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Parkchester Branch of the New York Public Library

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Invaluable community educational institution

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Borough : Bronx
Neighborhood : Parkchester
Institution, Education

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Written by Tazwar Choudhury

The library as an institution is an invaluable asset to a city and its growing population. It provides people of all ages with resources to learn, enjoy themselves, and even better themselves. With free access to books, computers, classes, and more, the library plays a sizable role in creating an progressive community. For children, this opportunity is particularly important; growing up next to a library has incredible benefits for young people.

In my own childhood, I grew up next to the New York Public Library (NYPL) branch in Parkchester, and it grew to be one of the many places that I could call home. To me, it instilled the ethics of empowerment, responsibility, and social skills that I may not have otherwise had. Within its walls, I made an array of friends; an aspect of my life that allowed me to feel included into a new...

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Tazwar Choudhury, Nominated through Dr. Marta Gutmans Children and the City class, Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York, 2016

As a core of the Parkchester community, the NYPL Parkchester branch most certainly matters to children. (May 2016)

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