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New modern library opens in Glen Oaks this May
New modern library opens in Glen Oaks this May
Northeast Melissa Chan 4/29/2013 at 1:26PM

Glen Oaks is getting a sleek new library that opens in the third week of May, officials said. The $17 million facility at 256-04 Union Turnpike is 18,000 square feet­­—nearly double the size of the neighborhood’s temporary library at 255-01 Union Turnpike. The new, three-story building will have more customer service features including computer workstations, [...]

Suspect nabbed in library assault
Suspect nabbed in library assault
Police Terence M. Cullen 3/10/2013 at 2:20PM

A suspect wanted in connection with the March 4 assault on a 15-year-old girl at a Queens library has been arrested, police said. Hector Troche, 56, has been charged with sexual abuse, forcible touching and public lewdness after police say he grabbed the teen and exposed himself to her.  

Bayside Library to close for renovations
News Melissa Chan 12/17/2012 at 3:57PM

Bayside bookworms will soon have to get their literary fixes elsewhere. The Bayside branch of the Queens Library, located at 214-20 Northern Boulevard, will close on December 29 to begin its $1.3 million renovation project, officials said. The complete interior makeover, funded by city and borough leaders, includes the installation of a new self-service check-out [...]

Hunters Point library site dedicated
Hunters Point library site dedicated
News Alexa Altman 10/05/2012 at 3:13PM

Hunters Point bookworms can soon curl up with a good read just inches from home. Queens Library announced plans to construct a new branch at the corner of Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue in Hunters Point. The 21,500-square-foot facility, built on the banks of the East River, will feature a cyber-center, roof terrace and communal [...]

Elmhurst, East Elmhurst libraries to become ‘destinations’
Elmhurst, East Elmhurst libraries to become ‘destinations’
News Billy Rennison 8/03/2012 at 8:23AM

The Queens Library has turned the page on an era of basic brick buildings, beginning a new chapter of attractive edifices acting as neighborhood landmarks. During the fiscal crisis of the 1970s many libraries were “cinder block and institutional and really not aesthetically pleasing or a welcoming community space to be in,” said Joanne King, [...]

Despite 5 years of cuts, Queens Library retained all service hours and jobs
News Billy Rennison 7/11/2012 at 10:08AM

Despite five consecutive years of budget cuts that eliminated more than $16 million in operating expenses, the Queens Library will begin a new chapter — with all jobs and service hours retained. “Given the staggering cuts we were facing, to not have one library close, not one library reduce its hours, to keep libraries where [...]

Balanced budget saves child care, libraries and fire companies
Balanced budget saves child care, libraries and fire companies
News Terence M. Cullen 6/26/2012 at 2:26PM

Without raising the tax bar, education, child care, libraries and other city services will be spared – despite original concerns of heavy cuts – in the 2013 Fiscal Year budget, city officials announced Monday, June 25 attributing the balanced budget to several cost-saving methods. “When times were better, the city set aside surplus revenue — [...]

Mayor announces balanced budget; fire companies, libraries and child care saved
News Billy Rennison 6/25/2012 at 7:17PM

With severe cuts to fire companies, child care and libraries looming, an on-time, balanced city budget was agreed upon with all services restored, the mayor announced. “We produced an on-time, balanced budget that does not raise taxes and preserves central services we all rely on,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the press conference announcing the [...]

Officials break ground on new Adult Learning Center in Rochdale Village
Officials break ground on new Adult Learning Center in Rochdale Village
News Melissa Chan 3/12/2012 at 5:09PM

Brainy bookworms in Rochdale Village will soon have a $4.1 million new home away from home. According to Queens Library officials, the community’s Adult Learning Center will be doubled in size to include more classroom and discussion group space, additional computers, listening stations and a new handicapped-accessible restroom. “The expanded Adult Learning Center at Rochdale [...]

Teen’s Alleged Assaulter Pretended To Be A Police Officer
Teen’s Alleged Assaulter Pretended To Be A Police Officer
News Jay Lane 12/28/2011 at 8:59AM

Teen’s Alleged Assaulter Pretended To Be A Police Officer Police were searching late Tuesday for a man who allegedly pretended to be a police officer and sexually assaulted a teenage boy he met in a subway station in Sunset Park, Brooklyn last week. Investigators say the man approached a 15-year-old boy at the 53rd Street [...]