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Building funds for 3 libraries

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Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 12:00 pm

   Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) announced on Tuesday that three Queens libraries will receive more than $1.3 million in public library state construction grant funds.

   The three facilities are the Flushing Library at 41-17 Main St., the Bayside Library at 214-20 Northern Blvd., and the Central Library at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica.

   The Flushing branch, which is the most heavily used library in the United States, will receive $433,786 to improve public access, upgrade checkout, create 3,000 square feet of added space, provide new lighting, electrical service, partitions and flooring. Funds will also be used for a fire protection system.

   Joanne King, spokeswoman for the Queens Borough Public Library, said the additional space for the Flushing branch will be created by redoing the entryway and by converting some staff space.

   In addition, interior and exterior self-check-in equipment will be installed.

   The Bayside branch will receive $350,691 for interior renovation, an alarm system and improved access, lighting and electric service.

   The Central Library will garner $564,038 for the renovation of electrical and mechanical systems in the public space of the building.

   Meng noted that libraries throughout the state are in urgent need of renovation and upgrading. She is a member of the Assembly’s Committee on Libraries and Education Technology.

   — Liz Rhoades











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