Strong libraries equal strong communities. Library lovers across Queens spoke up to support library funding and I am so pleased to announce that the proposed budget cut was restored. Your library will remain open 5-plus days a week.
We thank our elected officials, including the entire New York City Council, led by Speaker Christine C. Quinn, as well as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, for prioritizing public libraries this year.
We want to recognize council members Domenic Recchia, Jr., Jimmy Van Bramer, Leroy Comrie, and Vincent Gentile for their outstanding leadership, as well as the entire Queens delegation to the City Council.
We also owe our gratitude to our many stalwart library champions, including Queens Borough President Helen Marshall.
I also want to thank all the Friends of the Library and library advocates around the borough who signed the petitions, held rallies, wrote postcards, and made their voices heard. Without your energy, the future might not look as bright.
And the future does look bright. Queens Library is open to provide all those essential community services you rely on.
Our newest offerings include downloadable e-magazines and downloadable audiobooks. The new library in Glen Oaks is already serving the community, and a new library in north Flushing will open this summer.
Thomas W. Galante
President and CEO