1958

  • Spring: Sunquam-Melville PTA begins the Library Fund with $200 and runs a benefit dance.
  • October 17: Meeting at the home of Mrs. Ruth Freeze to promote the start of a community library.

1958-1959

  • Boy Scouts and other volunteers conduct a door-to-door appeal for books and library funds.

1959

  • April: The Library opens in Melville.
  • December: Library membership is 500 and the library is open 14 hours each week.

1960

  • June 15: Proposition to formally establish a school district public library is approved.
  • June 22: Referendum on library budget.

1961

  • The first library director is Mrs. Virginia Moran.

1964

  • June 26: Permanent charter is granted.
  • November 18: Public information meeting was held to discuss a new library building.

1965

  • December 1: Referendum is approved to purchase property and construct a Dix Hills library building.

1967

  • July 30: Dix Hills Building opens.

1979

  • September 16: 20th anniversary is celebrated.

1987

  • March 3: $5 million expansion bond passed by a 2-to-1 margin.

1990

  • April: Dedication of expanded library buildings at Dix Hills and Melville.

1996

  • Library’s website is on the internet.

2008

  • First library in the county to provide one-to-one computer instruction by appointment.
  • Beginning with the September/October issue, the First R newsletter is now printed as a two color booklet rather than a black and white newspaper.

2009

  • Spring: Melville’s renovation is completed.
  • April 26: 50th anniversary celebration is held.
  • December 28: Library’s mobile webpage goes online.

2011

  • Summer: Grant awarded for the Dix Hills Roof Replacement/Solar Project.
  • August 31: Launch of the new library website at hhhlibrary.org.

2013

  • May 23: HHHL Mobile, the Library app, is available for Apple devices.

2014

  • February 22: Android version of the Library app is available.
  • October: 3D printing appointments open.

2016

  • The July/August issue of the newsletter is redesigned and is now in color.
  • September 7: Library podcast, “In the Stacks,” is launched.

2017

  • October 3: $14.5 million bond to build a new Dix Hills building was passed 1255 to 632.
  • October 12: Launch of the newly redesigned library website.
  • Library membership is over 25,000 patrons and the library is open 70 hours each week.