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Few institutions are better positioned than New York's public libraries to help make progress toward a more equitable city. The city's 217 branch libraries are already helping New Yorkers access opportunity 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. Too often, however, they are doing so with limited resources and meeting only a fraction of the demand.
This solutions-focused symposium explored how to unlock the full potential of New York's branch libraries—and make them a centerpiece of the social infrastructure needed to cultivate an inclusive recovery and build a more equitable city. This idea-centered policy event featured several high-energy idea pitches, one-on-one fireside chats, and an in-depth panel discussion.
This symposium is made possible through generous support from the Charles H. Revson Foundation. We are also grateful for general support from The Clark Foundation, the Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation, the Altman Foundation, and ongoing support from a number of other philanthropic funders.
Center for an Urban Future is a catalyst for smart and sustainable policies that reduce inequality, increase economic mobility, and grow the economy in NYC.
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