BKLYN Incubator helps implement innovative programs throughout Brooklyn by fostering partnerships between library staff and community members. The Incubator helps to fund the programs, provides mentorship, and supplies resources to staff and partners with innovative ideas.

To submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) to be a part of the next Incubator round click here: Community Call


KNRC Youth Radio Podcast


BKLYN Fashion Academy


Brooklyn Robotics League

The purpose of BKLYN Incubator is to empower our staff to engage partners to build public programs and services from the ground up and support ideas that are responsive to community needs. This year, nearly 140 community partners expressed interest during an open call for proposals with thirteen finalists pitching their ideas to a panel of judges, including librarians, staff and nonprofit executives.

Round 8 Programs:

Below are the programs selected for funding in Round 8. These initiatives will run throughout 2022.

The Big Question: Inspiring Curiosity through Literacy and Exploration

Children and caregivers will dig into literacy through exploration of a Big Question in this six-week program. Experts will present interactive workshops designed to answer some of life’s biggest questions and children can take home books about what they learned to build their home libraries.

Adams Street and Walt Whitman Libraries in collaboration with Brooklyn Book Bodega


Cultural Codex for Kids

Designed to promote equity and inclusivity in the fields of science, engineering technology, and math fields, participants will enjoy STEM projects that trace back to our ancestors, re-inventing ancient inventions to strengthen students’ sense of identity and empowering them to be problem solvers.

Sunset Park Library in collaboration with Sunset Spark, Inc


A Journey to Parenthood: An Educational Series for Parents and Advocates Before, During, and After Pregnancy

This workshop series will support families trying to conceive, facing fertility journeys and loss, experiencing pregnancy, preparing for birthing, and transitioning from hospital to home with resources and support from an experienced team of perinatal educators.

Washington Irving, Crown Heights, New Lots Libraries and BPL Outreach Services in collaboration with Birdsong Brooklyn


Libraries Bring Us Together

To amplify and include the voices of the diverse, multilingual communities with the Cortelyou Library and surrounding neighborhoods, the team will create five events, each highlighting one of the prominent cultures in the community (Mexican, Haitian, Bangladeshi, Nepali, Pakistani) featuring music, bilingual storytime, food, and art-making.

Cortelyou Library in collaboration with Laurie Davidson


Mapping Our Worlds: Where We Stand

A six-week program for teens to build creativity and community through artistic map-making. Designed to address the teen mental health crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the program will help to bolster teens’ sense of connection and belonging, giving them life-long tools for compassionately relating to self and others.

Carroll Gardens and Cypress Hills Library in collaboration with Stingray Arts Collective


Rewriting Rikers: The Re/Creation Collective Workshop

The Re/Creation Collective Workshop amplifies the voices of those striving to survive incarceration on Rikers Island. Incarcerated neighbors will be connected with a larger community of justice affected writers and artists to help hone their craft and reshape their narratives.

BPL’s Jail and Prison Services in collaboration with Re/Creation Collective


Repair Hub

The program will create a space where the community can learn and share repair skills, access tools, and explore more sustainable relationships with our belongings.

Greenpoint Library's Environmental Education Center in collaboration with Repair Shop


Sew Brooklyn

The program will offer sewing machines, free materials, and free workshops for patrons interested in learning to sew by hand and/or machine. Designed for patrons to learn an invaluable skill without burdensome costs, to engage in a creative activity, and to build community together.

Mill Basin Library in collaboration with FABSCRAP


Untold Stories: You Ask, I Tell

Queer (LGBTQ+) veterans and teens will share their own powerful stories through a free workshop series in which they will learn interviewing, writing, and performance skills. The workshop will culminate in a public sharing of their self-created poetry and spoken word, fostering empathy and building community. The program is designed so that voices silenced for so long, will be silent no longer.

Brooklyn Heights Library in collaboration with Poetic Theater Productions, Veteran Voices Program


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 [email protected]


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