At an August 4, press conference with Queens Library representatives, school principals and community leaders, Councilmember Paul Vallone announced a $1 million funding allocation for the Bay Terrace Library to be revamped with a full interior renovation and modernization.
Community leaders hailed the project, citing the dire need for upgrading this highly popular library. At a visioning session prior to the press conference, Queens Library staff made a presentation to the community leaders present, detailing the possible upgrades that could be made and comparing them with similar renovations made to other libraries in recent years. The visioning session was aimed at collecting community input and suggestions for potential upgrades.
Among those present were Warren Schreiber, president, Bay Terrace Community Alliance; Marilyn Bitterman, district manager, Community Board 7; and David Abbott, principal, Bell Academy. The participants of a children’s program at the library were included and asked to draw renditions of what they think the library should look like. “I was overwhelmed by the lack of financial support that my district’s libraries have faced for years. With this million dollar allocation, the Bay Terrace Library will receive a complete renovation,” said Vallone. “Our libraries provide us with an invaluable service and this project reflects my commitment to support our libraries, which is an investment for our entire community.”