2010-12-24 / Community

Help Buy Or Donate Books For Local Libraries

By Miriam Rosenberg

With the budget crisis in New York hitting every city agency, the Queens Library has put out a call for citizens to help restock their branches by asking for donations to the system.

The campaign is a result of a drastic drop in the library’s new materials budget as public funding has fallen short, according to an email last week from the Queens Library.

Friends of the Queens Library and the Queens Library Foundation have launched the Emergency Library Book Campaign to help subsidize the monies lost due to budget cuts. “In 2008, Queens Library was able to purchase more than one million homework help books, best sellers, reference works, magazines and videos to lend …. This year funding is available for a few thousand, at best.”

Anyone interested in donating money to the Queens Library will find envelopes at local branches, merchants, or can go online to www.queenslibraryfoundation. org. “As little as $5 can help fill the shelves …. Buy a Book donations of $25 or more entitle the donor to specify in which Queens Library to place a book and a personalized bookplate with the name of the donor or someone he wishes to honor.”

During this month’s 101 Precinct Community Council meeting, Arverne Library’s branch manager, Ariel Yang, and Justin Levinson of the Far Rockaway Library suggested residents donate unwanted books to the library.

“Before you call the Salvation Army, [bring] the books to us,” said Yang, who added that, if needed, she would arrange for pick-up of the materials being donated.

All donations – whether monetary or books themselves – are tax deductible. The Queens Library serves a population of 2.3 million. With 23 million items in circulation for the fiscal year 2010, the Library has among the highest circulations of any public library system in the world.

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