Is there a better investment we can make in our city?

The Library that is. In particular, a renovation of MLK central library.

This is the rhetorical question with which the Library’s new Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan concludes a heartening op-ed “How a Public Library Set Me Free” about the importance of libraries to him as a son of Cuban immigrants growing up in Queens,

” The main public library on Merrick Boulevard was the first place I was allowed to visit on my own. I started going when I was 8. Everything I needed was located on what seemed to me an endless single floor. Wandering around that building aimlessly on a Saturday afternoon offered a sense of freedom I’d never experienced before.”

We agree! There is no better investment we can make in our city than the renovation of our central library.

Read Reyes-Gavilan’s full op ed