November/December 2016 - Queens Library

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QUEENS LIBRARY MAGAZINE November/December 2016 | Volume 2, Issue No. 6

Building the future of Queens Library 1  QUEENS LIBRARY MAGAZINE

Where can High School Equivalency take you? p.4 Meet the Summer Poetry Contest winners p.6 Queens Librarians share their favorite holiday recipes! p.9 p.11

The Digital Archives collection is now live p.19

A Message from the President and CEO Last summer, I had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth Felicella, an architectural photographer who was taking pictures of the main floor of the Central Library. Elizabeth has shot the interiors and exteriors of every library building in New York City, including the 62 libraries in the Queens Library system. She pointed out that our buildings are unique in terms of style and size and tell a fascinating story about the Library’s history, the neighborhoods they serve and how they’ve been used over time. This narrative is still being written as we continue to strive to offer our customers and staff spaces that are energy efficient, technologically advanced, inspiring and safe, with enough room for meetings, classes and special events. Our buildings are being used more than ever since we began offering six-day service at every community library starting November 2015 and we’ve served more than 11 million customers, all of whom have a wide range of space and service needs. Thanks to the strong support of our elected officials and partners in city and state government, we’ve improved or renovated many of our community libraries in the past year, and have plans to upgrade more of them in the coming years. If you’d like to know more about our capital projects, please take a look at our new “Capital Projects Tracker,” available on our website at


Dennis M. Walcott President and CEO

Queens Library Magazine A Queens Library Publication 89-11 Merrick Boulevard Jamaica, NY 11432

We’re also looking forward to two great milestones: the opening of Elmhurst Library in December and the completion of the Hunters Point Library in 2017.

Produced by Queens Library Marketing and Communications Editors Yves H. Etheart Tabitha Laffernis

Admission is free to all programs. Some programs require preregistration. Please preregister with the library where the event is taking place, or sign up at queenslibrary. org/events if online registration is offered. Programs are subject to change without notice, and some may not appear in this magazine. For the most up-to-date listings, call the library where an event is taking place, or go to Get our Biweekly Newsletter, with highlights of upcoming programs and events, and links to full listings, in your email inbox. Go to and click on Signup for Updates at the top right side of the page.

Layout and Design Jay Eom Mingzhen Li

Please contact the Editor with any questions or concerns.

Marketing Amanda Beekharry

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Production Vincent Sgaglione

Phone 718-990-0859

Sign-language interpretation is available by request for most library programs. Call Special Services at least two weeks in advance at 718-990-0853; TTY 718-9900809. Please note that Queens Library will try to accommodate your sign-language interpretation needs; however, this service may not be available for all programs. All Queens Library locations, with the exception of Astoria, Glendale, and Queens Village, are fully or partially accessible to the handicapped. For more details on handicapped accessibility, visit or inquire at your local library.


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