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Format: 2018-02-21

EMERGENCY CLOSING

2017-12-29

South Jamaica Community Library, at 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, and Queens Library for Teens, located at 2002 Cornaga Avenue in Far Rockaway, will both be closed on Friday, December 29 for emergency maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Customers are invited to use nearby community library locations; please visit queenslibrary.org/ql_findabranch.

HOLIDAY CLOSING

2017-12-24

All Queens Library locations will be closed on Sunday, December 24; Monday, December 25; and Sunday, December 31, 2017; and Monday, January 1, 2018.

Library materials can be returned 24/7 at more than 40 Queens Library locations and renewed by phone at 718-990-8508 or online.

Digital materials are available for download, even when we're closed—including thousands of free eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, songs, movies, and videos!

NYC Department of Design Commissioner Ana Barrio, New York Council Member Elizabeth Crowley and Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott and Community Leaders Break Ground on Accessibility and Interior Improvements to Glendale Community Library

2017-12-21

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 21, 2017

NYC DEPARTMENT OF DESIGN COMMISSIONER ANA BARRIO, NEW YORK COUNCIL MEMBER ELIZABETH CROWLEY AND QUEENS LIBRARY PRESIDENT AND CEO DENNIS M. WALCOTT AND COMMUNITY LEADERS BREAK GROUND ON ACCESSIBILITY AND INTERIOR IMPROVEMENTS TO GLENDALE COMMUNITY LIBRARY

$4.7 Million Renovation Includes the Addition of an Accessible Entrance and a New Book Drop, the Installation of an Elevator and Upgrades to the Interior and Rear Garden, Among Other Changes

GLENDALE, N.Y. _ Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott, New York City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley and New York City Department of Design and Construction Commissioner Ana Barrio today broke ground on a major renovation project for Glendale Community Library.

The project calls for the restoration of the building’s interior space to its original grandeur, the installation of an elevator, an accessible entrance to the building and book drop, new adult and teen reading rooms, modifications to the vestibule, the reconstruction of the front stairs and the restoration of a walled, rear garden.

“These renovations and upgrades mean that this very special library will finally be accessible to all,” said Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott. “We are grateful to Council Member Crowley, Borough President Melinda Katz and Mayor Bill de Blasio for their financial support for this important project and look forward to working with the Department of Design and Construction.”

“I’m proud to join our partners in government and Queens Public Library to break ground on a renovation that will improve ADA accessibility and circulation at Glendale library,” said DDC Acting Commissioner Ana Barrio. “This building dates back to 1935 and has a lot of character, and we plan to preserve that history while we make this valuable resource more equitable for New Yorkers.”

The celebration marked the upcoming start of numerous improvements to Glendale Community Library, which was completed in 1935 under the federal Works Progress Administration. Designed in the Italian Renaissance style, the building is partially covered by a Spanish tile roof and encompasses 10,800 square feet on three levels. The main floor features original woodwork, details and finishes.

The library will be closed during construction, which is expected to begin in spring 2018. The library is scheduled to re-open in fall 2019. Mobile library service will be provided while the building is under construction.


CONTACT:  Elisabeth de Bourbon, 718-990-0704 or edebourbon@queenslibrary.org
Daniel Leibel, NYC Department of Design and Construction, 718-391-1251 or   leibelda@ddc.nyc.gov

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Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott and Community Leaders Break Ground on Improvements to Glendale Community Library

2017-12-21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 21, 2017

NYC DEPARTMENT OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION COMMISSIONER ANA BARRIO, NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL MEMBER ELIZABETH CROWLEY AND QUEENS LIBRARY PRESIDENT AND CEO DENNIS M. WALCOTT AND COMMUNITY LEADERS BREAK GROUND ON ACCESSIBILITY AND INTERIOR IMPROVEMENTS TO GLENDALE COMMUNITY LIBRARY

$4.7 Million Renovation Includes the Addition of an Accessible Entrance and a New Book Drop, the Installation of an Elevator and Upgrades to the Interior and Rear Garden, Among Other Changes

GLENDALE, N.Y. _ Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott, New York City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley and New York City Department of Design and Construction Commissioner Ana Barrio today broke ground on a major renovation project for Glendale Community Library.

The project calls for the restoration of the building’s interior space to its original grandeur, the installation of an elevator, an accessible entrance to the building and book drop, new adult and teen reading rooms, modifications to the vestibule, the reconstruction of the front stairs and the restoration of a walled, rear garden. 

“These renovations and upgrades mean that this very special library will finally be accessible to all,” said Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott. “We are grateful to Council Member Crowley, Borough President Melinda Katz and Mayor Bill de Blasio for their financial support for this important project and look forward to working with the Department of Design and Construction.”

“I’m proud to join our partners in government and Queens Public Library to break ground on a renovation that will improve ADA accessibility and circulation at Glendale Library,” said DDC Acting Commissioner Ana Barrio. “This building dates back to 1935 and has a lot of character, and we plan to preserve that history while we make this valuable resource more equitable for New Yorkers.” 

The celebration marked the upcoming start of numerous improvements to Glendale Community Library, which was completed in 1935 under the federal Works Progress Administration. Designed in the Italian Renaissance style, the building is partially covered by a Spanish tile roof and encompasses 10,800 square feet on three levels. The main floor features original woodwork, details and finishes.

The library will be closed during construction, which is expected to begin in spring 2018. The library is scheduled to re-open in fall 2019. Mobile library service will be provided while the building is under construction.

CONTACT:       Elisabeth de Bourbon, 718-990-0704 or edebourbon@queenslibrary.org  
                            Daniel Leibel, NYC Department of Design and Construction, 718-391-1251 or leibelda@ddc.nyc.gov 

New York City's Library Chiefs Urge Congress to Oppose Repeal of Net Neutrality Protections

2017-12-13

 

NEW YORK CITY’S LIBRARY CHIEFS URGE CONGRESS TO OPPOSE REPEAL OF NET NEUTRALITY PROTECTIONS

(This op-ed, co-written by Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott; New York Public Library President Anthony W. Marx and Brooklyn Public Library President Linda E. Johnson was published Dec. 13, 2017 in The Verge)

Since their inception, public libraries have fought to ensure that all people — regardless of their background or beliefs — have access to knowledge, education, and opportunity. That noble mission hasn’t changed, even as technology has. In addition to books and other materials, public libraries in every community in our great country are providing access to the computer and the internet, technology training classes, tablets, laptops, and more, offering everyone the tools they need to improve their lives, strengthen their communities, and succeed. Libraries are at the foundation of the American dream. The recent proposal by the Federal Communications Commission to abandon current net neutrality rules stands in direct opposition to this vital work. The proposal essentially gives broadband providers financial incentive to govern the openness of the internet, paving the way for models in which consumers pay for priority access, and those who can’t pay are limited to a “slow lane.”

Without the current protections, the already yawning digital divide will be widened. We know in New York City, millions of families cannot afford broadband access at home. These families are in our branches, borrowing Wi-Fi hot spots, or using our public computers to do homework, pay bills, apply for jobs, or communicate with relatives. For these New Yorkers, the 216 library branches across the city are their only option for access to technology. For the FCC to place internet access — something that in today’s world is a necessity, not a luxury — even further out of reach is appalling.

As strong advocates for and guardians of the right for people to seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction, New York City libraries cannot possibly support such a measure.

For us, though, it’s more than just principle. We, too, would potentially need to pay broadband providers extra so our content can be delivered on the same terms as commercial content providers. For public libraries — most of which are government agencies or nonprofits — this could be a serious burden, as we deliver large amounts of video to our patrons, have users remotely accessing collections at home, we offer hundreds of expensive databases to the public for free. As libraries will increasingly collect digital assets, these costs will increase.

In other words, this proposal directly impacts the public’s ability to access library collections and materials — the very tools that have helped even the playing field for so many in this country for centuries.

To see who will be affected, simply walk into any New York City library branch. See the students who literally cannot do their homework without our computers. See the parents and caregivers who are learning English and applying for jobs online to improve their circumstances. See the higher education students, independent researchers, and scholars who need our databases and online collections to further scholarship. Imagine how frustrated they will be, how demoralized, that they can no longer access what they need.

Critics of net neutrality are quick to point out that it could stifle innovation. Why, for example, would a cable company invest in having the highest speed data network if it could not reap the financial rewards of selling premium access to that higher speed data? These critics say the new proposal values private investment and innovation over government intervention.

Those are weak arguments. In reality, far more technology companies are financially incentivized to spur innovation around high-speed internet than just the telecom and cable companies who own the infrastructure. The consumer demand to deliver uninterrupted streaming of the hottest new Netflix show or multi-player access to the latest PlayStation game will keep internet speeds humming with or without net neutrality.

This proposal is not about public versus private investment in innovation. It is the sanctioning of inequality, which is a far greater risk to future innovators than open internet. Libraries cannot stand by and watch it happen. We urge Congress to please voice its opposition to this measure, and put the rights of the American people above the financial gain of broadband companies.

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