BKLYN Incubator

BKLYN Incubator supports innovative programs by fostering partnerships between library staff and community partners. These teams work together to develop new ideas to serve our communities. The program provides a curriculum, mentorship, and coaching through a competitive process and our winning ideas receive funding to implement their ideas in collaboration with the Library.





Brooklyn Robotics League

The purpose of BKLYN Incubator is to ensure that our work is responsive to community needs by empowering staff to collaborate with community partners to build public programs and services from the ground up.​

Round 10 Programs:

Below are the programs selected for funding in Round 10. These initiatives will run throughout 2024.

The BPL Zine Box: Collection & Tool Kit & 

Creating Community Through Cut-Paste-Copy

The BPL Zine Box is a collection of zines and a workshop toolbox for use by library staff. Activated to engage a multi-generational public, our project will have an impact by making our libraries sites not only for patrons to read materials, but to create them as well.

Windsor Terrace Library in collaboration with Booklyn, Inc.


Brooklyn Tales: Your Story in Action!

Learn, grow and share your stories through creativity and theater.

This exciting collaboration between NYNF and Adams St will develop and share trainings and toolkits on how to run collaborative workshops for young tweens/teens in the community who want to learn how to tell stories through simple theatre exercises and writing prompts.

Adams Street Library in collaboration with New York Neo-futurists


DevL.I.T. (Developing Literacy in Technology)

Hands-on technology learning & technology loan library.

Through workshops, we will expose participants to physical computing concepts to explore themes of hardware, software, game design, and accessibility while fabricating a full-size arcade console for use by library patrons. Additionally, we will curate tech kits that can be used by staff to explore computer science principles with students.

East Flatbush Library and Flatbush Library in collaboration with Zero Day Camp


East FlatbushINC Community Business Hub

Empowering East Flatbush’s future through wellness and collective entrepreneurship. 

East FlatbushINC cultivates community wealth and solidarity by empowering local business owners and entrepreneurs through shared resources, wellness-based guidance and collaboration. Our commitment lies in transforming the collective vision of East Flatbush into a thriving business ecosystem, fostering sustainable growth and communal well-being for a robust future for all. 

Rugby Library in collaboration with Brooklyn Level Up


L.E.N.S. Method Photo Workshops

Mindfulness through intentional photography (smartphone camera friendly).

The L.E.N.S Method is a series of workshops exploring the five pillars of emotional resilience through creative photography. This will teach people to use an accessible creative outlet, digital photography using a smartphone, to practice these five concepts. Deliverables will include photo prints and an exhibit. 

Park Slope Library in collaboration with The L.E.N.S. Method


Memories Matter

An East New York Pop-Up Museum

A pop-up history museum on and in East New York that will be informed by items and artifacts from CBH's collections as well as community-created content that is produced in a series of 3 community history workshops that lead up to the pop-up's opening. 

Center for Brooklyn History in collaboration with East New York Community Land Trust


Narratives of Change

Bridging library communities through neighborhood stories of activism.

Narratives of Change is an audio tour showcasing stories of community care, activism, and resistance. The tour will engage library communities throughout the production process and animate lived histories. We will develop supporting, educational materials to facilitate library programming. The project will foster civic participation and digital literacy through storytelling. 

Mill Basin Library in collaboration with Interference Archive


Rootwork Workshops 

Water your roots! Learn how to build neighborhood institutions of care at BPL. 

The Crown Heights CARE Collective will offer a series of workshops that demonstrates how to build community institutions of care, for the people and by the people. By offering Crown Heights residents more options for taking community care into their hands, we hope to help this community protect and deepen its roots.

Brower Park Library in collaboration with Crown Heights CARE Collective



Take a look at our previous Rounds and Replication Cycles in Programs.

BKLYN Incubator is supported by generous funding provided by The Charles H. Revson Foundation. For more information, contact incubator@bklynlibrary.org.