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Close to 100 events planned at Queens libraries for Black History Month 


Feb. 5, 2024 By Iryna Shkurhan In honor of Black History Month, the Queens Public Library System organized over 100 events and activities for all ages to honor the contributions of Black Americans.  The programs range from book talks led by New York Times bestselling authors to beloved movie screenings at various locations. This year’s theme, in collaboration with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), is the celebration of Arts such as the Harlem Renaissance, the birth of jazz and blues, or more recently, hip-hop which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. On top…
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Queens Public Library to host community composting discussion, in-person and online, addressing funding challenges and environmental impact


Jan. 5, 2024 By Ethan Marshall The Queens Public Library will be holding a discussion related to community composting in New York City at its Jamaica location at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. Attendees will learn about the variety of nonprofits that make up the NYC Compost Project. This includes what each of the nonprofits do and how they work together to benefit local communities. The primary focus of the discussion will center on finding solutions to address funding challenges that have arisen following the discontinuation of city funding for community composting programs. As a…
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Sunday service at two Queens libraries ending this weekend


Nov. 22, 2023 By Iryna Shkurhan This weekend will mark the final day of Sunday service at two Queens Public Library locations for the foreseeable future.  Central Library on Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica and Flushing Library on Main Street will no longer be open on Sundays as a result of citywide budget cuts for Fiscal…
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Queens Public Library launches Banned Books Week celebrating freedom to read


Sep. 29, 2023 By Bill Parry Queens Public Library (QPL) will defend the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, Oct. 1-7, through a series of events and activities recognizing the stories, voices and titles threatened by censorship across the nation. QPL will also raise public awareness through large graphics at the entrance of every location with the message, “All Books Are Welcome Here. Protect the Freedom to Read.” The initiative comes at a time when book bans and challenges have been rising sharply across America, putting libraries on the frontlines of protecting the freedom to read. Although such book…
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Cambria Heights Library gets $2.8 million for crucial resilience upgrades

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Sep. 20, 2023 By Bill Parry As Climate Week NYC got underway, Councilwoman Nantasha Williams presented a check for $2.8 million in funding to Queens Public Library to support vital resilience upgrades at the Cambria Heights Library on Monday, Sept. 19. The resilience upgrades are designed to enhance the library’s ability to withstand and recover…
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Queens Public Library set to open new teen center in Long Island City and reopen three renovated centers


Sep. 11, 2023 By Bill Parry Queens Public Library will open its newly renovated teen centers at the Cambria Heights, Central and Flushing libraries this week and open a brand new teen center at its Long Island City branch — modeled after the QPL’s Far Rockaway Teen Library — which was refurbished in 2022, with funding from Google. The four state-of-the-art, tech-focused spaces dedicated exclusively for teens and supporting their unique needs were funded through a $20 million investment by Mayor Eric Adams and private foundations for teen center upgrades at public libraries across the city. The funding was allocated…
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