Thousands of glossy fliers packed with color photographs of elected officials that were paid for by the Queens Library are drawing criticism from those who say the public library system should be using its limited resources to buy books and pay librarians, not to promote politicians.
Library's Fliers Criticized as Promoting Politicians
The four-page fliers distributed earlier this month thank Mayor Bloomberg; the speaker of the City Council, Christine Quinn, and 17 other council members for restoring funding for six-day library service in the city's budget this year. Of the library's 16,000 fliers, 9,000 were mailed to library supporters. The rest were spread out among library branches.
The executive director of Citizens Union, Richard Dadey, said that when compared to other newsletters thanking donors or elected officials for their work, the Queens Library flier "takes the cake."
Ms. King would not say how much the library paid for the production and dissemination of the fliers, but cost estimates from printing companies and the United States Postal Service show that the total cost could have been around $7,000.