Courtesy of Donovan Richards’ office
Queens Library CEO Denis Walcott (fourth from right) and Councilman Donovan Richards (c) celebrate Richards’ allocation nearly $2.8 million for Laurelton Library.
By Patrick Donachie

The Laurelton Library will benefit from more than $2.7 million in capital funding obtained by Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Arverne).

“Our libraries are a vital resource for youth, seniors and residents of all ages who want to continue learning at all stages of life,” Richards said during a Dec. 21 ceremony announcing the funding. “Investing in our libraries is investing in our future, so I look forward to working with Queens Library to bring the best upgrades to serve our residents.”

During the celebration at the Laurelton Library at 134-26 225 St. Richards was joined by Queens Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott. Richards said the increased funding will go toward needed upgrades at the branch.

The allocation follows similar capital funding increases at other branches in Richards’ district, including $1 million for an upgrade to Rosedale Library, as well as $6 million for the Far Rockaway Library and close to $4 million to fund an expansion of the Arverne branch.

The Laurelton library served a circulation of 74,264 in the last fiscal year, according to Richards.

Reach reporter Patrick Donachie by e-mail at pdonachie@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

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