From an email:
Thanks for speaking with me last week about the Delancey Floyd-Jones Library. As I indicated, the Library is an 1896 building standing on Merrick Road in Massapequa and containing about 6,000 volumes. It was built by Delancey Floyd-Jones, a Civil War veteran and one of the Jones and Floyd-Jones family members who owned most of the Massapequas for many years until after World War II.
It was the only library in the area until the public library system was established in 1952. A small building, it became less and less frequented through the 1960s and 1970s, to the point that the Trustees decided in the 1980s to repurpose it as a historic building.
Most of the collection consists of books from the 1920 to 1970 period, making it unusual because of the age of its volumes.
We still have a card catalog and use that to find books that may be of interest to our infrequent visitors. I’d like to have the catalog put on line so the collection could be more visible to more people, potentially attracting more visitors and aiding them in their research. A Summer Intern (or Interns) from your program would be an ideal person to perform this task. It would provide much needed hands-on experience and give them something that would be very attractive to include on a resume.
I’ve attached copies of the brochure we provide to visitors and will send hard copies for distribution. Please contact me if you need additional information.
Thanks for your interest. I look forward to working with you.
Delancey Floyd-Jones Free Library