Beginning November 21, all branches throughout the Queens library system will be open six days a week in order to better serve Queens residents. Interim President and CEO of Queens Library Bridget Quinn-Carey had this to say about the grand opening,”I am very pleased to announce that six day service will begin November 21! I’m excited to give our customers increased access to the library’s computers, books, and wide range of programs. We thank Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Mark-Viverito, and the New York City Council for investing in our city’s libraries.” In addition she stated,”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.”To celebrate the six-day per week service, Queens library held several free gala programs throughout its various branches all day last Saturday.
New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer was joined by Interim President and CEO of Queens Library Bridget Quin-Carey and several library patrons to launch the return of six-day service at the Woodside branch. “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 New York City Council Majority Leader and Chair of the Cultural Affairs and Libraries Committee, Jimmy 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 $343 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.”
“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. That¹s 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 Bill de Blasio. Besides Queens Library, both the New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library systems also received a significant increase in their operating funds, allowing them to hire hundreds of new employees, implement six-day services, purchase more library materials and support additional programming and services throughout their branches.
Finally in other news, on November 17th New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer joined the Sunnyside/Woodside Girl Scouts to honor Woodsider Rhiannon McGowan with the Silver Award at Donovan’s Pub in Woodside. The Silver Award, the second highest award the Girl Scouts has to offer, was awarded to Rhiannon for her dedication towards serving autistic children. Over three years, Rhiannon logged in over 150 hours working with Autism Speaks, as well as other organizations. She also helped establish a BIG BLUE BOX drop-off location for New Yorkers to donate items specifically needed to help Autistic children at school. Currently Rhiannon has a drop off location at Saint Sebastian’s Parish Center for supplies at: 39-60 57th Street, Woodside. For more information you can reach them at (718) 672-8989.