Queens Library at Seaside, located at 116-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd., sustained an estimated $1.2 million in damages during the storm, including a loss of $500,000 in library books alone.
“We are so glad to have the doors to Queens Library at Seaside open again,” said Thomas Galante, president and CEO of Queens Library. “It marks another positive step in the community rebuilding process, and presents so many opportunities for the library to enrich lives.”
In addition, the Queens Library at Arverne is set to reopen in December. The Queens Library at Peninsula is operating out of a temporary building until it’s reopening in the fall of 2014.
“I appreciate Queens Library and their initiative to get thee libraries open as soon as possible,” said State Senator Joe Addabbo. “The more ribbon-cuttings we go to, the better it is for our people.”
With many residents are still rebuilding or repairing their damaged homes, Addabbo said the library will be a vital asset for them.
“There are some people who haven’t replaced computers and rely on the library for the internet,” he said.