Gale and Library Journal Name Queens Library 2009 Library of the Year

Farmington Hills, Mich., July 14, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and Library Journal magazine presented the Queens Library with $10,000 for being the winner of the 2009 Library of the Year award, an annual award recognizing libraries that best demonstrate their commitment to library services.  In addition to the cash award, the Queens Library was featured on the cover of the June 15, 2009 Library Journal and was honored with a reception during the American Library Association Annual Conference.

Queens Library is one of New York City’s three independent public library systems. Serving a population of 2.27 million people in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the United States, the library offers over 25,000 free educational, informational, cultural and recreational programs each year.  With a record 23 million items in circulation during fiscal year 2009, the Queens Library has one of the highest circulations of any public library system in the U.S. and one of the highest circulations in the world.

What sets Queens Library apart is its innovative programming.  The New American Program encourages the use of free library services to enrich the lives of new immigrants and as a portal into American society.  The Best Out Of School Time Program (BOOST) combines a safe after-school haven with homework help and after-school enrichment.  The Family Literacy Programs teach English to immigrant parents and children together and provide parents with the tools they need to support their children’s educational needs at home.  Through these programs and many others, Queens Library prides itself on providing tools to enrich the lives of those within its community.

“Gale is proud to support libraries through the Library of the Year Award,” said Patrick C. Sommers, president of Gale.  “Each year we are impressed by the important work libraries are doing in their communities, and this year is no exception.  I have had the pleasure of working closely with Queens Library for many years and they have always been innovative and creative in their outreach to their community with efforts such as the Adult Learner Program and the Teen Empowerment Initiative.   We applaud the Queens Library for their hard work and commitment to the community, providing the tools, programs and support to get the most out of the library experience.”

“As a native New Yorker, I’m thrilled that Queens Library has been named the 2009 Library of the Year,” said Francine Fialkoff, editor-in-chief of Library Journal.  “It’s hard to think of a big city library being the heart of a community, but seeing the patrons line up outside any of the 62 branches waiting for them to open reinforces how central this library is to the people in Queens, New York. Their programs serve everyone from job seekers to career changers to new immigrants to those with low literacy skills. The list goes on and on.  This award has always been a good luck charm for the libraries that have won it, and we hope that it will be one for Queens. So far, it seems to be working: it may have helped in the library’s fight to drastically reduce the budget cuts being imposed by New York City from 20 percent to 8 percent.”

“On behalf of Queens Library’s staff, I am deeply honored by this recognition,” said Thomas W. Galante, Queens Library’s chief executive officer.  “It means so much because it comes from our peers, the people who truly know how a great public library can and should lift up the community it serves.  Our staff delivers world-class service every day. They enrich lives. I have had many proud moments during my Queens Library career. This is certainly a highlight.  My sincere thanks to everyone at Gale, Library Journal and the awards committee.”

For more information, please contact Linda Busse at [email protected].

About Cengage Learning and Gale
Cengage Learning delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, libraries, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, serves the world’s information and education needs through its vast and dynamic content pools, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, schools and on the Internet. It is best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs – from homework help to health questions to business profiles – in a variety of formats.  For more information, visit www.cengage.com or www.gale.com.

About Library Journal
Library Journal is the oldest and most respected publication covering the library field. Considered to be the “bible” of the library world, Library Journal is read by over 100,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries. It is the single-most comprehensive publication for librarians, with groundbreaking features and analytical news reports covering technology, management, policy, and other professional concerns. Its hefty review sections evaluate nearly 7,000 books annually, along with hundreds of audiobooks, videos, databases, Web sites, and systems that libraries buy. For more information, visit www.libraryjournal.com.