By Alex Robinson
Queensboro Hill bookworms will soon have their library back.
The Queensboro Hill branch of the Queens Public Library, at 60-05 Main St. in Flushing, is poised to reopen March 25 at 1 p.m. after a yearlong renovation, a library spokeswoman said.
The library closed in February 2013 for the renovations, which included a new handicap-accessible entryway and bathroom, a new lobby with new furniture and decor, self-check-out machines and 24-hour check-in capabilities.
“The renovations at Queens Library at Queensboro Hill have created a more welcoming atmosphere by redesigning the entryway and lobby and making the library handicap-accessible,” said Thomas Galante, president of Queens Public Library. “The self-check-in and self-check-out are big customer service improvements. The new decor is vibrant and attractive. The best way to see how great the library looks is to visit and see for yourself.”
The work was done by the city Department of Design and Construction and the total project cost approximately $950,000.
During the closure, staff were deployed to other Queens libraries to help fill in at those locations.
The library will have a full schedule of programs, as it did before the renovations, including story times for young children, homework help and educational and informational programs for adults.
There is a gala concert of Chinese music scheduled for April 18 and more programs will be added to the schedule in the coming weeks, the spokeswoman said.
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