Libraries have always been safe spaces, especially in a city like New York, where everything is constantly changing. Now more than ever, many people in the city’s diverse communities feel vulnerable and afraid, and Queens Library is sending a clear message: Queens Library is for everyone.

Alissa Nutting, author of Tampa and Made for Love, is a passionate supporter of libraries. “For me the library means a sanctuary, and it’s such a safe and necessary feeling for me to have a library card and know that no matter what is going on in my day or in my life I have a place where I can go, and I can read, and I can write and work.”

Julie Sandorf, President of the Revson Foundation, agrees. “The library really is the true civic square, especially in a place like New York, where neighborhoods have experienced tremendous transition over the last 20 years,” said Sandorf. “The library is the stable beacon. That rang true from the Lower East Side to Greenpoint to Corona to Jackson Heights to the South Bronx to Inwood—libraries are the place that people can come and not only be welcomed with open arms, but get to know who their neighbors are. It’s really incredible!”

At Queens Library, they're continuing this tradition and are open to everyone in their communities. To learn more, click here.

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