Lynbrook Library Could Make History Books | Herald Community Newspapers


By Madeline Armstrong

Village officials and Lynbrook Public Library administrators are seeking historic monument status for the library.

According to library director Robyn Giloon, the request will be formalized next spring. The places which receive such a distinction “bring a particular historical, cultural or aesthetic value to the city”.

Built in 1929, the library is significant for its architecture, which resembles many Carnegie-style libraries built between 1883 and 1929. Mayor Alan Beach said the facility was also founded by a group of women active in the movement. for the vote in Lynbrook. . In addition, Hugh Tallent, a renowned architect, designed the library. He also designed the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Aguilar branch of the New York Public Library, and many Broadway theaters that have been granted historic monument status.

“The age of the building doesn’t necessarily qualify it as a landmark,” Beach said. “Monument status must demonstrate various factors, including, for example, social significance, architecture and affiliation with historical events or persons. “

It can be difficult to apply for historic monument status, the mayor noted. “It’s a very technical process that requires extensive research,” Beach said.

According to Giloon, the process could take around a year. Beach said he was optimistic, however, of the library’s chances of success, as village historian Art Mattson is involved and managed to get Rockville Cemetery and the Bristol and Mexico City monument marked there. is five years old. The 18-foot marble obelisk honors the victims of a pair of shipwrecks, which killed 215 mostly Irish immigrants off Long Island in 1836 and 1837.

The library has been a vital community resource for decades and has survived many obstacles and changes, including those brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. As it was due to close at the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the establishment, located at 56 Eldert Street, has expanded its collection of e-books, downloadable audio and magazines, while offering many programs, such as than craftsmanship and storytelling.

The library has returned to more normal operations over the past few months, allowing patrons to browse in person and participate in numerous events while allowing them to virtually explore the library’s offerings.

“Monument status will bring pride to the community and prestige to the library,” said Beach. “In addition, it could make the library eligible for historical preservation grants. “

Grants could help keep the library intact, preserving its value and history. Beach urged community members to help with historical research to gain historical status for the library.


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