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Unionized Queens Library custodians are being replaced with lower paid workers

“Custodians at the Queens Library’s main branch say their jobs are being swept out the door. The financially strapped library has spent the past five years replacing unionized custodians with lower-paid contract workers at the Central Library in Jamaica.

Union leaders say that cash has been allocated to hire non-union administrators and give them raises, to boot, and they say that’s not right.” (via NY Daily News)

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Queens Library could face closures under suggested city budget cuts

“Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed deep cuts to city libraries in his 2014 budget that some worry could close Queens Library facilities, force layoffs and slash the number of hours facilities would be open a week. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), chairman of the Council’s Cultural Affairs and Libraries Committee, blasted the proposed cuts. “Our libraries cannot sustain cuts of these proposed levels at a time when they are experiencing some of the highest number of visitors in history and providing much-needed resources to the public,” he said.” (via TimesLedger)

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Long Island City library installs snack and soda vending machines

“A cash-strapped Queens library has found an unusual way to raise revenue: selling soda, chips and candy. The Queens Library recently installed two vending machines stocked with unhealthy snacks near the entrance of its Long Island City branch. But after calls from the Daily News, library President Thomas Galante reached out to Sterling Vending on Thursday and requested that more nutritious items be included. “The library always supports the healthiest eating habits and supports the health and well-being of the community,” said library spokeswoman Joanne King.”

via NY Daily News

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Queens Library to Lend Free E-Readers Loaded With Books

NBC New York – “Queens Library is lending 50 e-readers loaded with books to library-goers as part of a pilot program to test the concept. The library said it would start making the e-readers available on Thursday at its Central Library in Jamaica to people with a Queens Library card and photo ID.

The devices come pre-loaded with books in one of five themes — best-sellers, romances, mysteries, teens’ books or children’s books.”

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Libraries Speak the Mother Tongue

NYT – “The best-selling biography of Steve Jobs is flying off the shelves at libraries in Queens, which is not surprising. But in many of the borough’s 62 branches, the copies being borrowed are in Korean, Chinese or Spanish.”

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Children’s Library Discovery Center: Queens’ youngest readers find science in the stacks

NY Daily News – “It’s hard to remember to use your library voice when examining bugs up close with a giant magnifying glass. Then again, the Children’s Library Discovery Center isn’t your typical library. Designed for kids under 12, the two-story, 25,000-square-foot addition to the Queens Central Library in Jamaica aims to bring science to the stacks. With 19 interactive tabletop exhibits – including the popular bug viewer, fossil replicas and brightly colored 3-D animal cell diagrams – the Discovery Center encourages hands-on learning about science, technology, engineering and math.”

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Queens library system gets second wind, rechecks need for layoffs

Daily News – “The Queens Library system dodged a major budget bullet this week, but many of its pink-slipped employees are still awaiting news about their fate. The library, threatened with drastic cuts that would have shuttered some branches and slashed hours at others, received a $17.6million restoration under the budget deal brokered between Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council.”

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Budget cuts forces Queens Library to shutter 14 branches, cut 300 workers and reduce hours

NY Daily News – “The bad news keeps coming for the Queens Library. The latest city budget cuts could end up shuttering 14 branches for good, and another 34 libraries may be open only two or three days a week. And more than 300 employees were handed pink slips on Friday, preparing them for possible layoffs in August.”

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At Queens Libraries, a Passion for Japanese Comics Endures

NYT – “Manga clubs have coalesced in libraries in various Queens neighborhoods — Flushing, Jamaica, Long Island City — and the genre has colonized young-adult rooms in libraries around the country.”

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Queens Library Gets Caught Up in Flier Craziness

More from pro-library blog, Gothamist.

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