November 3, 2009

Press Contact:
Malika L. Granville, Marketing & Communications Associate
Brooklyn Public Library
Phone: 718.230.2211

(Brooklyn, NY) November 2, 2009—Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) will host its 13th Annual Gala: The Magic of Childhood on Thursday, November 12, 6:30pm-9:00pm at the landmark Central Library at Grand Army Plaza. In addition to a cocktail party and dinner, the Gala will include a benefit auction of unique trips and prizes to raise needed funds to bolster the work of BPL. This year, all proceeds from the event will go to support children’s literacy programs and materials at BPL in recognition of the important role reading continues to play in the lives of children today.
“BPL’s annual Gala is an exciting opportunity for Brooklyn to come together to celebrate libraries, and more importantly, ensure that they remain vibrant and relevant learning centers across the borough,” said Dionne Mack-Harvin, Executive Director. “Private support generated by the Gala and other fundraising partnerships make it possible for BPL to deliver core programs and services, and develop special initiatives to reach new audiences.”

“Brooklyn is a place of big bridges and big dreams, and BPL serves as the bridge to making dreams come true for kids and adults alike,” said Anthony Crowell, Chair of the BPL Board of Trustees and Gala Co-Chair. “BPL has also been Brooklyn’s leading advocate for children’s literacy–introducing the world’s first public library exclusively built to serve children, and today, operating the only mobile library for kids in New York City. The Gala will increase BPL’s capacity to expand its life-enriching resources and services. ”

The 13th Annual Gala will be transformed from a typical formal dinner to a festive cocktail reception and buffet, with luminary caterer Abigail Kirsch deliciously interpreting the comfort foods of childhood with chic, playful fare for the adult palate. Mixologist Doug Hecklinger has been commissioned to create a specialty cocktail–known as “The Johnny Appleseed”–exclusively for the Gala, and throughout the evening, guests will be entertained by the musical versatility of Nite-Time, New York City’s premiere party band, and The Bumbys, performance artists known for delivering precise and rousing “fair and honest appraisals” of the people they meet. Guests attending the 13th Annual Gala will also have the opportunity to unwind and take part in a unique scavenger hunt throughout the Youth Wing at Central Library.
“There are many exciting elements about this year’s Gala,” said Nina Collins, Gala Co-Chair. “We’ve planned a fun-filled, sophisticated evening with great entertainment and one-of-a-kind activities that will allow each guest to experience the wonder and simple pleasures of childhood.”

“What’s truly magical about supporting this year’s Gala,” added Antonia Yuille Williams, Gala Co-Chair and Secretary of the BPL Board of Trustees, “is that BPL will be able to do more to enrich the lives and spark the imagination of the more than 600,000 youth living in the borough.”

The Gala is BPL’s largest annual fundraiser, drawing 400+ guests, including community and corporate leaders, cultural trailblazers, government officials, and members of Brooklyn’s civic and philanthropic communities.

All proceeds from the Gala will go to the purchase of children’s books and other library materials that support childhood literacy. The Gala will also benefit children’s literacy programs and services at BPL, including the Kidsmobile, Child’s Place for Children with Special Needs, and early literacy initiatives First Five Years and Para Los Niños.

Auction items for this year’s event include a luxury vacation for a family of four to the Caribbean; drinks with two Emmy-Nominated Writers from Sex and the City; and lunch with writer Jonathan Ames, plus a tour of the set of his new HBO series Bored to Death. Guests will have their pick of these prizes and many other hot ticket items during the live and silent auctions at BPL’s 13th Annual Gala.
For more information, call Maggie Beaute-Lucien at 718.230.2465, or visit
Lead sponsors of Brooklyn Public Library’s 13th Annual Gala are Bloomberg and Xerox.
Additional support is provided by Gala Benefactors Baker & Taylor; Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP; Andrea R. Bozzo & John G. Martinez; K. Backus & Associates, Inc.; Betty & Stephen Kahn; Miriam Katowitz & Arthur Radin; Janet & David Offensend; and TD Bank. Gala Contributors are BET Networks, Elaine Buckberg & Timothy Helwick, Arlety Campos & Philip Bowman, Capital One, N.A., Nina Collins, Con Edison; Frank Crystal & Company; Jackson Lewis LLP, Maimonides Medical Center; Muss Development, LLC; Random House, Inc.; Robert S. & Martha A. Rubin; Sheila Scharfman; and Dr. Lucille C. Thomas.

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is an independent library system for the 2.5 million residents of Brooklyn. It is the fifth largest library system in the United States with 60 neighborhood libraries. BPL offers free programs and services for all ages and stages of life, including a huge selection of books in more than 30 languages, author talks, job search help, literacy programs, public computers and the largest WiFi network in the borough. BPL’s eResources, such as eBooks and eVideos, as well as catalog information, are available to customers 24 hours a day at our website, 

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