2013-11-01 / Community

Seaside Library Reopens With A Bang

By Dan Guarino


State Senator Joseph Addabbo; Queens Library President, CEO Thomas Galante, State Assembly Member Phillip Goldfeder and Representative Gregory Meeks helped launch the newly re-opened library. Photo courtesy Queens Library State Senator Joseph Addabbo; Queens Library President, CEO Thomas Galante, State Assembly Member Phillip Goldfeder and Representative Gregory Meeks helped launch the newly re-opened library. Photo courtesy Queens Library The Seaside library reopened with a bang on Sunday, October 27th; nearly one year to the day after Sandy nearly destroyed the branch.

The celebration included balloons, many in the shapes of sea animals, food, sparkling cider and lively bluegrass music from local band Breezy Grass that had patrons dancing.

Special guests included Representative Gregory Meeks, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, State Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder, City Councilman Eric Ulrich, and Queens Library President and CEO Thomas Galante.

The brightly painted library featured rearranged shelves, updated service desks, a new teen section and a spacious children’s area.

Adults and children who crowded into the packed afternoon event were able to take out brand new books, CD’s, DVD’s and new Playalong all-in-one audio books.


Smiling library staff greet crowds of adults and children who came to help celebrate the grand reopening of the Seaside library branch. Photo courtesy Queens Library. Smiling library staff greet crowds of adults and children who came to help celebrate the grand reopening of the Seaside library branch. Photo courtesy Queens Library. Seaside was one of four area libraries that suffered severe damage in the storm. The branch sustained approximately $1.2 million in damages including the loss of $500,000 in library books.

Library officials thanked Assemblyman Goldfeder for securing a grant toward rebuilding.

Seaside, a branch of the Queens Library system, reopened for regular hours on Monday, October 28th. The branch is located at 116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

The Arverne library is set to fully reopen in December, 2013. The Peninsula branch is scheduled to reopen its doors in the Fall of 2014. Both are operating out of temporary structures for now.


Popular local musicians Breezy Grass got the afternoon swinging and patrons dancing. Photo by Dan Guarino Popular local musicians Breezy Grass got the afternoon swinging and patrons dancing. Photo by Dan Guarino In total, the library suffered $7.6 million in losses; however, library service has been restored in every community.

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