An artist in Sunnyside, Queens:

An artist in Sunnyside, Queens:

“This library is an important resource. The past couple of years the hours that the library is open has been decreasing, and I believe that this is a detriment to our community. Students, seniors, and the general populace should be able to count on the library to be open seven days a week, and this is just not possible with the current state of library funding.”

This story was originally a nomination for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. It has been generously provided by the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

Angela, an Artist in Brooklyn:

Angela, an Artist in Brooklyn:

“The Far Rockaway Branch was the center for a huge number of people in the Rockaways who were living without electricity, phone service and resources in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Not only did it function as a shelter and meeting point, but it was a food distribution center with more organization than any other center I found. There were lines around the block each day, and the library staff made sure all the food and supplies were divided into individual-sized portions and that the line moved in an orderly fashion. They not only knew what to do at the library, but they did it immediately and they did it right.”

This story was originally a nomination for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. It has been generously provided by the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

Bernard, an artist in Harlem, Manhattan:

Bernard, an artist in Harlem, Manhattan:

“This library has been a sanctuary for many Harlem Residents. I belong to a book club: The Harlem Literary Society. I also enjoy programming of artists and playwrights. The art displayed in the main reading area is gorgeous.”

This story was originally a nomination for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. It has been generously provided by the Charles H. Revson Foundation.