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Queens Public Library Suspends All Public Programming to Limit Spread of Coronovirus

Forest Hills Library (Photo: Queens Public Library)

March 12, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

The Queens Public Library, and the city’s other library systems – New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library – will be suspending all public programming starting tomorrow, March 13 through Tuesday, March 31.

The city’s libraries, however, will remain open and will continue to provide regular services including access to books, public computers – including computers dedicated to the 2020 Census, Wi-Fi, and other resources.

Some of the programs impacted by the cancellations are technology training classes, English language classes and story times for children.

The measures have been put in place to support the city’s efforts to combat the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases – which has risen to 62 – and follows the cancellation of numerous conferences and large events, including the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan.

“Considering the current situation, and the need to limit large crowds, this was the most responsible path forward to support the health and well-being of our communities,” a joint statement from the library systems read.

Since the outbreak of Coronavirus, BPL has implemented enhanced cleaning protocols as well as social distancing recommendations that encourage staff and customers to use self-check machines and avoid giving handshakes and fist bumps, according to its website.

Further details on the library’s services can be found on the Queens Public Library website.

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