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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Select Group of Outdoor Programs Planned for September

September 10, 2020—Brooklyn Public Library will open an additional six branches for limited, grab-and-go service beginning on Monday, September 14. The additional locations—Kensington, Midwood, Mill Basin, Walt Whitman, Washington Irving and the Annex (Dumbo) —bring the total the number of open branches to 23. A complete list of all open branches is below.

Patrons across the city now have the opportunity to return books and pick up materials placed on hold. Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be enforced. Returned materials will be quarantined for 96 hours in accordance with guidelines from public health officials and Reopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM), a research partnership between OCLC (a global library cooperative), the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle (a nonprofit science and research organization).

In addition, the Library has a growing selection of outdoor programs planned including census tailgate parties with live music and back-to-school-giveaways; Game On, an afternoon of videogames, basketball skills, challenges, raffles, and more for teens outside of Brownsville Library; University Open Air, a free series of classes taught by professors, researchers, and academics who were trained outside of the U.S. in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance; and Cinema Ephemera, an eclectic mix of artist film shorts, concert footage, vintage video games, studio visits with children's illustrators and more, projected on the facade of the iconic Central Library after sunset.

BPL also maintains a thriving virtual library. Since early March, the Library has hosted nearly 2500 programs online for people of all ages including 10 story times a week, adult education classes, and services for those seeking employment with a one-on-one resume service and job search workshops. In addition, BPL provides access to digital resources including, language classes and eBooks and audiobooks. 

Brooklyn Public Library also offers services by phone including a call-in reference desk, daily dial-a-story, and a telephone buddy program for older adults. The latest news, schedules and virtual programs can be found here.

Open Branches

These branches are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 1 to 7 p.m.
Bay Ridge Library
Bushwick Library
Canarsie Library
Central Library
Clarendon Library
Coney Island Library
Cortelyou Library
Flatbush Library
Fort Hamilton Library
Homecrest Library
Kings Highway Library
Macon Library
New Lots Library 
Park Slope Library
Red Hook Library
Stone Avenue Library and 
Williamsburgh Library

This branch is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.:

These branches are open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 1 to 7 p.m.
Mill Basin
Walt Whitman
Washington Irving


About Brooklyn Public Library 
Brooklyn Public Library is one of the nation’s largest library systems and among New York City’s most democratic institutions. As a leader in developing modern 21st century libraries, we provide resources to support personal advancement, foster civic literacy, and strengthen the fabric of community among the more than 2.6 million individuals who call Brooklyn home. We provide nearly 65,000 free programs a year with writers, thinkers, artists, and educators—from around the corner and around the world. And we give patrons millions of opportunities to enjoy one of life’s greatest satisfactions: the joy of a good book.


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