This newsletter is a monthly electronic communication from the Library's Office of Government and Community Affairs to government and community stakeholders of the Library. Each month, we aim to provide relevant updates on budget actions, capital projects, community engagement, programming, events and related Library news. Our office is your resource for information and assistance – please contact us with any questions or needs.
FY15 City Budget Report
For the first time since 2008, The New York Public Library will receive an increase in city operating funds. Thanks to Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and the New York City Council, the City's libraries will receive a $10 million increase in funding, of which $4.4 million will go to the NYPL.
Since FY08, The New York Public Library's City funding has been cut $24 million. With the help of our patrons—who wrote approximately 130,000 letters to support our request for an increase in FY15 City library funding—and leadership at City Hall, we've taken an important step towards a full restoration of City library funding.
In addition to this increase in operating funding, the NYPL will also receive $175,000 as part of the Early Childhood Literacy Initiative, sponsored by Council Members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso, and approximately $19 million in new capital funding. Thank you to the following elected officials who allocated capital funding for library projects in the FY15 budget.
Mayor Bill de Blasio
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito
Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.
Borough President Gale Brewer
Borough President James Oddo
Council Member Maria del Carmen Arroyo
Council Member Margaret Chin
Council Member Andrew Cohen
Council Member Inez Dickens
Council Member Corey Johnson
Council Member Ben Kallos
Council Member Andy King
Council Member Mark Levine
Council Member Steven Matteo
Council Member James Vacca
Spotlight on a Program
Naturalization Ceremony Held at The New York Public Library
Lt. Governor Robert Duffy with the NYPL's original copy of the Declaration of Independence
On Wednesday, July 2, 150 immigrants from 42 countries became United States citizens at the New York Public Library, in front of their friends, family and the NYPL's original copy of the Declaration of Independence in Thomas Jefferson's own hand. New York State Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy gave the keynote speech and Secretary of State Cesar Perales led the Pledge of Allegiance.
On July 10, NYPL President Dr. Anthony Marx joined Mayor Bill de Blasio at the bill signing ceremony for the City's recent municipal ID card legislation. The municipal ID card will be available to anyone who can prove his or her identity and New York City residency. The NYPL has partnered with the City to offer sign-up locations at local branches, including Mid-Manhattan and the Bronx Library Center.
Spotlight on a Branch
Council Member Kallos Visits the 67th Street Library
On July 22, Council Member Ben Kallos visited the 67th Street Library to say hello to the children participating in the branch's Science Explorers program. Science Explorers is an afternoon of fun science exploration when children read stories and basic non-fiction text to learn about early science concepts. Following the reading, participants conduct experiments or create art relating to the week's topic.