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Format: 2018-01-17

Bank of America Invests Again in Queens Library


The Bank of America Charitable Foundation last month awarded Queens Library a $50,000 grant for its Job and Business Academy, which provides skills training and career advancement opportunities to job seekers, aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners.

The funding will be applied to JBA’s home health aide and security guard training courses and OSHA construction certification program, all three of which are growing sectors that offer an entry point to jobs that pay above the minimum wage. The programs will be offered at the Library’s branches in South Jamaica, Long Island City and Far Rockaway, and are expected to draw 750 people. 

“Over the past 10 years, the Bank of America has been a phenomenal supporter of Queens Library’s work and mission to provide learning opportunities that can transform and improve people’s lives,” said Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott. “This new award will enable the Library to help even more people in our communities to find meaningful jobs and economic security. “

The security guard training program consists of an eight-hour licensing course, and for those who qualify, a subsequent 16 hours of instruction focused on specifics of security jobs in office, retail and health care. OSHA certification training is offered in 10-hour and 30-hour modules, and the home health aide training is a three-week, full-time course.

“Our goal across the United States, and here in New York City, is to help advance economic mobility in order to build thriving communities,” said Bank of America Senior Vice President and Community Relations Manager Nereida S. Andino. “We are proud to support local nonprofits, like Queens Library, who are on the forefront of meeting New Yorkers at their most critical point and helping them onto a path to long-term success.” 



We’re pleased to announce that, after our successful repairs, Forest Hills Community Library will reopen on Thursday, June 15!

Please visit us at 108-19 71st Avenue, starting at 12 p.m. on June 15.

We look forward to seeing you!



We’re pleased to announce that, after our successful repairs, Queensboro Hill Community Library will reopen on Monday, June 12!

Please visit us at 60-05 Main Street in Flushing, starting at 12 p.m. on June 12.

We look forward to seeing you!

Elizabeth Nunez: "Even in Paradise"


Join us for an author talk with acclaimed Trinidad-born writer Elizabeth Nunez.

Her recent novel "Even in Paradise" is a masterful riff on Shakespeare's "King Lear" in a Caribbean setting, that explores racial tensions on the islands while celebrating their lush natural beauty.

Books will be available for sale and signing.

Sunday, June 11
2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Queens Central Library

89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica

An Acoustic Evening with Maya McClean


Maya McClean is an Australian singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, healer, truth coach, and filmmaker. She has been in various films, including "Moulin Rouge." She was also a back-up singer and dancer for Prince for over 13 years, and has performed with Rihanna.

Maya now performs as a solo artist, bringing her own unique flair to the stage.

Join us for this intimate performance in the Main Lobby of Central Library.

Tuesday, June 6
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Queens Central Library

89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica