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The New York Public Library reopens its newly-renovated and expanded Stapleton branch with celebration on June 11
Staten Island library opens with free family-friendly programs and activities all day
“We sought to create a library that is an inviting and dignified public space for the community,” said architect Andrew Berman. “The original Carnegie Library has been restored and repurposed as the Children's Reading Room. The open, daylight filled new addition houses the teen and adult collections as well as extensive digital media. Together, this library is a unified whole that embraces the NYPL's history and its future as a vital public institution.”
“Libraries are the cornerstones of our communities, and the new-and-improved Stapleton branch will give Staten Island a wonderful neighborhood resource,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “This renovation will give Stapleton families even more to do at the library, with new computers, more space and new free programming.”
“I am pleased that the Stapleton Branch of the New York Public Library will be reopening to the community,” said Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro. “The library provides important services to people of all ages, but especially our children. I have said that children are 25% of our population, but 100% of our future, and that when children learn to read, they can read to learn for the rest of their lives. The new Stapleton Library will be a great resource for this neighborhood, and will provide many generations to come with educations and recreational programs and opportunities.” "Stapleton is in the middle of a renaissance from the waterfront development of the Rail and the Homeport, to the Gerald Carter Recreation Center and New Senior Housing at Stapleton Houses, to the historic hillside; all of which is centered on a redesigned Tappen Park and of course the rehabilitation and expansion of our beloved Stapleton Library," State Senator Diane Savino noted. "The renaissance of Stapleton, will establish it once again as a major shopping and recreation destination, which will now include a state of the art library for all children and residents to enjoy the gift of reading, education and skills classes and everything Stapleton Library will offer, I am thrilled the Stapleton Library is back as is every Staten Islander."
“I am excited to see that the Stapleton Branch of the New York Public Library is reopening, bigger and better than ever before, with more space, more computers and Wi-Fi,” said Assemblyman Matthew Titone. “The newly renovated building will be an incredible asset to the community, helping better prepare children and adults to become 21st century leaders.”
“The newly renovated Stapleton library provides a warm and welcoming environment with endless learning opportunities,” said Rep. Michael Grimm. “The new amenities will serve members of the community with resources for all ages and generations. Our greatest strength is our knowledge, and I am pleased that the doors of the Stapleton Library have reopened to foster growth through learning and education.”
“The new Stapleton branch combines the best elements of the original Carnegie library building with a light-filled, modern addition,” said David Resnick, AIA, Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction. “This happy marriage of historic and new elements has more than doubled the library’s public space, created a welcoming entrance, and brought the library into the 21st century. It was a pleasure to work with architect Andrew Berman, general contractor Plaza Construction, and our partners at the New York Public Library to provide this beautiful new library for the people of Staten Island.”
The Stapleton Library will be open: Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
About The New York Public Library
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