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BPL Black American Library Card Project

Brooklyn Public LibraryFrom January 4–31, artists are invited to submit designs for a library card & key fob celebrating Black American culture and history. The artwork and artist should have a connection to the Black American experience; preference will be given to artists with a connection to Brooklyn. (more…)

NYC Culture Pass

Explore New York City’s museums and attractions with the NYC Culture Pass! Did you know that if you have a Brooklyn, Queens or NYC library card, you can get free admission to dozens of cultural institutions? Save money and discover more about your city! For a list of the participating museums, public gardens, historical societies, heritage centers and more, visit today.

NYC Library Fine Amnesty Program

Between October 19 – November 2, 2017, NYC libraries are pleased to announce a one-time fine amnesty for library fines accrued by young patrons. On October 19th, the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library automatically cleared all outstanding fines and fees from overdue, unreturned, and lost materials for kids and teens under the age of 17. High School students ages 18 and up are also eligible, but fines will not be cleared automatically. Patrons over the age of 18 should visit their local library where staff may waive fines on a case by case basis through November 2, 2017. For more information, visit your local library branch or go to

SNAP Assistance Event

Location: Kensington Public Library
4207 18th Ave at Seton Place, Brooklyn 11218
Date: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
Time: 1 PM – 4:30 PM

SNAP specialists from the Council of Senior Centers & Services (CSCS) will be available to answer questions about the SNAP (food stamp) program and eligibility guidelines. They can assist with and submit SNAP applications for applicants and help with Change Reports and Recertification. Call the AARP hotline at 877-926-8300 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.  If you are unable to attend the event but would like assistance, call the CSCS SNAP Outreach Office at 347-815-5930 or email

Lincoln Center comes to the Kensington Library

Experience the world’s leading performing arts center and all that it has to offer in your own neighborhood! In partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library, Lincoln Center will host screenings & live performances at select branches of community libraries! Join the Kensington Library(4207 18th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11218) for a performance by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 2pm. This festive all-Mozart program features the exquisite Piano Trio in B-flat major, K. 502; the charming Horn Quintet in E-flat major, K. 407, and the exuberant Viola Quintet in C major. Enjoy refreshments and enter a raffle to win tickets to a performance at Lincoln Center.  All ages are welcomed at this family friendly event! Click Here to view a full schedule of Lincoln Center-sponsored events at Kensington Library & other BPL branches.

Education, Libraries & Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 7:00 PM
CB14 District Office
, 810 East 16th Street, Brooklyn

1. Report on the State of Public School Capital Projects in Community District 14 – Steve Gonzalez, Project Support Manager, School Construction Authority, NYC Department of Education

2. Other business

YMCA Summer Reading & Career Day

Spend a day at the YMCA! Read with children, chat with them about careers and how they can prepare for their future! Support the Summer Reading program & the Strong Kids Campaign!

WHEN: Friday, July 26, 2013, 12-3PM
WHERE: Flatbush YMCA, 1401 Flatbush Avenue

For more information, CLICK HERE TO SEE EVENT FLYER or contact Maxine Barton at 718-469-8100 or

Free Microsoft Excel Workshop

DATE: Saturday, April 27th, 11 AM
LOCATION: Cortelyou Library, 1305 Cortelyou Road,  Brooklyn

Have you mastered the basics of Excel? This free workshop, hosted by the Brooklyn Public Library, will focus on a more advanced tool called Pivot Tables.  This course is ideal for business owners and professionals. Basic computer knowledge required. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops with Microsoft Excel 2007 or higher for hands-on exercise. Seating is limited. For more information, call 718-693-7763.  CLICK HERE to see the event flyer.

Kensington Library Opening Canceled

The scheduled opening celebration of the Kensington Library has been canceled. The event will be rescheduled for a future date.

All are invited to attend the opening of the new Kensington Library; BPL’s first LEED-certified green building!

Thursday, Nov 1, 2012 @ 12 PM
4207 18th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11218
(Between East 2nd and East 3rd streets)

Join Brooklyn Public Library, community members and public officials to celebrate the opening of the new Kensington branch with a ceremonial ribbon cutting followed by a tour of the Library.

Meeting: Education, Libraries & Cultural Affairs Committee

Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 7 PM
Education, Libraries & Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting
CB14 District Office, 810 E 16th Street, Brooklyn

1. Update on Public School Capacity Projects – Steve Gonzalez, School Construction Authority, NYC Department of Education

2. Update on Brooklyn College Nostrand Avenue Project – Steve Schechter, Executive Director, Government and External Affairs, Brooklyn College; Washington Square Partners

3. Introduction of HM Radio (Haitian Radio) Programs and Community Services – Macceau Medozile, General Manager, HM Radio, Inc.

4. Other business

Education, Libraries & Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting

DATE: Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 7 PM

LOCATION: CB14 District Office, 810 E 16th Street, Brooklyn, NY

1.    Presentation on State University of New York’s Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center – Tanika Taylor, Admissions Advisor

2.    Presentation on Programs and Events at Brooklyn Public Library – Steven Rosenberg, Neighborhood Library Supervisor, Midwood Branch; Steven Lamonea, Neighborhood Library Supervisor, Cortelyou Road Branch; Representative from Flatbush Library Branch

3.    Other business

Education, Libraries & Cultural Affairs and Public Safety Committee Meeting

Joint Education, Libraries & Cultural Affairs and Public Safety Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 7:00 PM
CB14 District Office, 810 East 16th Street

1. Internet Safety: How to keep young people safe in cyberspace – Anna Krutaya-Blantz, Assistant District Attorney, Kings County District Attorney’s Office

2. Cyber-bulling: What is it and how do we stop it – Edwidge Menard, Brooklyn Community Service Center, New York City Commission on Human Rights                    

3. Other Business

Brooklyn Public Library Branches in CD14

In Community District 14, the Brooklyn Public Library operates the following branches :

Community Environment, Education, Libraries & Cultural Events Meeting

Community Environment and Education, Libraries & Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting

January 18, 2012 at 7pm

Community Board 14, 810 East 16th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11230

For more information, call 718-859-6357 or email

Cortelyou Library Service Upgrades

The Cortelyou neighborhood library at 1305 Cortelyou Road will be temporarily closed from October 15th for approximately four months to complete infrastructure upgrades and customer service enhancements. The upgrades will include replacing the heating and air conditioning systems, replacing the boiler, and installing duct work. Customer service will be enhanced by the addition of self-check machines, replacing the circulation desk with customer service and information desks, and installing book return slots.

Brooklyn Public Library Patrons are encouraged to use neighborhood libraries at:
Clarendon, 2035 Nostrand Ave; Flatbush, 22 Linden Blvd; Kensington, 410 Ditmas Ave; Windsor Terrace, 160 East 5th St, or visit the BPL on line at

Education, Libraries & Cultural Affairs Committee

Monday, February 7, 2011, Education, Libraries & Cultural Affairs, CB14 District Office, 810 East 16th Street, 7 PM

  1. Presentation on Brooklyn Dreams Charter School – Yvette Wilds, Principal, Brooklyn Dreams
  2. Update on new Kensington Branch Library on 18th Avenue – Steven Schechter, Brooklyn Public Library
  3. Update on Brooklyn College Center for the Performing Arts programs – Frank Sonntag
  4. Other business

Education, Libraries & Cultural Affairs Committee

Thursday, November 18, 2010, Education, Libraries & Cultural Affairs, CB14 District Office, 810 East 16th Street, 7PM

1.     Presentation on charter schools serving CB14 – Aquila Haynes, Office of Charter Schools, NYC Department of Education & Representatives from local charter schools

2.     Presentation on proposed School Construction Authority projects and initiatives – Frederick J. Maley, NYC School Construction Authority

3.     Update on progress of the new Kensington Branch Library – Steven Schecter, Brooklyn Public Library

4.     Other business

Education, Libraries & Cultural Affairs Committee

Title: Education, Libraries & Cultural Affairs Committee
Start Date: 2010-02-24

Wednesday, February 24, 2010, Education, Libraries & Cultural Affairs, CB14 District Office, 810 E 16th Street, 7 PM

1. Update on Brooklyn College Garden – Representatives of Brooklyn College and South Midwood Residence Association
2. Presentation on Brooklyn Public Library initiatives – Tambe Tysha-John, Cluster Leader, Brooklyn Public Library
3. Other business