The fifth-largest library system in the country, the Brooklyn Public Library serves more than six million people each year.
The famous Central Library, whose building resembles an open book, is the main reference center and the core of a boroughwide system with 58 branches in as many neighborhoods.
The library's collections contain more than five million books, periodicals, records, videos, audiotapes, sheet music and compact discs. Foreign language collections in 70 different languages—from Arabic to Creole to Vietnamese—are tailored to the neighborhoods they serve.
There are language discussion groups and the central and branch libraries have vast resources of books and materials in other languages. Rough 10 events each year are conducted in other language, such as Chinese, Russian and Spanish. Materials and brochures are available in languages including Chinese, Spanish, Urdu and French Creole.
Programs for Seniors
The Brooklyn Public Library has many borough-wide services and programs for patrons 55 and older, including a Web page describing its resources.
These include lectures, films and performances. Creative Writing and Words and Memories are two library programs that take place in assisted living centers and senior centers. The free Books by Mail program supplies large print books, books-on-tape, audio CDs and DVDs to people who are homebound and have a vision disability.
Kids Connection offers access to computers, arts and crafts, writing, films and help with homework for children ages 9 to 13. The program is offered every day after school and all summer long at six branches. The Child's Place at three centers offers special activities for preschoolers, parents, caregivers and teachers. Also available are two centers for preschoolers with special needs. In addition, individual branches offer a variety of year-round programs and activities for children under age 13. A summer reading program is offered at all branches.
Family Admission: Free
Once a teacher has located the local branch near the school, he or she can call and ask to speak with that branch's Children's Librarian if the students are 12 or under, or the Young Adult Librarian if they are teens. Visits must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Teachers can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us the name of your school, grade, and location.
See this helpful Web page for frequently asked questions (and answers) about class visits.