Post Commander Tom Long said the group has been donating to the Queens County American Legion Library Fund for years.
“They have suggested in the past that if we wanted to do local donations instead, it would be a good thing,” Long said.
Mike Arcati, an American Legion member and a grand marshal in the 2018 Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade, spearheaded the effort. Arcati and his family live spend time together at the branch.
“These local libraries are the anchors of the community, and it’s important that we keep on supporting them,” he said. “They’ve also become community centers for young children, families and the elderly.
Arcati noted that Post #1424 is located just several blocks away.
“In a lot of communities libraries have to beg for money, but our community is very generous,” said branch manager Fran Tobin said.
Library staff had several ideas on how to best utilize the donation.
“We’re hoping to use the funds to get more books,” said assistant manager Bonnie Hodes. “We’re very appreciative of the American Legion and all of our community groups.”
The library could also use the money for new programs or to improve existing programs, like the Summer Reading series.
“Any arts-and-crafts program, regardless of the age group, is always popular,” Hodes said. “Regardless of whether we can spend the money on books or on programs, the public will benefit.”