Brooklyn Public Library Opens Renovated Park Slope Branch

September 13, 2012


    Brooklyn Public Library Opens Renovated 
Park Slope Branch 
21st-Century, ADA-Compliant Library Features iPads For Children, 
Self-Check Machines, Free WiFi, Community Space, 
And Over 20,000 New Books, CDs, DVDs 
Brooklyn, NY – Today, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) celebrated the re-opening of the Park Slope Library with a ceremony at the renovated neighborhood branch. BPL’s President & CEO Linda E. Johnson was joined by Park Slope residents, local students, Brooklyn elected officials, including Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assembly Member James Brennan and City Councilmember Brad Lander, and Commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction David Burney.
At 6:30 PM, Park Slope patrons will enjoy a reading from Pete Hamill, Park Slope’s own journalist and bestselling author. He will read from his forthcoming book, The Christmas Kid: And Other Brooklyn Stories and his acclaimed memoir A Drinking Life.
The Park Slope Library illustrates Brooklyn Public Library’s commitment to modernizing its system while retaining the traditional features BPL patrons know and love.
The Park Slope Library’s new features include:
New reading spaces for children, teens and adults;
A renovated multipurpose room for public meetings and programs;
New technology, including 24 new computers for adults, teens and children;
iPads for children;
Free WiFi;
New printers, and two self-check machines, which include a book return slot;
An ADA-compliant ramp, entry door, elevator and bathrooms;
Complete interior renovations, including interior finishes as well as an upgraded HVAC, plumbing, fire alarm and electrical systems;
An opening day collection of over 20,000 new books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs.
“We’re thrilled to welcome the Park Slope community back to this beautiful, completely accessible branch,” said Linda E. Johnson, President & CEO of Brooklyn Public Library. “We’ve maintained the historic details of this treasured Carnegie library, all while updating it with new community spaces and in-demand technology to meet the needs of our patrons. Like each of our 60 neighborhood branches, this is now a place to learn, to build community, to connect with the digital world, and to enjoy one of the many new books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs at your fingertips.”
“I was proud to support the renovation of Brooklyn Public Library’s Park Slope branch, which brings this valuable community resource into the 21st century with the latest technology and accessibility for patrons with disabilities,” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. “When a child or adult opens a book or e-reader, they open a door to a brighter future. The renovated Park Slope branch is now a bright, comfortable and inviting space that will put information, research and the gift of reading into the hands of Brooklynites.”
"The Park Slope community is thrilled to have its beautifully renovated library reopen!" said Assemblyman Jim Brennan. "Best of all, our library will have incredible new features: free WiFi, iPads for kids, and 24 new computers, plus a room that can be used for community meetings."
“Public libraries are civic treasures and the Park Slope Library is a great example. Libraries are 21st century education, culture, technology and community centers. We’re lucky to have the Brooklyn Public Library system and I’m proud to partner with them,” said City Councilmember Brad Lander.
“The Park Slope branch is one of the most ornate Carnegie libraries, and much of its intricate design is still intact. Our goal was to keep what’s best about the Park Slope Library by restoring its historic interior, while introducing harmonious, contemporary elements that reflect the needs of a modern library. The Park Slope branch is now better than ever, and accessible to all. We at DDC were proud to work with Brooklyn Public Library and our local elected officials to preserve and improve this vital neighborhood institution,” said David Burney, FAIA, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction.
Brooklyn Public Library maintains an ongoing commitment to increasing the technologies available to communities throughout Brooklyn. In March, BPL unveiled its new Espresso Book Machine, cutting-edge technology from On Demand Books that offers patrons instant access to over eight million titles, and allows Brooklyn authors to self-publish their work at the Central Library. By the end of 2013, the Library will have installed new self-check machines in every branch, which allow people to borrow and return materials more conveniently and efficiently, while staff can spend more time working closely with patrons and interacting with the community. 
Recently, the Library was honored as a leading innovator in Operations and Economic & Workforce Development, as part of The Urban Libraries Council’s (ULC) 2012 Top Innovators awards. Notably, despite cuts in funding and staffing, BPL was able to expand service hours by 21% over the past year as a result of their Open Libraries Initiative, which has streamlined library services with operational advances such as online fines payment, centralized collection development and system-wide statistical analysis. Currently, over half of BPL’s branches are open six days per week and more than 
two-thirds offer Saturday service.
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