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
Book Sale & Donations
The Yellow Barn
The Perkins' Carriage House, a.k.a. The Yellow Barn
The Yellow Barn will be open on April 17 9:00am to 2:00pm Monday, Wednesday & Friday
We are also now open on Select Saturdays, including: 5/20, 6/17, 7/29 and 8/26!
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
Shutterbugs are invited to participate in our 52nd annual Photography Exhibition and Competition Event (PEACE) having the theme “Beauty is in the Eyes of the Beholder.” This year, there will be a new format and prize awards for both adults and youths under age 18. Adult awards will be $300, $200 and $100. Separate youth and honorable mention recognition and awards shall be given to the top submissions in both categories (prizes subject to sponsorship donations). As many as five (5) JPEG entries may be submitted on the PEACE location at the Friends site in the initial phase of the competition. The JPEG images will be vetted according to the evaluation criteria and hanging space available. Only entrants having images chosen will be asked to present framed, wired photographs to be hung in the gallery and judged by experts.
On May 23, 2017 and August 31, 2017, there will be two opportunities to meet, discuss and understand the criteria and rules to help entrants learn how images need to be presented and how they will be evaluated (see the ‘Programs’ tab to register). The entry form, rules, procedures and requirements will be posted on the Friends site soon. There will be a $10 entry fee for each adult entry and $5 fee for youth entries chosen to be displayed in the exhibition/competition.
Loretta Himes had been a wildlife artist her entire life, painting and photographing animals all around the world both in the wild and in captivity. The birds, the mammals, the sea life help keep our planet healthy and in balance. She points out that numerous creatures are already extinct in the wild and only survive in captivity. Presently we are losing about 100 species a day, she says. Loretta’s photos show where we are on the wildlife continuum and the beauty of what we are losing. See the exhibit in the library’s Showcase through May.