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Free Social Work Service at the Library

A Graduate Student in Social Work is here from SBU to Answer Your Questions – Each Week at the Library

We now have graduate student Erin Vespoli*, from Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare, on-site at the Library each week during designated hours to answer questions, help with filling out forms, or seek referrals. Inquiries that she may assist with include, but are not limited to, employment/job search, housing, paying utility bills, applying for benefits, education, medical assistance, mental health issues, bullying, domestic abuse, substance use, LGBTQIA+ topics, care coordination, and voting pre-registration.

Ms. Vespoli is at Emma Clark on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (through December 6). She will be on a semester break from December 7 – January 7.

Starting January 8, she will be at Emma Clark on Tuesdays from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. (until May 7, 2024).

This service is open to all ages. She will meet with patrons in the Small Study Room on the Lower Level. Appointments are not required but strongly encouraged. Appointments can be made as early as a week in advance at Or call 631.941.4080 and ask for the Reference Desk.

Please note that Ms. Vespoli will not be in on the following dates (due to Stony Brook University’s calendar):  Wed. Nov. 22 and Dec. 7 – Jan. 7 (semester break).

Conversations will be kept confidential; this is a safe and welcoming environment.

*Erin Vespoli is a mother of 3 who is training to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Ms. Vespoli is at Emma Clark Library to answer questions but is not a therapist; referrals will be given to people looking for clinical therapy. Ms. Vespoli is a mandated reporter for cases of neglect, abuse, or harm.

Questions? Email

Teen 100-Books Challenge

Stony Brook Village Scarecrow Build

Thank you for your interest in volunteering to build our Scarecrow for the

2023 Stony Brook Village Scarecrow Contest!


At this time we have all the volunteers needed, but you are welcome to join the waitlist!


Organized by the The Ward Melville Heritage Organization, this year will mark the 33rd Annual Scarecrow Content in Stony Brook Village.  Individuals and groups from Three Village build scarecrows, which are displayed in the Village for the month of October.  Visitors to the Village have the opportunity to vote for their favorite scarecrow during the month of October.  Winning Scarecrows get prizes!

This year the Library will be building an Edgar Allan (Scare)Poe Scarecrow!

For Teen Volunteers, there will be three REQUIRED meetings for this project.  You MUST be able to attend ALL THREE MEETINGS to volunteer for this project.  The meetings are as follows:

Monday September 11, 2023 – 6:00-7:00pm

Tuesday September 12, 2023 – 6:00-7:00pm

Saturday September 16, 2023 – 3:00-4:00pm

If you cannot make any one of these meetings, please free up your spot for another teen who can.  Thank you for understanding!

In addition to the meetings, you will be assigned a week to “Adopt” the Scarecrow in the Stony Brook Village.  During your week, you will be in charge of checking on the scarecrow at least 3 times during the week, and making sure it is in good condition.  Weather can do a number on the Scarecrow; in years past we’ve even experienced hurricanes while the scarecrow is displayed.  You will be provided with some basic repair tools, in case the Scarecrow needs a little TLC.

In total, you will earn 7 hours of community service credit for participating in all three meetings, and adopting the Scarecrow for a week.

In order to volunteer, you must have the Teen Volunteering in the Community and Parent/Guardian Permission Form on file.  If you are not sure if you’ve filled out the forms in the past, please find them here:

1) Library Teen Volunteering in the Community: Click Here to Apply

2) Parent/Guardian Permission Form: Click Here to Complete

   Once your forms are on file, please triple check your schedule, and then email the Teen Services Department Head Librarian, Emily Ostrander, to express your interest in volunteering for the Scarecrow Build:

DEADLINE to Apply to Volunteer for the Scarecrow Build is September 1, 2023

Thank you!


Candy Land Volunteers Needed!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Candy Land Children’s Event!  This year Candy Land will take place on Friday, October 13, 2023.

In order to volunteer, you must have the Teen Volunteering at the Library Application and Parent/Guardian Permission Form on file.  If you are not sure if you’ve filled out the forms in the past, please find them here:

1) Library Teen Volunteering in the Library: Click Here to Apply

2) Parent/Guardian Permission Form: Click Here to Complete

   Once your forms are on file, please follow this link to Register for the Candy Land Teen Volunteers Training and Creations Night, taking place Friday, October 6, 2023, from 6-8pm: CLICK HERE  Registration opens August 15th.

Teen Volunteers for Candy Land are required to attend the Training Night on October 6 from 6-8pm, regardless of if they have attended a training in the past.

They are not required, but highly encouraged, to attend the Candy Land Rehearsal Day on Monday October 9, from 6-7pm, to get an idea of what Candy Land will look like on the big day, Friday October 13 from 5-9pm.

Teen Volunteers do not need to register for the Rehearsal Day or Candy Land Event itself; once they have attended the Training Night on October 6, they will be automatically registered for those events.

Book and Movie Club!

Join Our Teen Book and Movie Club!

Was the Book Better?

You’ve heard it said many times before, “The book was better than the movie!” But was it really?  Read the book to find out, then join us for Book and Movie Club!  In addition to a lively discussion of the chosen book, teens will participate in themed snacks, crafts, and/or activities, and watch a movie adaption together, and then discuss their opinion on the differences!

Register here, by date: Teen Programs

Scheduled Meetings:

Saturday November 18th, 2023, 1:30-4:30pm: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, and 2018 Movie (rated PG)

Monday December 4th, 2023, 5:30-8:30pm: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews , and 2015 Movie (rated PG-13)

Wednesday December 21st, 2023, 5:30-8:30pm: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and 1992 Muppet Christmas Carol Movie (rated G)

Monday January 29th, 2024, 5:30-8:30pm: The Maze Runner by James Dashney, and 2014 Movie (rated PG-13)

Sunday February 25th, 2024, 1:30-4:30pm: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, and 2001 Movie (rated G)


Preview of More 2024 titles: