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Help for library hit by Sandy

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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 10:30 am

Bank of America announced on April 9 that it has provided funding to Queens Library to keep its Arverne mobile branch open on weekends for the rest of the year.

The $82,000 grant will provide access to key employment and education resources in high demand for residents still recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

The Arverne library branch was devastated by Sandy on Oct. 29 when more than 4 feet of floodwater ravaged the building. The branch is now is functioning out of a mobile unit while the main facility is repaired.

The library provides comprehensive, free employment resources, including one-on-one job counseling and workshops on a variety of job-readiness topics, and also serves a large after-school population.

“The Queens Library is filling a critical need in the community by providing free job training and workforce development programs for those still recovering from Sandy,” said Jeff Barker, Bank of America’s New York City president. “This funding will provide important access to residents as the library works to meet the demands of the community from its mobile unit.”

Presenting the grant check above are Marc Perez, Bank of America area executive, left, with Tom Galante, president and CEO of the Queens Library; Khalil McCallum, a regular library user; and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr.

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