The Library Action Committee of Corona-East Elmhurst, Inc. (LAC), is the founding body of the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center of the Queens Library, which opened its doors for public service in April, 1969. The LAC was incorporated in 1980, with an approved set of by-laws revised in 1986, is a not-for-profit organization, has tax-exempt status and chartered under the New York State Office of Charities Registration.
A Memorandum of Understanding dated October 8, 1987 and amended November 4, 1991, between the Board of Trustees of QBPL and the LAC outlines the duties and responsibilities with regards to: financial security, the role of the LAC, QBPL’s commitment to the Langston Hughes Library, staffing and changes in existing programs. This relationship creates a working partnership between the Corona-East Elmhurst community and the Queens Library.
The LAC is guided by a twelve-member volunteer Board of Directors that functions in an advisory capacity to the Queens Library and is directly responsible for fundraising on behalf of the Langston Hughes Library. Annual membership in the LAC is open to any interested community resident, over sixteen years of age, who have a keen interest in helping keep the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center a vital educational and cultural force in the community. The LAC holds monthly meetings of the Board of Directors, two semi-annual membership meetings and bi-annual elections.
The Library Action Committee receives annual grants from the:
- New York State Council on the Arts
- New York State Education Department
- New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
- New York City Department of Youth and Community Development
- Queens Borough President’s Office
- Queens Council on the Arts
- Private donations and contributions
These funds support the educational and cultural arts programs of the Langston Hughes Library Center:
- Homework Assistance Program
- Cultural Arts Program, (music concert series, independent film festivals, artist
exhibitions and receptions, literature and poetry readings, creative writing workshops, four annual cultural celebrations and special events.
Grant applications and proposals are submitted in the name of the Library Action Committee doing business as (dba) the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center.