New ‘Friends of Far Rockaway Library’ To Advocate For Improvements
With the Far Rockaway Library in need of renovation and funding for new materials residents have banded together to form the Friends of the Far Rockaway Library. Seeing a need for community advocacy for the library, the group has had several meetings, including two open ones to get input from local residents.
The board of the Friends of the Far Rockaway Library hope to find ways to get new materials for the facility, increase awareness about the library and have an input in the design of the new Far Rockaway Library building. The Wave has learned that the new library is being designed by the Snohetta Architectural firm. The entire construction is being funded, to the tune of $20.8 million, by the office of Queens Borough President Helen Marshall.
The library, part of the Queens Library system, has been facing hard financial times over the last few years after a series of budget cuts to the entire system.
The Friends of the Far Rockaway Library, still has to go through the formality of being certified by Thomas Galante, the CEO of the Queens Library. While the Friends’ board is set for the next year, $5 memberships are available to anyone who wishes to join. Anyone interested can pick up a form and get more information at the Far Rockaway Library at 1637 Central Avenue.