March 4, 2009

Press Contact:
Malika L. Granville, Marketing & Communications Associate
Brooklyn Public Library
Phone: 718.230.2211


(Brooklyn, NY) February 18, 2009 - During these challenging economic times, more Brooklynites than ever before are using Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) and our free resources and programs, such as internet-ready computers and career counseling. But BPL is also affected by the difficult economy and to ensure that the budget crisis does not affect our free and quality programs and materials to our users, BPL is launching the Support Our Shelves campaign starting March 1.

Support Our Shelves is a three-month fundraising campaign in which BPL is appealing to community residents to give back whatever they can to help us build our collections in this time of economic uncertainty. Every donation counts, from one dollar to a thousand dollars, and donors can give to their local library or any branch they choose. Each donation helps us reach our $300,000 goal and provide the materials that our libraries need.

“All the reasons you use your library are all the reasons to give,” said Dionne Mack- Harvin, Executive Director. "Support Our Shelves will help to ensure that your library can continue to provide the free services and materials that you and every Brooklynite need to build a better and richer life."

As a longtime community partner, Independence Community Foundation has generously awarded a $20,000 Challenge Grant for the Support Our Shelves campaign at the Kings Highway Library. The Kings Highway branch will re-open in summer 2009 after extensive renovations.

“Independence Community Foundation is proud to Support Our Shelves at the soon-to-reopen Kings Highway Branch,” said Marilyn Gelber, Executive Director of Independence Community Foundation. “For any gift you make towards this important effort to purchase new books and materials for Kings Highway, we promise to match your gift dollar for dollar.”

The Support Our Shelves campaign will run from March 1 through May 31. All donors who contribute $50 or more will receive a bookplate which they can place in the book of their choice at their local branch. Donations can be made directly at local libraries, online at, or by phone at 718.230.2738.

Learn more about the campaign at a press conference on Thursday, March 5 at 11AM at Central Library, as Speaker Christine Quinn discusses the importance of supporting the library.


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