Library At Broad Channel Re-Opens
Queens Library at Broad Channel is open for business! Celebrating the occasion were Commissioner David Burney, New York City Design of Construction; Commissioner Nazli Parvizi, New York City Community Affairs Unit; New York City Council Member Eric Ulrich; New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, NY City Council Member Vincent Gentile and Borough President Helen Marshall. Fourth-graders from P.S. 47 joined the festivities by telling the community and their elected officials what the library means to them. Rep. Gregory Meeks, New York State Senator Joseph Addabbo and New York State Assembly Member Phillip Goldfeder sent representatives.
The library took in 1.5-to-2 feet of storm surge and suffered $940,000 in damage in the storm, including the loss of more than 16,000 books and other library items. Thanks to very expedient work by the NYC Department Design and Construction, it is, once again, serving the community.
"Queens Library at Broad Channel is a pivotal resource for all ages, an information hub and a community hub. We are so grateful to Commissioner David Burney and the NYC Department of Design and Construction for all their hard work in getting the library re-opened in record time. We look forward to seeing every library in Queens re-built to full capacity and serving library customers with books, job skills training, after school enrichment and everything they depend on their libraries to provide," said Thomas W. Galante, President and CEO.
Queens Library at Broad Channel is one of four libraries that was severely damaged by the storm and which required extensive interior repairs. Repairs are underway at the library in Rockaway Park. It is expected to re-open in summer 2013. Libraries in Arverne and Rockaway Beach will be closed for several months. They are serving the community from temporary buildings in the interim. Overall Queens Library locations suffered $7.6 million in damage, including $2.2 million in destroyed books and other library materials.
Scholastic has donated 40,000 books to help Queens Library community libraries refill children's book shelves after the storm.
“As part of our one million book donation to help schools and libraries in the northeast recover from Superstorm Sandy, Scholastic is proud to support the Queen’s Library by restocking its shelves with beautiful, new children’s books to serve the children and families of the community,” said Greg Worrell, President, Scholastic Classroom and Community Group. “We know that reading and stories can help children find comfort and build resilience in the face of difficulty and that for many families, particularly those who lost all the books in their homes, the library is key to their recovery. ”