April 27, 2005


Mill Basin Library's $867,000 makeover creates charming space for babies, more books and state-of-the-art technology!

Brooklyn, NY, April 27, 2005 — To mark the reopening of the historic Mill Basin Library, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held there on Thursday, May 5, 2005 at 10 AM. Elected officials – including Councilmember Lewis Fidler, whose appropriations made this project possible, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, New York State Senator Carl Kruger, and New York State Congressmember Ed Towns – will join Ginnie Cooper, Executive Director of Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), third graders from P.S. 312, and community members for the event.

Mill Basin Library, located at 2385 Ralph Avenue near Avenue N, reopens to the public following a two-year, $867,000 renovation by Helpern Architects of Manhattan.

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, the public will be invited to take an informal tour of the library, get BPL's new Access Brooklyn Card (ABC), or borrow a book.

The renovation is comprehensive. Library improvements include:

The Latest Technology

One Access Brooklyn Card (ABC) kiosk for use with ABC — the new multi-function library card that allows library users to access library account information, reserve time on computers, pay for printing and photocopying services, pay overdue fees and add value to their library debit card.

Two Express Check machines for use with ABC.

Wireless service throughout the library for fast and free Internet access.

New public computers with flat screen monitors: 11 PCs for adults; 9 PCs for children between ages 5-18; 2 PCs for preschoolers; 1 catalog computer for adults and one for children.

First Five Years Reading Area

A cheerful area for infants and preschoolers, Mill Basin Library's First Five Years Reading Area is furnished with age-specialized, foam furniture suitable for the rumble tumble of youngsters' play. It is equipped with two computers, with special software for preschoolers. This cozy space also offers learning tools – such as puzzles and bead mazes – and a collection of videos, colorful picture books and sturdy board books. Free early literacy programs that incorporate books, songs, rhymes and imaginative play, like "Toddler Time," will be available to the public.

Interior Features

New ceilings: acoustic tiles throughout the facility to soak up excess noise to create a more pleasant environment; plaster ceilings in the entry vestibule and above the circulation desk area.

Brand new carpet throughout the public areas with ceramic tiles around the circulation desk.

Renovated staff workrooms and public program rooms.

New lights, paint and signage throughout.

Furniture designed for today's library, including shelves, tables and chairs for public use and a circulation desk.

ADA compliant bathrooms.

New Exterior Features

Lighting and ADA entry doors

Directions to Mill Basin Library


2 to Flatbush Avenue Station, transfer to B41 to Ralph Avenue and Avenue N Mill Basin Library is on same block.


B47 to Avenue N and Ralph Avenue, Mill Basin Library is at the corner of Ralph and Avenue N

B41 (Bergen Beach/Veterans Highway) to Avenue N and Ralph Avenue

B3 to Avenue U & Mill Avenue, walk 3 blocks to Mill Basin Library.


Belt Parkway to Flatbush Avenue North, Right on Avenue U, Left on Mill Avenue, follow road to Avenue N and Ralph Avenue.

For more information on BPL's Mill Basin Library, or to schedule an interview with Ginnie Cooper, Executive Director of BPL, please contact Ruth A. Wagner:; 718.230.2211 or 718.230.2767.

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