The Langston Hughes Library (part of the Queens Library system) was officially named a literary landmark by the United for Libraries group. The official ceremony and presentation of the plaque with the landmark designation took place Saturday, February 23.
The short ceremony was full of civic and community leaders as well as elected officials. The designation fittingly took place during Black History Month.
Andrew Jackson, the Library’s Executive Director for the past 33 years, said in his remarks that it was "a special day in the life of the library".
This is the tenth literary landmark the group has bestowed. Previous landmark designations have been in “bars and taverns” joked Tom Galante, CEO of The Queens Library, to laughter. He went on to express his pleasure that the landmark represented Langston Hughes who was the first individual inducted to the writers hall of fame.
The Langston Hughes Library boasts the largest circulating repository of reference materials related to Black culture. It is a cozy home to readers and hosts after school programs for neighborhood children. It is located at 100-01 Northern Boulevard and easily accessible by car or mass transit.