Brooklyn Youngsters’s Museum Library opens this yr, says BPLPL
CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN – A long-awaited move of the Brower Park library to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum is on track this year, starting with to-go service starting next week, library officials said.
The Brooklyn Public Library announced Thursday that grab-and-go library service at the Children’s Museum will begin on Monday, meaning users can pick up and return books at the Brooklyn Avenue Museum. During the coronavirus pandemic, the library only opened its branches for to-go service.
The service is the first step towards opening a new, full-fledged library in the Children’s Museum that has been in the works for several years.
The library will replace the Brower Park branch, which closed late last year.
“We look forward to welcoming the community to their newest library in the fall of 2021,” said BPL President Linda E. Johnson. “In the meantime, we’re excited to offer a take-away lobby service so visitors can pick up library books, art supplies, and more. Start placing your handles, Crown Heights!
According to the library, the to-go service will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The original Brower Park library was a block and a half from its new location in the museum.
The branch was in dire need of repair, but the renovation would have cost nearly $ 9 million as the library had to buy the property from its private owners.
Renting the new space at the Children’s Museum will cost about the same, but be slightly larger than the 6,000-square-foot original facility, library officials said.
“The new branch at Brooklyn’s Children Museum will be a bright, modern, comfortable space, and will ensure the library has an ongoing presence in the neighborhood,” said library officials.
Thursday’s announcement also included news of a new “print-on-demand” service in ten library branches across the district. The service enables users to send documents from their own devices to be “released” for collection at a BPL printer.