On May 12, the Queens Library welcomed residents to check out the results of the 13-month closure.
Branch manager Jerome Myers said for the past year the staff has been relegated to a bus parked in front of the library every Saturday.
“We’re really happy that the entire community of Ozone Park can now come and enjoy this brand new and beautiful library,” he said.
For the first time the library will have a dedicated room for teenagers, and features a new children’s room and 540-square-foot community meeting room.
“With a new space we can really open our doors to offer programs to everyone to learn a new skill,” Myers said.
The library’s renovation was funded in a joint effort between State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr., Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (cooperatively with her predecessor Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder) and Councilman Eric Ulrich.
For State Senator Joseph Addabbo, who funded the renovation in conjunction with the area's other elected officials, being able to invest in the library he went to as a kid was particularly special.
“I will get to take my children here as my father did so many years ago and have them experience the same library,” Addabbo said.
Addabbo hosts mobile office hours at the libraries in his district as a way to connect with his constituency.
“I cannot wait to do my first mobile office hours right here in my hometown of Ozone Park in the Ozone Park branch,” he said.
Councilman Eric Ulrich borrowed his first library book from the Ozone Park branch.
“The book was called ‘The House on 88th Street,’ and I took it out because we lived on 88th Street,” he said. “I never returned the book. Maybe with the money I gave to fix the place, they can just forgive what I owe.”