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Washington Heights Library Reopens to Rave Reviews

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After a $12.4 million renovation the public library in Washington Heights re-opened to the public Monday.

Elected officials joined with students and residents for a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The library had been closed for nearly four years.

The branch now boasts one of the largest children's rooms in the entire New York Public Library system, a brand new elevator and 55 new computers and laptops.

"The ingredients are here. Amazing staff. Great books. Beautiful building," said New York Public Library President Tony Marx.

"People used to wait 45 minutes to get a computer appointment, and now I am expecting people not to wait any longer because we have so many computers available," said Library Manager Vianela Rivas.

People in the neighborhood are happy the wait is over.

"These guys weren't even born when this was open. So, we've been schlepping down 145th Street, which is a beautiful library, but it's a 20 minute walk away, and so we're delighted to have something so close, and so beautiful. It's really great," said Mark Barton, a library user.

"It's a great place to sit and read with these two guys, looking for as much diversion and engagement we can find," said Dave Goldberg, a library user.

There was another reason to celebrate as the building that houses the library turned 100 years old last week.

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