NEW YORK—Famed 20th century writer G. K. Chesterton once said, “Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.”
One way to access that wealth of knowledge is through the city’s public libraries.
The first ever Love a Library Day is coming to New York City libraries next Saturday, Sept. 22. New York Cares volunteers will hold a library card registration drive, along with other activities, at 24 branches across the city.
“Signing up for a library card is the first step toward accessing the many educational, multilingual, and cultural resources available at the library,” Linda E. Johnson, president and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library, said in a press release.
The day is a “terrific opportunity to reach people who otherwise might miss out on the books, computers, classes and programs our libraries offer across the borough,” Johnson said.
All three New York City library systems—the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Library—will participate in the drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The 250 volunteers will help locals register for library cards, organize and restock library stacks, give tours of libraries, and work on craft projects with children. The activities aim to raise community awareness about the important programs libraries offer.
The Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is an independent library system for the 2.5 million residents of Brooklyn. It is the fifth largest library system in the United States, reaching 60 neighborhoods with its various branches.
The New York Public Library operates 90 libraries, including research libraries throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. The library offers free materials, classes, and exhibitions.
The Queens Library operates in 62 locations, and serves a population of 2.3 million, in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the United States. The Queens Library has among the highest circulations of any public library system in the world.
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