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No pre-K at libraries

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Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

I would like to know why libraries will be housing universal prekindergarten when there are financial investigations going on.

The Woodhaven branch already has given out UPK applications. I am outraged that library space is being sacrificed for this program and now the Woodhaven community will lose its downstairs space. The UPK space cannot be used for any library programs even when class is not in session or after the school day is over.

Our children will miss out on all the enriching programs: game days, movie making, toddler time, guitar lessons and so many others the library offers. Adults also will lose their programs: ESL, fitness, music book, Zumba classes, etc.

Woodhaven, we must speak up, not only for our community because this is just the beginning of UPK taking over our libraries. Mayor de Blasio didn’t like charter schools taking public school space; what makes it okay to take over community library space?!

Library President Tom Galante stated at the reopening of the Woodhaven Library after upstairs renovations that there will be a phase 2 for downstairs to make that a children/teen space. Well, I guess he meant just 18 children! Maybe he will get a new position to be in charge of the UPK budget.

Other libraries will be taken over if we just bury our heads. The renovation is starting July 11 at the Woodhaven Library. Please speak up!

Lisanne Ponce
Woodhaven

Welcome to the discussion.

1 comment:

  • LA1925 posted at 9:35 pm on Fri, Jul 18, 2014.

    LA1925 Posts: 2

    I am writing this as a follow up to my previous letter about the UPK program at the Woodhaven library. After the letter was published I received a call from the Central library. I was asked to speak about the UPK program coming to the Woodhaven library. I expressed my concerns about programs not being able to share the UPK space. I was told I was misinformed and she will get back to me. She knew nothing of my letter to The Chronicle when I mentioned it. The woman called me back and assured me that all programs will still go on. I just want to make it clear that I was never against UPK programs. I know they are needed in the Woodhaven area, I wanted to make sure the library was still a place for the entire Woodhaven community I am glad to know that both UPK and library programs can happen Whether I was misinformed or not everything worked out in the end.