Spurred on by the “Friends of the Library” committee led by Mrs. Sylvia Michaels, North Babylon residents in 1960 voted in favor of creating a local public library. The North Babylon Public Library opened the following year on April 17, 1961, in the Sunset City Shopping Center.
Newsday reported that Mrs. Michaels and librarian Andrew V. Ippolito “both feel the location is ideal. The shopping center is the place where everyone goes these days. People can shop for food and feed their minds as well.” (“Reader Sparks Library Campaign,” Newsday, April 14, 1961.)
The present library, at the corner of Deer Park Avenue and Cooper Road, was formally dedicated on April 26, 1969.
Groundbreaking ceremony for the North Babylon Public Library, December 1967. (l-r) Naomi Feldman, Vice-President, Board of Trustees; CEO, general contractor; Nicholas J. Magnusson, President, Board of Trustees; John Savage, Library Director.
A view of the library site, just prior to the groundbreaking ceremony, December 1967.
The completed North Babylon Public Library, circa April 1969.