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Woodside Library deemed one of the top 10 branch libraries in NYC, in running for $20K prize

Woodside Library

June 12, 2017 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.

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Crystal Wolfe

I used to spend a lot of time at this library, getting the newspaper and books and spending time on the computers there when my laptop didn’t work! It’s okay. There’s a guy there who always hands out candy and I saw him on the subway and I remembered him from this library. lol I think the Library in Middle Village has the nicest staff and atmosphere of any library in Queens and they deserve more support.

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El loco

Very nice to hear but surprising. Based on the letters to this blog I didn’t think anyone in this neighborhood could read! I always wanted to take Korean. Fix that elevator!

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Anonymous

this is not on JVB priority list — his list is getting re-elected with signatures who probably are illegal

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South

This article has absolutely nothing to do with JVB’s list of political or social priorities. It is an article about a library that is being recognized and rewarded for being a great community asset, and a standout among other facilities.

Instead of negative comments on SSP, please write your negative comments about JVB (or anything, really) out on used pieces paper, and then please recycle that paper so that it can be used for something better.

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Phil

Very good of the staff to help the patron. How about our councilman, who chairs the libraries committee, actually get the infrastructure of the place fixed?

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Permission

I nominate you to do something about it. I’m sure the local officials will support your efforts

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Phil

Unfortunately, I’m not a licensed and bonded contractor. Probably don’t want me working on it

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