On any given weekday afternoon, it is normal to see teens hanging out in front of the Cambria Heights Library. Next year, that may be a thing of the past.
Councilman Leroy Comrie joined Queens Library President Thomas Galante, community leaders and youngsters in a ‘wall breaking’ ceremony to present the space cited for the new Teen Center at the Queens Library Cambria Heights branch.
“This is a major milestone in the Library’s evolution,” said Galante.
The new Teen’s Center will be located on the lower level of the library. The space is slated to include a Cyber Center, lounge and gaming area, a sound recording space, meeting room and a full collection of books. The space will be accessible by a separate entrance and will be available for use as community meeting space as well.
The Center gives the Cambria Library an additional 4,000 square feet of space. It will also allow for the reorganization of the existing upstairs space expanding the adults and kids areas.
Councilman Leroy Comrie was credited for getting the funding for the library, upwards of $2.8 million dollars. The bulk of that money, $1.3 million, will be dedicated to the new Teens Center. The remaining dollars will be used to enhance the Teens Center at the Central Library location on Merrick Boulevard.
“When we first envisioned this library, we knew there was a need for a Teen Center. Cambria Heights has, unfortunately, limited options for our young people,” said Councilman Comrie.
Councilman Comrie was given a proclamation for his efforts by the Teen Advisory Council who thanked him for “making us the coolest library around”.
The Teen Center is slated for completion in Spring 2014.
The Queens Library has been redefining its spaces and products to adapt and compliment the new world of library usage. They have introduced eReaders for books, the space at the Central Branch has been transformed to accommodate additional cyber usage, electronic patronage and the need for quiet space. They have also introduced the usage of eMagazines for card holders.