The Council of the City of New York
Office of Council Member Costa Constantinides
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For Immediate Release
April 18, 2015
Contact: Shachar Sharon

Constantinides Celebrates Library Day

Astoria, N.Y. – New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), Chair of the Council Sub-Committee on Libraries, celebrated the services our city’s libraries and staff provide at Queens Library’s Steinway branch. Queens Library Interim CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey and Assemblymember Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) along with nearly fifty elementary school students and parents from the Astoria area joined the celebration, which included activities for children provided by ProjectArt.

Constantinides also honored the winners of an essay contest that he hosted with local elementary schools, highlighting the services provided to the community.

Constantinides said, “Libraries provide irreplaceable services helping everyone regardless of age, origin, or economic status. That’s all with dedicated staff and valuable programming throughout the city. Neighborhood events like these show how much we support our city’s libraries. They also show that the libraries deserve more and better funding. I was proud to celebrate our libraries’ services with the students and parents who use them.”

“I developed my love of reading at the local branch of the Queens Public Library, with lots of encouragement from my parents and teachers,” said Simotas. “Strong reading skills are the basis to an effective education, and the services that libraries provide help children develop those skills and build confidence.”

Quinn-Carey said “Council Member Constantinides is an unwavering supporter of libraries in his district and citywide. By celebrating Library Day, he called attention to all the great education and information available to the community using a free library card. Our thanks to the Council Member and to Assembly Member Aravella Simotas for promoting reading. You are always welcome at Queens Library!”

Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. He serves as the chair the City Council’s Sub-Committee on Libraries and sits on seven standing committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Environmental Protection, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation. For more information, visit