Riverhead library receives congressional recognition for service to veterans
Riverhead Free Library was awarded a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition last week in recognition of its “outstanding and valuable service to veterans.”
The certificate was presented to the library board of trustees by Rep. Lee Zeldin during the board’s meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Zeldin also presented the trustees with a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
The library was recognized for establishing and maintaining several programs vital to local veterans:
- Through a Youth Services initiative, veterans in Northport Veterans Hospital have received thank you cards for over 10 years, as part of a teen program spearheaded by staff member and U.S. Army Veteran Joyce Rienzo.
- Each year around Veterans Day, a veteran hero wall is created with names, rank, and branch of service to honor our local vets.
- The library partners with the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program by serving as a collection point, and has been recognized by USMC as one of the most successful in this area.
- Through the library’s senior services department, the library partners with AARP as a drop-off site for non-perishable items for homeless veterans.
- Through its adult and information services department, active military assigned to the 106th Air rescue visiting the area were able to be given a Veterans Outreach Card to access library materials in an effort spearheaded by staff member and U.S. Air Force veteran James Provencher.
- Through its community outreach, the Riverhead Free Library has coordinated various blanket, clothing, and food drives to benefit various homeless veterans organizations in our area.
- Through it patron services department, the library was able to partner with Riverhead Town, in serving as a pick-up point for local veterans to obtain a veterans discount card.
Riverhead Free Library director Joy Rankin said the library was honored to be recognized.
“We are forever grateful to our veterans for their service,” she said.