BY TRISHA SAKHUJA
The LeFrak City Library in Corona is expanding its programs, thanks to funding from local elected officials.
Pat Martin, president of the LeFrak City Library, said she is proud of Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) for what they have done for the library.
“They have really stepped up to the plate and really supported LeFrak Library,” she said. “We are putting in new programs at the library. It’s fantastic.”
One of those new programs includes a town hall meeting where the library invites elected officials to discuss the many issues pertaining to the surrounding community, Dromm said.
For the fiscal year 2014, Ferreras allocated a total of $180,000 to the LeFrak branch.
“This funding was used to make vital technical upgrades and fund an after-school program that offers children a variety of structured and information services, including academic support and enrichment, early college awareness and guidance and parent engagement,” Ferreras said.
“The LeFrak Library continues to provide our community with a wealth of tools needed to enhance literacy and knowledge. An investment in our libraries is an investment for the future of our children,” she added.
Dromm said the Queens Library is a great institution that needs support.
“Queens’ libraries offer services beyond the typical including computer access, resume writing workshops and English as a Second Language classes,” he said.
For the last four years, Dromm was allocated a total of $500,000 in capital finds towards upgrades at the LeFrak branch of the Queens Library.
One of those upgrades includes a new ATM-style 24-hour book-return kiosk to the front of the building, at 98-30 57th Ave., Corona.
The LeFrak branch resumed its daily hours of operation on Jan. 9, after being closed for a week to upgrade its checkout system.
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