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Queens Library’s Adult Learning Center at Rochdale Village Opens

Assembly Member Vivian Cook; NYC Council Member Ruben Willis; NY Sen. James Sanders Jr.; NY Sen. Leroy Comrie Jr.; NYC Council Member Donovan Richards; Assistant Commissioner Oscar Gonzalez of the NYC Department of Design and Construction; Queens Library’s Interim President and CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey; other government and community leaders cut the ribbon today to officially open
the expanded Adult Learning Center at the Queens Library at Rochdale Village. The assembled crowd also heard from students who study at the center about how much the facility means to them.

CAPTION (l to r): Sen. James Sanders Jr.; Friend of the Library Sarah Payne; NYC Council Member Ruben Wills; Assembly Member Vivian Cook; Friend of the Library Christine Hughes; Queens Library's Interim President and CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey; Library Trustee Adrienne Adams; Assistant Commissioner Oscar Gonzalez of the NYC Department of Design and Construction; Yvonne Reddick, Community Board 12.

CAPTION (l to r): Sen.
James Sanders Jr.; Friend of the Library Sarah Payne; NYC Council Member Ruben
Wills; Assembly Member Vivian Cook; Friend of the Library Christine Hughes;
Queens Library’s Interim President and CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey; Library Trustee
Adrienne Adams; Assistant Commissioner Oscar Gonzalez of the NYC Department of
Design and Construction; Yvonne Reddick, Community Board 12.

The Adult Learning Center at Queens Library at Rochdale Village has been expanded to more than double the existing space. The Adult Learning Center, one of seven that are part of the Queens Library
system, serves hundreds of adult students every year. They are adults who are learning to read, or who are learning to read, write and converse in English, as well as students who are taking pre-GED classes. The $5.18 million expansion/renovation includes expanded classroom space, more computers and
listening stations, more study/conversation group space. New handicapped-accessible restrooms will be installed shortly. It is being built on adjacent vacant City-owned property of which the library already had use. The roof, HVAC and fire alarm equipment were also replaced and self check-in
technology was installed.

“It has been a privilege to work with the members of the community to insure a safe and beautiful learning facility,” said Assembly Member Vivian Cook.  “The Queens Library is a vital cultural,
informational, and educational resource for the entire community. Its Adult Learner Program has aided countless men and women by helping them develop the basic literacy and language skills they need to perform routine functions, achieve professional advancement, and gain knowledge. I am honored to have
contributed to the modernization and expansion of the Rochdale Adult Learning Center, so it may enhance the program’s efficiency and productivity, and better serve my constituents’ needs. These renovations would not have been possible without the support of Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and State Assembly Member Vivian Cook, for which I am grateful. Investing in our libraries
preserves and expands their ability to enrich the community, and elevate the mobility of its members.”

“Learning is a lifelong process, and the expansion of the Rochdale Village Library’s Adult Learning Center will enhance literacy for hundreds of adult students every year. The expansion has transformed this
library into one that is befitting of a world-class library system, and will serve as a strong example of how public investment can directly impact neighborhoods and uplift communities. Congratulations to the Queens Library, city agencies, organizations and leaders who kept this important project on
track and into reality.”

“The investment of $5.18 million for the Adult Learning Center in the Rochdale Village Library more than doubles the space for the life changing programs the Center offers,” said New York City Council
Majority Leader and Chair of the Cultural Affairs and Libraries Committee Jimmy Van Bramer. “The Adult Learning Center serves hundreds of people every year who are learning to read, learning English as a second-language and students taking pre-GED classes. This investment will empower users of the Adult Learning Center to gain skills and knowledge that will lead them to have a better life. It is a
wonderful day for this great community library and the Queens Library.”

State Senator James Sanders Jr. said: “The pursuit of knowledge is something that shouldn’t end when we put our school books away. The Rochdale Village Adult Learning Center will help enrich people’s lives through education, whether one is perusing new career goals or simply seeking self-improvement. The center will also go a long way in assisting new immigrants with a wide array of multilingual, instructional, and social services, which is very important, especially here in Queens, the city’s most diverse borough.”

“New Yorkers know that life doesn’t always follow a linear path: as adolescents and young adults, we make choices about our futures when we are sometimes barely old enough to understand ourselves. These choices are complicated by living in a complex City, one with unique problems, but also a unique drive to provide ongoing opportunities to all of its citizens,” said State Senator Comrie (D-St. Albans). “The Rochdale Village Adult Learning Center fulfills the idea that New Yorkers should always have the chance to build a new story for themselves and their families, no matter at what stage of life. I am thrilled the community has this chance to connect with new pathways for success, and want to thank Queens
Libraries, the Borough President’s Office, State Senator Sanders, Assemblywoman Cooke, Council Member Wills and the Department of Design and Construction for making this possible.”

“Queens Library continues to provide communities with vital resources for residents of all ages,” said Council Member Donovan Richards. “Expanding the Adult Learning Center for Rochdale Village will allow
even more adults to continue learning and gaining new skills, which is crucial for helping our residents find more opportunities for sustainable employment.”

“We are proud to have partnered with the Queens Library, our Local Elected Officials and Community Stakeholders for the ribbon-cutting of the Rochdale Village Library’s Adult Learning Center. In continuing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vision for a healthy, sustainable city for all New Yorkers, we are
committed to providing well-designed, safe and healthy educational environments to contribute to the community and most importantly the city’s growth,” said Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora of the New York City Department of Design and Construction.

“The expanded Adult Learning Center at Queens Library at Rochdale Village is an inspiring space in which to learn. It will encourage even more adults to take the next step toward improving their English fluency or to work toward a high school diploma. It is a wonderful gift to the community.”

Queens Library joins the community in thanking Council Member Ruben Wills and the NYC Council; Mayor Bill de Blasio; Borough President Melinda Katz and Assembly Member Vivian Cook for funding the expansion of The Adult Learning Center at Queens Library at Rochdale Village.

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