Macon Library - Local History & Photos
The Macon Branch, the eleventh Carnegie building in the Brooklyn Public Library system, opened to the public on July 15th, 1907. The two-story classical revival-style red brick library still has its original fireplaces and inglenook. Missing, however, are the original lighting fixtures and the large frescoes that were set above the mantels with such phrases as-- No Gain Without Pain-- on either side.
In September of 1977, the Macon branch reopened after being closed for rehabilitation in July of 1973. Five hundred neighborhood people turned out for the opening-day celebration, and 106 people registered for library cards that day.
The Macon Branch was home to the award-winning children's-book author and illustrator, John Steptoe (1950-1989.) Steptoe wrote his first book, Stevie, at age 16. A compelling story of a child's experience overcoming peer jealousy, Stevie quickly won recognition for its author. Steptoe once told an interviewer that his writing came from-- a ...great and disastrous need for books that black children could honestly relate to. Through its information resources and innovative programming, the Macon Branch looks forward to serving the community into the 21st century.
Bedford-Stuyvesant is one of the oldest neighborhoods in New York City. It has the largest collection of Brownstones. John Steptoe (Illustrator), Chris Rock (Comedians), and Lena Horne (Actress) are former residents of Bedford-Stuyvesant.