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Milestones in 2004

Milestones in 2004

Queens Library made immense strides in 2004, bouncing back from cuts in hours, budget reductions and a shortage of library staff to accomplish significant milestones for this fiscal year.

 

  • Queens Library made immense strides in 2004, bouncing back from cuts in hours, budget reductions and a shortage of library staff to accomplish significant milestones for this fiscal year.
  • More than 16.8 million items were circulated and more than 14.5 million people visited Queens Library branches.
  • During Fiscal Year ’04, there were 73,233 new card-holders to the Queens Library.
  • Queens Library has 6.8 million items in its holdings.
  • 37,000 Russian-speaking residents are now able to search the Library’s catalog in Cyrillic, along with citations for Russian-language books, as 14,200 transliterated Russian bibliographic records were enriched with Cyrillic characters.
  • There are now 2,204 Friends of the Library in 28 active chapters.
  • The Queens Library had 1.7 million customers use on-line information resources.
  • 55,568 historical pictures of geographic Long Island, including buildings, bridges, waterways, and community photographs
    throughout Queens are now digitized to preserve them for the future.
  • 82,795 people visited our Central Library Gallery to experience exhibits covering an array of interests, which included Space Adventures (June-August); Painting for Progress (September-December); Another Africa (January-February) and Francachela (March-May).
  • The Flushing International Resource Center had its most successful public service year to date. It circulated nearly 105,000 items—the most in its history—and more than doubled the number of items sent out on interlibrary loan since last year.
  • Customers visited WorldLinQ™ sites 2,053,271 times during Fiscal Year 2004.
  • A record $2.3 million in government grants were received to support programs such as our Family Literacy Program.
  • More than 21,000 adult and children’s programs were hosted throughout the system and were attended by 464,881 individuals.
  • As of September 7, 2003, the Library had 13 locations open on Saturdays and nine open on Sundays. Forty-six locations added one evening every week and forty-nine locations added one morning per week
  • The New Americans Program launched the ¡Bienvenidos a Queens! website for Spanish speakers, giving wide access to community information in Spanish on health, immigration, housing, English classes and other issues useful for Spanish-speaking newcomers and established New Yorkers alike.
  • 7.7 million reference and directional questions were asked and answered.
  • The Flushing Library reached its highest single-day circulation for Fiscal Year 2004 with 10,272 items, a record for the Queens Library.
  • In April 2004, the Library presented its first-ever Tibetan-language program, “How to Start a Small Business.”
  • A massive postcard campaign and petition drive by Queens Library supporters to press for budget restoration yielded over 40,000 signatures. As a result of their efforts, and the hard work of the Queens City Council delegation, the Speaker, and the Mayor, the $4.1 million proposed cut was averted and $1.8 million restored from previous year’s cuts, which was targeted towards books and service enhancements.