Queens Library Celebrates Opening Day at Elmhurst!

Posted by: yetheart, December 27, 2016 5:30 pm
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Elmhurst Grand Opening

On Tuesday, December 20, Queens Library held a perfect opening day ceremony for the new Elmhurst Community Library!

Queens Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott was joined by U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm, NYC Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, New York State Assembly Members Jeffrion Aubry and Francisco Moya, NYC Department of Design and Construction Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora, architects Sandro Marpillero and Linda Pollak, artist Allan McCollum, and other honored guests.

They spoke about the legacy of the original Elmhurst library and how Friends of the Library like Lester Fong, Gloria Abene, and Marion Ebner kept its spirit alive during the construction of the new facility, which will be a cultural and educational beacon for its community.

“The new Elmhurst Community Library is a direct response to the changing needs and demographics of a vibrant, diverse neighborhood,” said President Walcott. “We expect it to be the most heavily trafficked library in our system, and one of the busiest in the country, with 1.2 million children, adults, and teens coming here to learn, dream, explore, and get what they need to navigate through life.”

The opening ceremony attendees enjoyed a performance by the Newtown High School Choir and watched local Boy Scout Troop 17 raise the American flag above the library, followed by Elmhurst’s doors officially opening to the public.

On its very first day, this new center of knowledge and community served over 3,400 visitors! They were treated to great programs and activities like a henna hand-painting workshop, traditional Chinese theatre, music and dance from southern Mexico, an open house for the Elmhurst Adult Learning Center, and guided tours of the new library.

The 32,000-square-foot library is built over four levels, and includes child, teen, and adult spaces; a reading atrium; front and rear gardens; a Cyber Center and Media Center; 13,000 square feet of outdoor space; green roofs; and a Percent for Art art installation by Allan McCollum.

The Elmhurst building also has a LEED Silver rating for new construction and a number of remembrance features from the previous library, including the fireplace mantel from the previous library's children’s room (which has been moved into the new children’s room) and brickwork from the original façade, which now surrounds the foyer of the Broadway entrance.

Thank you to everyone who joined us on opening day, and congratulations to all the Queens Library staff who made the grand opening a grand success, including Community Library Manager Yasha Hu and her team at Elmhurst.

We look forward to seeing you at Elmhurst Community Library soon!

Visit the photo gallery of pictures from the grand opening of Elmhurst Community Library.

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Elmhurst Community Library
86-07 Broadway

Train: R or M to Grand Avenue-Newtown
Bus: Q29, Q53, Q58, Q59, Q60

Thank you to Mayor Bill de Blasio and his office, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and her office, and New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm for funding the new Elmhurst Community Library.

Bottom photo courtesy of NYC Department of Design and Construction.