The new — and giant — Bayport-Blue Point Public Library is just about ready for show time.
Library officials announced that the building’s grand opening is Saturday, Dec. 18, at 11 a.m. Taking the place of the former St. Ursula center at 186 Middle Road in Blue Point, the new library features a renovated interior that will offer a wide array of enhanced services.
The existing library closed on Dec. 1 in preparation for the big move.
“The opening of our new, cutting edge library represents an exciting milestone in the history of the Bayport and Blue Point communities,” said Ronald F. Devine, Jr., president of the Bayport-Blue Point Public Library board of trustees.
Founded in 1938, the Bayport-Blue Point Library has made its mark as a cultural center in the community, inviting the public to interact with such special invited guests as legendary New York Met Ed Kranepool and Suffolk County Sheriff Errol D. Toulon Jr.
The many features inside the renovated space include a reading sanctuary, children’s services department, a new teen center, a café and kitchen for cooking classes, an area for hands-on learning experiences called “Makerspace,” an outdoor reading garden and a Nature Discovery Center.
Visitors can expect to see an enlarged Gene Horton Room that celebrates community history, as well as a music and podcasting room. During the transition to the new library, services will be limited to online programs, phone or email reference and minimal availability to pick-up holds and materials from curbside pickup.
Those seeking in-person library services during the interim period are encouraged to take advantage of the inter-library loan privileges at other libraries in the area, such as Patchogue-Medford and Sayville.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony is open to the public and will feature tours of the new library.
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Top: Artist rendering of the new Bayport-Blue Point Library, via the library’s website.