Brooklyn Public Library Announces New Board Officers

February 27, 2009

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Stefanie Arck, Manager of Marketing & Communications
Brooklyn Public Library
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brooklyn Public Library Announces New Board Officers
New Officers hail from across the Borough and bring
decades of experience and commitment to leading Board.

Brooklyn, NY, February 25, 2009 - Brooklyn Public Library’s (BPL) Board of Trustees elected new officers to its Executive Committee at its February 24th Meeting. The board oversees operations of BPL, the nation’s fifth largest library system serving the 2.6 million residents of Brooklyn. With the announcement of its new board officers, BPL will continue to serve Brooklyn’s diverse communities with over 1,000 internet-ready computers, books in over 30 languages and free job search services and small business resources.

The new board officers will be instrumental in guiding the organization forward as BPL embarks on several projects to enhance and innovate library service. In the next month, BPL will hold a community fundraising drive to secure private donations to support programs and materials for its 60 neighborhood libraries, and it will also launch a comprehensive community needs assessment project. BPL is also spreading literacy to the borough’s non-native English speakers through Para Los Ninos, a bi-lingual reading program for children.

"As a long time Board Member and supporter of Brooklyn Public Library, I'm honored to be chosen to lead such a talented and dedicated group of Trustees," said Anthony Crowell, newly appointed Chair of the Board. "Public libraries are the bedrock of our democracy, and our Board is committed to ensuring that BPL continues to reach great heights as a national leader and innovator in providing the highest quality community and research library services in New York City and beyond."
BPL is pleased to present its new officers:

Anthony W. Crowell, Chair
Anthony W. Crowell has been a member of the Board of Trustees for six years and is a Mayoral appointee. As Chair, he serves as an ex-officio member of all committees. For the past three years, he has served as Board Vice Chair. Before that, he served as an At-Large Member of the Executive Committee. He Co-Chairs the Resource Development Committee, and has served on the following other committees: Gala (Co-Chair); Library Advancement (Chair); Visual & Performing Arts (Chair); and By-Laws & Governance. He has led BPL's efforts to establish BPL@BAM, a new branch to be part of the BAM Cultural District, and championed BPL's successful 2007 merger of its public and foundation boards. Anthony serves as Counselor to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, advising on and coordinating legal, policy and management initiatives. Prior to this appointment, he served as Special Counsel to the Mayor. He also served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department, and managed government affairs and policy at the International City/County Management Association in Washington. D.C. He is an adjunct professor both at Brooklyn Law School and New York Law School. Anthony resides in Downtown Brooklyn.

Laura Ensler, Vice Chair
Laura was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2003 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and has served as Board Secretary for the past three years. In addition to serving on the Executive Committee, she is Chair of the Library Operations Committee and has served on the Committee on Trustees and the Visual & Performing Arts Committee. She is currently spearheading BPL’s community needs assessment. Laura is a consultant to public, private and not-for-profit organizations in the field of early care and education, provides assistance to program managers and administrators, and facilitates and coordinates trainings and support for early care and education professionals. Prior to consulting, she was the Director of Community Development and Outreach for Children and Family Services of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and was the Director of its Early Head Start Program. She is active in several national organizations including Reading Is Fundamental National Advisory Council, the National Faculty of the Ounce of Prevention Scale Assessment Training, and is a Board member of Child Care Inc. A frequent lecturer on the subject of the use of literature with young children, Laura has taught at the NYU School of Continuing Education and the Bank Street College of Education. Laura lives in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill.

Miriam E. Katowitz, Treasurer
Miriam E. Katowitz was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2007 by Borough President Marty Markowitz. This is her second year serving as Treasurer. In addition to the Executive Committee, she is Chair of the Finance & Budget Committee and has served on the following Committees: Audit; Gala; and Visual & Performing Arts. Prior to her appointment to the Board, Miriam was a member of the former BPL Foundation Board. She is the Chief Operating Officer for The Educational Alliance. Prior to joining The Educational Alliance, she was Chief Financial Officer of Safe Horizon. Miriam serves on the Board of Lutheran Medical Center, the Board of Goucher College and of the Board of Brooklyn Heights Synagogue. Miriam currently resides in Brooklyn Heights.

Antonia Yuille Williams, Secretary
Antonia Yuille Williams was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2005 by Borough President Marty Markowitz. Prior to her election as Secretary, Toni served as an At-Large Member of the Executive Committee. She Co-Chairs the Resource Development Committee and has served as a member of the Government Affairs and Community Relations & Advocacy Committees. Toni is the Director of Public Affairs, Brooklyn/Queens Customer Service of Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. Toni joined Con Ed in 1988 as the Manager of Public Information. She is also on the following boards: Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation; YWCA Brooklyn Chapter; Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation; The Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Information and Culture. She serves as President of the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College. Toni lives in Crown Heights.

Joyce Cumberbatch, Executive Committee Member At-Large
Joyce Cumberbatch was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2006 by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. In addition to being newly elected to the Executive Committee, she is an active member of the Library Operations Committee and previously served on the Visual & Performing Arts Committee. The retired educator held various positions with the New York City Board of Education for more than 29 years, including Community Deputy Superintendent in former District 19 in East New York; Assistant Principal at Springfield Gardens High School in Queens; and consultant for The Science Skills Center in Brooklyn. She is a founding member of the NAACP branch in Flagler County, Florida, and chaired its education committee. Joyce lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Sharon Greenberger, Executive Committee Member At-Large
Sharon Greenberger was appointed to the BPL Board of Trustees in 2004 by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. In addition to being elected to the Executive Committee, she Co-Chairs the Capital Planning & Facilities Oversight Committee and has served on the following Committees: Finance & Budget; Buildings & Grounds; and Visual & Performing Arts, and Community Needs Assessment Plan Taskforce. She is the President of the NYC School Construction Authority and served as Vice President for Campus Planning and Real Estate at NYU, as well as Chief of Staff to the NYC Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding. She lives in Park Slope.

Thomas Amon, Immediate Past President
Thomas G. Amon was appointed to the BPL Board of Trustees in 2003 by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and served as Board Chair since 2006. As BPL’s Immediate Past Chair, he serves as an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee. Tom is an attorney in private practice in New York City. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of a number of public and private companies. He has lived in Brooklyn Heights for 35 years.

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