April 16, 2014

Queens Public Library CEO’s Compensation in The Spotlight

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The water surrounding Queens Public Library (QPL) President and CEO Thomas W. Galante just keeps getting hotter. In the weeks since the New York Daily News published a story detailing his $392,000 annual salary and the pricey renovations done to his office while QPL branches were suffering staff cuts, Galante has consistently denied any wrongdoing, even while other city officials call on him to step down from the post he has held since 2005.

New York Libraries Face Five Percent Cut

New York Libraries Face Five Percent Cut

New York libraries are facing close to a five percent budget cut with just $81.6 million allocated in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s executive budget—down from the $85.62 million granted to libraries last year.

NYC Kids Rally for Libraries; City Council Members Urge Full Funding

NYC Kids Rally for Libraries; City Council Members Urge Full Funding

More than a dozen New York City Council members, the presidents of New York’s three library systems, and several hundred librarians, library staff, supporters, advocates, and children from nearby schools rallied on the steps of city hall to protest $106 million in proposed funding cuts. Council members Jimmy Van Bramer and Vincent J. Gentile also pledged to introduce legislation that would create a baseline of stable funding for the city’s public library services.

Cleveland, New York Gain Portable Reading Rooms

The Cleveland Public Library has installed a portable reading room in a trendy downtown district in the hopes that locals who flock to the area to dine and shop will also check out the library’s new open-air book kiosk. Dubbed the BookBox, the custom-designed galvanized metal and reclaimed wood structure, which opened July 21, houses […]

NYC Politicians Urge State to Ban Sex Offenders from Library Children’s Rooms

New York Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Council Member Peter F. Vallone Jr. of Queens have asked the New York state legislature to pass a law barring sex offenders from children’s reading rooms in libraries.

Library Budget War Heats Up in New York City

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Library activists in New York City have been gearing up to fight proposed massive budget cuts. On May 26, hundreds of supporters of the Queens Library converged on City Hall to protest Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed budget for FY12. Under the mayor’s latest proposal, which still must go through the City Council, funding for New York […]