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Queens Library is an independent, not-for-profit corporation and is not affiliated with any other library. With 62 locations, Queens Library serves a population of 2.3 million in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the U.S. and has among the highest circulations of any public library system in the world. For more information about programs, services, locations, events and news, visit the Queens Library website at www.queenslibrary.org or phone 718-990-0700. Queens Library. Enrich Your Life.®
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An enduring memory is the day that the kindly librarian trashed my three-inch stack of library late-notices after I told her I was going to college.
A former customer of Queens Library at Corona, remembering his childhood in the 1960s.

Reading Gets WILD in Whitestone


At Queens Library at Whitestone, Children’s Librarian Susan Scatena lived up to the promise she made to her young readers and read to a real live alligator on Sept. 12.

Scatena told the kids she’d share a literary moment with the big reptile if at least 300 children registered for the library’s summer reading, and if they collectively read at least 4,000 books.

They exceeded their goal; 344 children registered and finished 4,595 books. So Scatena read Mercer Mayer’s “There’s an Alligator Under My Bed” to Wally and his reptile trainer Erik Callendar, while hundreds of neighborhood children looked on.

No word on how Wally regarded the literary portrayal of his species, but he did seem to be smiling….

From a customer: “Thank you for being built; this library is where my boyfriend and I met.”

What’s your library story?

I tell the kids, ‘Your library card is better than a driver’s license because it lets you time travel, space travel, meet dinosaurs, talk to aliens, hang out with historical figures, be anyone and do anything!

How do you like our honeycomb bookshelves?

One customer is using his old library card as a bookmark. Who else is still treasuring an old library card? What do you use for bookmarks?

Credit: @fightin_mongoose, Instagram

Libraries are feline-tastic.

Pictured: A handmade sign advocating for funding for libraries made by the students at P.S. 111 in Queens, New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and Queens Library President and CEO Tom Galante.

Think libraries are feline-tastic too? Take 30 seconds to say so at SaveQueensLibrary.org.

Thank you for your support!

At 35%, or nearly $30 million, NYC’s proposed cut to our funding will force over half of libraries in Queens to close our doors.