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Google to offer free coding classes at Queens Library

“Google is hoping to inspire a new generation of computer coders this summer with free programs at the Queens Library, the Daily News has learned.This is the first time the tech giant is partnering with a library to engage youngsters — and the programs targets kids who may not even have computer access at home.“Diversity is a big goal of ours and if we want more digital creators out there that look like New Yorkers, we need to go out and find them and inspire them,” said William Floyd, Google’s head of external affairs for New York and New Jersey.” (via NY Daily News)

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In Rockaways Library, ‘a Sign of Recovery’

“When the Peninsula branch of the Queens Library opens to the public on Tuesday, it will be the first time in nearly three years that local residents have a fully restored library. The library, which just received a $3.6 million renovation, has been closed to the public since superstorm Sandy. The facility, which had been slated for renovation before the storm, was decimated: Water inside the building rose to 4 feet, tossing shelves and books around the room. Data and electrical wires were destroyed, a window shattered and books washed down the street.” (via WSJ)

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Queens Library pledges accountability in budget hearing

“The Queens Library, criticized for the free-spending ways of its former CEO, held its first public budget hearing Monday night as its new leaders pledged an era of accountability. “Our goal having this hearing tonight is to create a transparent budget process,” said Carl Koerner, president of the Board of Trustees. A small crowd of library patrons and boosters attended the hearing at the Flushing Library to ask for extended library hours, renovations and more money for books and other materials.” (via NY Daily News)

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[Queens] Library execs quit as new chief settles in

“Four top Queens Library officials resigned last week as the institution continues to reorganize following the ouster of its longtime president amid a financial and management scandal and criminal probe. The four executives who quit, who all bore the title of vice president, are Darlene Askew-Robinson, the library’s general counsel; Lisa Epps, who handled information technology; Angelica Huynh-Rivera, the head of human resources; and Frank Genese, who oversaw capital projects.” (via Queens Chronicle)

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Queens Library officials say CEO is worth his pay

“Queens Library President and CEO Tom Galante, under fire from some city officials and at least one state lawmaker for making nearly $400,000 a year, told members of the borough’s press corps that he probably works close to 100 hours a week. Galante makes $392,000 a year as head of the library, a private, nonprofit group that contracts with the city to provide services. His salary was revealed earlier this month by the Daily News, prompting the City Council to hold a hearing and the city comptroller to launch an audit of the library.” (via Queens Chronicle)

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