Queens Library at Woodside is among the 10 finalists competing in this year’s NYC Neighborhood Library Awards, often called the “Oscar of Libraries.”
The top five libraries that win the honor receive a $20,000 prize, while the remaining finalists will get $10,000 apiece.
This year, 24,000 New Yorkers nominated their favorite branches and what they mean to their lives. Three Queens libraries are among the finalists.
Bob, a neighborhood customer, said he once saw another patron in a wheelchair in tears because the elevator was out of order and she couldn’t get to her second-floor Korean class.
“When the staff found this out, they immediately discussed it with the Korean teacher and suggested to move the class to the ground floor,” he said. “It shows that the staff there really care for their patrons.”
Woodside Library has $7.2 million in capital needs.