2002-08-08 / Top Stories

Ultra-Modern Jamaica Bay Library Officially Reopening Next Week

The Jamaica Bay Branch Library on Seaview Avenue will reopen on August 14 with state-of-the-art facilities.      			Charles RogersThe Jamaica Bay Branch Library on Seaview Avenue will reopen on August 14 with state-of-the-art facilities. Charles Rogers

The Jamaica Bay Branch Library, at 9727 Seaview Avenue, officially reopens August 14 after the completion of an extensive interior renovation that will provide patrons with a host of new features, including more natural light, improved interior public space and upgraded building systems.

The $1,211,000 renovation, which closed the building for approximately a year, focused on three major areas of improvement: providing better access for all patrons, refurbishing the interior of the facility, and replacing older building systems. Patrons can expect to enjoy new flooring, new furniture, alterations to the reading alcove space, a new circulation desk, new HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system, meeting room improvements and a wheelchair lift.

Visitors to the renovated Jamaica Bay Branch will also experience a much brighter interior space, thanks to freshly painted surfaces throughout its interior surfaces, new lighting and a new skylight. Renovations to the first-floor restroom and the addition of a new wheelchair lift for handicapped patrons will bring the branch into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and provide access to the second floor. The Jamaica Bay Branch renovation was made possible through a funding allocation from former New York City Councilmember Herbert Berman and ongoing support from current Councilmember for District 46, Lewis A. Fidler.

The Branch offers a range of services to meet the needs of its diverse community - from programs such as LEEP (Library Early Enrichment Program) Preschool Storytime, RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) and Teen Time - to a selection of multilingual resources, including books and other materials in Russian, Chinese, Spanish, French and Urdu. The branch also offers a Technology Resource Center with free public access to computers and instruction.

Opened in 1973, the Jamaica Bay Branch is located a few blocks from the Canarsie Pier. The building’s cube-like design, by architects Leibowitz/Badouva and Associates, won a New York Society of Architects bronze plaque for "an accomplished solution to a difficult and highly constrained construction" for the 7,500 square-foot space.

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