Bell Atlantic and the Queens Library Kick Off Informational "How to Find It" Series in Five Languages at the Flushing Library

Bell Atlantic and the Queens Library Kick Off Informational
"How to Find It" Series in Five Languages at
the Flushing Library

Informational Tour Provides Hands-On Tutorial
of Library's Print and Electronic Resources

March 1, 1999


Phil Santoro,

Stephanie Hobbs,

QUEENS, N.Y. -- Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages and the Queens Library
today introduced the "How-to Find It" lecture series that provides the
diverse population of Queens with information on how to more effectively
use the Flushing Library's resources.

Funded by a Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages grant, the "How to Find It" series
is a two-phase program. During the first phase, participants receive a
guided tour of the Library's print and electronic resources. The second
phase of the program, held one week later, provides participants with a
hands-on demonstration of the facility's InfoLinQ and WorldlinQ database
services. The program will be conducted in five languages, including
English, Chinese, Korean, Russian and Spanish.

"As the sponsor of the "How to Find It" series, Bell Atlantic strives to
make a commitment to technology and consumer education," said Jo Anne
Parrinello, director of New York channel management, Bell Atlantic
Yellow Pages.

"With the generous support of the Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages, the
Flushing Library is able to share vital information about the library's vast
resources with our diverse neighborhood," added Gary Strong, director,
Queens Borough Public Library.

The "How to Find It" series was announced during the September roll out
of the 1998-1999 Bell Atlantic Queens Yellow Pages featuring a cover
illustration of the Flushing Library.

The recently rebuilt Flushing Library has the highest number of visitors in
the busiest public library system in the United States. Opened in June of
1998, the new Flushing Library is located at the crossroads of one of the
borough's most ethnically diverse communities. The 76,000-square-foot
building houses 300,000 volumes in more than 35 languages. The library
provides programs and services that reflect the diversity of the
neighborhood in which it is located, housing an adult learning center, the
largest children's reading room in Queens, and the International Resource
Center, a unique city-wide reference center.

Bell Atlantic is the world's largest publisher of Yellow Pages shopping
directories. Its affiliate, Bell Atlantic Electronic Commerce Services, is
the creator of BigYellowSM, a leading national online shopping service.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and
information industry. With more than 42 million telephone access lines
and 8.6 million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies
are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market
leaders in wireless services. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the
world's largest investors in high-growth global communications markets,
with operations and investments in 23 countries.