Scissors owned by the Queens Library got a workout last week when the ribbons were cut on two renovations to libraries in Richmond Hill and Broad Channel.
The Richmond Hill Library, at 103-34 Lefferts Blvd., opened its doors in late spring after being closed for renovation in the winter.
The library's children's area, adult reading area and community meeting room were all redone and a teen area was created.
It now features radio frequency identification technology that allows library customers to check out books themselves. The Queens Library said the addition will allow librarians and other staff to help out patrons with questions.
Farther south, the Broad Channel Library, at 16-26 Cross Bay Blvd., had the same renovations and new RFID technology.
"This library ... is a highly-valued resource for this active community," said Queens Library Director Thomas Galante during the Broad Channel ribbon cutting.
"This is a very, very used, visited, enjoyed library," said state Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (D-Rockaway Beach), who helped secure funding for the renovations along with City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach).
"This is a high point," Addabbo said, "when we get to cut a ribbon on a library like this. These libraries open their doors for everyone."
Addabbo pushed for the city to invest more into libraries, pointing out that Queens Library leads the city in visits and circulation but is "far below when it comes to funding."
Democratic District Leader Frank Gulluscio, a candidate for Addabbo's council seat when the councilman is term-limited out of office next year, said the library is "a safe haven for all ages — from toddlers to seniors."
Reach reporter Howard Koplowitz by e-mail at hkoplowitz
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