To explore and promote the creation of a public library for Deer Park, the Public Library Committee formed around 1963 and met at the May Moore School. In June 1964, residents successfully voted to construct a library building and elected a 5-member library board.
The 3,600 sq. ft. Deer Park Public Library officially opened on August 26, 1966. The following month, Newsday (September 15,1966) reported that the new facility “set a Suffolk County record for the number of books circulated by a new library during its initial month of operation … The circulation was 29,643 books, and the library has estimated that half of Deer Park’s residents have library cards.”
The Deer Park Public Library has been renovated and updated throughout the years, and still occupies its original Lake Avenue location.
Ribbon cutting on the opening day of the Deer Park Public Library. (l-r) Library Director Marianne Woolfe, Library Board President William Pfeiffer, and former Board President Robert Tarrani.
In 1966, 50 Deer Park High School seniors submitted proposals for the new library’s seal. As part of their submission, students were required to do research on public libraries and the design and symbolism of institutional seals. The winning design, by Jo Ann Gervasi, is depicted on this library poster.
The Deer Park Public Library’s Bicentennial Parade float, July 4, 1976.