June 12, By Christian Murray
The Woodside Library is in the running to win $20,000.
The library, located at 54-22 Skillman Ave, was selected as one of the 10 best branch libraries across the five boroughs. Now, it has a 50-50 shot of winning $20k.
The top five libraries, determined by a panel of judges, will receive $20,000 as part of the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards, which is being funded by the Stavros Niarchos and Revson foundations. The remaining five will receive $10,000.
The winners will be announced in October.
The organizers asked New Yorkers to nominate their favorite branch library of the approximately 200 branches that are located throughout the City. The organization received more than 24,000 votes.
In their nominations, residents had to state why they love their library. The top 10 were selected based on those comments, circulation and program data analysis and visits to the branches.
“One day I saw a patron in a wheelchair in tears because the elevator was out of order and she couldn’t get to the second floor to attend the Korean Class,” wrote a Woodside Library member called Bob. “When the staff found this out, they immediately discussed it with the Korean teacher and suggested to move the class to the ground floor so the person in a wheelchair could attend the class. It shows that the staff there really care for their patrons.”
The Woodside Library is one of three Queens libraries in the finals, along with the Queens Library at Lefferts (Richmond Hill) and Queens Library at Bayside.