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 memberships are $10.00
Membership starts on June 1 and runs for a year
Residency in Riverhead Town is not required for membership
The Perkins' Carriage House, a.k.a. The Yellow Barn
The Yellow Barn grand opening is scheduled for Friday, April 20, 9 am - 2 pm.
Donation bins will be open Monday, April 16.
Regular hours will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 am to 2 pm.
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.
Book Sale & Donations
2017 PEACE Winners
The 2017 Friends Annual Photography Contest Winners
The purpose of this display is to showcase to the community the beautiful treasures that are hidden in the Earth.
The mineral and fossil samples were organized and prepared by LIMAGS members Ray Giese, Gene Genova, Ron Russ and Ron Lupo especially for this display. The mineral and fossil samples come from a variety of locations including the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Morocco and England. In the United States minerals and fossils were collected in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maine, New Hampshire and Oregon. Geodes, crystals, petrified wood, fossil fish, a real dinosaur egg, fossilized plants and agate slabs are just a few of the items that will be found in the showcases.
The Long Island Mineral & Geology Society was organized in 1980 and is based in the Mattituck area. LIMAGS sponsors and supports educational programs to schools and the community. Our mission is to further the earth sciences especially in the fields of mineralogy and paleontology. We have visited local schools, libraries and organizations to present programs on rocks and minerals, geology and Long Island geology. Donations of geologic samples have been given to schools to enhance their curriculums in the earth sciences. LIMAGS holds an annual mineral, gem, fossil and jewelry show each year. This year's show will be held July 28 & 29 at the Mattituck-Cutchogue Jr/Sr High School in Mattituck from 10:00 - 5:00. You will find discounted flyers at the display in lobby of the Riverhead Library.
Elizabeth Fox Overton Gallery
The Friends of the Riverhead Free Library is pleased to announce the June/July display in the Overton Gallery:
The paintings of artist Kitty Brumberg
On view in the Library’s Elizabeth Fox Overton Gallery
From Thursday, June 7 through Monday, July 30
Join the Friends and the artist for a reception on Friday, June 8, 2018 between 5 and 7 pm.
Kitty Brumberg considers landscapes, people, animal — even toys — prime subjects for a painter’s day. Her paintings express the life that graces everything.
The following volunteer opportunities for the Friends of the Library are available:
Assistant Treasurer Wanted
The Friends of the Riverhead Free Library are looking for an assistant to the Treasurer. This volunteer needs to be skilled in accounting and who can assist the Treasurer. Knowledge of Quickbooks and finance is preferred.