2016-08-10 / Front Page

North Forest Park Library Honors Frank D. Esposito

(L. to r.); Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott, Lisa Wong-Esposito, Queens Library Chief Librarian Nick Buron and North Forest Park Community Library Manager Leslie A. Dann unveil the memorial plaque for Frank D. Esposito.(L. to r.); Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott, Lisa Wong-Esposito, Queens Library Chief Librarian Nick Buron and North Forest Park Community Library Manager Leslie A. Dann unveil the memorial plaque for Frank D. Esposito.Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott joined the staff and community at the North Forest Park Community Library in Forest Hills to pay tribute to Frank D. Esposito, a beloved member of his community and devoted patron of Queens Library. Mr. Esposito passed away in 2013, leaving a $50,000 bequest to the North Forest Park Library.
Esposito, who had lived in Forest Hills since 1969, served his country with distinction in Vietnam. When he returned from the war in 1971, he went to work for the New York City Board of Education as an electrician.
While he worked days, he went to the City College of New York at night, and earned his college degree four years later. Receiving his degree enabled him to become a supervisor of mechanics, and at the end of his nearly 37-year career with the Board of Education, he was in charge of 300 people and served 1,100 schools all over the city.
“Mr. Esposito loved his library, and he loved the dedicated people at North Forest Park,” said Mr. Walcott. “This plaque represents the permanency of his engagement, and his contribution to the longevity of the library.”
“Frank really cared about people, more than himself,” said his wife, Lisa Wong-Esposito, as her husband’s memorial plaque was unveiled. “He felt like the staff at North Forest Park were part of his family, and he believed that education and knowledge are the greatest foundations in anyone’s life. What better place to give to than the library? I hope this gift encourages more people all over the city to give back to their local libraries.”
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