2009-04-03 / Letters

Stop Library Cuts

Dear Editor,

As a lifelong Far Rockaway resident it pains me to see services that help our community threatened by budget cuts. The Queens Library which offers an array of services to both young and old, is in danger of being reduced. The staff, who play such vital roles in the development of our children are also facing layoffs.

The library is not only a source of extended learning, it also is the main source of Internet service for many New Yorkers. It is a safe haven for youths to go after school where they can interact with others and reinforce what they learned in school in an environment which is safe and nurturing.

I recently had an experience in the Teen Library located on Central and Cornaga Avenues in downtown Far Rockaway. The staff was very attentive to my needs and as a parent I felt secure in knowing my child, David, goes there after school to utilize their resources.

They have a multimedia environment consisting of state-of-the-art electronics, board games and activities to keep our youth enthused.

The Main Library located on Central and Mott Avenues has the same amenities, however this branch is used by all residents and offers tutoring and educational resources.

Reduction of branch weekday hours and weekend closings would be detrimental to the empowerment of our urban youth. As a leader by example, I am determined not to let that happen. We each play a role in fostering the growth of the next generations education. It starts with parental acknowledgement and involvement in the movement.

KIMBERLY JENKINS

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