Councilmember Laurie A. Cumbo visits Clinton Hill Library, a finalist for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards
Brooklyn Public Library’s (BPL) Clinton Hill branch is among ten finalists for the second annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. To recognize the branch’s contributions to the neighborhood, City Councilmember Laurie A. Cumbo joined Clinton Hill Library patrons, staff and community members for a celebration of the branch’s efforts to beautify the front of the building.
Last fall, branch manager Tracey Mantrone and the Friends of Clinton Hill Library teamed up with the Brooklyn Eagles, BPL’s young donors club for a day of planting and painting at the branch. The May 19 event featured a community planting activity and a children’s craft program.
“Our neighborhood libraries serve as a gateway for millions of readers to travel across the globe and throughout history without ever leaving their seats,” said Cumbo. “The Clinton Hill branch has been an outstanding resource for area residents by providing critical programs and services that promote literacy, learning and community. I applaud the librarians, staff and patrons whose dedication has made this branch an invaluable part of our lives and a shining example of excellence.”
Through its participation in the citywide Invest in Libraries campaign, a partnership with the New York and Queens library systems, BPL has urged the city to increase funding for essential community libraries like Clinton Hill. The three systems are calling for a $65 million restoration in operating expenses in this year’s budget so that they may provide the programs and services New Yorkers demand and expect from their local branches at least six days a week, along with $1.4 billion in capital funding for critical renovations and maintenance.
“Brooklynites rely on our 60 branches for helpful, free programs like resume-writing workshops, English-language classes and after-school programs for children of all ages,” said Brooklyn Public Library President and CEO Linda Johnson. “As the staff, volunteers and patrons of BPL’s Clinton Hill branch celebrate its well-deserved Neighborhood Library Award nomination, we urge the city to restore a sufficient level of funding to New York’s libraries.”
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