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Queens Chronicle

Woodhaven library to reopen

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Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 8:30 pm, Wed Aug 14, 2013.

The finishing touches are being put in place at the Woodhaven branch of the Queens Library.

The historic building at 85-41 Forest Parkway has been under renovation since March and will reopen completely later this month.

The 90-year-old building, financed by Andrew Carnegie, is having new lighting installed on the first floor, and is receiving new furniture and finishes as well as a fresh coat of paint. A new circulation desk is being constructed and self-check-ins and check-outs are being added. The library will also get a handicapped accessible bathroom and a new front door. The building’s roof is undergoing repairs.

Since its closure, a temporary library has been operating in its basement. That will close Friday night so that the library can be moved back upstairs to its main space.

The library’s main doors will reopen Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) allocated $713,000 toward the renovation.

— Domenick Rafter

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