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Corona’s Langston Hughes Library wins $20K

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos by Don Pollard

One Corona library has stood out from over 13,000 nominations throughout the city for its dedication to the local diverse community.

The Langston Hughes Community Library, located at 100-01 Northern Blvd., was announced on Thursday as one of five winners in this year’s second annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards.

One neighborhood resident and community group member who nominated the Langston Hughes Library said it “unites people across ethnic and cultural lines” and allows residents to see just how much they have in common.

It is the only Queens library to win this year and joins the Corona Library, which was one of the winners during the awards’ inaugural year.

This year’s winners, which were selected from more than 13,000 nominations in the city’s three library systems, each received $20,000. They each also received a two-minute video showing the impact each branch has on its communities.

Along with the five winners, five other finalists were presented with $10,000. These included two Queens libraries – the Sunnyside Library and Cambria Heights Library.


Cambria Heights Library expanding

| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Queens Library

Hammers crashed through the wall at the Queens Library branch in Cambria Heights, breaking down barriers and creating room for young minds to grow.

Councilmember Leroy Comrie and Queens Library president and CEO Thomas Galante swung the hammers through the wall to clear the way into a space that will become the new Teen Center.

“Queens Libraries remain a critical part of our communities,” said Comrie, who funded the expansion.

When complete, the library will have an additional 4,000-square-feet, giving youth access to a community center equipped with a cyber center, lounge, reading room, reference and school work resources, a meeting room and a digital recording studio. The center will be located on the lower level with a separate entrance, which will allow teens to use the site during non-library hours.

The $1.34 million project is expected to be complete by next spring.

“With [Comrie’s] support, the library will be the coolest place in Cambria Heights and we couldn’t be happier,” Galante said.