Queens Library CEO Dennis Walcott joined elected officials last Wednesday at the branch’s community day, which featured story time for toddlers, arts and crafts and a screening of “The Secret Life of Pets.”
They lauded the library’s reopening as a boon to local children and residents.
“I drove by and I saw the scaffolding up here. While it was extremely necessary, now it’s great to see it down,” Walcott said. “It shows the magnificence of this particular library, it really showcases what takes place inside.”
The $1.1 million project replaced the library’s roof and waterproofed the interior and exterior walls. The branch closed last September and reopened in June.
“As someone who grew up going to the Queens Library, I know the real value of not just our librarians, but the books and the entire space,” said Assemblywoman Nily Rozic. “The Queens libraries are an oasis for our communities.”
Councilman Peter Koo said he was especially happy to see so many kids at the reopened library. He recalled how he often went to a library inside a church where he lived in Hong Kong to read books and magazines.
It was inside a library where he read about and dreamed of eventually living in the United States.
“In my age, you only had books and magazines,” he said. “Now you have computers, videos, movie nights. It’s more like a community center in addition to being a library.”