About the Friends
Friends chapters represent the values, interests, traditions and concerns of their neighborhoods. Members comprise a cross-section of local residents, business owners, and neighborhood advocates, seeking to inform others of the importance of public libraries within the community. Friends of QPL work in partnership with QPL staff including branch managers, librarians, specialists, and administrators to bring attention to available programs, services, and resources.
Today, Queens Public Library boasts 28 Friends of QPL groups throughout the borough.
History & Accomplishments
The Friends of QPL have been pivotal contributors to the many successes of the Library. Over the years, Friends have supported the delivery of numerous children, youth, adult, and older adult programs focused on academic enrichment, arts and culture, job and career services, and adult education. Through their efforts, Friends have secured public and private funding to open, expand and renovate locations including Hunters Point Library, East Elmhurst Library and Flushing Library.
Most notably, the Friends of QPL represent both their local branches and neighborhoods during the annual New York State Library Advocacy Campaign. This annual trip to the State Capitol in Albany allows Friends meet with their local elected officials on behalf of the Library; express concerns about a variety of issues such as education, literacy, and social services; and help garner support to secure state, city, and local funding responsible for Library resources that meet the needs of the community.