In Astoria, Congressman Joe Crowley and Councilman Costa Constantinedes honored several essay contest winners from local elementary schools at the library's Steinway Branch at 21-45 31st St.
"Our local libraries are vitally important to our communities," Crowley said.
In addition to granting high praise to the contest winners, Constantinides, chair of the City Council’s sub-committee on libraries, also recognized the staff and services available for those with a library card.
“Our city’s libraries provide irreplaceable services with attentive staff and robust programming,” Constantinides said. “We must continue to support our libraries, whether it is through celebrations like these or by providing the funding they need to stay open six days per week.”