Press Releases

HELEN M. MARSHALL CHILDREN’S LIBRARY DISCOVERY CENTER OPENS
Borough President, Council Members Lead the Way to the
Future of Science/Tech Learning

JAMAICA, NY, September 15, 2011 – Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, City Council Members Leroy Comrie and Jimmy Van Bramer and other leaders of government and the community officially opened the Helen M. Marshall Children’s Library Discovery Center in Jamaica, Queens today. The new facility is a world class children’s library – plus a hands-on learning environment that incorporates touch-friendly exhibits, sound and video installations along with a science-oriented programming component. The program was introduced by “Discover-E the Robot.”

The new library is 14,000 sq. ft. and is adjacent to the Central Library. It is the only public library in the U.S. to incorporate interactive museum exhibits into a traditional reading-rich library environment and the only free children's educational destination in NYC with a special emphasis on science, technology, math and engineering.

Construction costs were $30.3 million; total funding was $38.3 million. It was funded by Borough President Helen Marshall, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Councilman Leroy Comrie, the Queens City Council Delegation and federally-funded grants. It was built by the New York City Department of Design and Construction, through Mayor Bloomberg’s Excellence in Design Program. The architects were 1100 Architect and Lee H. Skolnick + Partnership Design. Tabletop exhibits were designed by the San Francisco Exploratorium.

Borough President Helen Marshall said, “This unique library is one for the modern age. Clearly, it is not only a library, but a museum and school that will awaken interests and open new vistas and opportunities for children in search of knowledge and wonder. It will be a boroughwide resource for generations to come. I am delighted that the dream of opening this facility is now a reality and look forward to working with the Queens Library as we focus on helping all children achieve their potential. I know that the more than $16 million in capital funds allocated by the Borough President's Office for this facility is a sound investment in the future that will reap a rich harvest. I thank all of our partners in government, especially at the city and federal levels, and the private sector for making today possible.”

"I want to foremost applaud Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante and his staff for all their hard work in realizing this vision," stated NYC Council Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie. "The Children's Library Discovery Center will be an extraordinary tool for educators and parents to introduce our children to the joys of reading and scientific exploration. In these learning labs, our borough's next great scientist or astronaut will take their first steps. Some have questioned the need for libraries in the digital age- today we can say without a doubt that libraries will continue to play a great role in the future of our civilization. The Discovery Center will educate and entertain generations of Queens residents."

“The opening of the new Children’s Library Discovery Center at the Central Queens Library provides an opportunity for kids to have access to state of the art interactive exhibits and learning labs with skilled professionals to guide them. Encouraging literacy especially at an early age is an issue I have fought for in the City Council and will continue to do so. When I was a child I loved to visit my local library and read. With the new Children’s Library Discovery Center, kids will have many more options that enhance their ability to research, explore, and problem solve,” said New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer.

"The Queens Children's Library Discovery Center is a foundation upon which the future use of the library’s advanced services will be better utilized by the people of Queens. This library will provide a foundation upon which more effective citizens will be available to the city. I, along with the Board of Trustees of the Queens Library and the Board of Trustees of the Queens Foundation, thank Mayor Bloomberg, Borough President Marshall, Council Member Comrie, the Queens City Council Delegation and private donors for making it possible,” said Joseph R. Ficalora, President.

The Children’s Library Discovery Center is full of lights! Color! Sounds! Activity! One example: a representational map of the Queens is on the floor features iconic landmarks. When a child stands on one, he hears appropriate sound effects, such piano music coming from the Steinway factory or jet engines at the airports. Children instantly love it, and that is the basis of a lifelong love of learning. Integral are the programs. They encourage children to touch and experiment with topics such as weather, magnetism, nano-technology, the natural world and more. The Children’s Library Discovery Center is open seven days a week: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10-9; Tuesdays 1-9; Fridays; 10-6; Saturday, 10 – 5:30 and Sundays noon – 5.

Juergen Riehm, Principal-in-Charge, 1100 Architect said: “Even during the proposal phase of the Children's Library Discovery Center I was fascinated by the corner site and its potential to create an architectural marker for the Queens Central Library. This first impression guided us in the design of a glowing beacon for the community of Queens and the creation of a learning space for children that motivates curiosity and discovery of our environment."

Lee Skolnick of Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership said, “We created these spaces and iconography to inspire curiosity and a love of learning, and to enrich childrens’ minds every visit.”

“This model adds object-based, experiential science learning to the text-based information conventionally found in children’s libraries,” said Claire Pillsbury, San Francisco Exploratorium.

Queens Library is an independent, not-for-profit corporation and is not affiliated with any other library. Queens library serves a population of 2.3 million in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the U.S and has among the highest circulations of any public library system in the world. For more information

 


QUEENS LIBRARY SERVICE HOURS AND STAFF SAVED FROM BUDGET AX
Mayor and City Council Stand Up for Libraries

JAMAICA, NY, June 29, 2011 - Queens Library CEO Thomas W. Galante announced today that $23 million of the proposed $25 million New York City budget cut has been restored. This is the largest funding restoration at budget adoption in history. It will ensure a minimum five-day-a-week service schedule in every community by averting a massive layoff of library staff. The proposed budget threatened nearly 500 jobs and would have closed more than a dozen libraries altogether and reduced services to two or three days a week in most communities.

"Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn and the City Council demonstrated their tremendous commitment to quality library service. They kept public libraries a top priority during a most difficult budget. Every layoff has been averted so library doors can remain open to enrich the lives of New Yorkers," said Thomas W. Galante. "Without the support of these library champions, including City Council Member Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., Chairman of the Finance Committee; Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Chairman of the Cultural Affairs & Libraries Committee; Queens Delegation Leader Leroy Comrie; Council Member Vincent Gentile, Chairman of the Select Committee on Libraries; and the entire City Council, this would not have been possible."

Activism and advocacy by the public let City Hall know how much quality public library services are valued by the community. In mid-June, hundreds of thousands of signatures on petitions and postcards protesting budget cuts were delivered to City Hall. Some 95,000 came from Queens.

Galante said, "We are turning our attention toward the opening of the new Children's Library Discovery Center, launching new and improved online services, piloting an e-reader project, installing easy-to-use self-service circulation technology, continuing the largest library renovation and expansion program in our 100+ year history, and providing all the programs and services that people rely on every day."

 


QUEENS LIBRARY AND NATIONAL LIBRARY & ARCHIVES OF QUÉBEC
SIGN COOPERATION AGREEMENT

JAMAICA, NY, November 2, 2010 - Queens Library and the National Library & Archives of Québec signed an agreement of interlibrary cooperation on October 30, 2010. The agreement will pave the way for the two libraries to share information that will improve library services, assist each other in purchasing international materials, assist each other in providing their communities with services and information in their respective languages. The agreement was signed by Queens Library CEO Thomas W. Galante; Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Chair and CEO and Hélène Roussel, Directrice générale, the National Library & Archives of Québec. Monique Charbonneau, Education Adviser at the Québec Government Office in New York, also attended the signing ceremony.

In signing the agreement, Dr. Berthiaume said, "I am very pleased to collaborate with Queens Library, an institution recognized for its innovative approaches in terms of services for new immigrants and teens."

"Innovative partnerships locally and around the world help Queens Library enrich customers' lives. We will be working cooperatively with our colleagues in Québec to enhance the flow of information and materials for library users in both Québec and New York," said Thomas W. Galante.

Queens Library already had cooperative agreements in place with the Shanghai Library, National Library of China, National Library of Korea, The Bibliothèque Publique d'Information, Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Mayakovsky Public Library in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Integrated Care Society in Cairo, Egypt. They have proven to be valuable in providing information to Queens Library's diverse, multicultural customers and also in sharing ideas and "best practices" information with other libraries.

 


QUEENS LIBRARY FOR TEENS WINS SHUBERT LIBRARY EXCELLENCE AWARD

JAMAICA, NY, October 22, 2010 -- The New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries announced today that the 2010 Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award has been awarded to Queens Library for the “Queens Library for Teens.” Queens Library also won the award in 1998 and was a runner-up in 2008.

The Queens Library for Teens, part of Queens Library, opened in December 2008 and is located in Far Rockaway. With encouragement from the community, Queens Library pursued grants including a federally-funded Juvenile Justice Grant to support the renting of an empty storefront to house the teen library. It is two blocks away from the full-service library and is 3,500 square feet. It has unilaterally renewed library service for the community at every age level because it directs and serves teens in and out of school. At the same time, it gives teens incentive to stay in school/get a GED and directs them into socially positive activities. The “bait” that draws teens to the space has been technology. The Queens Library for Teens has 40 customer-use computers with high-speed internet access. The teen computers can be used to do homework, access Facebook, and email. Recently, the library unveiled a new vocal booth with a recording computer and three computerized editing stations that was funded by New York State Assemblymembers Michele Titus and Audrey Pheffer. The teens have been "over the moon" over it. A key component to the program's success is that the teens must behave in an acceptable manner in order to gain entry. Dedicated youth counselors provide service and referrals, while librarians at the full-service branch give in-depth traditional reference services. Collections, programs and facilities are geared toward the interests of teens. More than 120 teens use the center every week day.

Queens Library for Teens is an innovative response to an acute community need. Queens Library at Far Rockaway is among the borough's most heavily-used, but it is housed in a library of only 9,000 square feet. Borough President Helen Marshall has generously allocated $19.3 million to build a new building, double the size of the current one. The new library will be ready for public service in 2013. The community's youth, however, need to enrich their lives at the library now.

The $1,000 honorarium and plaque will be presented during the New York Library Association's annual conference in Saratoga Springs in November. Dr. Lambert Shell, Director of Programs and Services, will accept on behalf of the library.

Runner-up for this year’s Shubert Award is the Milne Library/SUNY Geneseo for their project, “LILAC” (Library Instruction Leadership Academy).

The Joseph F. Shubert Excellence Award is given annually to recognize the achievements of small, medium and large libraries and library consortia in New York State. The Award honors libraries or library consortia that have taken significant steps within the past two years to improve the quality of library service to users. For more information about the Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award and the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, visit: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/index.html or contact the Office of the State Librarian at (518) 474-5930.

 


QUEENS LIBRARY FOUNDATION HONORS EILEEN AULD, MARY ANN MATTONE
Borough Pres. Marshall, Councilman Van Bramer Join 300 Library Supporters;
Proceeds Support Educational and Intellectual Development and Library Resources for Children

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY, October 8, 2010 -- The Queens Library Foundation hosted its Annual Gala on October 4. Honored as 2010 Children’s Champions were Eileen A. Auld, New York State Community Relations Director, Citi and Mary Ann Mattone, Community Leader and Past President of the Queens Library Board of Trustees. Some 300 library supporters attended, including Borough President Helen Marshall and City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. Proceeds from the Gala support the Futures Fund, an endowment ensuring availability of library materials, educational and intellectual development resources for the children of Queens. The event was held at the Water’s Edge in Long Island City.

In accepting the honor, Mary Ann Mattone said, "A book, a CD, a newspaper from the home of origin, a literary program, a children’s story hour, a nursery rhyme, a program of songs, etc., all add to the quality of life. This is what makes our Library so great and is the impetus for my fellow trustees, volunteers, and staff."

Eileen Auld said, "Citi has a longstanding relationship with the Queens Library and we have put in place many programs together," said Eileen Auld. "There's also a very special aspect to our partnership - since 1989, Citi has been home to the library in our building at 1 Court Square in Long Island City. I'm grateful to the Queens Library Foundation for this honor and to Citi for empowering my colleagues and me to do much more than philanthropy."

Eileen A. Auld joined Citi in 2003 and has served as New York State Director for Community Relations for Citi’s Global Consumer since 2007. She is the point person for all franchise-wide community relations activity within the State. Ms. Auld works closely with Citi’s businesses to leverage Citi’s financial and human capital in addressing community needs. She serves as the Vice Chair of the Long Island City Business Improvement District, Treasurer of the NYPD’s Police Management Institute, a board member of the Flushing Willets Point Corona LDC, the Neighborhood Opportunities Fund and the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development Community Action Board. She was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to the N.Y.C. Department of Consumer Affairs’ Office of Financial Empowerment Advisory Council. Prior to joining Citibank, Ms. Auld was Assistant Commissioner, Community Affairs of the NYPD.

Mary Ann Mattone is a trustee of Queens Library, past President of the Board, current Chair of the Administrative Committee, and a member of the Queens Library Foundation’s Board of Directors. This continues a distinguished career in community service and volunteerism dedicated to improving the lives of New Yorkers. She was honored by the Queens Borough President Helen Marshall for her efforts. April 7, 2010 was Mary Ann Mattone Day in Queens. Mrs. Mattone is a registered nurse and earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University. She co-authored many scientific articles in the field of psychiatric research. Among her philanthropic interests are the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Columbus Citizens Foundation and the Queens Botanical Garden; she was appointed by Mayor Giuliani to the Cultural Advisory Board of the City of New York. She also serves on the Foundation of York College and the board of Italian Cultural Center of St. John’s University and she is a Lady of the Holy Sepulchre, among many other charitable endeavors.

The Queens Library Foundation raises funds to augment the programs and services of Queens Library, the highest circulating library in the U.S. The Futures Fund is an endowment that benefits children’s library services. For more information on supporting the Queens Library Foundation, please visit www.queenslibraryfoundation.org.

 


 

COUNCIL MEMBER JIMMY VAN BRAMER AND SPEAKER CHRISTINE QUINN VISIT QUEENS LIBRARY AT SUNNYSIDE

Celebrate the Biggest Funding Restoration in History

August 4, 2010 – Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante and community leaders joined children and teens at Queens Library at Sunnyside at their summer reading program. Together, they saw first hand the wonderful programming made possible by the historic $61 million budget restoration for libraries, which has saved hundreds of jobs and dozens of libraries from closing citywide.

The youngsters had an opportunity to show what they’ve been up to all summer, including a teen “Book Slam” discussion and arts and crafts. In addition, the children presented the Council Member and Speaker with letters of support that they had written and posters of thanks for keeping their libraries open.

“Nothing means more than preserving the invaluable services and programs that enrich our communities,” said Council Member Van Bramer. “I am so proud that the historic budget restoration which we have fought hard to make possible will keep libraries open and such wonderful programming available for our communities.”

“With the highest circulation in the United States, Queens Library serves thousands of residents across the borough as a place for literacy, employment and community engagement,” said Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. “Preserving funding for this irreplaceable New York City resource sends the strong message that our city is providing crucial cultural services even in the toughest of times.”

 


 

QUEENS COUNTY SAVINGS BANK LAUNCHES MATCHING GRANT CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT QUEENS LIBRARY

FLUSHING, NY, June 2, 2010 -- Queens County Savings Bank, a Division of New York Community Bank has pledged $100,000 to match funds that are donated to Queens Library Foundation. For every dollar that is donated to purchase new library books or fund critically-needed programs, badly needed during these lean-budget times, Queens County Savings Bank will donate an equal amount, up to $100,000, to support adult and childhood education and teen workforce development.

The announcement was made by Joseph R. Ficalora, President and CEO, New York Community Bancorp; Queens Library CEO Thomas W. Galante; Diana Chapin, Executive Director, Queens Library Foundation. Children from PS 20 and PS 244 were there to hear storyteller Robin Bady and to open a surprise gift to the library of 100 new children’s books.

The public is invited to donate either through www.queenslibraryfoundation.org, by going to any Queens Library or by going to any Queens County Savings Bank. In either case, the funds will be matched dollar-for-dollar. This is the fourth time Queens County Savings Bank's generosity has been instrumental in helping to support Queens Library.

"Libraries are special places that provide so many resources to a community. It is Queens County Savings Bank distinct honor to support them as long term partners with the Queens Library Foundation," said Joseph R. Ficalora.

“The Queens County Savings Bank Match is a wonderful example of how our community benefits when public and private entities work together. We are very appreciative that Mr. Ficalora and Queens County Savings Bank have chosen Queens Library for their continued and generous support,” said Diana Chapin, Executive Director of the Queens Library Foundation.

Queens Library's budget for new books, videos, homework help and other library materials has been very badly impacted by the economy. Important programs that educate and enrich the community have been severely trimmed. With proposed cuts of an additional $16.9 million on the table, the library is turning to private revenue sources to help fill the gap. No amount is too small or too large to help educate and entertain the Queens community. More than 50,000 people use Queens Library every day.

Funding for the matching grant is being provided by Richmond County Savings Foundation.

 


SCHOOL CHILDREN FROM PS 89 DONATE $350 TO QUEENS LIBRARY.
5TH GRADERS COLLECT THEIR PENNIES TO HELP IMPROVE THEIR LIBRARY.

ELMHURST, NY, May 28, 2010 -- Fifth-grade students from P.S. 89 donated $350 today to Queens Library at Elmhurst. The money came from collecting pennies from family, neighbors, friends to make a grant to a community organization as part of the Common Cents Penny Harvest.

The students discussed worthy recipients and decided that the place they frequent most often, the community resource they thought might make best use of their money, is their local Queens Library.

The children are under the supervision of Assistant Principal Laura Kimball, Guidance Counselor Josie Soriano and teachers Diana Harrison, Allison Graciosi and Martha Kalogridis.

Queens Library is facing a proposed City budget cut of $16.9 million in the next fiscal year, on top of $11.5 million already cut in FY 2010.

 


 

QUEENS LIBRARY TO REDUCE HOURS

JAMAICA, NY, January 4, 2010 -- As of February 1, 2010, fourteen (14) Queens Library locations will no longer be open on weekends, providing Monday - Friday service only. Those libraries are the Queens Libraries at: Arverne, Astoria, Baisley Park, Court Square, East Elmhurst, East Flushing, Kew Garden Hills, Lefrak City, North Forest Park, Ozone Park, Queensboro Hill, Ridgewood, South Hollis, and Windsor Park. All other library locations will maintain their current service levels.

The service reductions are necessitated by reductions in City and State funding over the past two years.

In announcing the changes, CEO Thomas W. Galante said, " Reducing service hours is a painful course of action. Queens Library has been in a hiring freeze that began in 2008. At this time, we are forced to reduce our service schedules as our workforce has been reduced. "

Library users are invited to use any of the other 48 library locations on Saturdays from 10 am - 5:30 pm. Queens Library at Central in Jamaica is open on Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Many services are available through the library's website, www.queenslibrary.org, including downloadable ebooks, 24/7 chat reference service and online research databases.  

 


 

QUEENS LIBRARY'S CHIEF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS OFFICER WINS CITY COUNCIL SEAT

JAMAICA, NY, November 16, 2009 -- James G. Van Bramer, Queens Library's Chief External Affairs Officer, has been elected to the New York City Council. He will be sworn into office on January 1, 2010.

CEO Thomas W. Galante said, "Jimmy has been a huge asset to Queens Library. We hate to lose him. Yet, we know that he has a great calling as a City Councilman, serving all the people in this great City, and he will always carry with him his love of libraries."

Councilman-elect Van Bramer said, "Advocating for your library is a balance between building relationships and active support from the grassroots on up to the highest levels of government. The same political skills that helped Queens Library obtain funding will help me be effective in my new role."

Queens Library is an independent, not-for-profit corporation and is not affiliated with any other library. The Queens Library serves a population of 2.2 million in the most ethnically diverse county in the U.S. With a record 23 million items in circulation for FY 2009, the Library has the highest circulation of any public library system in the U.S. and one of the highest circulations in the world. For more information about programs, services, locations, events and news, visit the Queens Library Web site at www.queenslibrary.org or phone 718-990-0700. Queens Library. Enrich Your Life (r).  


 

QUEENS LIBRARY AT RIDGEWOOD BEGINS $2.8MM OVERHAUL

 

JAMAICA, NY, October 30, 2009 – Queens Library at Ridgewood will be closed as of November 16 to begin preparations for a full renovation of the first floor and mezzanine. Public service will resume at the end of January in temporary space on the lower level, while the main part of the library is under construction.

When the full library re-opens for public service near the end of 2011, customers will see a transformation: bright, new décor; an 18-workstation Cyber Center; a new, separate teen area; RFID self-service check out; tranquil adult reading areas; full access to the mezzanine area for the mobility impaired. The lower level children’s room was renovated in 2005. It will remain intact while the upper parts of the library undergo work. The original library structure was opened in 1928.

Construction funds were allocated by City Council member Elizabeth Crowley and City Council member Diana Reyna. State Grant funds allocated by New York State Assembly member Catherine Nolan and State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. provided needed funding for furniture and equipment.

 


 

 

QUEENS LIBRARY FOUNDATION DINNER HONORS
JOSEPH R. FICALORA AND MICHAEL MEYER
Proceeds Support Educational and Intellectual Development Library Resources for Children
QUEENS LIBRARY FOUNDATION DINNER HONORS

Michael Meyer and Joseph R. Ficalora

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY, October 5, 2009 – The Queens Library Foundation honored Joseph R. Ficalora, Chairman, President and CEO, New York Community Bancorp, Inc. and Michael Meyer, President, F&T Group at its Annual Gala Dinner, A Magical Event, at Water’s Edge in Long Island City this evening. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Borough President Helen Marshall and more than 325 other business, government and community leaders were present. Proceeds from the Gala support the Futures Fund, an endowment ensuring availability of library materials, educational and intellectual development resources for the children of Queens. Event co-chairs were Dominick Ciampa, a partner in the Ciampa Organization; Michael Lee, Chairman & CEO, F&T Group and Mary Ann Mattone, President, Queens Library Board of Trustees.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was among the luminaries in attendance. “I’m very proud of the great progress youngsters in Queens have made in our public school classrooms. Libraries are centers of learning, too. And the award-winning Queens Library – which has the largest library circulation in the city and the fifth-largest in the world – plays a huge role in introducing youngsters to the joys of learning. So I’m delighted by the success of this dinner for the Queens Library Foundation’s ‘Futures Fund,’ because it will support programs, services, and books for the children of one of my five favorite boroughs,” he said.

In accepting the honor of Children’s Champion, Joseph Ficalora said: “Queens Library uniquely reaches the diversity of the community it serves – by age, gender, race, and more.” Mr. Ficalora is chairman of the Queens Library Foundation’s board, and vice president of the Library’s Board of Trustees.

Co-honoree and Children’s Champion Michael Meyer said, “Queens is the most ethnically diverse county in the nation. For me, the Queens Library is one of the county’s great civic institutions that helps makes this great melting pot of a society succeed. Thus it is an important contributor to our county, city and country.”

Diana Chapin, Executive Director of the Queens Library Foundation said: “I am delighted that so many people have chosen to support the Queens Library Foundation in recognition of the essential services Queens Library provides, especially for children. This has turned out to be our best year ever.”

“Queens Library was named Library Journal’s 2009 Library of the Year. Many of the programs that earned us that distinction are supported by the Queens Library Foundation,” said Thomas W. Galante.

Major sponsors were TD Bank (Cocktail Hour Sponsor); HSBC Bank, USA, N.A. (Journal Sponsor); Ficalora Family Foundation (Excellence Sponsor); Roslyn Savings Foundation (Excellence Sponsor), Mattone, Mattone, and Mattone, LLP (Leadership Sponsor) and Richmond County Savings Foundation (Gift Bag Sponsor); Rockefeller Group Development Corp. (Leadership Sponsor). Other key supporters are Cullen and Dykman, LLP (Entertainment Sponsor), Vallo Transportation, Ltd., (Entertainment Sponsor) and Loeb & Loeb LLP (Floral Sponsor).


QUEENS LIBRARY AT BROADWAY RE-OPENS

QUEENS LIBRARY AT BROADWAY RE-OPENS

ASTORIA, NY, July 28, 2009 -- Library Trustee George Stamatiades; Assemblymember Margaret Markey; Library CEO Thomas W. Galante; City Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr.; Board of Trustees President Mary Ann Mattone and Trustee Ana Lopez cut the ribbon to celebrate the re-opening of Queens Library at Broadway.

 


 

 LIBRARY JOURNAL NAMES QUEENS LIBRARY
AS 2009 LIBRARY OF THE YEAR
Announcement at City Hall Shares News with All of NYC 

 

 JAMAICA, NY, June 12, 2009 -- Library Journal named Queens Library its 2009 Library of the Year. The announcement was made on the steps of New York’s City Hall by Francine Fialkoff, Library Journal's Editor-in-Chief and John N. Berry III, Editor-at-Large. It is the cover story of the publication’s June 15, 2009 issue. They were joined on the podium by leaders of City government. “Library of the Year” is an annual awards program of Library Journal, sponsored by Gale, part of Cengage Learning. Queens Library is one of New York City's three independent public library systems.

According to John N. Berry III in the article appearing in Library Journal, the recognition was given for the “abililty of the managers and staff to provide an incredibly diverse set of services and continue the constant modernization of the 62 libraries. Their sustained commitment to library service that truly improves the lives of everyone in the borough is what makes the Queens Library so strong.”

Queens Library CEO Thomas W. Galante said, “For homework help, for assistance in finding a job, to prepare to take a professional licensing exam or the citizenhip test, to learn English or to find a healthcare provider that will give a free mammogram and who also speaks Russian – that’s why the community relies on Queens Library. I hope that we will be able to continue providing innovative, award-winning library services and that the doors to Queens Library will remain open for service a minimum of six days a week.”

View a video detailing some of Queens Library’s award-winning programs at http://tinyurl.com/mbn4pd

Patrick C. Sommers, president of Gale said, “Gale is proud to support libraries through the Library Journal/Gale Library of the Year Award. Each year we are impressed by the important work libraries are doing in their communities, and this year is no exception. I have had the pleasure of working closely with Queens Library for many years and they have always been innovative and creative in their outreach to their community with efforts such as the New Americans Program and the Teen Empowerment Initiative. We applaud the Queens Library for their hard work and commitment to their community, providing the tools, programs and support to get the most out of their library experience.”

Special mentions for Library of the Year were also given to Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH; Hoover Public Library, AL and River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester, NY because they “feature the service philosophy and dedication to community that signify a Library of the Year.” The award will be given formally at a reception in Chicago in July, during the annual conference of the American Library Association.

Library Journal is the oldest and most respected publication covering the library field. Considered to be the “bible” of the library world, Library Journal is read by over 100,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries. It is the single-most comprehensive publication for librarians, with groundbreaking features and analytical news reports covering technology, management, policy, and other professional concerns. Its hefty review sections evaluate nearly 7000 books annually, along with hundreds of audiobooks, videos, databases, web sites, and systems that libraries buy. For more information, visit www.libraryjournal.com.

Queens Library is an independent, not-for-profit corporation and is not affiliated with any other library. The Queens Library serves a population of 2.2 million in the most ethnically diverse county in the U.S. With a record 22.8 million items in circulation for FY 2008, the Library has the highest circulation of any public library system in the U.S. and one of the highest circulations in the world. For more information about programs, services, locations, events and news, visit the Queens Library Web site at www.queenslibrary.org or phone 718-990-0700. Queens Library. Enrich Your Life ®.

Cengage Learning delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, libraries, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, serves the world's information and education needs through its vast and dynamic content pools, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, schools and on the Internet. It is best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs - from homework help to health questions to business profiles - in a variety of formats. For more information, visit www.cengage.com or www.gale.com.


 

Board of Trustees President 
Sen. Malcolm A. Smith; Board of Trustees President Mary Ann Mattone; Library CEO Thomas W. Galante

 

QUEENS LIBRARY RECOGNIZES SEN. MALCOLM A. SMITH
AS "LIBRARY CHAMPION"

JAMAICA, NY, June 4, 2009 -- At its recent annual recognition event, the Board of Trustees of the Queens Library presented its Library Champion Award to the Hon. Malcolm A. Smith. The award was presented by Board President Mary Ann Mattone. Sen. Smith represents the 14th district and serves as the Senate Majority Leader.

Each year, the Board of Trustees gives the Library Champion Award to an elected official who has demonstrated outstanding support of and commitment to the Queens Library. The engraved medallion is a token of the library's appreciation. With support from its elected officials, Queens Library is able to enrich more lives every day. Past recipients include City Councilmember Leroy Comrie, Borough President Helen Marshall, and Assemblymember Cathy Nolan.

In making the presentation, Ms. Mattone spoke about Sen. Smith's support for the library in obtaining state aid based on corrected census data. The updated census figures enabled the library to receive an additional $600,000 per year.

Ms. Mattone said, "Majority Leader Smith has made great strides in ensuring a better future for the people of Queens by allocating millions of dollars to improve education, which includes our libraries."

 


 

QUEENS LIBRARY RANKS #1 IN U.S. -- AGAIN
With Computer Chips or Potato Chips: Library Feeds Borough's Needs;
Usage Expected to Skyrocket as Economic Woes Drag On

JAMAICA, NY, August 1, 2008 -- According to the just-released "PLDS Public Library Statistical Report 2008," Queens Library topped U.S. public library circulation in FY 07 with 21,033,861 items lent. Multnomah County Public Library (OR) circulated the second highest number: 19,589,530.

Preliminary numbers for the recently-completed FY 2008 confirm the #1 ranking, and broke another U.S. record. Queens Library's circulation was more than 22.8 million. Public library usage is expected to rise dramatically in the coming months. Traditionally, people turn to public libraries during hard economic times for free entertainment, free after-school child care, to help with employment, for free access to the public use computers and to help them save money by doing things themselves, such as home and auto repairs. Queens Library saw a 16% jump in circulation and attendance immediately following Sept. 11, for instance.

Queens Library counts extensive outreach to the community as part of its service plan. Cultivating teens has library users has a particular focus in the last couple of years, with separate teen spaces being added to most library locations. New immigrants and seniors are also important target audiences.

 

 

 


 

QUEENS LIBRARY PARTNERS WITH DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
ON QUEENS HIGH SCHOOL FOR INFORMATION, RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY
 
 
JAMAICA, NY, March 12, 2008 – Queens Library is partnering with the NYC Department of Education to provide curriculum support and supplementary programs for the new Queens High School for Information, Research & Technology (Queens – IRT). The new school will be located at 8-21 Beach 25 Street, Far Rockaway. Applications are being taken now for September. The school code is Q06A.
 
Queens High School for Information, Research & Technology will provide a rigorous, pre-college academic learning environment. Students will work toward becoming experts in information fluency, scientific inquiry and communication. They will become problem solvers. They will participate in year-long research, service projects, and summer internships that extend and enhance academic work. Additionally, students will have a full range of athletics, art, music and extracurricular activities to round out the experience. New Visions for Public Schools is also a partner on the project.
 
Queens Library will be providing supplementary programming in information literacy and research skills through grant funding. “Our society is rich in information. The ability to find, authenticate, interpret and use information are competencies that will continue to be much in demand, as life skills and by the world of work,” said Maureen O’Connor, Director of Library Services. “Queens Library’s core business is enriching lives with education and information. Supporting the new high school is a natural extension of our mission.”
 
"New educational opportunities are always exciting. I look forward to working closely with the Queens High School for Information, Research and Technology and the Queens Library to ensure quality education for the students in Far Rockaway." stated Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer.
 
Robert L. Hughes, president of New Visions for Public Schools, said the collaboration with Queens Library has the potential for enormous success. “We are committed to creating schools with rigorous academic standards to give our students the skills they’ll need to succeed as lifelong learners. There’s no better partner in this endeavor than the Queens Library, with its comprehensive resources and dedication to the missions of literacy and learning.”
 
Michele Williams will be the School Leader. Interested students and parents are invited to enter school code Q06A on their high school applications, or to email QHS@queenslibrary.org for more information.

QUEENS LIBRARY FOUNDATION RECEIVES GIFT OF $6+ MILLION
Support For Adult Learning Center, Library Operations
in Long Island City
from The Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Private Foundation
  
JAMAICA, NY, February 15, 2008 – The Queens Library Foundation has announced the largest gift in Queens Library’s history:   The Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Private Foundation has pledged $6 million over 10 years to create an endowment for the newly-named Jeanne Elmezzi Adult Learning Center, located at Queens Library at Long Island City. Proceeds of the endowment will begin supporting literacy programs in 2017 when the endowment is fully funded, and continue in perpetuity. The gift will also fund the purchase of adult literacy materials, such as audiotapes, videotapes, and computer software.
 
In addition, The Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Private Foundation will provide the Library with an operating grant of $375,000 over the next five years to purchase books and general library materials for the Queens Library at Long Island City.
 
The Jeanne Elmezzi Adult Learning Center will bring literacy skills to adults through small-group tutoring, computer-assisted instruction, and basic education classes.  Free adult literacy training and English classes for speakers of other languages (ESOL) are a critical service provided by Queens Library throughout the borough. Too many New Yorkers cannot read a job application, prescription medicine label or transit directions because they cannot read or read in English. The Library’s free ESOL classes are filled immediately, with an equal number of would-be learners turned away. The Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Private Foundation’s endowment will extend Queens Library’s capacity to educate, and at hours that can readily accommodate working adults.
 
Queens Library Director Thomas W. Galante said: “Every adult who becomes a self-sufficient reader will improve his/her own life as well as the whole family’s immeasurably – better jobs, better health care, better citizenship, better understanding. What a beautiful legacy.” In announcing the gift, Queen Library Foundation’s Executive Director, Diana Chapin, said: “We are so grateful to The Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Private Foundation for its decision to honor Jeanne Elmezzi and her devotion to reading with these wonderful gifts, which will enrich the lives of so many people in so many ways.”
 
Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi, both children of Italian immigrants, grew up in Queens’ Astoria neighborhood. Though Mr. Elmezzi, an executive vice president for the Pepsi-Cola Company, and his wife accumulated a substantial fortune, they continued to live humbly in the same Great Neck apartment for over 50 years. The Elmezzis died within days of each other in October 2005, when both were in their 90s, having left a foundation to continue their generosity.
The Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Private Foundation is dedicated to uplifting individuals who, due to either environment or circumstance, have not had the opportunity or ability to reach their full potential.
Queens Library Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Queens Library. Incorporated in 1988, the mission of the Queens Library Foundation is to raise funds from foundations, corporations and private individuals to support the tens of thousands of free programs and services offered by the Queens Library.  For information about the Queens Library Foundation, visit its Web site at www.queenslibraryfoundation.org  or phone 718-480-4273.

MARY ANN MATTONE ELECTED PRESIDENT OF QUEENS LIBRARY'S BOARD OF TRUSTEES
 

 

JAMAICA, NY, February 1, 2008 -- Mary Ann Mattone has been elected President of Queens Library’s Board of Trustees. This continues a distinguished career in community service and volunteerism dedicated to improving the lives of New Yorkers. Mrs. Mattone is also a member of the Queens Library Foundation’s Board of Directors and has co-chaired three of its annual gala fund-raisers.

 

"Mary Ann Mattone is an important and vital member of the Queens Library Board of Trustees. She has consistently given of her time and talents to enhance our ability to provide first-rate library service to the people of Queens. I know that she will continue to demonstrate leadership and a passion for the people of Queens in her new role as President and I look forward to working with her in taking the Queens Library to even greater levels of achievement," noted Library Director Thomas W. Galante.

 

 

A native New Yorker, Mrs. Mattone was graduated as a Registered Nurse from Lenox Hill School of Nursing and earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Marymount College. She earned a Masters degree in Public Health from Columbia University.

Her varied and interesting career includes living abroad as an English teacher; posts such as Research Coordinator for adult neuroendocrine studies in depression and schizophrenia for Dr. Edward J. Sachar, Chairman of Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Director of Psychiatry at Bronx Municipal Hospital; Acting Director of Nursing and Co-Director of the Child Depression Clinic of Columbia University at New York State Psychiatric Institute.

The co-author of 26 scientific articles in the field of psychiatric research while affiliated with Columbia University, Mrs. Mattone left academic life for a few years to work as a broker on Wall Street, where she gained financial experience. She subsequently joined the family real estate business, and used that knowledge to manage various multi-unit properties and coordinating renovations and building conversions to condominiums in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut areas.

Mrs. Mattone has been involved in a number of philanthropic pursuits. She served as vice president, treasurer and president of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Columbus Citizens Foundation; she was Mayor Giuliani’s representative at the Queens Botanical Garden and was an active fundraiser for them; she was appointed by the Mayor as a member of the Cultural Advisory Board of the City of New York until 2002. She is an active member of the Foundation of York College and the Italian Cultural Center of St. John’s University. In addition, she volunteers time or raises money for educational and Italian cultural organizations, Special Olympics, St. Vincent/Catholic Medical Center, the Queens Parks Department, Ozanam Hall Nursing Home, abused and at-risk youth, the frail elderly, and has participated in outreach programs for the Don Monti Research Foundation at North Shore University Hospital providing treatment and support services for children and adults suffering from cancer.

The Mattones enjoy the "blessings and challenge" of an extended family of 8 children and 27 grandchildren. They reside in Douglaston, New York.

The Board of Trustees is Queens Library’s governing body, consisting of 19 members. In addition, the Mayor, Speaker of the City Council, Comptroller, Public Advocate and Queens Borough President are ex-officio members. Trustees serve without remuneration for a term of five years. Mrs. Mattone was first appointed to the Board of Trustees in 1999.  


QUEENS LIBRARY INTRODUCES “HOTPICKS” –
BEST SELLERS ZIP-DELIVERED WHERE YOU WANT THEM

JAMAICA, NY, December 28, 2007 -- If you rush to the library hoping –yearning! -- for a copy of that new book by your favorite author, relax. Queens Library has introduced “Hotpicks.” Hotpicks is a new service that zip-delivers even the hottest, newest, most talked-about books to the library of your choice, usually within a couple of days. All you have to do is ask.

It’s easy. Log on to www.queenslibrary.org. Search for the book you’d like by title or author. When it appears, click on the title of the book. A “hand” icon will appear, with the word “request.” Do it! This is not an ordinary “request’ (although they’re pretty good, too). This is Hotpicks! Your book will be delivered to the library you designate faster than you ever imagined, most often in 2-3 days. And of course, it’s free from Queens Library.

If you prefer, you can request Hotpicks by phoning your local library, or in person, when you’re there. If you enjoy the thrill of the hunt, a collection of best sellers will always be available on the shelves for you to browse.

This is almost-instant gratification for book lovers, reading in the fast lane. Try Hotpicks at Queens Library.


>6-DAY SERVICE AT ALL QUEENS LIBRARIES STARTS OCTOBER 6

JAMAICA, NY, September 14, 2007 – Thanks to additional funding from Mayor Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Quinn and the entire City Council, Queens Library will be opening all library locations for a minimum of six days a week. 

Now that every library in Queens will be open for at least six days a week, we can welcome Queens school children to the new year with arms open wide. By committing to keep public libraries open more hours, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the whole City Council are making a positive, definitive statement about the importance of education," said Thomas W. Galante, Library Director.

Beginning Saturday, October 6, the following Queens Library locations will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 
·         Baisley Park, 117-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica; 718-529-1590
·         Bay Terrace, 18-36 Bell Blvd., Bayside; 718-423-7004 
·         Broad Channel, 16-26 Cross Bay Blvd.; 718-318-4943
·         Corona, 38-23 104 Street; 718-426-2844
·         Douglaston, 249-01 Northern Blvd., Little Neck; 718-225-8414
·         East Flushing, 196-36 Northern Blvd., Flushing; 718-357-6643
·         Glen Oaks, 256-04 Union Turnpike; 718-831-8636
·         Hollis, 202-05 Hillside Avenue; 718-465-7355
·         Kew Gardens Hills (now 7 days a week), 72-33 Vleigh Place, Flushing; 718-261-6654
·         Maspeth, 69-70 Grand Avenue; 718-639-5228
·         McGoldrick, 155-06 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing; 718-461-1616
·         Middle Village, 72-31 Metropolitan Avenue; 718-326-1390
·         Mitchell-Linden, 29-42 Union Street, Flushing; 718-539-2330
·         North Hills, 57-04 Marathon Parkway, Little Neck; 718-225-3550
·         Ozone Park, 92-24 Rockaway Blvd.; 718-845-3127
·         Pomonok, 158-21 Jewel Avenue, Flushing; 718-591-4343
·         Poppenhusen, 121-23  14 Avenue, College Point; 718-359-1102
·         Richmond Hill (now 7 days a week), 118-14 Hillside Ave.; 718-849-7150
·         Rosedale, 144-20  243 Street; 718-528-8490
·         Seaside, 116-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Park; 718-634-1876
·         South Hollis, 204-01 Hollis Avenue; 718-465-6779
·         South Jamaica, 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, 718-739-4088
·         South Ozone Park, 128-16 Rockaway Blvd.; 718-529-1660
·         Steinway, 21-45  31 Street, LIC; 718-728-1965
·         Woodhaven, 85-41 Forest Parkway; 718-849-1010
·         Woodside, 54-22 Skillman Avenue; 718-429-4700
Beginning October 27, Court Square, 25-01 Jackson Avenue will open on Saturdays, as well. 
Minimum six-day service schedules will then be in effect for all community libraries. Libraries that currently have Sunday and 7-day schedules will continue, as previously scheduled, at:  Central Library in Jamaica; Elmhurst; Flushing; Jackson Heights; Kew Gardens Hills; Richmond Hill.  
 
Queens Library is an independent, not-for-profit corporation and is not affiliated with any other library. The Queens Library serves a population of 2.2 million in the most ethnically diverse county in the U.S. With a record 21 million items in circulation for FY 2007, the Library has the highest circulation of any public library system in the U.S. and one of the highest circulations in the world. For more information about programs, services, locations, events and news, visit the Queens Library Web site at www.queenslibrary.org or phone 718-990-0700. Queens Library Enrich Your Life ®.

Queens Library Healthlink and the Queens Health Network  Mammography Van Making Local Stops For Breast Cancer Screenings For Women At Little Or No Cost!
 
 
JAMAICA, NY, August 6, 2007 - - The Queens Library HealthLink and the Queens Health Network Mammography Van will be making convenient stops at several Queens Libraries during August, September and October, to enable women ages 18 and older [English and non-English speakers] to get an overview of breast cancer and early detection with screening services on the van. 
 
In 2007, the American Cancer Society estimates that in the borough of Queens, 182 people will be diagnosed with cancer each week and 68 people will die from the disease each week.
 
The Queens Library HealthLink initiative was developed to place libraries at the center of an innovative new effort designed to help medically underserved communities throughout Queens access free cancer information, early detection screenings, cancer treatment resources, and other life-saving services.  This initiative is a five-year, nearly $2 million dollar federally funded collaboration among Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the American Cancer Society’s Queens office, the Queens Library and the Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital.  Queens Library HealthLink scheduled its initial free cancer overview workshops in English and Spanish last spring around the borough.
 
The van will be parked outside the libraries for several hours starting at the times shown below.  Call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 to schedule a mammogram. All are invited to visit the mobile unit to receive educational information and referral for services, and to stop inside the following libraries for cancer-related information while the unit is parked outside. Cancer information workshops will be presented in languages appropriate to Queens Library customers served in these neighborhoods. 
 
Schedule of HealthLink Mammogram Van Visits to Queens Library:
8/10/07 -Langston Hughes, 100-01 Northern Blvd., Corona; 718-651-1100, 10 AM
8/23/07 - Jackson Heights, 35-51 81 St.; 718-899-2500, 10 AM
8/30/07 - Richmond Hill, 118-14 Hillside Ave.; 718-849-7150, 10 AM
9/12/07 - Pomonok, 158-21 Jewel Ave., Flushing; 718-591-4343, 10 AM
9/19/07 - Flushing, 41-17 Main St.; 718-661-1200, 10 AM
9/21/07 - Far Rockaway, 1637 Central Ave.; 718-327-2549, 11 AM
9/24/07 - Arverne, 312 Beach 54 St.; 718-634-4784, 1 PM
9/29/07 - Central, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica; 718-990-0700, 11 AM
10/10/07 - South Hollis, 204-01 Hollis Ave.; 718-465-6779, 10 AM
10/15/07 - St. Albans, 191-05 Linden Blvd.; 718-528-8196, 1 PM
10/24/07 - Astoria, 14-01 Astoria Blvd., LIC; 718-278-2220, 10 AM
10/27/07 - Long Island City, 37-44 21st St.; 718-752-3700, 11 AM
With a population of more than 2.2 million people (U.S. 2000 Census), the borough of Queens is the second most populated borough in New York City and one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the United States. Some 47 percent of the residents in Queens are foreign-born, 53 percent of its residents speak a language other than English at home and 27 percent of its residents speak little to no English.
 
The burden of cancer in Queens continues to remain a vital health issue. Queens has a lower rate of early-stage cancer detection compared with the rest of New York State. In all major cancer sites, the Queens Health Network has seen an increased likelihood of late-stage diagnosis and increased rates of mortality. The rate of late-stage detection found at Queens Health Network for breast cancer is almost three times the national average, and for prostate and colorectal cancers, it is nearly twice the national average.
 
Queens Library HealthLink is funded through a grant from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). According to its mission statement, “the National Cancer Institute coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.”
 
For more information about the Queens Library HealthLink initiative or for cancer information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, please contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

QUEENS LIBRARY RANKS #1 IN U.S. PUBLIC LIBRARY CIRCULATION

 

 

According to the just-released "Public Library Statistical Report 2007," Queens Library topped U.S. public library circulation with 20,223,787 items lent in Fiscal Year '06. Multnomah County Public Library circulated the second highest number: 19,589,530.
Preliminary numbers for the recently-completed FY 2007 confirm the #1 ranking and broke all previous U.S. records. Queens Library's circulation was 21,033,861.

 


 

MAYOR, SPEAKER, CITY COUNCIL FUND EXPANDED LIBRARY SERVICE

JAMAICA, NY, July 5, 2007 -- The FY '08 City Budget that was passed recently included funding to expand library hours to at least six days per week in all libraries, and funding for more new books and other library materials. Queens Libraries at Cambria Heights and Long Island City will begin Saturday hours on July 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other libraries will open on Saturday as quickly as staffing can be put in place. See the schedule below.
 
“Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Speaker Christine Quinn and the City Council have made the best possible investment in education, job readiness and quality of life by restoring six-day a week library service in the FY 2008 budget. People in Queens will be reaping the benefits for years to come. We can’t thank them enough for their foresight and hard work,” said Thomas W. Galante, Library Director.
 
Libraries in 23 communities already have weekend service. Their schedules will continue.
 
Queens Library and its sister libraries in the other boroughs lost City funding for most weekend service following 9/11. Funding for new library materials was also severely curtailed. In spite of the reduced hours and the lack of books on the shelves, circulation continued to climb, setting a record 20.2 million items last year, a testament to the high demand for library services.
 
New Saturday hours will begin as follows:
  • Queens Library at Arverne, 312 Beach 54 Street, will be open Saturdays beginning August 4.
  • Queens Library at Astoria, 14-01 Astoria Boulevard, will be open Saturdays beginning August 4.
  • Queens Library at Briarwood, 85-12 Main Street, will be open Saturdays beginning August 4.
  • Queens Library at Cambria Heights, 218-13 Linden Boulevard, will be open Saturdays beginning July 7.
  • Queens Library at East Elmhurst, 95-06 Astoria Boulevard, will be open Saturdays beginning August 4.
  • Queens Library at Glendale, 78-60 73rd Place, will be open Saturdays beginning August 4.
  • Queens Library at Lefrak City, 98-30 57th Avenue, will be open Saturdays beginning August 4.
  • Queens Library at Long Island City, 37-44 21 Street, will be open Saturdays beginning July 7.
  • Queens Library at North Forest Park, 98-27 Metropolitan Avenue, will be open Saturdays beginning August 4.
  • Queens Library at Peninsula, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, will be open Saturdays beginning August 4.
  • Queens Library at Queensboro Hill, 60-05 Main Street, will be open Saturdays beginning August 4.
  • Queens Library at Rochdale Village, 169-09 137 Avenue, will be open Saturdays beginning August 4.
  • Queens Library at Whitestone, 151-10 14 Road, will be open Saturdays beginning August 4.
  • Queens Library at Windsor Park, 79-50 Bell Boulevard, will be open Saturdays beginning August 4.
Expanded hours of service at additional Queens Libraries will be announced in the next few weeks.

QUEENS LIBRARY AT LONG ISLAND CITY OPENS

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY, June 15, 2007 – Borough President Helen Marshall; State Assemblymember Catherine Nolan; City Councilmember Eric Gioia; Library Director Thomas W. Galante and many members of the community were on hand to open the new Queens Library at Long Island City today on 14th and 21st Streets at 38th Avenue. The new, 18,000 square foot library building houses a full-service public library and an Adult Learning Center. It was designed by Raymond Gomez and Associates. It was built at a cost of $9.48 million.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn had been expected to cut the ribbon opening the new library. Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn and other expected City Council members were called to City Hall to vote in an historic budget that will restore six-day-a week library service to Queens.

The new library features more than 35,000 books, videos, and other items for loan and reference. There are dedicated Adult, Teen and Children's areas with 21 desktop computers for customer use. Additionally, 12 wireless laptop computers are available for customers to use inside the library. The program/meeting room seats 110 people. Lightning-fast RFID self-service kiosks allow customers to check-out their own materials and do other routine library transactions without waiting in long lines.

The Adult Literacy Center will help adult new readers and new English speakers with literacy, career development, improved English proficiency, health care, family issues, and computer help. It is a pilot “Literacy Zone” in collaboration with the New York State Department of Education.

The new Queens Library at Long Island City was funded by Mayor Michael Bloomberg ($425,000); Borough President Helen Marshall ($4,605,000); New York City Councilmember Eric Gioia ($4,325,000) and New York State Assemblymember Catherine Nolan ($125,000).

Borough President Helen Marshall said, “I was happy to provide $4.6 million in capital funding for this new library. It will be heavily used and reap a rich dividend in the future when the knowledge within these walls is absorbed and used by a new generation of readers, who will beable to improve their language skills, discover the magical world of computers, enhance their
career opportunities and improve their healthcare and well-being. This long-awaited library will become a focal point in this community. Thanks to all those who made it a reality.”

New York State Assemblymember Catherine Nolan remarked, “I am thrilled to see the new Long Island City library open and honored to have been able to provide State capital funding towards its construction and completion. Libraries are essential to every community and I am pleased that all of the residents of Ravenswood, Queensbridge, Dutch Kills and the greater Long Island City community will now have access to this state-of-the-art facility. Libraries also play a vital role in the education of our young people and this library will be a tremendous resource for the children of P.S. 111 next door and for all of the schools in our neighborhood. This is a wonderful and historic day for Long Island City and I’d like to salute my friend George Stamatiades for his advocacy on behalf of this library.”

“Every child in our neighborhood and in this City should have a library within walking distance of their school. I know first hand the difference a library can make," said Councilman Eric Gioia, who represents Long Island City, Woodside, Sunnyside, Astoria, and Maspeth. "Each day, after school, I would walk out of P.S. 11, and across the street to my local library. The new Queens library ensures our children will have the opportunity to read a book and learn about the world. The library, along with the new bank on 21st Street, will continue our neighborhood's resurgence.”

“Queens Library joins the community in thanking Mayor Bloomberg, Borough President Marshall, Assemblymember Nolan and City Councilman Gioia for their vision and support in funding the new Queens Library at Long Island City. It brings a universe of education and opportunity for all age groups and all interests. It is also such a beautiful building, it will surely be a source of neighborhood pride,” said Thomas W. Galante, Library Director.

The new library has replaced both the Queensbridge and Ravenswood Community Libraries for general library service. Both locations now function as Queens Library-run Family Literacy Centers, providing multi-generational literacy and English conversation training.

The Approaching Storm Marching Band opened the program. Children from P.S. 111, P.S. 84, P.S. 166 and the Goodwill Industries Afterschool Program at P.S. 111 entertained during the festivities.


QUEENS LIBRARY CELEBRATES 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF INCORPORATION
“Queens’ Biggest Cake” Marks the Occasion; Time Capsule to Be Buried

QUEENS VILLAGE, NY, April 17, 2007 –  Library Director Thomas W. Galante, City Councilmember Joe Addabbo and a host of government and community well-wishers joined to cut Queens’ Biggest Anniversary Cake in honor of Queens Library’s 100th anniversary of incorporation. The event was held at Antun’s in Queens Village.

“Queens Library is the busiest library system in the U.S. We needed a cake this big to mark the occasion,” said Library Director Galante. He added: “We’re proud to be one of very few organizations that can look back on more than a century of service and honestly say, ‘people in Queens depend on us more now than they did a century ago.’ A hundred years from now, people in Queens will still rely on their library for education, information and recreation. We enrich lives. Today is National Library Worker’s Day. The anniversary couldn’t come at a more apt time. Our staff is the reason why Queens Library will continue to be relevant long into the future.”

Queens Library was chartered from several small, independent libraries in 1896, prior to the Act of Consolidation in 1898, which made the five boroughs into New York City. Queens Library was incorporated on April 17, 1907. Andrew Carnegie gave the nascent public library a big boost by financing six stately buildings on the condition that the City would pay ongoing operating expenses. Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library and New York Public Library were incorporated separately. They remain independent of each other to this day.

The anniversary cake measured 16 feet x 20 feet. It was baked by Junior’s. It used 1200 lbs. of cake batter, 500 lbs. of fudge filling and 500 lbs of frosting. Total calorie count defied description. Most of it was donated to City Harvest.

A follow-up event will be held on April 25, 2007. A time capsule will be buried at the Queens Library at Queens Village. It contains items donated by children from all over Queens to illustrate “The Way We Were in 2007.” It will be opened at the library’s bi-centennial.

Queens Library circulated 20.2 million items in Fiscal Year 2006. It is one of the highest circulating libraries in the U.S. The core mission of providing for the informational, educational and recreational needs of people in Queens has remained the same through the decades. The way the library delivers information and education, however, has changed drastically as information technology has evolved. Online information and downloadable media are common now, although they were beyond imagination merely 20 years ago. Encouraging children to do well in school and helping adults self-educate and optimize economic potential remain important goals.


 

"EXIT PROJECT" HELP IS A CLICK AWAY

Queens Library Video Shows Middle-Schoolers and Parents the Way to Success

More and more middle school students are being encouraged to do "Exit Projects," which are long-term research projects on a topic chosen by the student, usually in social studies or science.

The video helps make the Exit Project easy to understand by breaking it down into simple tasks. Parents will find it helpful in researching topics of interest to them, as well. Students who access the video on www.teenlinq.org will also find links to supplementary material that explains even further.

An Exit Project is a valuable educational journey on many levels. It allows students to really delve into something of interest to them. They learn about research, about time and project management, about language arts and communication skills. They find out about the joy of discovery, and hopefully will use the skills to further lifelong learning. Production and distribution of the video was made possible by an LSTA grant from the New York State Library -- Division of Library Development.

  

 


 

JAMAICA, NY, June 12, 2009 -- Library Journal named Queens Library its 2009 Library of the Year. The announcement was made on the steps of New York’s City Hall by Francine Fialkoff, Library Journal's Editor-in-Chief and John N. Berry III, Editor-at-Large. It is the cover story of the publication’s June 15, 2009 issue. They were joined on the podium by leaders of City government. “Library of the Year” is an annual awards program of Library Journal, sponsored by Gale, part of Cengage Learning. Queens Library is one of New York City's three independent public library systems.

According to John N. Berry III in the article appearing in Library Journal, the recognition was given for the “abililty of the managers and staff to provide an incredibly diverse set of services and continue the constant modernization of the 62 libraries. Their sustained commitment to library service that truly improves the lives of everyone in the borough is what makes the Queens Library so strong.”

Queens Library CEO Thomas W. Galante said, “For homework help, for assistance in finding a job, to prepare to take a professional licensing exam or the citizenhip test, to learn English or to find a healthcare provider that will give a free mammogram and who also speaks Russian – that’s why the community relies on Queens Library. I hope that we will be able to continue providing innovative, award-winning library services and that the doors to Queens Library will remain open for service a minimum of six days a week.”

View a video detailing some of Queens Library’s award-winning programs at http://tinyurl.com/mbn4pd


Patrick C. Sommers, president of Gale said, “Gale is proud to support libraries through the Library Journal/Gale Library of the Year Award. Each year we are impressed by the important work libraries are doing in their communities, and this year is no exception. I have had the pleasure of working closely with Queens Library for many years and they have always been innovative and creative in their outreach to their community with efforts such as the New Americans Program and the Teen Empowerment Initiative. We applaud the Queens Library for their hard work and commitment to their community, providing the tools, programs and support to get the most out of their library experience.”

Special mentions for Library of the Year were also given to Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH; Hoover Public Library, AL and River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester, NY because they “feature the service philosophy and dedication to community that signify a Library of the Year.” The award will be given formally at a reception in Chicago in July, during the annual conference of the American Library Association.

Library Journal is the oldest and most respected publication covering the library field. Considered to be the “bible” of the library world, Library Journal is read by over 100,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries. It is the single-most comprehensive publication for librarians, with groundbreaking features and analytical news reports covering technology, management, policy, and other professional concerns. Its hefty review sections evaluate nearly 7000 books annually, along with hundreds of audiobooks, videos, databases, web sites, and systems that libraries buy. For more information, visit www.libraryjournal.com.

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