Founded in 1981, the West Babylon “Friends of the Library” group was the catalyst that brought forth the West Babylon Public Library. Through fundraising and public awareness campaigns by the Friends of the Library, residents voted to create a local library. The West Babylon Public Library opened its doors in September 1983.
Founding members of the Friends of the West Babylon Public Library; (l-r) bottom row: Ines Verderosa, Joan Haugen, Fran Porro, Ruth Ruymen, Louise Bruno; top row: Kathey Geiger, Barbara Lutz, Joan Bruno, Mary Ann Spinella, Mike Rizzo, Mary DeSimone, Bill Rowe, Carey Realbuto.
The West Babylon Public Library, circa 1983. When the library first opened, the other half of the building was a snack food distribution center. So, if you ever attend a library event and there are Lay’s potato chip bags on a snack table, it is a nod to the library’s early neighbor.