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This past weekend I was at the Flushing branch of the Queens Public Library. It is one of the main branch libraries and also the first Queens Library branch, as mentioned on this post. Upon entering the Library I noticed a table occupied by two ladies with petition forms. After reading a sign next to them, I decided I wanted to do what I can to help the cause.
The petition is to prevent a proposed $14 million cut in the Queens Library's funding from occuring. If the cut goes through, it will mean fewer books and cuts in the hours of operation. In particular, the Flushing Library will no longer open on Saturday and Sundays any longer. Other branch libraries will also cut back in days and hours of operation.
Regular readers of my blog know that I am an advocate of libraries. I believe libraries are the doorway to a level playing field for those who are less privileged. As the saying goes, knowledge is power, and libraries have provided knowledge to those less privileged but are determined to advance their lives.
I hope all my readers and bloggers will help this cause by spreading the word out on this petition. Those in Queens NYC, I hope you will head to your local libraries and sign the petition to keep the budgets from being cut. Perhaps you can do even more than sign the petition. If you have the time and inclination to do so, volunteer and help the libraries in various ways. I will be contacting Jimmy Van Bramer, Government and Community Relations, Queens Library, to find out more information and to find out what we can do to help. You can call him at 718-990-8585 if you would like to call him as well.
If you know of other resources to help the Queens Library, please feel free to contact me or leave a comment. Pass this message on to all your friends and family, especially those who use the library on a regular basis, since they will be affected directly.
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