Books and Reading

Books and reading

Books and reading are at the core of public library service. Queens Library celebrates the legacy of the printed word by fostering and promoting the understanding of the vital role of books, reading, libraries and literacy in society.



  • Queens Library purchased 761,814 new library items in FY ’02, including best sellers, classic literature, homework help materials, how-to books and more.
  • The first borough-wide Adult Summer Reading Club was themed “A Taste of Queens.” Cookbook authors appeared throughout the summer, and book discussions in every library location were lively.
  • Children’s Summer Reading Clubs experienced a 9.8% increase in attendance: 19,000 children and 1,800 young adults signed up.
  • Newborns at Elmhurst Hospital and Queens General Hospital went home with a Queens Library Welcome Baby Kit. It includes a baby bib, a soft cover book for family reading, literature on the importance of reading to even the youngest children, and of course, a library card application.
  • Among the many authors who visited in FY ’02 were Malachy McCourt, Kathleen Brady, Beth Harpaz, Monique Greenwood, Charles Hanley, Helene Stapinski, and for Teen Read Week, Doreen Rappaport.
  • More than 500 e-book titles were made available specifically in response to the events of September 11, and featured prominently on the Queens Library web site.
  • Queens Library became the first American public library to offer e-books in Chinese.
  • Queens Library teamed up with the Mayor’s Office on Literacy and the Board of Education on a multi-week series of family literacy programs at the Flushing Library.
  • The library received a gift from the outgoing City Council Speaker, the Peter F. Vallone Judaica Collection.
  • A pilot collection of Bengali/English children’s books was begun at Central Library, in response to community needs.
  • The Sisterfriends @ Your Library Book Club was held in conjunction with the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in Charlotte, NC. Participants in both locations heard author talks and held book discussions via teleconference. The Pen American Center supplied the books for the reading club, at no cost to Queens Library.