BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY REOPENS MACON LIBRARY

June 18, 2008

Press Contact:
Malika L. Granville, Marketing & Communications Associate
Brooklyn Public Library
Phone: 718.230.2211
m.granville@brooklynpubliclibrary.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY REOPENS MACON LIBRARY

Brooklyn, NY, June 13, 2008 -Brooklyn Public Library’s Macon Library, located on 361 Lewis Avenue in Bedford Stuyvesant, will host a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony on Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 2PM to celebrate its reopening. Closed since June 2006, Macon Library received a $2 million renovation funded by the New York City Council to restore historic details, improve the library's interior and resources. It will now offer newly created spaces for all ages and stages of the community, including the borough’s first African American Heritage Center (AAHC).

“We are pleased to reopen Macon Library as a mainstay for access to information, books and materials for the Bedford Stuyvesant community” says Dionne Mack-Harvin, Executive Director of Brooklyn Public Library.

A fundraising campaign to stock the shelves at Macon was also integral to the renovation efforts at Macon. Brooklyn Public Library received a generous challenge grant from the Independence Community Foundation and with overwhelming community support, including partnerships with Bedford Stuyvesant businesses, schools and houses of worship, nearly 500 donors contributed to the campaign. The funds raised totaled $200,000 dollars.

The renovation of Macon Library includes the following:
African American Heritage Center (AAHC)– A resource center with cultural and academic programming and a collection reference, archival and historic materials

First Five Years Space –Serving infants and preschoolers, with age-specialized furniture, learning tools, computers with software for preschoolers and a collection of board books

Renovations include installation of Self-Check technology, new furniture and paint, electrical upgrades, ceiling restoration, lighting restoration and new HVAC system

History of Macon Library

Built with funds donated by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, two thousand people gathered in 1907 to open the Macon Branch, the 11th Carnegie library in Brooklyn. The two-story, 17,968 square foot, Classical Revival red brick library retains its original fireplaces, oak paneling, alcoves and wooden benches. The original configuration included a central control desk and a radially arranged book stack area and mezzanine.

As this community is revitalized, the need has grown to expand existing efforts to preserve African American history and culture. From this, the idea for the AAHC was born. Macon also has a circulation collection of information about the neighborhood, called "Preserving Footsteps," which has books concerning the history, famous locations and current situation of the neighborhood.

Hours

The renovated Macon Library hours of service are as follows:
Monday 9 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday 1 PM – 8 PM
Wednesday 9 PM – 6 PM
Thursday 1 PM – 6 PM
Friday 9 AM – 6 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM

Funding for the Macon Library renovation was generously allocated by the New York City Council

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