Library Cuts Hit Arverne, Broad Channel
By Howard Schwach
Beginning on January 6, 2003 two local libraries will be open only five days each week as opposed to the six days for the rest of the libraries in the Queens Library System.
The two, Arverne and Broad Channel, are among 14 libraries with low usage that will feel the new fiscal cuts. The remaining 49 locations will remain open on their present schedules.
According to library sources, the Monday to Friday hours in both Broad Channel and Arverne will be adjusted so that each of them will be open at least one morning and one evening during the week.
"The reduction in our budget allocation from the city has made these changes to our public service schedule unavoidable," said Library Director Gary Strong. "We’ve struggled to protect the critical after-school hours in every location to continue supporting that part of our mission. The loss of weekend hours in those neighborhoods will be difficult for our customers."
Strong added that the budget allocations made by the mayor and the city council will probably make it necessary to shorten schedules to five days in many other locations by spring of next year.
Most libraries in Queens are now open on Monday through Saturday.