Queens Assemblyman Edward Braunstein and Senator John Liu on Oct. 7 announced $2.2 million in capital funding for the Bay Terrace Library. The funding comes from a capital award courtesy of the New York State Education Department/New York State Library.
The funding will go toward a complete renovation of the library’s interior, restoring the exterior masonry and installing a HVAC system. The allocation comes from a $34 million capital fund appropriation passed in the state’s budget.
“Queens’ public libraries serve as the beating heart of our local communities, offering families a wide variety of programs, resources and services that enrich their daily lives,” Braunstein said. “The state-of-the-art improvements underway at the Bay Terrace Library will provide a modernized space with upgraded technology to be enjoyed by local families for years to come. I thank my partners in government who helped make the project a reality and I look forward to celebrating the library’s grand re-opening.”
The Bay Terrace Library is currently in the construction phase for a $5.7 million renovation and modernization project. This allocation supplements city funding that includes improvements to the exterior garden, updated furniture and technology, a new teen area and multipurpose community room with audiovisual equipment and a new ADA compliant ramp.
“Our neighborhood libraries offer so much more than just simple book lending,” Liu said. “They are cornerstones of our community where residents can take courses, use computers, learn a new language or attend a community meeting. The Bay Terrace Library has long stood as a centerpiece of northeast Queens, dutifully serving New Yorkers here and beyond with a range of programs and services. Funding this renovation will put a 21st century face on this esteemed institution that will allow it to serve our community for generations to come.”
“Senator John Liu and Assembly Member Ed Braunstein have demonstrated time and again their strong support for our libraries in their district and beyond,” Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott said. “I am grateful for their advocacy for funding to transform the Bay Terrace branch into a modern and welcoming place that helps inspire people to find success in their lives through our free resources and services.”