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Michelle Young

Michelle Young is the Director of Island Trees Public Library; a school district public library that is a government agency. Young has been the Director of the Island Trees Public Library for five years with a staff of 30 employees. She has worked in the field of public libraries for 27 years.

Young received a Bachelors Degree (BA) from Hofstra University in English and Marketing followed by a Masters in Library Science (MLS) from Queens College. She also holds a Post-Graduate Certificate of Advanced Studies in Public Library Administration from LIU Post/Palmer School, The College of Education, Information and Technology.

Residing in Rockville Center with her husband Clive Young, Content Director of mixed magazine for 25 years, they have a daughter Ava who is 17 years old. Ava attends Oceanside High School.

Young says The Library’s slogan is: “The Island Trees Library: Where Knowledge Blossoms.”
Our mission statement: “It is the mission of the Island Trees Public Library to be an integral part of the community, meeting the educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs of the community that we serve.” The Library is a place that welcomes education and knowledge; we seek to engage and connect with our community on all levels. Young’s goal–to make everyone that walks into our space walk out feeling even better than when they came in.

Young is thrilled to say that Island Trees Public Library opened their new facility in September 2021, and is currently the only library in Nassau County that is completely brand new. They grew from a library of 7,400 square feet to close to 20,000 square feet, which includes going from a 45-person maximum community room to an over-sized 300-person community room with a state-of-the-art A/V lighting and sound system. Since they opened, they have been able to hold in-person programs as they can both safely socially distance the audience and speakers with ease.

Young is enthusiastic about all the modern Tech advantages available. The library offers free museum passes and free circulating hotspots. They have oversized study pods for groups to meet in as well as areas in the library for quiet individual study. In addition, they have dozens of locations for plugging in electronic devices and free WiFi both indoors as well as outdoors on the library’s patio. A diverse collection can be found in both print and digital formats—they have traditional print books as well as downloadable eBooks and audio books, graphic novels, as well as services like HOOPLA for streaming movies and music. Island Trees Public Library even offers a telescope that you can check out and take home for all of your celestial needs!

Young wants all organizations and businesses located in the Island Trees School District to know that they are eligible to receive an Island Trees Public Library card. ITPL cardholders have full access to all collections and services.

In speaking with Young, you can feel and hear her passion for books, facts, news, literacy, writing, and outreach as well as watching great ideas in action. In her free time, a pile of books next to her nightstand waits as well as a fully loaded Kindle Paperwhite e-reader.

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