Local officials have stepped up their efforts to secure funds for a new building to replace the Rego Park library, as the local population continues to grow. The branch is approximately 7,5000 square feet, whereas newer libraries are being constructed with a minimum of 10,000 square feet.
Frank Gulluscio, district manager at Community Board 6, which covers Forest Hills and Rego Park, spoke on the issue during a public hearing on Queens budget priorities, during which community boards present their most urgent needs. “Close to 700 people go in there on any given day. This branch is bursting at the seams.”
Today, libraries are no longer used only to borrow books. In a sense, they function as a community center in that residents of all ages flock to utilize the many opportunities available inside the building. . . Moms bring their children for ‘story hour’, school kids do research here, and some go to use the computers, while others attend the variety of free classes and special activities offered there. Other services can be had without even stepping foot into the Rego Park site. You can request library materials like books, videos, & more, browse and register for events and download e-books, audio books, E-magazines, & music – all you need is a library card and a mobile device.
With support from local Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz and the Queens Borough President, about six million dollars has already been earmarked for a larger Rego Park library, although it will take a great deal more money to complete the project. Ms. Koslowitz noted the need is urgent, as the local population continues to grow due to new residential housing in the area, including The Alexander, a luxury rental development housing 312 apartments in a 20-story tower, now under construction at the Rego Park Center.
With the focus of the Borough President, local Councilwoman and district manager at Community Board 6 in keeping ahead of the growth and needs of the community they represent, Rego Park is the place to live. Stay tuned – we will keep you posted when we have additional information to share…
Queens Library – Rego Park
91-41 63 Drive
Rego Park, NY 11374