The Friends of the Riverhead Free Library was founded in 1957. Its purpose is to increase public awareness of the Library and to raise funds to provide extra services and equipment not included in the Library's budget.
To achieve this mission a diverse collection of programs throughout the year are run by the Friends. Some of these programs serve as a means of raising funds, while others serve the purpose of increasing the Library's profile and standing throughout Riverhead Town and the surrounding community.
The Friends of the Riverhead Free Library are always looking for new members. While there are many members, there does appear to be a greater need for active members and volunteers. The many programs provide numerous opportunities for volunteering. If you are interested in taking a volunteer role in activities sponsored by the Friends, you may either call the library at (631) 727-3228 or attend a monthly Friends meeting – the second Monday of the month at 1 pm in the Library.
Membership in the Friends of the Riverhead Free Library is by payment of yearly dues.
Individual and Family memberships are $10.00
Membership starts on June 1 and runs for a year
Residency in Riverhead Town is not required for membership
A library card is not required for membership
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The Perkins' Carriage House
The Perkins' Carriage House, a.k.a. The Yellow Barn
The Riverhead Free Library now sits upon the land that was originally the home of one of the prominent Riverhead families. The Perkins family already had a rich tradition of supporting Riverhead's many civic causes when the last two residents of the 330 Court Street property donated their homestead to be the site of the new library. (The library was chartered some fifty years earlier but never had a facility of its own.)
The house could not be used for public access and was demolished. Fortunately, the yellow building that served as a carriage house and then as a garage was saved. As was the custom, the carriage house was built in the same style as the Perkins family house. The workmanship and detail found in all aspects of this structure mirror those of the main house; the carriage house gives us insight into the style of the most prominent Victorian homes found within Riverhead's borders.
The carriage house underwent several transformations and restorations. Changes in tastes, transportation, and culture were responsible for the carriage house to be dubbed "The Yellow Barn." An important icon of the Riverhead Free Library, the Yellow Barn appears on official library stationary and on the Friends' letterhead. Children’s programs were once held on its steps, and outdoor concerts were staged on its patio. The importance of the Yellow Barn to the Library's heritage cannot be underestimated. We are truly privileged to have such a historical structure as part of the library.
The Yellow Barn was first restored by the Friends in 1965, and after a small fire in 1995 was restored a second time. In June of 1998 the Yellow Barn was relocated some twenty-five feet from its former location. This move was made because the impending library construction required it. One of the benefits of this relocation was that the structure was turned 90 degrees so that the front faces the parking lot rather than the rear of the library. The architectural and stylistic features now are more prominently displayed. The view from the Children's Room is terrific.
Before the dedication of the expanded and renovated library took place, the Yellow Barn received yet another touch-up. Jeff Hallock, a local carpenter specializing in restoration of old structures, made minor repairs to problems created by the move and gave the Barn a new paint job. Judy Jacunski, a local landscape designer, used monies supplied by the Friends to create a garden environment which the Yellow Barn proudly oversees.
The Friends Annual Photography Contest
The Friends of the Library invite all photographers to participate in this annual photography contest. Framed wired prints of original works are submitted and awards are presented by Judges for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize in various categories. A gift certificate will also be awarded to BEST IN SHOW, as well as FRIEND's CHOICE, both selected by the Friends of the Riverhead Free Library. An application with contest rules can be found at the Information Desk. An online Application form is conveniently provided below.