The Seaside Friends of the Library will be selling library related merchandise, which will help purchase additions to the children's library collection and to sponsor community-related programs and special events. Pictured are Stephanie Levin, Frances Feuer and Alison Terjesen. In recognition of the first time in five years that all Queens Library locations are open six days a week, the Seaside Library took part in the Friends of Libraries Week and officially celebrated their reopening on October 27.
"Parents are coming in with children, and so many people wanted it so much," said Caroline Stark, the community library manager about the branch, which reopened on October 6. "We're getting back to our regular Saturday crowd."
Joining in the festivities was Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr., who was instrumental in helping to extend the days libraries are open to the public.
"Without libraries there's a real void," said Addabbo, who has been fighting to increase library hours for years. "Now let's fight for seven [days]."
Caroline Stark, the branch's community library manager, talks with James Van Bramer, the director of government and community affairs for the Queens Library. Also at the ceremony, the Seaside Friends of the Library were presented with a proclamation from the Queens Library for their advocacy for the Seaside branch.
|Residents of all ages are taking advantage of the Saturday hours to make use of the computer services the library offers. Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. promised to display signs children made for him at the library in his Rockaway office. Parents and children join Stark, Van Bremer and Addabbo for a photo before enjoying an after- ceremony lunch. |