Queens West/Hunters Point residents to vote on funds dispersal

Members of the community will be allowed to vote at one of two locations to express preferences for the distribution of the Newtown Creek Mitigation Funds dispersal:

On Wednesday, December 1st, from 3pm to 8pm, at Queens Library (Court Square) at 25-01 Jackson Avenue
On Thursday, December 2nd, from 3pm to 8pm, at PS34 in Brooklyn, at 131 Norman Avenue (near McGuinness Boulevard)
City Parks Foundation staff will be at both locations to answer questions about the projects and the process. You may only vote once.
Friends of Long Island City Library on the River wish to encourage our neighbors to support our proposal for library funding.

The following Proposal has been provided by the Friends of the Library

Queens Library at Hunters Point Proposal to the Newtown Creek Mitigation Fund
This grant from Newtown Creek Mitigation Funding will finance the acquisition of the most current print and non-print materials. This full range of media will include books, journals, E-books, DVD’s, CD’s and other materials relevant to environmental education. Our Queens Library at Hunters Point will provide the most comprehensive collections of information pertinent to environmental education in the Borough of Queens. This material will support the robust environmental programming at the Library and will be housed in a cutting edge environmental building situated on the banks of the East River less than .5 miles from Newtown Creek. We further propose to use a portion of the funding for a range of programs to enhance the learning environment and raise awareness of environmental issues focusing on the river and waterways.
A Library Committed to Environmental Education
Environmental education is a learning process that increases people’s knowledge and awareness about the environment and associated challenges, develops the necessary skills and expertise to address the challenges, and fosters attitudes, motivations, and commitments to make informed decisions and take responsible action. It includes efforts to educate the public through print materials, websites, lectures, films and other programs and media. Queens Library has been on the forefront of environmental education, providing resources that promote the stewardship of our environment. With support from the Newtown Creek Mitigation Fund the latest materials as well as new and exciting programs will be accessible directly to those residents in the Hunters Point and neighboring communities.
Need and Impact of Environmental Education Resources for Queens Library at Hunters Point
During these difficult economic times, the budgeted amount for the acquisition of books and materials at Queens Library has been reduced by 28%, resulting in fewer resources available to Queens’ residents. Our intention with this grant of $200,000 for books, materials, and programs, is for the Hunters Point Library to provide cutting edge materials relevant to the environment. By funding these acquisitions, this guarantees our population access to current information. Indeed all Queens’ residents can benefit from having this collection available through interlibrary loan.Knowledge is power. We want our community to have a center to offer this knowledge and thereby promote the protection of the waterfront habitat.
Project Scope: $200,000 to purchase Library materials and
provide financing for programs, lectures and events on
environmental topics at the new Queens Library at Hunters Point.
Our goal is for this library to be a center for environmental learning.

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