Preserve, Transform and Strengthen


A big thank you to our many generous donors whose support made this exciting renovation possible.

Stop by to see the amazing progress that we have made. Keep your eye out for a grand opening event early this summer and don’t forget - we are open!


New Books at the Library!

We have some hot new titles, stop by and check them out! 

"The Fix" by David Baldacci

"Anything is Possible" by Elizabeth Strout

"Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee

"Black Book" by James Patterson

"Fast & Loose" by Stuart Woods

"The Burial Hour" by Jeffrey Deaver

"The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane" by Lisa See

"The Stars are Fire" by Anita Shreve

"Celine" by Peter Heller

"Beartown" by Fredrik Backman

"Against All Odds" by Danielle Steel

The Front Room is Now Open!

Great news! As our front room renovation project nears completion, we are thrilled that our our loyal (and patient!) patrons can come by and check out the new improvements. In addition to a bright and open new space, there are many other upgrades to lighting, computers and technology, furnishings and displays throughout the library. We can't wait to show it off, so please stop by soon! 

Adult Book Discussion, All Welcome!


Please join us as we discuss the following titles on the second Tuesday of each month. There should be copies available at the library. All are welcome!


7 pm at the library. 


March: A Long Way Home by Sarroo Brierly (non fiction)


April: The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (fiction)


May: The Time in Between by Maria Duenas (fiction) NOTE NEW TITLE 


June: Bettyville by George Hodgeman 


The Peter Brinckerhoff Nautical Lecture Series

To honor Peter’s many years as President of the Library Board and his continued service and as a tribute to his love of sailing, the library initiated The Peter Brinckerhoff Nautical Lecture Series in 2010.


Dawn of the Live-brary: Suffolk Cooperative Library System visits FI

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:



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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Join FI Library Book Discussions, no matter where you are.

Plus, log your reading, track what you want to read, and see what your friends are reading.

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Got DVDs?

Have your kids grown up? Are you almost over your Will Smith phase? Maybe its time to edit your DVD collection! The Fishers Island Library is trying to expand its current DVD holdings. As DVDs are a very popular item, your donations will go a long way in helping us increase our offerings. Simply leave your gently used DVDs on the porch and we will promise them a good home. Feel free to come by and visit them whenever you want. Thank you in advance! 


For many years the library has had jigsaw puzzles set up in the Martha Ferguson Memorial Reading room. It's the perfect activity for young and old. Also a nice reason to escape the house on a rainy day! 

So stop on in, put in a couple of pieces and meet new people! 

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Books we're currently reading

The Starboard Sea: A Novel
The Starboard Sea: A Novel

by Amber Dermont

Start date: June 24, 2012


by Monica Youn

Start date: June 24, 2012

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