Kids and pols celebrate new youth library in Coney Island

Kids and pols celebrate new youth library in Coney Island
Snip, snip!: Excited youngsters look on as Sharon Greenberger, President of the YMCA of Greater New York, and Richard Chapman cut the ribbon for the new library in Coney Island on July 28.
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Bookworms celebrated the grand opening of the Chapman Youth Library at the Coney Island YMCA on July 28. There’s no better way to keep youngsters’ curious minds churning than with endless stacks of books, said a local pol who used to teach his own bright-eyed pupils.

“I am proud to see more educational opportunities become available for Coney Island youngsters. As a former educator, I believe there is a strong connection between the development of inquisitive minds, building reading skills at an early age, and future academic success,” said Councilman Mark Treyger (D–Coney Island), who taught public school before turning to politics. “Providing more ways for local children to get their hands on books or connect with educational programs is always an A+ in my book.”

Youngsters from the Coney Island YMCA summer camp enjoyed an author’s reading of the book “Jack and Beanstalk” by local writer Nina Crews after the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The new house of books on W. 29th Street between Surf and Mermaid avenues, which opened in partnership with the Harvard Library in New York, YMCA of Greater New York, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Chapman Perelman Foundation, offers young readers the opportunity to keep learning year-round. And the voluminous stacks of volumes are just the first step to a kid’s bright future, said Assemblywoman Pam Harris (D–Coney Island).

“Young people in our district now have greater access to quality books capable of expanding their intellect to a world beyond their imagination,” she said. “I encourage everyone to visit the Chapman Youth Library and take advantage of everything the library has to offer.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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