Sharon Anderson, head librarian at Arverne when the push for renovation and planning began; Ariel Yang, the current branch community library manager; Councilman James Van Bramer of Sunnyside, the chair of the Committee for Libraries and International Intergroup Relations; Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante; Councilman James Sanders Jr; Assemblywoman Michele Titus; a member of the Friends of the Arverne Library; and Eugene Johnson, the organization’s president, all cut the ribbon. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg
The Arverne Library, which reopened for business in July after nine months of renovation, held an official ribbon cutting and grand re-opening on Tuesday afternoon.
Among those in the large crowd were Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante, who thanked “friends of the Arverne Library and great supporters for bringing this to life.”
Councilman James Sanders Jr., who allocated the bulk of funding for the project, recalled that upon his entry into the City Council, the libraries in his district were the worst in the city. “Every library we have is now state of the art,” he proudly said. Assemblywoman Michele Titus told residents to, “Utilize this as if it were your own.”
Galante, center, introduces some of those pivotal to the renovation: Van Bramer, who was with the library when planning began; Johnson, whose group pushed for public officials to get on board with the project; Sanders, who allocated the bulk of the funds, $1.5 million; and Titus who helped get $50,000 for the new library.
Also there were Sharon Anderson, Arverne Library’s former head librarian; Councilman James Van Bramer, who is the chair of the Committee for Libraries and International Intergroup Relations; and Friends of the Library president Eugene Johnson.
Galante and members of the Arverne Library staff, including Yang, watch the proceedings.
Finishing touches are put on the library prior to the ceremony.
A large crowd attended the official re-opening of the Arverne Library earlier this week.
Dance group Teen Pretty performs for the large crowd.
A band performs between speakers.
Caleb Salesbury sings the National Anthem.