August 26, 2009
Deputy Commissioner David Resnick led DDC’s delegation, joining New York Public Library President Paul LeClerc and Staten Island civic leaders today to announce the start of the renovation and expansion of the library's Stapleton Branch on Canal Street in Staten Island. The $10.1 million project will more than double the library's common space and encompass a comprehensive technology upgrade, including more than two dozen new computers, free wireless Internet access and new self-checkout stations. The renovation will also provide new areas for adults, teens and children, as well as a community room. The project will retain the character of the historic library while adding a new building featuring 18-foot ceilings, attractive wood floors and a glass façade. The exterior of the building will be restored, including masonry and the main entrance steps, windows, doors, landscaping and fencing.
"Building libraries is particularly satisfying because of the profound effects they have on the life of the community," said Deputy Commissioner Resnick.
Since 2002, the DDC has completed four new library branches (Cambria Heights and Long Island City in Queens, Morris Park in the Bronx, and SoHo in Manhattan), two major additions to the Brooklyn Public Library and more than 25 renovations and modernizations to existing branches in all five boroughs.