2015-04-15 / Features

Fundraising For Douglaston-Little Neck Library

(L. to r.); Campaign Co-Chair John F. Duane;  Ellen Young, Director of Donor Relations, Queens Library Foundation; Community Library Manager Ron Wan;  and Co-Chair J. Douglas Montgomery.
(L. to r.); Campaign Co-Chair John F. Duane; Ellen Young, Director of Donor Relations, Queens Library Foundation; Community Library Manager Ron Wan; and Co-Chair J. Douglas Montgomery. The Friends of the Douglaston-Little Neck Library, in partnership with Queens Library Foundation, has kicked off a campaign to raise funds for books and other library materials.

With a goal of raising $25,000 by June 30, the group is working to solicit support from community residents and local businesses, and has raised $10,000 to date. The campaign, which is chaired by Douglaston-Little Neck Friends members J. Douglas Montgomery of Home NY Realty and Chair of Community Board 11 Libraries Committee; and John F. Duane, former member of the State Assembly representing the neighborhood, will end with a celebratory fundraiser at the Douglaston Club on Sunday afternoon, June 7.


Funds will go toward Queens Library’s Buy-a-Book program. Through this program, every $25 a supporter donates will provide a new book for the Douglaston/Little Neck Library with a bookplate inside, dedicating the book as the donor chooses. $50 would mean bookplates for two books. Recognition for a shelf of books comes with a $500 donation. A donor receives recognition for a stack for a $2,500 donation.


With funds raised to date, the Library has been able to purchase an array of books, from bestsellers and popular fiction, to nonfiction essentials for schoolchildren and DVDs, CDs and audiobooks. New special collections on African American, Asian American and Native American histories and cultures are highlights of the collection.


“We are delighted that this community is working to raise funds for books for the Douglaston-Little Neck Library,” stated Interim President and CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey. “This kind of grassroots effort is wonderful for the Library, its patrons and the entire neighborhood.”

“Our Library is an essential resource for our community,” stated Arline Abdalian, President of the Friends group for the Douglaston-Little Neck Library. “Since there is a growing interest in our local Library and its Friends group, I am delighted that Douglas and John are leading this important effort to bring much-needed books and other resources to our Library.”


To make a donation or to participate in the fundraising event, contact Ellen Young, the Library’s Director of Donor Relations, at 718-480-4276 or Ellen.Young@queenslibrary.org.

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