|Leonard T. D'Amico
||Thomas W. Galante
|President, Board of Trustees
Fiscal year 2006 was another banner year for Queens Library, thanks to our Library customers, employees, and supporters.
Our 63 libraries throughout the borough experienced unprecedented use. More than 50,000 people visited us every day we were opened. Our registration drive brought in 18,000 new library card holders, some of whom registered, for the first time, online. We broke our all-time circulation figure with over 20.2 million items checked out. These record-breaking numbers are proof that the people of Queens have used Queens Library to enrich their lives.
Queens Library introduced many enhancements and innovations to customers.We began implementing a new customer service model as part of the renovation of our libraries. Corona and Court Square customers were the first to benefit from state-of-the-art RFID check-out technology. More customer-use computers were added, along with newly designed laptop counters. Free wire Internet became available at all 63 libraries. Book and videos collections were refreshed. Teen and program areas were carved out of underutilized space, and interiors were freshened up. Over the next three years, every library that isn’t newly built will undergo this transformation.
The Queens Library Bookmobile – a small library on wheels – was back on the road, after an absence of many years.
Queens Library expanded its eMedia capabilities. Now customers can download books, videos, music and audiobooks to their PCs or other devices. Spanish, Russian, or Chinese newspapers and magazines are also available.
In FY ’06, we rolled out BOOST (Best Out of School Time) to all 63 Queens libraries, offering homework help and enrichment programs to kids in Queens. Our Summer Reading Program attracted 23,000 children and young adults, who read over 201,000 books. They especially liked the new citywide interactive summer reading website (www.summerreading.org).
Queens Library’s Adult Learner Program teaches adults to read or write English and new Americans to speak English. We offer one of the largest programs of this kind free of charge. This past year, more than 3,000 students learned to read, write, or speak English at Queens Library.
We opened a dedicated Consumer Health Resources Center at Central Library in Jamaica – the first of its kind in New York State.
These expanded services and resources, plus our wonderful staff, helped attract customers in record-breaking numbers to Queens Library. As we move forward, we will continue to fulfill Queens Library’s mission “to provide quality services, resources and lifelong learning opportunities in books and a variety of other formats to meet the informational, educational, cultural and recreational needs and interests of our diverse and changing population.” Thank you for making Queens Library an indispensable part of the community.