Celebrate Long Island READS: SUTTON with David Houston
- Celebrate Long Island READS: SUTTON with David Houston
Apr 22, 2013 2:00pm
Elmont Public Library -
SUTTON: Willie, the World and the Law with David Houston
Monday, April 22, 2013 at 2pm LIVE in the Elmont Library Theatre
Join us as we celebrate Long Island Reads 2013 with this one-hour performance reading in the style of radio drama. Adapted from J.R. Moeringer’s SUTTON, this performance will take you back to the streets of Brooklyn in the early 1900’s into the life of William Sutton. This performance is free and open to the public
Elmont Public Library
700 Hempstead Turnpike
The Elmont Public Library, formed in 1935 in a storefront at 593 Hempstead Turnpike by a group of concerned volunteers, has been a vital institution in the community for 75 years. A proposal to change the name to the Elmont Memorial Library gained publicity in 1944 when then-General Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote in a letter to the Elmont Memorial Library Association, “I think your proposal to establish a memorial library is a very good idea and I know that it will not only be much appreciated but also will fill an important need for the returning servicemen.” In June 1950, for the Elmont Public Library and its Stewart Manor branch received its charter; the Alden Terrace branch received its charter in October 1955. A new building, located at 1735 Hempstead Turnpike, was dedicated on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 1956.
Fifty years later, a new Elmont Memorial Library, on the site of the former Alva T. Stanforth Junior High School at 700 Hempstead Turnpike, opened in September 2006. Comprising 60,000 square feet on 3.8 acres, the library’s spacious quarters include three meeting rooms, a children’s story hour room, children’s craft room, a classroom, a quiet study room, two group study rooms, an adult computer area, a gallery and mezzanine. In addition, the Elmont Memorial Library houses a state-of-the-art 6,400 square foot, 430 seat theater, which hosts the Broadhollow Theater at Elmont (www.broadhollow.org) and other performances. Numerous tables with traditional lamps fill the central space of the building, where patrons can be seen daily, evenings and on weekends, reading, studying, researching, computing, and generally enjoying the peaceful environs. A magnificent feature of the central space is the photography that circles the area below the ceiling. Known as the Foster Meadows Elmont History Wall (Foster Meadows being the original name of this area), enlargements of photos – dating back to the first Elmont schoolhouse in 1865 and including such highlights as a 1920s trolley stop on Hempstead Turnpike, the first firehouse of 1927, first library building of 1936, and the Alva T. Stanforth School in the 1950s – surround patrons with glorious images from the past.
The Elmont Memorial Library is proud of its place in the community. It is a hub for programs spanning the interests of all ages and perspectives, among them feature films; dance; arts and crafts; international music; health programs such Reiki healing, nutrition, and arthritis exercise; art and photo exhibitions; guest speakers and performers; community outreach; book discussions; support groups; bridge; poetry workshops; and a plethora of children’s and young adult programs, just to name a few. At the entrance to the building, placed high on the walls bordering either side of the doors, visitors are welcomed with these inscriptions: "This building will forever be a tribute to those brave individuals who selflessly gave their lives to protect our freedom" and "This library is a living memorial, dedicated to the men and women who served in our Armed Forces."
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