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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                 DATE: October 9, 2015

Media Contact: Craig Mollo, Library Board President

Phone Number: (516) 599-1664

EAST ROCKAWAY LIBRARY AWARDED $200K STATE GRANT

State Funding to Update & Improve Facilities, Technology to Benefit All Residents

at No Additional Cost to Taxpayers

The New York State & Municipal Facilities Program, administered by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, awarded the $200,000 grant to the Incorporated Village of East Rockaway to update and improve facilities and technology in the library for the benefit of all residents. 

East Rockaway Library officials will use the money to reconfigure the existing layout of the main library, replace the Circulation Desk with more user-friendly one, update the Public Library’s computer facilities, expand our media center, make accessibility modifications to the Reference Desk, update the Children's Library, renovate the much-used Community Room and also create a new Teen Zone.

 “Thanks to our efforts here in East Rockaway, and the support our application received from the State Senate, this $200,000 State Grant will allow the East Rockaway Library to substantially upgrade its facilities and infrastructure, providing a better environment for library patrons.  It’s another win-win for our community,” said East Rockaway Mayor Bruno Romano.

“The entire East Rockaway and Bay Park community greatly appreciates the investment that New York State is making in our library’s infrastructure and technology.  Creating inviting, inspiring spaces and keeping our library buildings in a state of good repair protects the resources our community library offers while ensures a welcoming and secure environment for our neighbors,” said East Rockaway Library Board President Craig Mollo.

 Earlier this year, the East Rockaway Library had put together a detailed plan that would lay out a capital improvement agenda for the next 5 years.  “The 2020 Plan,” as it is called, established a vision to bring the Library into the 21st Century with modern and technologically advanced apparatus with the purpose of serving as a welcoming, efficient and inclusive meeting place, learning center and community centerpoint.   This State Grant helps achieve the plans that were established.

 Also included in “The 2020 Plan,” but not covered by the grant funding, was the recent unveiling of a new and inviting Library logo.  It was designed and based upon the community’s relationship with reading and literature.  Additionally, a Books & Beans Café was created in the facility encouraging neighbors to read, drink and connect with neighbors.  The new coffee spot also enhanced the Library’s revenue stream while adding a new area to host seminars, discussions, lectures, book clubs and similar activities.

A copy of “The 2020 Plan” is attached to this release.

The Library Board of the East Rockaway Public Library will oversee the administration of this grant.  Craig Mollo is the President of the East Rockaway Public Library Board of Trustees.  Other members include Morgan Avilla-Williams, Gary Aue, Cindy Lark Melissa Van Wickler.