Books and reading remain the centerpieces of Queens Library services, offering everything from the latest bestsellers to information in dozens of languages.
- As a result of receiving a Langeloth Grant the Business, Science and Technology Division of the Central Library was able to expand the consumer health collection with books and videos.
- Sisterfriends @ Your Library monthly book club, in partnership with Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library, hosted nine author talks, four via video teleconferencing, linking the two libraries.
- In partnership with Tricom Publicity Authors on Tour @ Your Library was initiated, bringing new authors into the Central Library. It was then expanded to include all branches.
- E-book classes for young adult customers were instituted at Flushing, Laurelton, Steinway and Jackson Heights. E-books are full texts that can be read online from any Internet-connected computer, without coming to the library in person.
- Four students in the Central Library’s Adult Learning Center were filmed over an 8-month span by Dateline NBC, and anchor Tom Brokaw interviewed them on camera. Their reading/literacy progress was the subject of a full-hour documentary.
- The Summer Reading Club program included a website this year. More than 18,000 children and teens participated in the Summer Reading Club.
- Family Literacy programs grew with funding opportunities. The BEST (Building English Skills Together program) and Primetime program were popular with families, allowing parents and children to learn to read together.
- The Queens ESOL Network, founded by Queens Library creates connections among ESOL programs and provides staff development for the entire city.