Dec. 12, 2010 By Christian Murray
The Woodside Library will be celebrating its 100th anniversary on Thursday.
Representatives of the Queens Library system will be marking the occasion by holding an event at the branch that will include entertainment by Stan Auld’s Big Band and a slide-show presentation of the history of Woodside from local historian Catherine Gregory.
The event will begin at 6:00pm and go until 8:00pm on Thursday, December 16. It will take place at the Woodside branch at 54-22 Skillman Avenue. The event is free.
The Queens Library system originally served the Woodside community via a so-called traveling library, where a collection of books were held in a general store as early as 1908.
In 1910, the Woodside Library was officially designated as branch library of the Queens Library system. The current building was built in 1933 and has been the home of the library since.
Jimmy Van Bramer, the local councilman and a champion of the Queens Public Library system, will be in attendance with Queens Library CEO Thomas W. Galante. Van Bramer served as the Chief External Affairs Officer of the Queens Public Library between 1999 and 2009 prior to his election.
In other news, the Sunnyside Library has recently unveiled its 24/7 Book and Video check-in kiosk.
The new system allows borrowers to return library materials at their convenience and obtain a receipt. Thanks to RFID technology, the books and videos are immediately removed from a customer’s account, avoiding late fees. The materials are then ready to be re-circulated to other library customers.
This 24/7 Book and Video check-in service is gradually being rolled out across the Queens Library system.
Similar kiosks are already in operation at the Maspeth and Broad Channel branches and are expected to be rolled-out to additional branches before the end of 2011.