Great news regarding the Libraries — we got this in our Inbox this morning from the Queens Public library:
The City’s FY 2011 Budget has been adopted. Mayor Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Quinn and the entire City Council had an incredibly difficult task passing a budget in this tough fiscal climate that preserves core services for New Yorkers. We thank them for making libraries a priority, for ensuring every one of our libraries remains open an average of 5 days a week. The budget restores over $17 million to Queens Library for FY ’11.
What does it mean for service and staffing levels:
• All 62 libraries will remain open.
• We will maintain an average service schedule of five days a week.
Being able to keep libraries open in every community is a tremendous tribute to how much our elected officials value libraries and the essential services we provide. We thank Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Chairman of the City Council Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations Jimmy Van Bramer, Queens Delegation Leader Leroy Comrie and the whole City Council for their hard work.
Many thanks to all the advocates – staff, DC 37/Local 1321, Friends of the Library, community activists, library activists, hundreds of thousands of petition signers and phone callers — who also fought so hard to keep Queens Library open.
Thanks to all of the friends and supporters of our Woodhaven Library!