The Whitman Circle is a community of champions who believe that all Brooklynites deserve the chance to discover their potential at our libraries.

When you join the Whitman Circle, you make a statement about the Library’s enduring importance in our community and provide vital funding for outreach initiatives, youth programs, services for older adults—and of course, books.

Become a member of the Whitman Circle at any of the following levels, and you’ll also enjoy special access to Brooklyn Public Library. 

  • Invitation for two to an evening of cocktails and conversation with a celebrated author in a beautiful Brooklyn home, and a newly released signed book
  • Opportunity to reserve prime seats at sought-after Library readings and performances
  • Annual behind-the-scenes tour of BPL’s historical collections or fascinating branch libraries
  • Opportunity to dedicate your favorite book in BPL’s collection with a personalized bookplate
  • Invitation to Galas
  • Donor recognition in annual report
  • $1,407 of membership level is tax deductible

All of the preceding benefits, plus:

  • Invitation for two to two evenings of cocktails and conversation with celebrated authors in beautiful Brooklyn homes, plus two newly-released signed books
  • Private behind-the-scenes tour of Central Library (upon request)
  • Personalized reading list curated by a BPL Librarian
  • $2,322 of membership level is tax deductible

All of the preceding benefits, plus:

  • Invitation for two to three evenings of cocktails and conversation with celebrated authors in beautiful Brooklyn homes, plus three newly-released signed books
  • Invitation for lunch with the Library President & CEO
  • $4,667 of this membership level is tax deductible

All of the preceding benefits, plus:

  • Invitation for two to dinner with an author and the President & CEO
  • $9,535 of this menbership level is tax deductible

All of the preceding benefits, plus:

  • Opportunity to have your gift recognized in association with a signature BPL program.
  • $14,535 of this membership level is tax deductible

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