The Queens Public Library's 62 branches serving 2.3 million users have been closed since mid-March. Their reopening is long overdue. If bookstores can operate during phase two of the city's recovery program, why can't our libraries do the same?
They are a vital educational resource for kids whose schools are closed, as well as for adults, seniors and non-English speaking immigrants. At the very least, let users check out books, DVDs and other materials.
But why not let customers spend time in libraries if they wear masks and follow social distancing rules. Queens Public Library is one of three library systems serving all New Yorkers. Three separate systems date back to the period before all five boroughs were unified into one city in 1898.
New York City's phase two reopening presents an opportunity to merge three systems into one unit that can save money by eliminating redundant technology and overlapping administrative functions.
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