2015-11-25 / Front Page

Six-Day Library Service Launched Boroughwide

New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Interim President and CEO of the Queens Library Bridget Quinn-Carey, and Trustee Eve Guillergan were joined by library patrons at the Woodside Library to launch the return of six-day library service at neighborhood branches throughout the borough.
New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Interim President and CEO of the Queens Library Bridget Quinn-Carey, and Trustee Eve Guillergan were joined by library patrons at the Woodside Library to launch the return of six-day library service at neighborhood branches throughout the borough. Every library in every neighborhood is now open six days a week! To celebrate, Queens Library invited everyone to free gala programs on Saturday, November 21. City Council Finance Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Delegation Leader Karen Koslowitz, Council Members Costa Constantinides, Elizabeth Crowley, Daniel Dromm, Rory Lancman, I. Daneek Miller, Donovan Richards, Eric Ulrich and Ruben Wills visited their local libraries to be part of the celebration.
Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Mark-Viverito, Finance Chair Ferreras-Copeland, Cultural Affairs and Libraries Committee Chair Van Bramer, Subcommittee Chair King and the City Council made an historic investment in our city’s libraries. The expansion in service hours was made possible by a $43 million citywide increase in operating funds for this fiscal year that allowed Queens Library to hire more staff, provide six day service, and support more programs, more services and purchase more library materials.
“Parents across our city know libraries can help develop their child’s lifelong love of reading – and New Yorkers in every neighborhood know the importance of having a local library where they can borrow books, take classes, and bring their families. That’s why our administration is investing big, with the largest increases in both operating and capital funding for libraries in our city’s history – including millions to ensure extended hours,” said Mayor de Blasio.
“When New Yorkers have access to valuable summer programs, after school, literacy, tutoring, cultural, job training and other programs offered by our city’s libraries, they have a better chance of improving their lives,” said Speaker Mark-Viverito. “By keeping libraries open six days a week throughout Queens, we will enable residents, children, and working families to take full advantage of library services. The Council is a proud supporter of our libraries and we are thrilled to continue to help provide this invaluable service to the Queens Library system.”
“As budget negotiations began in March, I understood the dire need our libraries had. Every Council Member showed their support for adequately funding library programs and extending their hours to six-day service; and with the Council’s unanimous support we pushed forward for this victory. The City Council is very proud to have advocated for and secured funding to expand library service in Queens and across New York City. The wide array of resources the Queens Library offers children, seniors, immigrants and professionals is invaluable and a democratizing force in our borough,” said Ferreras-Copeland.
“For the last six years as a Council Member and for 11 years prior to that as a staff member for the Queens Library, I have always believed in the importance of having six-day library service because it meant so much to me as a child,” said Van Bramer. “Today our local library branches continue to give millions of New Yorkers the opportunity to dream big and the return of six-day library service will ensure many more have the access they deserve. I was proud to have helped deliver this victory with the de Blasio Administration, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, all of my Council colleagues and the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and advocates who raised their collective voice. With this $43 million investment into our local branches we are strengthening the fabric of our neighborhoods and families while ensuring every New Yorker has access to the books and award-winning programs and services they need to achieve their dreams.”
“Today, we celebrate the hard-fought battle to ensure that library service in the City of New York is accessible for all New Yorkers,” said Councilman Andy King, Chair of the Subcommittee on Libraries. “Increasing weekend service will enable more working families to enjoy the library with their children, more job seekers to have more time on a computer, and more teens will have more time in a safe space for productive activities. Libraries are community centers where we come together with our neighbors and I am thrilled we strengthen our communities by strengthening our libraries.”
“Queens Library welcomes the community six days a week in every neighborhood. Your library has so much to offer – free books and videos, story times for children, chances to use the computers or borrow technology to take home, homework help, workshops to help adults learn English or work toward a high school diploma, author talks, live music and dance performances. It’s a great resource, six days a week,” said Interim President and CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey.
In addition to the kick-off Saturday, Queens Library will be scheduling additional programs throughout the year, including the new weekend hours. They include early childhood programs, more opportunities and more places for adults to work toward high school equivalency diplomas, English Classes for Speakers of Other Languages as well as cultural programs, author talks and live performances.
As Chair of the Cultural Affairs and Libraries Committee, Van Bramer played a pivotal role in working with Speaker Mark-Viverito and his colleagues to secure a $43 million citywide increase in operating funds for this fiscal year, which allowed the Queens Library, as well as the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library, to hire hundreds of new librarians, implement six-day library service at all neighborhood branches throughout the city, purchase more library materials and support additional programming and services.


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