March 31, 2005


After a stunning, $1.7 million renovation, BPL's Mapleton Library offers the community new technology, more books and a reading room for babies!

Brooklyn, NY, March 31, 2005
– To mark the reopening to the public of the historic Mapleton Library, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held there on Thursday, April 21st, at 10:00 am. Elected officials, including New York State Senator Martin Golden and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, will join Ginnie Cooper, BPL's Executive Director, third graders from P.S. 48, and community members for the festive event.

Mapleton Library, located at 60th Street near 17th Avenue, reopens to the public following a two year, $1,681,000 renovation by Sen Architects, LLP of Manhattan.

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, the public will be invited to take an informal tour of the library, get BPL's new Access Brooklyn Card (ABC), or borrow a book.

The library's renovation is comprehensive. Both the interior and exterior of the building have been refurbished and made fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Library improvements include:

New Technology

Two Access Brooklyn Card (ABC) kiosks for use with ABC — the new multi-function library card that allows library users to access library account information, reserve time on computers, pay for printing and photocopying services, pay overdue fees and add value to their library debit card.

Wireless service throughout the library for fast and free Internet access.

Three Express Check machines for use with ABC.

New computers with flat screen monitors: 14 for BPL staff; 12 for adult library users; 8 for children younger than 13; and 2 for preschoolers.

New digital security system.

First Five Years Reading Area

A cheerful area on the library's second floor, Mapleton's First Five Years Reading Room features colorful carpeting, a warm maple wood interior and soft foam chairs for toddlers. Sturdy board books and videos for children younger than five years old will be available. Early literacy programs that incorporate books, songs, rhymes and imaginative play, such as "Toddler Time" and "Babies and Books" will also be offered. Mapleton's First Five Years Reading Room has two age-specialized computers, without Internet access, equipped with special software for preschoolers.

New Systems Upgrades

A new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) and boiler.

New Exterior Landscape Features

New fence, gates and sidewalk.

Planters for flowers at the front entrance.


Two new reference kiosks and two new maple wood circulation desks with marble counters.

New tables, chairs, shelving and staff workstations.

Interior Features

New flooring, windows, ceilings and lights.

Renovated workrooms and offices for BPL staff.

Renovated program rooms for the public.

Fresh paint throughout.

New signage throughout the Library

History of the Mapleton Library

Mapleton Library's first home was a small library on 10th Avenue that opened in 1934. A year later, it moved to a storefront on 18th Avenue. This location proved to be too small for its rapidly growing collection, and, in 1955, a new library designed by architect George Boehm opened on the corner of 17th Avenue and 60th Street. This large new library accommodated a staff of 12 and a collection of 34,600 books. Since then, the community has mushroomed and Mapleton Library has expanded its resources in response to its library users' needs.

Mapleton Library's Community

Located on the border of the neighborhoods of Borough Park and Bensonhurst, Mapleton Library serves three public elementary schools, one intermediate school, two special schools and several Yeshivas. In order to serve Mapleton Library’s diverse community, members of the Mapleton Library’s staff are able to provide services in seven languages: English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian and Burmese. Additionally, Mapleton Library’s collection includes books in Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and many other languages.

For more information on BPL's Mapleton Library, or to schedule an interview with Ginnie Cooper, Executive Director of BPL, please contact Ruth A. Wagner:; 718.230.2211 or 718.230.2767.

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