Harness NYC’s libraries to spread equity

Bernadette Adio browses the racks for cookbooks at the 53rd St. branch of the New York City Public Library Tuesday, May 11, 2021 in Manhattan, New York. (Barry Williams/for New York Daily News)

DAILY NEWS — December 01, 2021 — While there’s still a lot that’s unknown about the policies that Mayor-elect Eric Adams and the incoming City Council will choose to prioritize in 2022, it’s a good bet that the new leaders across city government will call want to develop strategies for building a more equitable city. No institution is better positioned to help them make progress toward this goal than New York’s public libraries.

Although many other entities will be pivotal to creating a more equitable city — including schools and hundreds of community-based nonprofits — libraries are uniquely equipped to help in so many critical areas, from expanding access to early education and closing the digital divide to strengthening minority-owned businesses and bolstering the language, literacy and technology skills needed to access the good jobs of tomorrow.

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