By Naeisha Rose
Two Queens Library branches will evenly split a $50,000 grant that was provided by state Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal (D-Flushing), according a spokesman from Rosenthal’s office.
“Queens Library is committed to providing essential services to our community and I am proud to support its mission,” said Rosenthal. “Our libraries offer a number of excellent programs for youth, seniors and have become homes of civic engagement for many neighborhood organizations.
The libraries that will receive the grant for fiscal year 2019 are Briarwood Library and Poppenhusen Library, according to Queens Library spokeswoman Elisabeth de Bourbon.
“By investing in our Briarwood and Poppenhusen branches, Assemblyman Rosenthal is sending a strong message about the importance of libraries to his district and beyond,” said Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott. “We are grateful for his support of our mission to transform people’s lives and build strong communities.”
The Poppenhusen branch is located at 121-23 14th Ave. in College Point and the Briarwood branch is located at 85-12 Main St. in Briarwood.
“We are very happy,” said an assistant manager at the Briarwood branch. “The community is very happy and people that came to the library signed a thank you post for the assemblyman.”
The branches are working to determine which of their programs can be enhanced with the funding, and whether they should possibly include computer classes, social media classes for adults, health and wellness workshops, English conversation classes and citizenship preparation programs, according to de Bourbon.
“I am glad to see these funds used to secure new programs and expand technology services for my constituents,” said Rosenthal.
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