Local History

Local History


Historical Archives Collection

A collection of documents from the archives of the Middle Country Public Library, highlighting the history of the Middle Country area and surrounding communities.



Historical Scenes of Middle Country

A collection of historical photographs from the archives of the Middle Country Public Library, featuring people and places in the towns of Centereach, Selden, and Lake Grove. Do you recognize any of these places or people? Please email us at heritage@mcpl.lib.ny.us with any comments regarding this collection.


Newfield Newspaper Collection

Issues of the Newfield Quadrangle, 1970-1976, and issues of the Newfield Phoenix, 1997-2004.


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New York State Historic Newspapers

Online archive currently consisting of more than 10 million pages covering all NYS counties 1803-2010.


Sharing Our Stories

The Sharing Our Stories documentary is the culmination of a special inter-generational oral history project, made possible with support from the Kline Family Foundation. Created by the MCPL Media Teens, this film focuses on the rich life experiences of older adults in the Middle Country community. In January 2019, the MCPL Media Teens attended a series of classes learning the basics of sound, lighting, filming and interviewing. Filming began in April and adults shared their significant life stories on camera as they were interviewed by the teens.



Veterans History Project


The Middle Country Public Library, in conjunction with the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project, is collecting first-hand accounts of United States Veterans. The Project also includes first-hand recollections of U.S. citizens who professionally supported war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, or medical volunteers). We are making these interviews available to the public so that their stories may be preserved for posterity. If you or someone you know is interested in being interviewed, please contact Jim Ward at 631-585-9393 ext. 273.