Pictured above: Far Rockaway Library Manager Sharon Anderson; Shanon Morris, Senior Director of Community Impact for the American Heart Association in New York City; and QPL President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott at the loaner program kickoff.
Queens Public Library Partners with American Heart Association to Start Lending Blood Pressure Monitoring Kits at Far Rockaway Library
Far Rockaway is the first and only library in New York City to provide blood pressure self-monitoring machines
January 27, 2020 — Libraries serve as gateways to knowledge, culture and well-being. They play a fundamental role in many communities as places providing free access to resources and services. Thanks to a collaboration between Queens Public Library and the American Heart Association, the Far Rockaway branch at 1003 Beach 20th Street is now also a place to manage your blood pressure. It is currently the only New York City library loaning blood pressure cuffs.
Beginning Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, patrons can borrow blood pressure self-monitoring kits at the branch using only their library card. Adults will be able to borrow a cuff for one month with an option to renew it one time if needed.
In addition to launching a loaner program, the Far Rockaway branch will also have a blood pressure station for adults who don’t want to check out a cuff, but just use it when they visit the library.
“Queens Public Library is committed to building strong communities by offering access to a wide range of free wellness programs and services which help our customers stay healthy and thrive,” said Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott. “I am grateful to the American Heart Association for this innovative partnership, and I want to recognize Far Rockaway Library Manager Sharon Anderson for her tireless efforts to identify and respond to the needs of this community.”
The Far Rockaway Library—which is currently operating out of a temporary space, while its new permanent state-of-the-art home is under construction—has long served as the center of community life. Its importance was well-demonstrated in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, when it was used to provide disaster relief to residents.
Far Rockaway Library Manager Sharon Anderson has played a pivotal role in building the partnership with the American Heart Association and helped identify the need for this valuable resource in the local community.
“Responding to the needs of our community, the Far Rockaway Library has hosted numerous health fairs and other wellness initiatives over the years,” said Anderson. “We welcome our partnership with the American Heart Association, which brings additional resources to our neighborhood, allowing our customers who don’t make regular visits to their doctors to monitor their blood pressure and seek help, if necessary.”