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The Mastic-Moriches-Shirley Community Library

The Community Library was established by the voters of the William Floyd School District in the summer of 1974. Our doors first opened to the public on June 14, 1975, located in two portable classrooms on the William Floyd School District property.


On June 1, 1977, the Library relocated to a storefront on William Floyd Parkway. On December 12, 1979, a bond issue was approved to build a permanent Library. That bond issue funded the current building, built on donated land and opened in March of 1982. In December of 1995, a 24,000 sq. ft. addition was dedicated, increasing the Community Library to 44,000 sq. ft. Approval for this expansion was given by the voters on October 19, 1992.


Visit the Mastics–Moriches–Shirley Community Library website

Local History Collection

The Virginia La Tassa Local History Room, at the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, houses an extensive collection of Local History books, photographs, maps, postcards, newsletters, and memorabilia. Our mission is to collect, preserve and disseminate information pertaining to the past, present, and future of our community. The Community Library also provides digital access to over 1000 Local history photographs, significant historical documents, our vertical file collection, local maps, memorabilia, books, and oral histories.


  • Browse Vertical Files
    A collection of print items including newspaper articles, documents, pamphlets, etc. on Long Island and our communities. Many of the collection items were determined to be of local interest and may not be available elsewhere.
  • Browse Oral Histories
    Audio as well as video presentations from residents who have lived in the tri-hamlet communities most of their lives.

Walter T. Shirley Photographs and Papers

  • Photographs: Black and white photos of Walter T. Shirley with celebrities and community members.
  • Meeting Minutes: Spanning from 1958–1964, this collection provides an informative account of Mr. Shirley’s real estate business.

Phillip Trypuc Photographs

Phillip Trypuc was a resident of Center Moriches and photographer who took many pictures of local community businesses, events and people during the 1950s.

Ken Spooner Photographs

Area photographs donated by musician, author and historian Ken Spooner, who grew up in Mastic Beach during the 1950s.

Hurricane Sandy Photographs

Area photographs highlighting storm damage to local communities during the end of October 2012.

Hurricane Irene Photographs

Area photographs highlighting storm damage to local communities during the end of August 2011.

Milton Price and Tomlin Art Co. Postcard Collection

This collection contains postcards accessioned by the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library originally from the personal collection of Milton Price of Islip, N.Y. He was a photographer and owner of Tomlin Art Co. which was based in Northport, N.Y. The collection contains hundreds of postcards predominantly featuring images of landscapes and buildings on Long Island during the mid to late twentieth century, largely captured by Milt Price himself. The bulk of the collection contains postcards of locations in eastern Long Island due to an elevated level of tourism on the North and South Forks, but postcards featuring Nassau County (including Jones Beach), New York City, Block Island, and other areas outside of New York may be found within the collection. Note: Collection processing and digitizing is currently in progress and additional images will be added to the digital collection periodically.

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