Arverne Library Celebrates Reopening
State Senator James Sanders, Assemblyperson Michele Titus, City Council Members Donovan Richards and Costa Constantanides, Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder, Chief of Staff Angelica Katz, Queens Library President and CEO Thomas Galante and other civic leaders and community members were on hand to celebrate the reopening of Queens Library at Arverne.
The library building suffered severe damage during Sandy. The branch had been providing services from an interim modular building since November, 2012, until the permanent building re-opened in mid-March.
Queens Library at Arverne was one of four libraries devastated by the October 2012 storm. A storm surge 4 feet high ruined the books, furniture, computers, and all electrical wiring.
The Queens library rushed to put an interim building in place just three weeks after the storm, stocked with computers and printers provided by Best Buy. It provided library customers with resources to get basic information about storm relief programs and job searches, to help children relocating to temporary schools, and other recovery services. It also provided reading materials to adults and children. “Long-term,” according to a Queens Library spokesperson, “the library continued its critical informational and educational services, along with intensified job readiness programs and adult education.”
Even though the permanent library building is now open, the adjacent modular building will remain in place.
It will continue to house adult learning services until the library branch in Rockaway Beach is re-opened in its permanent building.
That library, the Peninsula Research branch at 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard is providing service from a large trailer while the permanent building is redesigned and re-built.
It is expected to open for customer service at the end of 2014.
The rebuilding of Arverne branch was $1.36 million. The Turkish Cultural Center Queens/Embrace Relief donated $50,000 to replace all the books and library materials in the children’s reading area.
Funding for rebuilding was provided by FEMA, the library’s insurance and other generous grants.