1. queenslibrary:

Enamored with 1920s typography. Pictured: One of the 5,000 maps we have in our Archives, covering the years 1639 to the present.

    queenslibrary:

    Enamored with 1920s typography. Pictured: One of the 5,000 maps we have in our Archives, covering the years 1639 to the present.

  2. The public library was a vital part of my childhood. Each weekend, it was the temple I attended.

    — Author Diana M. Raab shares her memories of libraries, including those of Queens Library at Fresh Meadows (via queenslibrary)

  3. …in the new realities of today’s knowledge economy…it is difficult to achieve economic success or enjoy a decent quality of life without a range of basic literacy, language and technological skills. A distressingly large segment of the city’s population lacks these basic building blocks, but the public library has stepped in, becoming the second chance human capital institution. No other institution, public or private, does a better job of reaching people who have been left behind in today’s economy, have failed to reach their potential in the city’s public school system or who simply need help navigating an increasingly complex world.

    — Center for an Urban Future, “Branches of Opportunity” (via queenslibrary)

  4. The contemporary library is about more than just digitizing documents and lending e-books to patrons on their Kindles and iPads.

    — 

    WNYC (via queenslibrary)

    Well yes.

  5. infoneer-pulse:

After Storm Destruction, Rockaway Libraries Help Keep Community Afloat
It was the little things, the sudden absence of everyday fixtures, that disoriented residents in the Rockaways in the days after the storm, as much as the loss of house and home. The traffic lights had gone dark. Where was one to get a prescription filled? And oh, what about books due at the library?
The Rockaways still look like ghost towns. But the community libraries are there — if only in the form of a bus, parked in front of the gutted, muddy Peninsula branch. Days after the storm laid waste to four Queens Borough Public Library branches in the Rockaways, a colorful mobile library bus has hummed just outside its former location on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, offering warmth, power outlets, emergency information and books.
» via The New York Times (Subscription may be required for some content)

    infoneer-pulse:

    After Storm Destruction, Rockaway Libraries Help Keep Community Afloat

    It was the little things, the sudden absence of everyday fixtures, that disoriented residents in the Rockaways in the days after the storm, as much as the loss of house and home. The traffic lights had gone dark. Where was one to get a prescription filled? And oh, what about books due at the library?

    The Rockaways still look like ghost towns. But the community libraries are there — if only in the form of a bus, parked in front of the gutted, muddy Peninsula branch. Days after the storm laid waste to four Queens Borough Public Library branches in the Rockaways, a colorful mobile library bus has hummed just outside its former location on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, offering warmth, power outlets, emergency information and books.

    » via The New York Times (Subscription may be required for some content)

  6. queenslibrary:

Happy Election Day!
(Photo from the Archives at Queens Library)

Remember to vote today!
Don’t know where your polling place is? Find out.
Feel like your vote is being suppressed? Report it to Mother Jones or call the FBI’s hotline at 1-800-253-3931.
Just a reminder to New Yorkers: because of the hurricane, you can vote at any polling place in New York state. If you are a resident of New York City or Westchester, Long Island or Rockland County, you can vote anywhere in the state of New York.

    queenslibrary:

    Happy Election Day!

    (Photo from the Archives at Queens Library)

    Remember to vote today!

    Don’t know where your polling place is? Find out.

    Feel like your vote is being suppressed? Report it to Mother Jones or call the FBI’s hotline at 1-800-253-3931.

    Just a reminder to New Yorkers: because of the hurricane, you can vote at any polling place in New York state. If you are a resident of New York City or Westchester, Long Island or Rockland County, you can vote anywhere in the state of New York.

  7. Queens Library's Assistant Coordinator, Young Adult Services, is one of Library Journal's featured 2012 Movers & Shakers. Learn more about his great work--> →

  8. New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg presented a $68.7 billion preliminary FY12-13 budget on February 2 that, as usual, proposes Draconian cuts for the city’s three library systems.
    Bloomberg’s budget has almost no chance of passing through the City Council without significant adjustments, but it proposes a total cut of $96.4 million:
    • Queens Borough Public Library, cut $26.7 million;
    • Brooklyn Public Library, cut $26.9 million;
    • New York Public Library, cut $36.0 million;
    • NYPL’s four research libraries, cut $6.8 million.

    — From LJ, “Bloomberg Proposes Cutting NYC Library Funding by Nearly $100 Million.”

  9. The surge in immigrants patronizing the Queens system has spurred its branches to offer books, DVDs and CDs in 59 languages, more than double the total a decade ago. So important has acquiring foreign-language books become to the Queens Library’s mission that Radames Suarez, who supervises the Spanish collection, travels every year to the largest Spanish book fair in the world, in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Queens Library even has a staff demographer.

    The surge in immigrants patronizing the Queens system has spurred its branches to offer books, DVDs and CDs in 59 languages, more than double the total a decade ago. So important has acquiring foreign-language books become to the Queens Library’s mission that Radames Suarez, who supervises the Spanish collection, travels every year to the largest Spanish book fair in the world, in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Queens Library even has a staff demographer.

  10. queenslibrary:

Sister Souljah fans will not want to miss this free opportunity to meet the famous author at Queens Library this Saturday!

You in Queens this weekend? Get yourself to the library.

    queenslibrary:

    Sister Souljah fans will not want to miss this free opportunity to meet the famous author at Queens Library this Saturday!

    You in Queens this weekend? Get yourself to the library.