Hollis library raises $5K

Mary Boyd-Foy of the Hilltop Village co-op No. 2 (from l.); Councilman Mark Weprin; Queens Library Foundation Executive Director Diana Chapin; Marc Haken, president of Queens Youth and Senior Funding Corp.; and Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante show the donations that were made to the Hollis branch. Photo courtesy Queens Public Library

The Queens Library Foundation’s fund-raising initiative to secure more funds to pay for new materials is off to a good start, library officials said Tuesday.

The Buy-A-Book Campaign that was launched by the Queens Public Library’s volunteer fund-raising group, Friends of the Queens Library, helped to raise $5,000 for the Hollis branch.

The Queens Library Foundation, the fund-raising arm of the Queens Public Library, matched those donations, according to a library spokeswoman.

The donations came from two neighborhood groups, the Hilltop Village co-op buildings, which secured a combined $4,500, and the nonprofit Queens Youth and Senior Funding Corp., which secured the rest of the money, the library said.

Since December, the Friends of the Library have been asking library users and neighborhood groups for donations to buy books, videos and other materials in light of budget cuts.

Log on to queenslibrary.org for more information on the program.

— Ivan Pereira

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