October 8, 2015

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Perfect Partners: Libraries and the Nationwide Pre–K Movement

Illustration by Nancy Carpenter

As studies increasingly show that early learning supports later student achievement, financial investment on the national, state, and local level has increased. Libraries are showing that they can be ideal partners in this effort.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

First Class Graduates from Queens Library’s Pre-Kindergarten | Pictures of the Week

Queens_5_Miss Andrea Confers the Degree

Proud families applauded, took pictures, and cried during the graduation ceremony for their children, who completed Queens Library’s pre-K program, the first library-run pre-Kindergarten in the nation.

MyLibraryNYC Brings Public Library Services to City Schools, 500,000+ Students

A New York City school teacher and students, part of the MyLibraryNYC program

A unique partnership between New York’s Department of Education and the city’s three public library systems, MyLibraryNYC has made its way into 488 pre-K–12 schools across the city this past school year, serving more than half a million students and over 60,000 educators.

Queens Library Develops Innovative New Tablet Platform Using Superstorm Sandy Donation | TDS14

Queens Library Develops Innovative New Tablet Platform Using Superstorm Sandy Donation | TDS14

When superstorm Sandy hit the east coast in October 2012, the Queens Library (QL) in New York was among many northeastern library systems affected. QL persevered, continuing to offer crucial services in storm-ravaged communities while rebuilding damaged branches. The system also managed to turn a generous corporate donation into an innovative new platform for tablet computers, enabling a tech lending program that has since continued to grow.

Pictures of the Week: Queens Library’s First Pre-K; Joshua David Bellin Launches ‘Colony 9’


Queens Library opened its first-ever pre-kindergarten class at the Woodhaven branch on September 22. Author Joshua David Bellin celebrated the publication of his YA debut at the Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont, PA.

Queens Library to Offer Pre-K Class in Fall 2014


In light of New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s push to open 33,000 PreK spots in NYC, the Queens Library Woodhaven branch will offer, for the first time, a PreK class for 18 kids starting this September.

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

Crowd on the Steps of City Hall

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.

Pictures of the Week: After Sandy, Queens Library Takes in a Raccoon, Provides Supplies to Residents

Rocky the Raccoon takes shelter at the Queens Library at Baisley Park after Hurricane Sandy. Children who visit the library named him, made him a home, and read to him through the window glass of the library's atrium.

After Hurricane Sandy, Queens Library provided some much needed services for residents, from taking in a raccoon who found his way to the branch at Baisley Park, to providing supplies at Far Rockaway.

Libraries Respond to Hurricane Sandy, Offering Refuge, WiFi, and Services to Needy Communities


Libraries along the East Coast are stepping up to the challenge, providing a range of services, as well as a place to converge and power up, in Sandy’s wake. New York City schools sustained damage, though the school library situation is still being assessed, according to Richard Hasenyager, director of library services for NYC’s Department of Education

NY’s Queens Library Brings In Youth Services Champion to New Post

Tracie D. Hall

If one theme runs through Tracie D. Hall’s career, it’s the passion she feels for young people and

Tracie D. Hall

ensuring they have the resources to succeed. As Queens Library’s  newest director of strategy and organizational development, she’s involved in the library’s customer service priorities—but she’ll also ensure that youth services remains a priority.

“I’m always in awe of the raw potential in young people,” says Hall, who came aboard on July 16. “Institutions can either squash that and try to […]