Update on Shorefront Libraries: New Services and Rebuilding Libraries

Sandy LibrariesFriday, September 20, 2013

     We are approaching the anniversary of the landing of Superstorm Sandy on our shores. Queens Library has been working hard to help the communities in the Rockaways rebuild, while continuing to provide the educational and informational support that you value. We are here for homework help, job skills training, education for adults and children, ESOL classes, and so much more, to provide the resources needed for learning, personal growth and business development.

     I want to update you on the status of rebuilding the storm-damaged libraries, and also tell you about some new enhancements. We have come a long way, and expect to be see all the waterfront community libraries as good as new very soon.

Where? What?  When?
Queens Library at Seaside,
116-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway Park
The library is back and serving the public. Re-opened!
Queens Library at Arverne, 312 Beach 54 Street. The temporary library is serving the community with programs, classes, job search help, homework assistance and more. It will re-open in March 2014. Re-opening March 18, 2014
Queens Library at Peninsula, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Beach This library requires extensive re-building due to storm damage. Design is nearly complete. A modular building is on site for lending materials and for computer access. Re-opening is expected by the end of 2014.
NEW SERVICE! Queens Library at Far Rockaway, 1637 Central Avenue We welcome Workforce 1 to Queens Library! In addition to all the wonderful community library services you expect, Workforce 1 staff are offering connections to jobs that are right for you. All programs and services are free. Available right now!
NEW SERVICE! Queens Library at Far Rockaway, 1637 Central Avenue  “Single Stop” is coming, thanks to funding from the Robin Hood Foundation. Professional case managers will meet with customers to outline the benefits for which each family is eligible, such as food stamps, health insurance, child-care subsidies, tax credits, energy assistance, public assistance, and housing assistance. Through the Single Stop affiliated network, we will also be able to bring legal, financial and tax professionals to the Library.   Available November 2013.
NEW LIBRARY! Queens Library at Far Rockaway, 1637 Central Avenue The brand-new Queens Library at Far Rockaway is in final design. It will be well worth waiting for.   Coming 2016.


Thomas W. Galante, President and CEO
Queens Library