|Vol. 12, No. 20
||Oct. 21 -
Nov. 3, 1999
Deal Near on Temporary Library Space
By HANNAN ADELY
In response to mounting complaints from the
Norwood and Bedford Park communities over the temporary closing of the Mosholu Library,
officials of the New York Public Library (NYPL) said last week that they are close to
identifying an alternative facility to use during the branch's eight-month renovation
period, which began with little notice on Sept. 20.
At first, the NYPL had planned to offer only bus service to the Fordham Library, on
Bainbridge Avenue near Fordham Road, three days a week as compensation for the closing.
But residents and community leaders, including members of Community Board 7 and the
Bedford Mosholu Community Association, insisted that temporary space be found.
Library officials said they opted for the bus solution because of a lack of funding for a
temporary space and because they initially did not anticipate that the renovations would
take so long.
Although bus service between the Mosholu and Fordham branches has been regularly utilized
by senior citizens, branch librarian Ann Alexander said children have largely stayed away.
Funds will now be made available for the temporary site, said Mary Elizabeth Wendt, a
Bronx NYPL official. Why the change of heart? "We had a lot of phone calls and
letters," Wendt said. "The library tries to be responsive to the
Councilwoman June Eisland has been pushing for temporary space and is currently
participating in property negotiations. "I've been working closely with the New York
Public Library to find a suitable temporary space near the existing Mosholu Library,"
she said in a written statement. "There's a handshake agreement for a rental space at
this time and I'm hopeful the deal will be signed and sealed shortly."
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