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Young starts book drive to boost literacy in boro

Young announced the book drive on the steps of Flushing library, which will help collect new and used books from the community as well as monetary donations to help the library with future purchases."During these tough economic times, library services are in greater demand than ever before as people of all ages use libraries to improve their knowledge and enhance their literacy skills," Young said. "I encourage everyone to participate in this effort in order to keep our local libraries at the forefront of our communities."As part of the kick-off, HSBC Bank donated $500 toward the purchase of books at Flushing Library, while WJ Bookstore chipped in by committing 500 books to the drive."As the world's largest local bank, HSBC is committed to the communities where we live and work, and we are very proud to support the Library Week Book Drive," said Henry Tang, a sales manager for HSBC Bank.People interested in donating new or used books can do so at several locations in Flushing, including Young's office at 39-07 Prince St.; Flushing Library at 41-17 Main St.; the HSBC Bank Flushing branch at 39-10 Main St.; or the YWCA Queens at 42-07 Parsons Blvd.Anyone interested in making a monetary donation to the library can contact Young's office at 718-939-0195.National Library Week, chiefly sponsored by the American Library Association, will take place from April 13 to 19 and is a celebration of the nation's library systems.Queens Library is an independent, not-for-profit corporation and has the largest circulation of any library in the United States with 21 million items in 2007.Reach reporter Stephen Stirling by e-mail at or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 138.

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