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Editorial: A Renovated Library At Last!

It has been many more years than I like to think about, a long time since Great Neck first realized we need a more modern, updated library. Library renovations have been presented, discussed, debated and rejected for close to 20 years. And now, finally, the public has voted “yes,” for the newest proposal presented by the Great Neck Library. Hooray!

This past Tuesday, Nov. 19, the referendum for the $10.4 million library renovation passed in a public vote.

Congratulations to the members of the library board, library employees and volunteer citizens who worked hard and long on a plan that would suit the public’s needs and garner broad approval.

So now, in about a year or so, we will once again have a library that we can call our “crowning jewel.” From what we have garnered from the plans and the proposals as outlined in the media and at public meetings, we foresee a sleek, modern library—updated and attractive, suited to today’s needs and to this generation. We look forward to an inviting, relaxing “home” where we can satisfy our intellectual curiosity, enjoy a wide variety of media offerings and be certain that every member of our family will find their place in just the right sort of library for the 21st century.

Thank you to all the very dedicated library board members who worked out this plan and determinedly saw it through to success. And thank you, too, to the hard-working library staff and the volunteers who gave so much of themselves to see a new library come to life in Great Neck.

—Wendy Karpel Kreitzman