February 8, 2006

Acclaimed – and free – writing tutoring program helps students increase grades in a single bound

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) and 826NYC, are proud to announce the opening of 826NYC's highly-acclaimed tutoring center at Brooklyn Public Library's Williamsburgh Library at 240 Division Avenue. 826NYC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

"Brooklyn Public Library is pleased to house the newest outpost of 826NYC," says Ginnie Cooper, Executive Director of Brooklyn Public Library. "This new partnership will allow BPL to continue to make a difference in the lives of children in Brooklyn. More kids will go to school ready to learn, do well in classes, and succeed in life."

BPL strives to help meet the educational needs of children, and by partnering with 826NYC, the library is able to make another stride towards that goal. BPL is also offering library cards to all children who visit the 826NYC center, so they can use the public computers and check out books that will help them with projects they complete in their tutoring sessions.

"Brooklyn Public Library"s new partnership with 826NYC allows us to provide another service that supports children in their out of school time. It also offers us an opportunity to give children even more help in their education in a more structured, one-on-one environment that builds on our existing resources, including our after-school homework help tutors and online homework help resources," offers Mary Graham, Director of the Office of Neighborhood Services for BPL.

826NYC's new Williamsburgh outpost draws kids with a superhero theme already prevalent at its Park Slope flagship location at 372 Fifth Avenue. This theme is communicated here through a "Superhero Vault," with flashing lights and magnetic maps of the neighborhood, which acts as a command center with student computers. This theme, as well as the location inside the library – a place in which kids are already comfortable – helps puts them at ease and makes them feel like 826NYC is a place geared towards them, and how they learn.

"Brooklyn Public Library's Williamsburgh Library, with its cozy interior and neighborly charm, is a dream location for 826NYC's second home. The library's generous and encouraging staff has been so welcoming and enthusiastic about supporting our mission to help New York City students with their writing, and to provide one-on-one attention, all free of charge," says Sarah Vowell, Board President of 826NYC.

826NYC is modeled after 826 Valencia, a non-profit writing lab and tutoring center in San Francisco. Founded by writer Dave Eggers and a group of volunteers, 826 Valencia opened in April 2002. Many writers support this initiative by acting on its Board of Advisors, including Eric Bogosian and Jonathan Safran Foer.

Currently, the Williamsburgh location offers a drop-in tutoring program after school Monday-Thursday from 2:30-5:30PM. No reservations are required, but there is a simple registration form that parents/guardians must fill out. Once registered, students can drop in whenever the annex is open. Future programs that 826NYC will feature at Brooklyn Public Library's Williamsburgh Library include field trips, after-school workshops, in-school tutoring, help for English language learners and assistance with student publications.

For a tour of the new facility, interviews, or for more information about Brooklyn Public Library and 826NYC's joint venture, please contact Stefanie Arck, Manager of Marketing & Communications, Brooklyn Public Library at 718.230.2458.

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