I love it when people come together to make their surroundings better. The sense of community that residents build when they do these things is amazing, and the Sachem Public Library's new "Inside/Out" garden is a proof that small-town living is a way of life that doesn't actually require a small town.

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The Sachem school district is one of the largest in the state, yet its residents have proven it's not an impersonal place. They gathered May 15 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil a new garden venue to be used for library extension programs.

Designed to be environmentally sensitive as well as educational, the site, designed by Michael Opisso, is directly across from the library's main entrance. Residents gathered for two days of poetry readings, wildlife presentations, story time and musical performances. More concerts will be scheduled for the outdoor space for Friday nights and Sunday afternoons throughout the summer.