By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Councilman Vincent Gentile, chairman of the sub-committee on libraries, said he’s fully on board with Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s idea to create mini city halls in New York City’s public libraries.
Under Quinn’s plan, the city’s 206 library branches would provide information to the public on city agencies. Library staff members would undergo special training to help patrons access the information.
Quinn announced her plan at a Manhattan library on April 3; according to a report in AM New York. Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) also spoke at the announcement.
“I was proud to join City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to present a new, innovative proposal for a citywide system of ‘Mini City Halls’ inside our libraries that will serve as a one-stop shop for New Yorkers seeking help navigating access to important programs and services,” Gentile said.
“Libraries play a tremendous role in the communities they serve so turning them into ‘Mini City Halls’ is a no-brainer,” Gentile said, who added that the libraries will help bring city government closer to the people.
Quinn’s proposal also calls for a survey of library patron to determine how they use the new service so that city could bring more resources to those areas.