“Our libraries cannot sustain cuts of these proposed levels at a time when they are experiencing some of the highest number of visitors in history and providing much-needed resources to the public,” said City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), chairman of the Council’s Cultural Affairs and Libraries Committee.
“Once again the New York City Council has been posed with the task of fighting to restore funding to the institutions and organizations that our city residents love dearly,” he added.
"Tens of millions of our neighbors use free library resources or attend free library programs," writes Thomas W. Galante, President and CEO, Queens Library, in a Letter to the Editor in the Queens Chronicle. "They enjoy quiet reading time, sharpen their skills for their next big job, use the computers, prepare for an important exam for work or school, find out more about a health condition or email a friend far away. To allow that, libraries must remain open for service at least five days a week, or more." Read the full Letter.
“We want the mayor [Bloomberg] to hear our voices,” Queens Borough President Helen Marshall said at a rally held at Queens Library at Flushing to speak out against proposed budget cuts that would eliminate library jobs and hours of service. “Save our libraries.” See the full story from the Queens Gazette.