The Queens Library has renovated 12 branches throughout the borough in the past seven months at a total cost of $8.8 million. The Pomonok branch renovation was partially underwritten by City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows), who allocated $140,000 from his discretionary fund for the renovation project.Children from PS 200 sang "America the Beautiful" after Queens Library President Thomas Galante spoke briefly about the improvements to the facility. "We want to give kids the rudiments they need, give them the educational materials and opportunities," said Gennaro.The library now has RFID check-out stations for books, a new computer and plasma television, enhanced multimedia capabilities, and new carpeting and paint. State Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn (D-Flushing) called dibs on the new computer."If I get here first, I'm getting it," she said to the PS 200 children sitting next to the lectern."We are so pleased at the reopening of the Pomonok branch. It's the fourth of six branches in Community Board 8 to be rehabilitated," said Marc Haken, CB 8's library chairman. The remaining two branches are Kew Gardens Hills and Hollis. "And we are still seeking funds to keep the libraries open six full days a week."Gennaro said the city had made some progress on that front, with funding for parks and libraries guaranteed and baselined in the budget."Only $8 million is separating us from being open six days a week," he said, which was met with applause from the audience.Reach reporter Alex Christodoulides by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 155.
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