About Us

The Queens Library Foundation raises funds for the programs, services, and collections provided by Queens Library and the Board of Directors and staff of the Queens Library Foundation take great satisfaction in knowing that ever increasing numbers of adults, teens, children & families make valuable use of and appreciate Queens Library. We are able to do so much for so many because of the wonderful support we receive from foundation, corporations, and the thousands of individuals who support the Library.

Queens Library’s 62 local community libraries are neighborhood anchors and destinations, where everyone comes to learn, read, relax and share experiences with others. Every day, library customers line up outside our buildings, eagerly waiting to utilize our books, our programs, and our internet services. The ethnically diverse community of Queens visits their local community libraries for afterschool assistance, to search for information on any subject, to build their literacy skills or even learn to read, for access to public use computers, and much more. They know they will continue to find a welcoming and comfortable place to read, socialize, utilize free Wi-Fi and participate in a wide range of informative and educational programs, all free of cost. Queens Library is about so much more than books--it includes an enormous array of programs, services, and resources.

Want to learn more? Visit the Queens Library website.

The Queens Library Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Queens Library. Incorporated in 1988, the mission of the Queens Library Foundation is to raise funds from foundations, corporations, and private individuals to support the tens of thousands of free programs and services offered by the Queens Library.


Executive Committee

Carl S. Koerner, Esq.
President of the Board and Counsel, White and Williams, LLP

Wanda Chin
Vice President of the Board and Chief Credit Officer, Community Preservation Corp.

Edward Sadowsky
Treasurer of the Board

Jose Rivero
Secretary of the Board and President, The Thomas & Jeanne Elmezzi Foundation

Dennis Walcott
President and CEO, Queens Public Library

Amy Mugavero (non-voting)
Executive Director, Queens Public Library Foundation



Vincent Arcuri, Jr.

Matthew M. Gorton
Hiltzik Strategies

James M. Haddad, Esq.
Law Office of James M. Haddad

Catherine Lee
Managing Director, F&T Group China

Haeda Mihaltses
Executive Director of External Affairs, New York Mets

Eugene A. Petracca, Jr.
Petracca & Sons, Inc.

Lydon Sleeper
Chief of Staff, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development

Michael Tragale (non-voting)
Assistant Treasurer of the Board and Chief Financial Officer, Queens Public Library



Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report (Adobe PDF format)

What does the Queens Library Foundation do? The Queens Library Foundation (the Foundation), which is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation, raises funds to provide books, materials, programs and services for the Queens Library. The library primarily serves the borough of Queens (The New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library are separate library systems which do not serve Queens residents). Donations to the Queens Library Foundation enrich the Library's collections and create innovative programs that meet community needs. The books, materials, programs and services the Foundation provides would not be possible without your generous donations. Your individual donations are not used for salaries or operating and maintenance expenses.

Why should I make donations to an institution which receives government funding? The Foundation support complements, but does not supplant, the government funding Queens Library receives. The New York City funds Queens Library receives only provide Library basics such as staff, collections, facilities, and operating expenses. The Foundation helps community libraries meet growing and diverse needs by partnering with the private sector to fund programs and resources not included in the basic operating budget.


How can I make donations to the Foundation? Your gift to the Foundation is welcomed and much appreciated. All donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

Where do donations go? Donors can designate their gift to community libraries or specific program areas. Unrestricted donations go to fund books or materials or to those program/services most needing additional funds as determined between the foundation and Queens Library Leadership.

Do you have an administrative fee? There is no administrative fee for individual gifts given to the foundation. 100% of your gift goes to books, materials, programs and services .

How can I support my local community library or specific program? When making a donation, you can on your check or online which community or library you would like to support. We will honor your donation to the best of our ability.

Where does the money come from? Donations to the foundation come from a variety of sources. Majority of our support comes from grants from foundation and corporations along with a varied mix of individuals, business, community groups, and other local partners.

Does the foundation accept donations of books & magazines? The foundation is not able to accept donations of books and magazines. However, individual libraries will gladly accept your donated books and magazines. Once donated, materials will either.

  • Be added to the collection, if Library collection experts determine they will support the collection.
  • Be sent to our online vendor, Better World Books to be sold via their online book store with the proceeds used for purchasing new books.
  • Be recycled.

How can I volunteer to help the Library? Contact Scott McLeod, Director of Volunteer Services here

What is the difference between the Queens Library Foundation and the Friends of the Queens Library? The Friends of Queens Library is a grassroots membership organization, whose members advocate for the library with the public. Member also raise money to meet immediate needs for the library including books, periodicals, programs for the communities, and short-term special projects. The Foundation works with local Friends groups to assist their efforts and will match funds they are able to raise in certain cases.

How do I get on the mailing list to receive information for Foundation events & news? To receive mail and electronic information from the Foundation, please join our email list and add your mailing address .Your information will not be shared or sold to outside parties and you may opt out at any time.

Who should I talk to at the Foundation? We would be happy to answer your questions and discuss your ideas. It is our wish to make sure your gift fulfills your needs and intentions. Please Contact Us