GRAND OPENING OF ‘TECH CENTRAL’ FORMER ASTRONAUT RON GARAN TO BE GUEST OF HONOR.
Tech Central, a new state-of-the-art digital learning commons, will celebrate its Grand Opening at the Riverfront Library on Wednesday, May 4. The new 2000 sq. ft. space includes a digital recording studio, a makerspace outfitted with 3D printers, and a large training room featuring a range of presentation and printing technologies.
Tech Central will offer programs and training opportunities that will serve thousands of residents of Yonkers and the surrounding area each year. “With technology changing so quickly, having a place that can keep our patrons ahead of the curve is so important,” said Board President Nancy Maron. “This space will be exciting both for kids who are digital natives and for first-time digital learners, who may need basic skills to navigate the Internet or apply for a job.”
Tech Central was made possible with support from the City of Yonkers and grants from a variety of state and federal sources. “This great space is a reality thanks to the Mayor’s Office, the Planning Department, and the members of our New York State delegation,” according to Library Director Ed Falcone, “all of whom have been outstanding partners in helping the Yonkers Public Library offer access to cutting-edge technologies and training for patrons of all ages and skill levels.”
The Grand Opening of Tech Central will be celebrated throughout the afternoon and evening of Wednesday, May 4, with events at the Riverfront Library:
- Afternoon events for the public. From 3:30 to 5:00pm, the library will offer tours, demos and an opportunity to meet Astronaut Ron Garan.
- Ribbon-cutting. Mayor Mike Spano will lead the official ceremony at 4 pm.
- An evening fundraiser. A Starry Night, a library-hosted gala, will take place from 6:30 to 9:00 that evening, featuring hors d’oeuvres by Peter Kelly’s X2O Restaurant, drinks, and live music by Grammy-nominated bassist Jonathan Maron and his trio.
Yonkers native, Roosevelt High School alumnus and International Space Station astronaut Ron Garan will be the guest of honor at both the afternoon events and the fundraiser. Since leaving NASA, Ron has travelled the world sharing his knowledge of science and technology to advance numerous humanitarian and environmental projects.
The Yonkers Riverfront Library, located at One Larkin Center, is accessible to people with disabilities. Parking is available at sidewalk meters and for a fee in the nearby Buena Vista and Warburton Garages. The Library is across the street from the Yonkers station, on the Metro North Railroad’s Hudson Line. For additional information, contact Deputy Director Susan Thaler at 914-375-7953.