Save The Great South Bay is thrilled to welcome Lindenhurst Memorial Library to our community of Bay Friendly Yards. Lindy Library has a long history of being green and jumped right on board. With their no-fertilizer, no-pesticide clover lawn, composting bin and choice of native plants, they met the certification criteria with ease. In addition to their organic community garden, the library will be adding rain barrels as part of their stormwater management plan.
Library Director Lisa Kropp and dedicated employee, and Co-Chair of the Library’s Sustainability Team, Sara Fiorenzo, put Lindy’s public library on the map in 2019 by becoming one of the first three certified sustainable libraries in New York, as part of the Sustainable Libraries initiative. Their Sustainability Team includes nearly a dozen library employees including Melissa Negrin, Co-Chair, and team members Monika Brusalis, Jeanna Matias, Janet Batson, Joan Dilluvio, Janine Shepherd, Justine Rivera, and Charlotte Buckleman.
Together this team has implemented a number of green initiatives including introducing digital receipts, donating its community garden produce to LI Cares this year during the pandemic and offering a host of educational sustainability programming, such as the Race to Reduce Waste and the Sustainable Food Movement: a composting workshop.
Sara Fiorenzo organizes the adult programs for the Library, and said “We are so proud to receive this certification as a Bay Friendly Library. The Library recognizes that we are in a community greatly impacted by the South Bay, and we want to help ensure the health and resiliency of the Bay, for our future generations, both by having a healthy yard, and by educating library patrons through our programs.”
Keep an eye out for Bay Friendly Yard programming at the Lindy Library such as The Three Components of a Bay Friendly Yard, How to Create a Butterfly Garden, Bioswales & Beyond.