Elmhurst Library Garden

QPL Cuts the Ribbon on Its Transformed Elmhurst Library Garden 

National Grid Grant Supports Beautification of Elmhurst and Five Other Library Gardens

ELMHURST, NY _ Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott was joined today by National Grid representatives and community members at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the beautification of Elmhurst Library’s garden (86-07 Broadway) with shrubs, plants and flowers, providing a habitat for butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects. In addition, significant improvements have been recently completed at five other library gardens - at the Windsor Park, Langston Hughes, Ridgewood, East Elmhurst and Glendale branches.

The upgrades were funded through a $140,000 grant from National Grid’s Project C, the company’s program designed to inspire and strengthen local communities, making a difference for years to come. The Queens Public Library Foundation (QPLF) was awarded a Project C clean energy and sustainability grant two years ago. Each of these gardens is now open to the public.

“Our revitalized gardens are truly precious spaces where people can enjoy our resources and the outdoors at the same time,” said Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott. “We are grateful to National Grid for their partnership and generous support to help us develop and maintain these oases that are open and accessible to all.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the Queens Public Library to help preserve and sustain these beautiful gardens,” said Eileen Cifone, Director of Stakeholder Engagement for National Grid. “This initiative not only enhances the library grounds but also provides invaluable spaces for Elmhurst community members to connect, learn, and enjoy nature. Supporting projects like these aligns with our continuing commitment, through Project C, to fostering sustainable and vibrant communities.”

Elmhurst Library Gardens Ribbon Cutting

Left to right: Juan Santiago, National Grid External Affairs Manager and QPLF Board Secretary, Eileen Cifone, National Grid Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Wanda Chin, President of the QPLF Board of Directors, Dennis M. Walcott, QPL President and CEO, Richard Mezic, National Grid Lead Engineer and Susan Latham, QPLF Executive Director 

The 1,800-square-foot Elmhurst Library garden, located in the rear of the branch, used to consist primarily of a dry, weedy lawn. With support from National Grid, a butterfly garden was planted behind the Library, with a new garden planted along the side of the library to beautify its street presence. In addition, two smaller gardens were situated immediately outside the rear entrance of the Library. An irrigation system was also installed, a new vermin-proof garden shed replaced the old wooden shed, and new trash receptacles replaced broken ones.

Thanks to the grant, the overgrown shrubs and weedy lawn at Windsor Park Library, at 79-50 Bell Blvd., in Hollis Hills, were removed to open up the space in the garden, located between the library building and a bus stop. A meadow of native shrubs and perennials was planted, creating a healthy environment for butterflies and other insects. An irrigation system was also installed to preserve the plants. 

The funding also paid for the makeover of the exterior courtyard at the Langston Hughes Library and Cultural Center at 100-01 Northern Blvd., in Corona, which is heavily used for events and programs. The once barren and paved courtyard with only a few planters, now features a container garden along the back wall, filled with an assortment of native perennials to provide color and flowers from spring through fall. The back retaining wall of the courtyard was repainted and a new drip irrigation system was installed to conserve water. New trash containers were purchased, and the shrubs and trees in the front of the library were pruned, fertilized and mulched. 

In addition, National Grid’s grant has helped install irrigation systems at the Ridgewood  and East Elmhurst libraries, located at 20-12 Madison St. and 95-06 Astoria Blvd. respectively. Both of these library gardens were upgraded last year thanks to a grant from the Revson Foundation, and the installation of irrigation systems will sustain the new plantings.

New plants and shrubs were also planted at Glendale Library at 78-60 73rd Pl., with planting and maintenance provided by volunteers from National Grid.

The gardens at Elmhurst and East Elmhurst are being maintained by corporate volunteer groups from Bloomberg and Bank of America.


Contact: Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska, ekern@queenslibrary.org

Elmhurst Library Garden
City Hall Rally

NYC Libraries Rally to Restore $58.3M As Library Services Dwindle

Most Libraries Will Lose A Full Day Of Service If Cuts Go Through — In Addition to Continued Elimination of Seven-Day Service

Visuals available here

May 21, 2024 – The presidents of the city’s three public library systems will testify at the New York City Council Tuesday about the harmful impacts the $58.3M in proposed budget cuts would have on libraries. If enacted, these cuts would severely limit library service, with the vast majority of branches in all five boroughs being only open for five days a week. Currently, all NYC libraries are open for six days a week, a standard of service New Yorkers have enjoyed since a successful campaign in 2015. This is on top of the continued elimination of seven-day service, which was suspended in November following mid-year cuts.

Specifically, the cuts would mean -

  • More than half of BPL branches dropping down to five-day a week service
  • Close to 60% of NYPL branches will drop down to five-day service
  • QPL will end Saturday service at all locations except Central and Flushing libraries

Brooklyn Public Library President and CEO Linda E. Johnson, New York Public Library President and CEO Anthony W. Marx, and Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott will also call for an end to the so-called “budget dance,” which has led to staffing shortages, unplanned closures, deferred maintenance, canceled storytimes and additional harmful impacts. The testimony follows a 9 AM rally on the steps of City Hall with Library supporters.

Four times in the past four years (FY21 to now) libraries have been hit with damaging mid-year budget cuts. And last year, NYC libraries were spared from proposed budget cuts in June, only to be hit with significant mid-year budget cuts four months later, leading to the immediate elimination of seven-day service. On Tuesday, the presidents will testify that the continuous uncertainty surrounding library funding is making it virtually impossible to engage in long-term planning, including hiring and program planning – all of which harms New Yorkers who need the free services libraries provide the most.

Copies of their prepared remarks are available at InvestInLibraries.org.

If the proposed budget cuts go through, the majority of NYC public libraries will lose one full day of service, leaving most libraries open for just five days a week. All NYC public libraries have been open six days a week since 2015. The library presidents will also testify that they expect branches will be subject to frequent unplanned closures and reduced operating hours due to staffing shortages brought on by budget cuts and the fiscal uncertainty that has prevented hiring. This is all in addition to the continued elimination of most Sunday service from the earlier cuts.

 At the City Hall rally prior to the joint hearing of the Council’s Finance Committee and Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations Committee, Library leadership, staff, allies, union leaders, elected officials and supporters from throughout the five boroughs called for full restoration of library funding, citing the crucial role libraries play in every corner of the city.

The $58.3M in proposed cuts for FY25, if enacted, would have a lasting negative impact on library services and resources, in addition to the loss of universal six-day service and continued elimination of all seven-day service, including –

  • Indefinitely delayed reopenings of renovated branches, many in historically marginalized communities. The cuts and proposed funding reductions mean we cannot afford to staff these branches.  
  • Further reducing spending on library materials, programming, and building maintenance and repairs

Additionally, the City has cut $125M from the capital budgets for libraries, the first cut to library capital funding in 16 years. With over $1.125B in priority capital needs at public libraries, the City should be adding funding to the capital plan for libraries, not reducing them.

New Yorkers can send an online letter in support of New York City libraries to their elected officials through BPL, NYPL and QPL’s campaign page at InvestinLibraries.org. Already, 100,000 New Yorkers have sent online letters to City Hall.

“It’s clear that New Yorkers love and need their libraries. Yet here we are once again, tin cups in hand outside City Hall, pleading to have our funding restored. This budget dance is exhausting, and horrifically unfair to the patrons who rely on the vital services we provide in every corner of this city. Enough with the games – our funding should be restored and baselined,” said Anthony W. Marx, President of The New York Public Library.

“From increased visits to new card applications, demand for library service continues to grow. We should be delighted, but instead we may be forced to further reduce hours and programming, potentially losing yet another day of service just when our patrons need us most. Our City leaders know how much New Yorkers depend on their libraries, and we are hopeful that together, they will come to our aid and fully restore library funding,” said Linda E. Johnson, President and CEO, Brooklyn Public.

"This is the greatest city in the world, and New Yorkers should have the greatest public libraries, with weekend service, diverse programs, and robust access to books and other resources. Through the City Council’s tremendous advocacy, our ongoing partnership with the Administration, and the outpouring of support from the public, we remain hopeful we can find a way to fully fund libraries and prevent the dire consequences of the cuts from becoming a reality,” said Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott.

“Libraries are important institutions that provide language classes, theater and music performances, access to technology, career and financial services, and countless other opportunities, all for free. The doors of the library are open to everyone, but with further cuts being proposed by the administration, those doors could be open only 5 days a week. Data demonstrates library usage has been rising and the City Council is firmly committed to restoring the funding to ensure these vital spaces have the resources they need to serve communities across the city,” said Council Member Carlina Rivera, Chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs and Libraries.

"Libraries offer critical services to our communities, our young people, and the most vulnerable among us. The $58.3 million in proposed budget cuts pose a detriment to our library systems on top of existing reductions to their operating hours, programming, and maintenance. New Yorkers need fully funded libraries to keep our city strong," said Henry Garrido, Executive Director of District Council 37.

"Like so many New Yorkers, libraries have played a huge role in my life. I spent all of high school working at my local NYPL and getting to know all of the people that went to the library for books, computer access, community programs, and so much more. Debilitating cuts to libraries rob all of us of the resources that help us grow and bring us together. The Council will not turn the page on budget negotiations without a full restoration to library funding. It's what New Yorkers want, and it's what we deserve," said Council Member Shaun Abreu.

“Libraries are the beloved pillars of our communities, providing not just education and youth services, but forming the community foundations for public health and safety. Our libraries serve as sites of after school programming, hubs of community-based organizations, cooling centers in the summer, warming centers in the winter, and many other functions. The Mayor’s mid-year budget cuts have already severely limited the services that libraries can provide. Now, the Mayor's proposed FY25 cuts would seek to end universal six-day service for Queens Public Library. The Mayor’s decision to gut libraries is shameful; Mayor Adams is playing politics with our community’s well-being. I am calling on the Mayor to reverse the November PEG so that residents in Western Queens, and across the city, can once again access the knowledge, resources, and welcoming spaces that they deserve,” said Council Member Tiffany Cabán.

“As a staunch advocate for education and community resources, I stand firmly with our public libraries in opposing the proposed budget cuts. Libraries are vital hubs of knowledge, support, and opportunity for all New Yorkers. These cuts threaten to undermine the essential services libraries provide, from job-search assistance and ESOL classes to safe spaces for children and teens. We must prioritize the funding necessary to keep our libraries open and fully functional. Together, we must ensure that every New Yorker has access to the invaluable resources our libraries offer,” said Council Member Mercedes Narcisse.

“Public libraries are among New York’s most important institutions. It is hard to imagine how they would have been developed from scratch today, but we are blessed to have inherited them from previous generations. We are obligated to help them survive and thrive, to the benefit of all New Yorkers. We must recognize the unparalleled contributions to education, public safety, and community-building that our libraries provide and commit to full investment in them – and absolutely never any cuts,” said Council Member Chi Ossé.

“Our public libraries are vital community hubs that provide essential services that New Yorkers depend on. The Mayor has already cut service to six days per week and has proposed closing all weekend library operations. This City Council will keep fighting to ensure our libraries secure the funding they deserve,” said Council Member Lincoln Restler.

“As a mother, I remember the very first time I brought my daughters to our local library – the joy and excitement in their eyes and their eagerness to explore all of the literature that the Brooklyn Public Library had to offer. Every child deserves to have access to the incredible resources our libraries provide, but the proposed cuts to our libraries will only hinder this. I am proud to stand with my colleagues in saying: No cuts to our libraries!” said City Council Member Susan Zhuang.


About the Campaign

The #InvestInLibraries campaign is a partnership between the city’s three public library systems—Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library, and Queens Public Library—and other library supporters across the city.  Since the campaign launched in 2015, the City has allocated additional funding for programming as well as critical capital dollars to help address the over $1 billion in needs facing the city’s aging library infrastructure. Despite this important support, libraries confront rising costs and increased demand for more services and programs (from New Yorkers and the City). The campaign urges the City to restore and increase funding to meet rising needs, demands, and costs





BPL: Fritzi Bodenheimer, fbodenheimer@bklynlibrary.org, 929-276-4232; NYPL: Amy Geduldig, amygeduldig@nypl.org, 212-592-7177; QPL: Elisabeth de Bourbon, edebourbon@queenslibrary.org, 917-650-3815

The word "Closed," and calendar pages reading Sat, May 25, Sun, May 26, and Mon, May 27, on a yellow background.

All Queens Public Library locations will be closed on Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday, May 25; Sunday, May 26; and Monday, May 27.

Our exterior return machines will also be unavailable. We are extending due dates, so any materials due during Memorial Day Weekend will now be due on or after Thursday, May 30.

We have scheduled systems migration and updates during Memorial Day Weekend, including a new automatic renewal service (learn more below).

From 6pm on Friday, May 24 to 9am on Tuesday, May 28, the following WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE:

  • All QPL websites
  • All QPL apps (mobile and tablet)
  • Telephone Reference and Chat with a Librarian
  • Telephone Renewal system
  • Online Databases
  • Digital Media (eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, digital music, and streaming videos)
  • Exterior Return Machines
  • Mobile Library

Note that all customer check-out history prior to Friday, May 24 will no longer be accessible in your account. If you would like to save your check-out history, you can take screenshots of it from your account page on the app or website, or you may contact customer service for assistance.

We apologize for these inconveniences and thank you for your patience while we make improvements to our digital systems. In the future, you can look forward to text notifications and enhanced search capabilities—more information to come soon!

We hope you enjoy the holiday weekend.



Starting Tuesday, May 28, most physical items checked out to your account will be renewed automatically at Queens Public Library!

What is automatic renewal?
This convenient service allows us to renew eligible library materials for you so you don’t need to! If renewal is available, you can keep items longer. Eligible items will automatically renew before they are due, up to three times.

Which items are eligible for automatic renewal?
Most physical items (books, DVDs, audiobooks, CDs, etc.) are eligible for up to three automatic renewals, as long as another customer is not waiting for them.

Which items are NOT eligible for renewal?
An item won’t automatically renew if:

  • The item is requested for hold by another customer.
  • It is a digital material (eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming videos, or music)
  • It is an Interlibrary Loan
  • The item has already been renewed the maximum number of times (three times).

How will I know if an item is automatically renewed?
We will send email notifications to you and the new due date for your item will appear on your account.

Can I still renew items myself?
Yes, you will still be able to renew items by logging in to your account, by using our self-checkout system, or by using our telephone renewal system.


Taiwan Book Conners

Queens Public Library Installs Taiwan Book Corners at Forest Hills, Flushing and Bayside Branches

The books will remain on display throughout May in honor of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

QUEENS, NY_Queens Public Library will mark Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with the temporary installation of three Taiwan Book Corners – small displays with about 12 traditional Chinese novels, graphic novels, and children’s books as well as English translations of eachat the Bayside, Flushing and Forest Hills branches through the end of May. In addition, Forest Hills Library, at 108-19 71st Avenue, will celebrate the installation of its Taiwan Book Corner with conversations about two of the featured books on Thursday, May 9, from 5 to 6:30 PM.

Taiwanese writer Shih Shu-Ching, a prominent cultural figure in Taiwan and Hong Kong who now lives in New York, will discuss Taiwan Trilogy, her renowned telling of Taiwan’s history from the 1820s to 1947. The conversation will be conducted in Mandarin, and interpreted into English.

Following her talk, translator Lin King will discuss The Boy from Clearwater, a graphic novel depicting the story of human rights activist Tsai Kun-lin (1930-2023) alongside Taiwan’s modern history. Lin will share insights into the moving narrative, stunning artwork, and her translation process. This portion of the program will be presented in English. 

All of the books featured in the book corners were originally published in Taiwan, and encompass a variety of themes, such as women, LGBTQ+, Taiwan’s history and culture, and more. The displays were created in partnership with the Taipei Cultural Center in New York, which is part of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO). All of the books will be integrated into the branches’ Chinese language collections.


WHAT:          “Taiwan Book Corners” inauguration featuring conversations with writer Shih Shu-Ching and translator Lin King

WHEN:          Thursday, May 9, 5-6:30 PM

WHERE:       Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71st Avenue, Forest Hills, NY 11375

WHO:            Nick Buron, QPL Chief Librarian

                      Lishan Chang, TECO Deputy Director General


CONTACT: Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska, ekern@queenslibrary.org

Drawings of several people, in various emotional states, surrounded by drawings of flowers, on a green background, with the words Mental Health Awareness Month.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Queens Public Library is joining the national movement to bring awareness to mental health, and to fight the stigma that surrounds the topic.

Throughout the month of May, QPL will be offering programs, workshops, and resources designed to help everyone of all ages navigate their individual mental health journeys.

Join us to learn how contemporary life impacts mental health, build coping strategies that will help now and in the future, and develop the tools necessary to advocate for yourself, your families, and your community.


Mobile Library May Mental Health Tour

Join the QPL Bookmobile team this May for a journey across the borough in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month!

Our Mobile Library Mental Health Tour will promote mental health awareness through the power of music (thanks to our special guest, saxophonist/singer/songwriter Ashley Keiko), mindfulness, meditation, and the magic of literature.

Learn More about the QPL Mobile Library Mental Health Tour.


Mental Health Awareness Month Booklists

Books for Adults

Books for Young Adults

Books for Kids


Mental Health Awareness Month Programs

(click on each title for more information)

Easy Chair Yoga for All! (Program in Spanish) (In-Person)
Wednesdays, May 8, 15, 22, 29, 12pm
20-12 Madison Street

Stress Management for Teens with Dr. Naika (In-Person)
Wednesday, May 8, 4pm
41-17 Main Street

Friday, May 10, 3pm
Queens Village
94-11 217 Street

Monday, May 13, 3pm
Long Island City
37-44 21 Street

Health and Hip Hop for Teens with Easy A.D. (In-Person)
Wednesdays, May 8, 15, 22, 4:30pm
East Elmhurst
95-06 Astoria Boulevard

Teen Mental Health Month: Get Up and Dance! (In-Person)
Thursday, May 9, 3pm
121-23 14 Avenue, College Point

Thursday, May 16, 3pm
East Elmhurst
95-06 Astoria Boulevard

Thursday, May 23, 3pm
41-17 Main Street

Thursday, May 30, 3pm
Forest Hills
108-19 71 Avenue

Healing Beats for Adolescents and Children (In-Person)
Thursday, May 9, 3:30pm
Cambria Heights
218-13 Linden Boulevard

Thursday, May 16, 4pm
South Jamaica
108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica

Recovery International Support Group (In-Person)
Thursdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30, 6pm
Howard Beach
92-06 156 Avenue

National Alliance on Mental Illness of NYC: Ending the Silence Parent’s Workshop (In-Person)
Thursday, May 9, 6pm
20-12 Madison Street

Adult Coloring and Conversation (In-Person)
Fridays, May 10, 17, 24, 31, 11am
250-06 Hillside Avenue

Mandala Coloring Therapy (In-Person)
Fridays, May 10, 17, 24, 31, 3pm
121-23 14 Avenue, College Point

Coloring for Stress Relief with Pilon Harlem (In-Person)
Friday, May 10, 3pm
43-06 Greenpoint Avenue, Long Island City

Tuesday, May 21, 2:30pm
Middle Village
72-31 Metropolitan Avenue

Adult Coloring Club (In-Person)
Saturday, May 11, 10am
Glen Oaks
256-04 Union Turnpike

Bailoterapia en Comunidad (Program in Spanish) (In-Person)
Saturdays, May 11 and 18, 11am
Langston Hughes
100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona

Get Your Ish Together: Coping with Stress (In-Person)
Monday, May 13, 3pm
Cambria Heights
218-13 Linden Boulevard

College Readiness: Mental Health and Wellness (Virtual)
Monday, May 13, 6pm
Join us on Microsoft Teams: https://queenslib.org/3xyPne

Color Therapy Adult Program (In-Person)
Tuesdays, May 14, 21, 28, 1pm
Douglaston/Little Neck
249-01 Northern Boulevard, Little Neck

Wellness Wednesday: Bath Bombs (In-Person)
Wednesday, May 15, 3:30pm
Cambria Heights
218-13 Linden Boulevard

Mindful Meditation for Parents (Virtual)
Wednesdays, May 15 and 29, 5:30pm
Join us on Zoom: https://queenslib.org/3ZVtF0P
Meeting ID: 862 1659 0854
Passcode: 2023

Brain Education for Successful Aging (In-Person)
Saturday, May 18, 1pm
155-06 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing

Wellness Wednesday: Soap Making (In-Person)
Wednesday, May 22, 3:30pm
Cambria Heights
218-13 Linden Boulevard

Teen Mental Health Month Journals (In-Person)
Friday, May 24, 3:30pm
54-22 Skillman Avenue

Wellness Wednesday: Paint by Numbers (In-Person)
Wednesday, May 29, 3:30pm
Cambria Heights
218-13 Linden Boulevard

Meet Author Emilia A. Ottoo & QPL Hip Hop Coordinator Ralph McDaniels (In-Person)
Thursday, May 30, 6pm
Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard

A Parent's Guide to Puberty and Adolescence (Virtual)
Thursday, May 30, 7pm
Join us on Microsoft Teams: https://queenslib.org/4az4fQ


Mental Health Awareness Month Resources

NYC 988: Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (call or text 988)
NYC 988 is your connection to free, confidential mental health and substance use support, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, in over 200 languages.

NYC Department of Health: Health Topics: Mental Health
Learn about the City's mental health and substance use resources and services.

NYC Department of Health: NYC Teenspace
Teenspace provides free mental health support through licensed therapists to teens in NYC.

NYC Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health: Resource Guides + Toolkits
Guides and toolkits providing information, resources, and skills to promote emotional well-being.

National Institutes of Health: Social Wellness Toolkit
A toolkit for learning new strategies and ways to improve your social well-being.

Safe Horizon, 1-800-621-HOPE (1-800-621-4673)
Safe Horizon provides assistance, advocacy, and support to victims who have experienced domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, youth homelessness, and other crimes.

Therapy for Black Girls
An online space dedicated to the mental wellness of Black women and girls; you can also use this resource to locate mental health professionals in your area.

Therapy for Black Men
A directory of mental health professionals and coaches that provide multiculturally-competent care for Black men.


A teenage girl admires a dress.

Hey QPL Teens: registration for our Prom x QPL Prom Dress Giveaway is now open!

We have hundreds of brand-new and gently used dresses, shoes, handbags, and jewelry, all of which were generously donated by members of the Queens community (and beyond) to help make prom fun, fabulous, and memorable for the teens of Queens.

Prom x QPL is going to be a total blast, with music, freebies, photos, and hundreds of dresses and accessories for teens to choose from.

Join us on Saturday, May 11 from 10:30am to 4:30pm at the Cambria Heights Teen Center (218-13 Linden Boulevard)!

Registration is required to participate in our Prom x QPL Dress Giveaway. Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Items are only available for students who are attending prom this spring. Prom dress sizing is limited. Students may bring one (1) friend or family member to accompany them.

Please fill out this registration form carefully, as we have limited capacity and a limited number of dresses.



QPL's AANHPI 2024 graphic: green, purple, pink, and blue flowers; red, green, and yellow spirals; an orange background; and the words “QPL Celebrates Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Advancing Leaders Through Innovation.”

It’s Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

This year, Queens Public Library joins our nation in paying homage to the visionaries and trailblazers who have shaped AANHPI history, made lasting contributions to our country, and continue to influence our collective future.

Join us for our special programs, enjoy our book recommendations and resources, watch great AANHPI-related movies, and listen to the award-winning Queens Memory podcast, Our Major Minor Voices!

Visit our AANHPI 2024 webpage.

The Queens Public Library logo in purple with a white background.

April 24, 2024—The presidents of New York City’s three library systems (Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library, and Queens Public Library) issued the following statement today.

“We are deeply disappointed that the FY25 executive budget failed to reverse devastating cuts proposed for public libraries in January. New Yorkers rely on the vital services we provide, and data shows library usage is continuing to climb in key metrics—including visits and program participation. The $58.3M in cuts that libraries are facing, if enacted, threaten to upend much of the progress we’ve made over the past few years, and will severely impact vulnerable communities who need our services the most. We’ve already lost seven-day service city-wide, and are looking at most branches being open for only five days a week should these cuts go through.

Libraries are among the most trusted institutions, and make New York City stronger. We will continue working with the Administration and the Council to fully restore funding so we can continue providing the level of service our patrons want and need.”


In March 2024, the presidents testified at the City Council about the impacts that the FY25 budget cuts would have on libraries.

Citywide, those budget impacts to libraries include:

  • The majority of NYC libraries would only open for five days a week – down from the current standard in which all are open for at least six days a week. Universal six-day service has been the standard since 2015 after New Yorkers launched a campaign to restore it.
  • The continued elimination of seven-day service citywide, with most branches remaining closed on Sundays. Seven-day service was eliminated following a mid-year city budget cut to libraries in November.
  • Delayed reopenings of renovated branches, many in historically marginalized communities. The cuts and proposed funding reductions mean we cannot afford to staff these branches.
  • Further reducing spending on library materials, programming, and building maintenance and repairs.
  • Delays and cost overruns for numerous ongoing capital projects, many of which have already been initiated.
It’s National Volunteer Week 2024!

Happy National Volunteer Week!

Service Takes Many Forms here at the Library, and every year, during this national celebration of volunteers and volunteerism, we take some time to recognize our incredible volunteers here at Queens Public Library.

This recognition includes the Go the Extra Mile (GEM) Award, given to those QPL volunteers who go above and beyond in their service and embody the Library’s mission “to transform lives by cultivating personal and intellectual growth and by building strong communities”; and the Shining Star Award, given to members of the Friends of QPL who inspire and motivate others to action and work together to provide ideas, resources, and opportunities that uplift their community.

This year, we also want to honor those individuals who completed a minimum of 75, 150, and 250 or more hours of service between October 2023 and May 2024, on our Volunteer Milestones Wall of Fame.

The Go the Extra Mile (GEM) Award, the Shining Star Award, and the Volunteer Milestones Wall of Fame.

Visit our National Volunteer Week 2024 webpage to read the inspiring stories of all these wonderful QPL volunteers.

We thank them all for their service to Queens Public Library.

This National Volunteer Week (and beyond), visit volunteer.queenslibrary.org to learn how you can become a QPL volunteer!

PS: Who are some of QPL's most important volunteers? Our QPL Teens, of course!

Burmese Collection

QPL’s Elmhurst Library To Celebrate the Burmese New Year and the Expansion of Its Burmese Collection  

NYC’s only publicly circulating Burmese language collection triples in size with the addition of 230 books

Elmhurst, N.Y. – Queens Public Library’s Elmhurst branch will celebrate the expansion of its Burmese language collection - the only circulating Burmese collection in New York City – and the Burmese New Year, known as Thingyan, at 86-07 Broadway on Saturday, April 20 at 2PM. Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott, local elected officials and representatives of the Burmese community will attend the ceremony, which will feature music and dance performances. 

About 230 books were recently added to the collection, formed in 2018 with approximately 130 volumes. It includes fiction and non-fiction, biographies, books on technology and children’s books, some of which are bilingual Burmese/English picture books.

The books were purchased with $5,000 donated by the Burmese-American community, and partially matched by the Queens Public Library Foundation.  

The Burmese community has been growing in Queens, and according to the 2018-2022 American Community Survey, there are currently more than 4,000 Burmese-language speakers in the borough, about a quarter of whom live in Elmhurst. 

The Burmese-language books are part of the Queens Public Library’s robust international language collection. The Library started building it in the 1970s, initially focusing on the Hispanic, Greek and Chinese communities. Today, the Library circulates materials in almost 50 languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Bengali, Korean, Russian and Hebrew.


WHAT:            QPL’s Elmhurst branch marks the expansion of its Burmese language collection and            celebrates the Burmese New Year

WHO:            Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott

                       QPL New Americans Program Assistant Director Fred Gitner

                       NYC Council Member Shekar Krishnan

                       Burmese Community Leader Moe Chan

                       Burmese Community Members

WHEN:          Saturday, April 20, 2024
                        2-3:30 PM       

WHERE:        Queens Public Library / Elmhurst Branch
                        86-07 Broadway, Elmhurst, N.Y. 11373

CONTACT:     Ewa Kern-Jedrychowskaekern@queenslibrary.org, 917-702-0016