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Brooklyn Connections is the school outreach arm of Brooklyn Public Library's Brooklyn Collection. Our signature partnership program offers classes rare access to original archival materials while completing a customized, standards-based project. Brooklyn Connections supports NYC educators and students through professional development workshops, after-school visits and online resources.


Brooklyn Connections recognizes how exceptionally challenging education work is during this extraordinary time and we are here to offer support to teachers and students. 

Online Instruction: Let us take the mic for awhile! Brooklyn Connections educators are here to deliver live or asynchronous lessons of your choosing for grades 4 through 12. What kind of lessons? 

  • Online research (i.e. getting the most out of search engines, accessing the Brooklyn Collection's digital resources , effectively searching online databases, assessing websites, etc.)
  • Document analysis to build content knowledge (see our primary source packets for options) or skills (i.e. observations and inferences, identifying historic bias, citations, etc.)
  • Anything else you have in mind (see our lesson plans for more ideas)
  • Interested? Get started by filling out this form.

Virtual Office Hours: Students, teachers and parents can schedule one-on-one time with Connections educators to seek help with their research. Sign up here: Brooklyn Connections Office Hours 


  • How much does all this cost? Nothing! 
  • Does online instruction have to relate to a Brooklyn Connections research topic or project? Not at all.
  • Is this support only available to Brooklyn Connections partner teachers, classes and students? Nope. Anyone can sign up 
  • Have you thought of ...? Perhaps there's something we're missing - let us know! Email us at [email protected]


Stay safe. Stay well. Stay engaged.


Our mission is to serve Brooklyn schools, educators and students by using archival education to cultivate 21st century learning skills and provide professional learning opportunities through the lens of local Brooklyn history.


"It's the best kept secret in education. The program brings history to life. In so many instances, students are taught history as a long gone experience that they can't connect to. They don't make the self and community historical connection because of the way it is presented to them. This program bridges those pedagogical gaps by using local primary resources (that includes elders) to teach the importance of knowing self through a historical acumen. It provides students the experience of interacting with the public library in a richer way like never before—that's why I keep returning!" –Georgette Clarke, PS/IS 308 (8th Grade, Self-Contained Classroom)

"As an 18 year NYC public school teacher I was beyond impressed with the level of engagement the students displayed in response to the rigorous and enjoyable work the program and instructor provided. Brooklyn Connections created a customized curriculum for my students that gave life and relevancy to our city's rich history. Brooklyn Connections proved to be a rare and unique opportunity for students to research and learn in so many new and wonderful ways." –Lee Gabay, Brooklyn Democracy Academy (9-10th Grade, ELA)

Support for Brooklyn Connections is provided by The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, New York Life Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, Hearst Foundation, Festa Family, and Brooklyn Eagles.

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