000
Plaque Opportunities

Desk or Computer Station $10,000
Bookcase with Books $10,000
Table & Chairs $10,000
Bookcase $5,000


Ways of Giving to the East Hampton Library

Cash Gifts: This is the most common form of giving and is as easy as writing a check to the East Hampton Library. Your gift is tax deductible and becomes immediately available to support our important work.

Gifts of Appreciated Securities: If you own long-term securities that have appreciated in value, you may prefer to contribute securities, rather than cash. In this way, you can avoid paying capital gains taxes that would be due if you sold the securities. You can also take a tax deduction for the current fair market value of the securities.

Matching Gifts: More than 1,000 companies and foundations nationwide match their employees’ gifts to charitable organizations such as the East Hampton Library, sometimes doubling or tripling the value of your gift. Please check with your personnel office to see if your employer participates. To initiate a matching gift, you need to complete your employer’s matching gift form and send it with your contribution to the Library so that we can benefit from your company’s generosity.

Bequests: Your will is a meaningful way to make a charitable gift of lasting value to the Library. Through a bequest provision, you can designate a specific amount of money, a percentage of your estate, or the remainder of your estate after other bequests are satisfied. Adding a codicil to an existing will is a simple process that begins with making your intentions known to your attorney.

Memorial and Tribute Giving: Gifts in memory of deceased friends and loved ones—or gifts which honor living individuals—are gratefully accepted by the Library. Such contributions are often used to reflect the interests or talents of the person honored and may be designed in memory of or in honor of a loved one.

Gifts of Life Insurance: Life insurance may be an especially attractive gift vehicle if you own a policy no longer needed for its original purpose. In addition, those who qualify for low cost premiums may find it affordable and convenient to plan a significant gift to the Library using life insurance. By naming the Library as the owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy, you can take an immediate tax deduction for any accumulated cash value of the policy and a future deduction for any subsequent premiums which you pay.

Gifts of Real Estate: Virtually any real property—a home, farm, office building, or land—can become a gift to the East Hampton Library. You can take a tax deduction for the full fair market value of the real estate donated and also avoid any penalty capital gains tax on its appreciation.

For more information, please feel free to contact Dennis Fabiszak, the Library Director, at 631-324-0222 ext. 7. or via email at

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1. Why are we building this addition?
The primary reasons for building this addition are to (1) have space to add 10,000 greatly needed new children’s books to the collection, (2) install a second elevator in the building so that the entire library is handicapped accessible and (3) add 16 new parking spaces. Additional computers, seating and other age appropriate improvements will be made throughout the library.

2. How large will the addition be?
The modest expansion of the Children’s Room totals 3,545 square feet of new space on the first floor and 3,257 square feet of new space in the lower level, which includes non-patron areas.

3. What will the new addition cost?
The addition will cost approximately 4 million dollars. Through the generosity of several members of the community we have secured pledges and a challenge grant totaling 2.5 million dollars. We need to raise an additional 1.5 million dollars in the next several months in order to break ground in the Spring of 2012.

4. How will the Library obtain the construction funding?
One hundred percent of the funding required for the building will be donated by local residents and businesses.

5. Will the design of the addition be in keeping with the current building?
The expansion is being designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, the same firm that designed the 1997 addition. The new addition will be in complete harmony with the entire building.

6. How long will the project take?
We estimate that construction of the building will be completed in the late Spring of 2013.

7. What additional space was added to the Library in the previous renovation?
In 1997, new space was added for adult services. Now additional space for children’s services is needed.

8. Will there be space for library programs?
There will be comfortable space for book club meetings, literary programs, local history lectures, poetry readings, film screenings computer training and other library programs.

9. Will library services be disrupted during construction?
Some services will be disrupted; however, great care will be taken to maintain as many as possible.

10. Does the Library have a mortgage?
In 1997 the Library raised $3.1 million dollars donated by approximately 1,600 members of the community. As a result, the Library is debt free.

11. Who owns the library?
The Library is owned and managed as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization founded in 1897.

12. What is the annual operating budget for the Library?
In 2011, the operating budget was $1,810,931.

13. How is the operating budget of the Library funded?
Approximately two-thirds is funded by the taxpayers of the East Hampton Library District. The remaining one-third is from private sources, including endowment income, interest from investments, East Hampton Library Society membership, Authors Night and our annual free Children’s Fair, which is underwritten by generous residents.

15. How does one become a Library member?
Every resident in the East Hampton Library District, which includes East Hampton, Wainscott and Springs is automatically a member of the Library. According to the 2010 Census, there are 15,798 year-round residents in the Library District.

16. How are visiting non-residents served?
All visitors are welcome to use the services of the library offered in the building, including reference assistance, programs and Internet access.