New Bookshelves for a Library
Posted on May 29, 2012
The Patchogue-Medford Library orders a new book cabinet from ICC's Carpentry class.
The Patchogue-Medford Library needed additional bookshelves. Because the furniture piece needed to be a specific size, prices were high. As it happens, the newly installed treasurer of the Friends of the Patchogue-Medford Library is retired Eastern Suffolk BOCES teacher Eileen Brenner, who turned to the Islip Career Center’s (ICC) Carpentry class.
Since there are no Patchogue-Medford UFSD students in the current class, teacher Joseph Postiglione chose Daniel Turturro, a 10th grader from the Miller Place UFSD, to build the bookshelves. “Daniel has the ability and patience that’s needed for this project,” explained Mr. P., as his students call him. The library paid for the materials and provided a photo of an existing bookcase where the new one will be added. The job took 40 hours to complete. “I like when we’re asked to do outside jobs,” said the teacher, “because it creates pride in the students. The projects are for customers, not mom and dad.”
Director of the Library Youth Group Danielle Paisley and Ms. Brenner recently picked up the new bookcase featuring three shelves. “Wow!” Ms. Paisley exclaimed, as she looked at the new piece of furniture. “This is beyond what we hoped for, it’s beautiful.” She presented Certificates of Appreciation to Daniel and Mr. P. in recognition of their service to the library, and the facility will add a special plaque bearing Daniel’s name.
“I was happy to do this,” Daniel said. “It’s my biggest project yet.”
ICC student Daniel Turturro holds his Certificate of Appreciation. With him are (l to r) Patchogue-Medford Library Youth Group Director Danielle Paisley, Friends of the Patchogue-Medford Library Treasurer Eileen Brenner, and Carpentry teacher Joseph Postiglione.
The Carpentry class has built other items upon request, including two picnic tables for the Sayville Academic Center’s (SAC) playground. The school’s Parent-Teacher-Organization (PTO) paid for it.