City provides $6.5 million for a complete overhaul of the Woodside public library

Photo courtesy of the office of Jimmy Van Bramer

The Woodside Library will soon receive a much-needed, multimillion-dollar makeover.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer joined Congressman Joe Crowley at the library on June 18 to announce that the city will allocate $6.5 million in capital funding toward the branch’s renovations.

“Libraries change lives,” said Van Bramer. “The $6.5 million for a completely renovated Woodside Library is a big deal for the children, seniors and everyday Woodsiders who use this essentially important community resource. Every Woodside resident deserves to have a modern, state-of-the-art library.”

The funding, which was added to the 2019 Fiscal Budget, is part of the nearly $100 million that will be allocated to fund libraries throughout the city, and is the largest amount of funding for a single library in the budget. The funding is the first significant capital renovation for the library in nearly 20 years.

“Our city’s libraries are vital to enriching our communities, but many of our branches do not receive the funding they need to help our children and students grow,” said Crowley. “The millions of dollars in funding we are announcing today will help ensure Queens library continue to instill compassion, wisdom, and open-mindedness in our children for years to come. This is one of most important investments we can make for our community.”

“We look forward to working with our government partners to deliver an inspiring space where the public can learn, discover and grow,” said Dennis M. Walcott, president and CEO of Queens Library.

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