Tens of millions of our neighbors use free library resources or attend free library programs. 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.
Library lovers and their pets will rally outside the Queens Library at Peninsula Wednesday to protest looming budget cuts.
Libraries are not a luxury.
Bridget Quinn-Carey, Chief Operating Officer for Queens Library
Who agrees that libraries are a necessity?
Libraries and librarians…are…a kind of secular clergy, a trusted ear and an unbiased source of information and support to anyone who walks in the door. This is the compact we have at the deeper levels of our engagement with our communities past the bestsellers and free internet. There is a web of trust. Our users know, or should know, that they can come to us with issues and concerns and that we will leverage our best abilities to their ends. No matter what crazy crap is going on in your life the librarian will figure it out and set you up with at least some better understanding and a direction to go in.
- Urban Librarians Unite founder and assistant community library manager at Queens Library at Baisley Park