The Library's mission is to encourage a love of reading, storytelling and
learning by providing free year-round access to its collection, programs
and technology in a traditional, friendly, and charming setting for islanders of all ages.

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Live-brary: Free Online Resources for Everyone

Please come to the library to get a library card from Ann Banks. This card will be your portal into Live-brary, This service will give you FREE access to:
  • e-books
  • e-magazines
  • e-audiobooks
  • online tutoring
  • videos 
  • music
  • archival newspaper searches and much more! 

The Suffolk Cooperative Library System (SCLS) team came to Fishers Island November 5 to introduce the Island to Live-brary. Visitors included Ruth Westfall, Administrator for Technology Services; Derek Ivie, Youth Services Specialist; Samantha Alberts, Member Services; and Eric Frank, PALS Services and Operations.

The SCLS team spent a good part of the day at the Fishers Island Library with librarian Ann Banks, her volunteers and a Library trustee. Ann wrote,


“We had a very productive afternoon with the four people that came from Suffolk Cooperative Library System. They had library cards all made for everyone at school and the 50 library patrons whose names we had given them.


Leslie and Amy were here along with Ace and Faye, the school librarian. After lunch, while Eric was showing Leslie and me how to make patrons cards, Samantha & Derek were showing Faye and Amy how and what the children can access. Ruth was impressed that our collection was bar coded and was going to encourage other small libraries to us as an example. Derek was very impressed with the children’s collection for our size and space.


We took a short island tour and then they did a presentation to the school faculty and the few members of the public who attended. Karen and the faculty seemed very pleased with all the possibilities this service opens to the students and the island.


They got on the 4:45 ferry after inviting us to visit them and see other small libraries in Suffolk. They were very appreciative of our hospitality and seemed to really enjoy it. We were lucky the weather was calm and beautiful.


It was a big success and now we need to just investigate and access all the possibilities!”



The adult user session took place at Fishers Island School in the afternoon. Principal/Superintendent Karen Goodwin added,


“I need to echo all that Ann said! The SCLS team did a fantastic job of sharing their expertise and enthusiasm about the resources. The school team is really excited about all that Live-brary has to offer, as evidenced by the fact that some of them risked missing their boats home so they could obtain their cards at the end of the workshop. They wanted to start exploring tonight!


Thank you to Ann and Leslie for participating in our session, to Bonnie and Jon for connecting FI with SCLS, and to the Board for your commitment to a strong school-library partnership!”


Next steps for the Fishers Island community!

The SCLS team made Fishers Island Library cards for the Fishers Island School students, faculty and staff as well as for many island community members. Visit Ann Banks at the Library to pick up your card at your earliest convenience.

With the bar code on the back of your new card, login to Live-brary and start exploring all the free resources available to everyone!


Link to Live-brary site:



Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Come and bring your favorite stuffed animal to the library and let them stay for a sleepover! Come back the next morning to find out what kind of fun and mischief they got into during their rocking midnight jamboree! 

August 23rd, at the Library, 4:15-5:15 pm. 

With the Museum: Roger Pasquier

This is a joint event with the Fishers Island Museum. Roger Pasquier will discuss his book "Painting Central Park."

At the Museum, Tuesday, August 23th, time to be determined

Peter Brinkerhoff Nautical Lectures Series: Charlie Enright

Come hear Charlie Enright (married to Meris Tombari) discuss his participation in the prestigious  Volvo Ocean Race.

Part of the Peter Brinkerhoff Nautical Lecture Series. 

At the library. Tuesday, August 9th, 5:30 pm

Author Talk with Nina MacLaughlin, author of "Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter"

The Boston Globe calls MacLaughlin  “a master writer, with the rare combination of acute observation and astute word choice that characterizes writers like Annie Dillard or Joan Didion."

Nina MacLaughlin spent her twenties at a desk job writing for a Boston newspaper. Yearning for more tangible work, she applied for a job found on Craigslist—Carpenter’s Assistant: Women strongly encouraged to apply.  As a classics major with no skills, naturally she got the job. Her book, Hammer Head chronicles the sweat, the swearing, the bashed thumbs and the deep sense of meaning she found in her journey to become a carpenter.
At the library, 5:30 PM, July 26th

Special Story Hour with Bill Harley, Grammy Award winning Storyteller

Join us for Grammy Award winning storyteller Bill Harley’s appearance at a very special story hour. Harley been called "the Mark Twain of contemporary children's music" by Entertainment Weekly. He uses a range of musical styles and appeals to children and adults with quirky, heart-filled lyrics. He received the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album For Children for his albums Blah Blah Blah: Stories About Clams, Swamp Monsters, Pirates & Dogs and Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live in 2007 and 2009, respectively. In addition to children's music, he performs at storytelling festivals around the country including appearances at the National Storytelling Festival.

At the library, 4:30 pm, Tuesday July 19, 2016

Author talk: Ann Israel "Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game

Join us when Ann Israel talks about her gorgeous new book “Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game.” Ann and co author Gregg Swain have written the first book to fully capture the story of the exotic and exciting game of Mag Jongg, offering an intimate look at the history of the game as well as the visual beauty of the tiles. With hundreds of stunning new images by renowned photographer Michel Arnaud, and including historical documentation and ephemera, Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game fills the void between the past and today’s game, providing vision, inspiration and resources.

Ann will be offering Mah Jongg lessons at the Community Center. Call for details.

 At the library, 5:30 pm, Tuesday, July 12, 2016 

Children's Story Hour/Tuesdays at 4:15 pm

Come join us for story time each Tuesday at 4:15 pm throughout the summer. If the weather is nice, we may be in the garden. Appropriate for ages 4-8. 

The Madden Memorial Garden is Open!

The Marcie L. Madden Memorial Garden is open! Please come by and visit this transformational outdoor space. Sit in the shade and read a book or bring your laptop. And be on the lookout for programs and special events in our new venue. We welcome all patrons to come and enjoy this tranquil spot.
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