It has been several months since Superstorm Sandy. Queens Library has been working
hard to help the community rebuild, while continuing to provide the educational and
informational support that you value. We will be here for homework help, job skills
training, education for adults and children, ESOL classes, and the best in entertainment
while repairs are being made.
I want to update you on the status of rebuilding the storm-damaged libraries. We have
come a long way, and expect to be see all the waterfront community libraries as good as
new very soon.
• Queens Library at Seaside (116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway Park) is
in active construction. We expect it to re-open by October 2013.
• Queens Library at Arverne (312 Beach 54 Street) will be under construction shortly.
Re-opening is expected by December 2013. In the meantime, a temporary library is
serving the community. Stop by, if you haven’t already. They are doing amazing things
in a small space, with programs, classes, job search help, homework assistance and
more. Thanks to supplementary funding from Bank of America, it is open seven days
a week through the end of 2013.
• Queens Library at Peninsula (92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park)
will require extensive re-building. The NYC Department of Design and Construction
will be doing the construction. The fully-repaired library is expected to re-open at
the end of 2014. In the interim, there is a modular building for lending materials and
for computer access. A second, mobile library is going to be installed for programs
and workshops. That should be on site this summer. When construction is complete,
Rockaway Park will have a completely renovated and re-decorated library with a new
collection of books, videos and other materials that will serve you for a long, long
• Queens Library at Broad Channel (16-26 Cross Bay Boulevard) re-opened this past
winter. “Wider-fi” is providing wireless Internet service within a few blocks of the
library, to better serve the community.
• Queens Library at Howard Beach (92-06 156th Avenue) has been operating at full
strength since shortly after the storm. New flooring was recently installed.
We look forward to toward a bright future together, as a community.
Thomas W. Galante, President and CEO
Wed, 2013-06-19 16:43