Susan, a parent in Park Slope, Brooklyn:

Susan, a parent in Park Slope, Brooklyn:

“This library is heavily used and heavily loved by every member of this vibrant neighborhood, yet it clearly does not have the resources it needs and deserves. In the summer its air conditioning system roars ineffectually, and in all seasons it is just too under-furnished for all the people who love to spend time there. Its book selection is strong and thoughtfully assembled, but nowhere near the size and scope its patrons would like and would use. And yet the staff is so generous, so happy to see you, so undaunted in the face of meager resources that they deserve recognition and additional resources!”

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

Clare, a parent in the Bronx:

Clare, a parent in the Bronx:

“My children go to the library everyday after school to do their homework with classmates, Whenever it rains a lot, the library gets flooded, especially in the children’s section. When this happens, arriving families are turned away and this always makes them frustrated and sad. It would be so nice to have funds to make the necessary upgrades for flood prevention.”

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

Suzanne, a parent in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn:

Suzanne, a parent in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn:

“The children’s collection is excellent. Whatever we are studying at home, we can always find source material. The librarians are so friendly and helpful, sometimes even suggesting other books that might help in our studies. The easy access to a huge variety of children’s books has played a large part in my son taking to reading early, and has encouraged his very real love of reading.”

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

A parent in East Harlem, Manhattan:

A parent in East Harlem, Manhattan:

“My son Diego and I visit this library to borrow books to read right before bedtime. Diego loves borrowing chapter books and exploring their science and non-fiction sections. It’s our weekly tradition to stop by and spend time browsing through the different titles. We can’t afford to buy books at Barnes & Noble or other book stores, my husband is unemployed so this branch has become a wonderful destination and resource for our family!”

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

A parent in Mott Haven, the Bronx:

A parent in Mott Haven, the Bronx:

“I’m prideful that a neighborhood is in my community and the people are coming in and using it. It is our neighborhood community center. It keeps us socially connected. The neighborhood is a bit rough so coming to this library is my opportunity to escape from some of the day to day drama. It brings people together from all walks of life in one space to enjoy programs, to learn, and to just escape from daily challenges of poverty, drugs, gun violence, and gangs.”

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

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“A quien dirige dirige o que tiene a su cargo el orden las bibliotecas,

Como madre de una niña que necesita la ayuda de tareas para mi hija, les suplica que continúen con este programa, ya que es muy importante para adelantamiento de nuestros niños, de no ser así solo se van a casa a ver T.V. Y eso no es bueno. ¿Porque? Porque muchos programas son = violentos, inmorales y completamente negativos y regularmente los ninos tienden a imitar lo que en. Una vez mas les ruego que por favor no y no paren el programa y tampoca  le resten días de servicio. Bueno de antemano les agradezco que tomen en cuenta esta nota. Que mi dios me los bendiga.”