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The New York Daily News

"New Yorkers, you're getting a new library - and it's a beauty . . . The renovations will upgrade the research building while providing New Yorkers at large with one of the finest general libraries in the world."

- Editorial, Dec. 23, 2012

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"The many benefits begin with the fact that hundreds of thousands of patrons would flock to the new facility - which sounds great to us but not to some of the scholars and writers who depend on the NYPL's deep resources. They fear that the library's character will change . . . In fact, the library of the future must be different from the library of today . . . Executed skillfully, the plan should allow for research and circulating libraries to sit quietly side by side like, well, bookends."

- Editorial, May 7, 2012

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Scott Stringer

Former Manhattan Borough President

"The New York Public Library's main branch has always been a center of intellectual life-and a symbol of democracy-in the heart of our City. I am pleased that the new designs unveiled today will create a lending library at the facility's historic 42nd Street site, and a publicly accessible home for some three millions books in a storage facility under Bryant Park. With this bold step forward, our public library will continue to play a vibrant role in the life of New York for decades to come."

- Statement, December 2012

 

Manhattan Community Board Five

"Manhattan Community Board Five strongly supports the implementation of the New York Public Library's Central Library Plan."

- Community Board 5 Resolution, January 2013

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Literacy Inc.

Shari Levine, Executive Director

"Literacy Inc.'s mission is to build neighborhood networks to support young readers by leveraging existing community resources to provide literacy building opportunities for children and their families. The New York Public Library is the lifeline to families throughout New York City in supporting their children's literacy development. Through the NYPL children have a welcoming reading destination, and access to quality literature and programing. LINC could not fulfill its mission without this stellar institution, that will only be made better by its renovation."

- Statement of Support, October 2013

 

New York Library Association

Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director

"The New York Public Library's renovation of the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is a necessary step forward. It will enhance the Library's circulating and research services, providing librarians and staff with the tools that they need to effectively serve the public in an age of ever-changing technology and information sharing. NYPL is taking a step towards its future with a plan that will redefine the space and possibilities at the home of Patience and Fortitude. The renovation is an investment in the future - one that has extraordinary potential to be a model for libraries everywhere."

- Statement of Support, November 2013

 

Metropolitan New York Library Council

"The proposed renovation will transform the NYPL's flagship library into a truly 21st century space. While ensuring the sustained well-being of our city's premiere institution, this plan will extend library hours, expand access to technology, and offer even more quiet space for scholars and writers. Most importantly, it will bring New Yorkers of every background together in the pursuit of knowledge."

- Statement of Support, November 2013

 

Urban Librarians Unite

"NYPL's Central Library Plan has been hotly debated, but at its core, it is a strong plan to take a library that is the proviso of tourists and a dedicated but relatively small user group of scholars and turn it into a functioning community library, which will retain its research services while providing the neighborhood with a far better library for the people who actually live and work in that community."

- Testimony to the New York City Council's Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations, September 30, 2013

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Association for a Better New York

Jennifer Hensley, Executive Director

"The Association for a Better New York fully supports the New York Public Library's plan to renovate its flagship 42nd Street location. For more than a century the Library has served all New Yorkers - whether rich or poor, young or old, student or teacher. This expansion plan will help ensure that this noble tradition continues for generations to come."

- Statement of support, issued October 2013

 

Partnership for New York City

Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO

"The New York Public Library has been an educational and cultural beacon in New York for more than 100 years. The planned renovation of the Library's 42nd Street location will enhance its ability to serve all New Yorkers and allow it to continue to contribute to New York City's cultural fabric."

- Statement of support, issued October 2013

 

The Building and Construction Trades Council of NY

"This facility is a world-renowned educational resources - not one solely used by those in the rareified air of academia - but also by countless thousands of everyday New Yorkers each year. The proposed renovation will not only solidify that reputation but also allow the New York Public Library to carry on its prime mission."

- Testimony to the New York City Council's Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations, September 30, 2013

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Polly Thistlethwaite

Chief Librarian at the CUNY Graduate Center*

"The Central Library Plan seeks to keep the New York Public Library, and New York City, a leader in global intellectual and artistic production in the next century."

- Testimony to the New York City Council's Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations, September 30, 2013

*Title and affiliation for identification purposes only

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Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling

Susan R. Delvalle, Director

"The Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling is dedicated to empowering children and families through arts education. Our organization supports institutions with the mission of educating and empowering New Yorkers, and the New York Public Library is a perfect example. The Library's renovation plan has earned our support."

- Statement of support, issued October 2013

 

Broadway Housing Communities

Ellen Baxter, Founder and Executive Director

"The New York Public Library has been providing New Yorkers with access to literature and the arts for generations. The Library is a critical institution in the cultural fabric of New York City and has been a terrific resource for local artists and writers. Broadway Housing Communities fully supports the Library's renovation project so that it can continue to provide top-notch cultural resources to New Yorkers."

- Statement of support, issued October 2013

 

Charles A. Walburg Center

A multi-service non-profit that delivers hundreds of thousands of meals to homebound seniors in central Harlem.

Carla Brown, Executive Director

"Non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting the welfare and well-being of our City's senior citizens depend on world-class public institutions for programmatic support. The New York Public Library offers senior service providers the ability to offer cultural and recreational services to older New Yorkers that they may otherwise not be able to either access or afford. The Library's expansion plan will ensure that New York City's seniors continue to benefit from such services and programs."

- Statement of Support, October 2013

 

The Akira Center

Lena Green, Executive Director

"As an organization that is dedicated to providing support services for children and families, ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to world-class educational facilities is a top priority. The New York Public Library's expansion plan will further enable New Yorkers of all stripes to reap the benefits of this pre-eminent institution."

- Statement of support, issued October 2013

 

HANAC

Non-profit that provides multi-faceted social services to vulnerable populations in New York City.

"Among the benefits of the Library's planned renovation is that the flagship 42nd Street facility, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, will be open seven days a week, for more than 12 hours on most days. This enables a very diverse citizenry - those with varying job, family and travel demands - to enjoy the vast benefits of the Library and all it has to offer."

- Testimony to the New York City Council's Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations, September 30, 2013

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CAMBA

Non-profit that offers integrated services and programs to enhance the quality of life of primarily low-income families in New York City.

"Expanding The New York Public Library as is called for in its planned 42nd Street flagship facility renovation would enhance opportunities for the thousands of young people throughout the city, including our CAMBA kids . . . Whether it is child literacy, adult literacy, English as a Second Language, after-school, or research-based programs, to name just a few, the planned renovation will work wonders for generations of New Yorkers."

- Testimony to the New York City Council's Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations, September 30, 2013

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Tonya L. White

Educator in the Harlem Community

"As an educator, I see firsthand how young minds benefit immensely from the cultural and educational resources offered by the New York Public Library. That's why so many of the city's educational institutions fully support the Library's renovation plan as it will serve to enhance and improve its already great array of services."

- Statement, December 2012

 

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

"This plan will open up more space to the public, expand offerings to children and teens, and create hundreds of good jobs. It is a home run for New Yorkers."

- Statement of support, issued September 2013

 

Michael Bloomberg

Former New York City Mayor

"For more than a century, The New York Public Library on 42nd Street has been an iconic landmark, celebrated for its outstanding beauty and exceptional collections. Together with the incredible restoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building facade, the new Central Library Plan will preserve this historic institution and transform it into the world's largest combined research and circulating library."

- Statement, December 2012

 

Christine Quinn

Former City Council Speaker

"This visionary project by the New York Public Library, embodied in this beautiful building by Norman Foster, is central to this great institution's evolution as a vital part of our city, as it has been for over a century. I applaud NYPL for listening and heeding the concerns of the stakeholders, and for crafting a project that sensitively addresses its dual mission as a great center of scholarship-and as the people's library for all New Yorkers-for the next century."

- Statement, December 2012

 

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