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This year was a roller coaster ride, from swings in the economy, to the historic presidential election, to the New York Giants winning the Super Bowl. Some of it was fun, but much continues to be of concern here and internationally. I am hopeful 2009 brings with it peace and prosperity for all.

Queens Library invites everyone to take advantage of free library resources for job searches, to help with schoolwork, for useful information or for a movie, music program or book with which to relax. We have computers for your use and we can teach you how to use them. Use our free wireless Internet. Join a book discussion or exercise or needlework group. Drop in and read a newspaper for a while.

Recently, Mayor Michael Bloomberg released the NYC Feedback Citywide Customer Survey at the Forest Hills Community Library. It is a report on how satisfied city residents are with 24 city−funded services.

More people in Queens said they used their public library than in any other borough. We are thrilled that Queens Library received an approval rating of almost 93 percent. That is the third−highest rating of all city−funded services.

Every age group, income group and neighborhood uses their libraries and gives them high scores. This survey affirms what we have always known: People in Queens use their library and appreciate the ways in which we enrich lives in every community across the borough. Now more than ever, we need our libraries open and accessible to all.

Whatever the new year holds in store, Queens Library will be here to support your every success. I wish everyone in Queens a bright 2009.

Thomas W. Galante

Library Director

Queens Library

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