Kings Highway Library Reopens on June 11

June 9, 2009



On Thursday, June 11, Brooklyn students, elected officials, and

community members gather to celebrate re-opening

WHAT: After a four-year, top to bottom renovation, the second-largest branch of Brooklyn Public Library will re-open on Thursday, June 11th and serve as the hub for the Southern Brooklyn community.

The Kings Highway Library has had an over $7.5 million transformation, which includes new spaces for all age groups, including a new room for babies and toddlers and an expanded Children’s Room, which together occupy the building’s entire second floor. They’ve also stocked the shelves with 80,000 new books, CDs and DVDs and upgraded the technology. Kings Highway Library is also proud to offer free access to Jewish Data, one of the largest Jewish genealogical databases of its kind.

WHEN: Thursday, June 11th

10:00 AM Branch Opens to the public

10:30 AM Special children’s program (second floor)

10:50 AM Edward R. Murrow High School Clarinet Ensemble

11-11:30 AM Remarks and presentations from guests including:

§ Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President

§ Dionne Mack-Harvin, Executive Director, Brooklyn Public Library

§ Anthony W. Crowell, Brooklyn Public Library Board of Trustees

§ Mike Nelson, New York City Council Member

§ David J. Burney, Commissioner, NYC Department of Design and Construction

§ Marilyn Gelber, Exec Director, Independence Community Foundation

§ Rosita McCleavey, Kings Highway Cluster Leader

§ P.S. 197 Students

11:40 AM Ribbon Cutting (Entrance of the Branch)

WHERE: Kings Highway Library @ 2115 Ocean Ave. (near Kings Highway)

MEDIA CONTACT: Malika L. Granville
Brooklyn Public Library
718.230.2211 |

NOTES: - Pre-renovation images are available upon request.

- Kings Highway's last day of service before the renovations was August 12, 2005.

- History of Kings Highway Library dating back to 1910 available below.

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About Kings Highway Library

In the early days of the Brooklyn Public Library, many unstaffed deposit stations were established in stores and other facilities throughout the borough. The location of the Kings Highway station was probably unique: according to a newspaper report, in 1910, the library placed a collection in the undertaking establishment of a Mr. Cornell at Kings Highway and E. 12th St. After being housed at the undertaker's, the station soon moved to a shoe store. In 1912, the Kings Highway branch opened in its own quarters. The branch's new home, a little frame shack at 1508 Kings Highway, quickly proved too small for the reading public. Several additional moves followed.

Finally, in 1952, a ground-breaking ceremony took place at the current Ocean Avenue site. The building, designed by architects Knapp and Johnson and constructed by the Department of Public Works, was the first branch library to be erected in Brooklyn by the City of New York. The official opening ceremony was held on October 12, 1954. The busy Kings Highway branch currently serves as a Reference Center, offering a wider range of reference materials than other branches. The branch has the highest circulation rates in the BPL system, excluding Central Library, serving a community that is notable for its thirst for books and information.

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