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East Rockaway Library gets $200G for new computers, renovation, upgraded children's library

The East Rockaway Library, pictured Aug. 2, 2012,

The East Rockaway Library, pictured Aug. 2, 2012, was awarded a $200,000 grant to renovate the library, add new computers and upgrade the children's library. Photo Credit: Amy Onorato

The East Rockaway Library was awarded a $200,000 grant to renovate the library, add new computers and upgrade the children's library.

The village received the grant from the New York State Municipal Facilities Program to completely redo the layout of the library, replace the circulation desk to make it more accessible to residents, and expand the media center. The library also plans to renovate the community room and create a teen zone.

The library also plans to improve its infrastructure and facilities to aid East Rockaway and the Bay Park Community.

"Creating inviting, inspiring spaces and keeping our library buildings in a state of good repair protects the resources our community library offers while ensuring a welcoming and secure environment for our neighbors," East Rockaway Library Board president Craig Mollo said in a statement.

The library submitted a capital improvement plan this year to renovate the library during the next five years. Library officials said its "2020 Plan" will help modernize the library as a meeting place and learning center.

The library also unveiled a new logo and a separately funded Books & Beans Café to bring more revenue to the library and host seminars, lectures and book clubs.

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