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Libraries as Community Anchors

MAS is committed to advocating for public amenities that contribute to the livability of New York City and its diverse neighborhoods. To that end, MAS showcased the leaders of the three New York City library systems at the MAS Summit for New York City this past October, to talk about the vital and ever-expanding roles libraries play as cultural and community anchors in city neighborhoods. This session was so popular (both live and online subsequently) that MAS will again convene a public program with the presidents of the libraries, this time at the magnificent main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library on April 12. Admission is free, (full event details below), and we hope you will join us.

Said MAS President Vin Cipolla, “At MAS, we are passionate about the preservation and protection of our libraries across New York, and doing our part in helping find ways for libraries to play an even bigger role in servicing New Yorkers for decades to come. We are excited about this moment for our city’s libraries–led by three great visionary presidents with whom we are honored to be associated.”

The program will help kickoff MAS’s nascent research program to underpin our advocacy work to support libraries across New York City. We are pleased to continue a discussion of how libraries will grow and change to support the needs of New Yorkers. This may mean the enhancement of public spaces, more room for convening and enrichment and after-school programs, and exploring new partnership options to strengthen the capacity of libraries to meet their communities needs.

While we have no detailed recommendations at this time, early research and investigation suggest that our libraries are more important to our communities today — as communities adapt to so many challenges in securing and improving their livability — than ever.  We look forward to continuing this conversation on April 12th.

Arts Forum: Libraries as Culture Hubs

Following introductory remarks by Julie Sandorf, president of the Charles H. Revson Foundation, New York Times urban affairs correspondent Sam Roberts will moderate a conversation with Tom Galante, CEO, Queens Public Library; Linda Johnson, president and CEO, Brooklyn Public Library; and Tony Marx, president and CEO, New York Public Library.

The Arts Forum is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts with funding provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.