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Congratuations To The Queens Public Library

Library Journal has just named the Queens Public Library as their 2009 Library of the Year .

Despite a current (FY08) budget cut of $5 million and the threat of reductions of nearly $20 million more in the next budget, the Queens Library has maintained massive and excellent programs of service and incredibly high levels of use by a public that lines up at every one of its 62 sites, every day, and occupies every space until it closes. The service includes some 23,000 free educational, cultural, and entertainment programs each year and a circulation approaching 20 million items. The Queens Library serves a population of 2.27 million, 55 percent of whom speak a language at home other than English—it is just one of the 160 different languages spoken in that diverse borough. No one in Queens lives more than a mile from a library branch.

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