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Clinton Neighborhood Library Nominated for Award

June 10, 2015
Clinton Hill Public Library in Brooklyn, NY. Photo by Ehblake

Clinton Hill Public Library in Brooklyn, NY. Photo by Ehblake

At the end of last month the Clinton Hill branch of the Brooklyn Public Library celebrated its nomination as one of the ten finalists in the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. To recognize the contribution of the library to the neighborhood, City Council-member Laurie A Cumbo came to the library on May 19 to join the staff and residents to beautify the building and its surroundings. Mirroring a similar planting that took place last fall, there was also a planting and children’s arts and 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.”

The Brooklyn Public Library has been requesting that the city invest more of its budget in essential community institutions like the BPL, as well as its partners in Queens and Manhattan. The three library systems together created the Invest in Libraries campaign, through which they are urging NYC to invest $65 million in the restoration of operating expenses for this year.

“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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