Lander visits storytime at Windsor Terrace Library, a finalist for NYC Neighborhood Library Awards
City Councilmember Brad Lander and Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) President and CEO Linda Johnson joined preschoolers and parents at BPL’s Windsor Terrace branch on Monday in celebration of the branch’s recent nomination for the second annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. They visited the branch’s popular story time program to recognize its service to the neighborhood.
Through its participation in the citywide Invest in Libraries campaign, a partnership with the New York and Queens library systems, BPL has urged the city to increase funding for essential community libraries like Windsor Terrace. The three systems are calling for a $65 million restoration in operating expenses in this year’s budget so that they may provide the programs and services New Yorkers demand and expect from their local branches at least six days a week, along with $1.4 billion in capital funding for critical renovations and maintenance.
In the executive budget released last week, the city cut $10 million from the libraries’ operating budgets and proposed a capital budget that is not sufficient to address the challenges presented by the systems’ aging infrastructure.
“I’m grateful for the many programs and resources Windsor Terrace Library provides to our community,” said Lander. “Libraries are fundamental public institutions that we have a duty to robustly (and more equally) support. The Windsor Terrace Library, including its great staff, diverse users and team of dedicated volunteers, expertly demonstrates the role libraries can play in connecting our communities.”
The NYC Neighborhood Library Awards will be presented to five of the 10 finalists from the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library systems by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the Charles H. Revson Foundation. The award comes with a $20,000 prize, the largest cash prize awarded directly to branch libraries in the nation. BPL branches won two of the five awards last year, and three branches are in the running this year: Windsor Terrace, Clinton Hill and New Lots.