November 14, 2005


Brooklyn Public Library (BPL)
invites the community to a reopening celebration for Bedford Library on November 14, 2005 from 2 to 4 PM to commemorate the $2.9MM renovation of the one-hundred-year-old, fully-restored Carnegie library, located at 496 Franklin Avenue near Hancock Street in Brooklyn, NY.

Bedford Reopening
The ribbon-cutting ceremony and afternoon of free entertainment will include:
•Opening and closing remarks by Ginnie Cooper, Executive Director of BPL
•Acknowledgements by Dr. Lucille C. Thomas, President, Board of Trustees
•Guest speakers:
•Honorable Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President
•Honorable Al Vann, New York City Council
•Honorable Dennis Walcott, Deputy Mayor for Policy
•Honorable Velmanette Montgomery, New York State Senate
•Edith Merle, President, Friends of Bedford Library
•Edith Lewis, Site Supervisor, Bedford Learning Center
•Poet Jolynn Murray
•A class presentation by P.S. 3 Bedford Village School
•Remarks by Stanimir Nenov & Irma Forbes, staff representing Bedford Library
•Musical performances:
•Vocalist Keisha St. Joan
•New York City Housing Authority Senior Choir

In honor of the reopening, Bedford Library will be exhibiting the quilts of artist Edward Bostick. Mr. Bostick, who sews exquisite patterns in brilliant arrays of colors that relate the cultural legacy of southern African-American quilt makers, will also be a guest speaker.

Ninth Annual Gala
BPL's 9th Annual Gala, themed "Breaking New Ground," will take place at Central Library at Grand Army Plaza on Thursday, November 17, 2005 from 6 to 10pm. The guest emcee will be Cady Huffman, Tony-Award winning actress of The Producers, and whose TV credits include The Larry David Show and One Life to Live. Also in attendance will be Borough President Marty Markowitz. Attendees will enjoy a cocktail hour, dinner and live auction including hot-ticket items such as a one-day chocolate making class with renowned Master Pastry Chef Jacques Torres.

Pricing is $350-1000 for individual tickets, and $5,000-25,000 for a table. Honorees are Author Ron Chernow, Executive Director Emeritus, Society for the Preservation of Weeksville & Bedford-Stuyvesant History Joan Maynard, and Brooklyn Public Library Foundation and Brooklyn Public Library Trustee, and Virginia Dare Flavorings Chairman Howard Smith.

All proceeds of Gala tickets benefit the Breaking New Ground Campaign, which will enhance the experience of a million users each year and attract even more Brooklyn residents and visitors to the Library. By late fall of 2006, the Central Library's Plaza will be transformed into a front porch for the community, with an outdoor café and performance space enhanced with beautiful landscaping. Beneath the plaza, a new auditorium will be built to house the Library’s rich cultural and educational programs. A new Library endowment will support book readings, exhibitions, performances and programs.

For more information about Bedford Library or to inquire about a complimentary press pass to the Gala, please contact Ruth Wagner, Publicist, at 718.230.2211.

Funding for the Bedford Library renovation was generously allocated by the New York City Council and the Brooklyn Borough President. Special thanks to Bedford Library’s current representatives Congressman Ed Towns, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Assembly Member Roger Green, City Council Member Al Vann and Community Board 3 for their ongoing support.

Generous gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations to the Breaking New Ground Campaign have put Brooklyn Public Library Foundation within reach of its goal. The $16.5 million campaign started with the largest individual gift in Brooklyn Public Library's history-$1.5 million from Dr. S. Stevan Dweck. Other major lead gifts include $500,000 from Independence Community Foundation and $100,000 from Con Edison. Substantial public support has been provided by the Brooklyn Borough President, the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council and through Federal appropriations.

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