FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER TWO YEARS, BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY'S CENTRAL LIBRARY WILL OPEN ON MONDAYS Fourteen Neighborhood Libraries Also Add More Hours of Service

August 5, 2005

Brooklyn, NY, August 5, 2005 – For the first time since 2002, Brooklyn Public Library’s flagship Central Library, located at Grand Army Plaza, will be open to the public on Mondays, starting on September 12, 2005. In addition, 14 neighborhood libraries will add Monday hours of public service. The announcement of BPL's expanded hours was made today by Ginnie Cooper, Executive Director of BPL. These significant new hours of service are made possible by restoration of support from the City.

"Library users of all ages will rejoice in knowing that their neighborhood library – after more than two years – will open its doors on Mondays," said Ms. Cooper. "Students heading back to school this fall will be able to access their libraries more often and get more help with their homework. And kids and adults can now enjoy longer time at Central Library with library doors opening at 9 a.m. on weekdays instead of 10 a.m."

Although budget cuts have forced BPL to reduce hours of service in the past, the Library's circulation has hit an all time high. Library users borrowed 14 million books and other library items in Fiscal Year 2005 - an increase of 3.6 million from a total circulation number of 10.4 million in Fiscal Year 2004. "Our high circulation records indicate that more Brooklynites are borrowing more books than ever before," said Ms. Cooper. "This huge increase in circulation shows that the community needs their library and that BPL, with its trained librarians and many resources, is a place where people get what they need."

Libraries that will offer Monday service starting September 12, 2005 include, Carroll Gardens Library, Park Slope Library, Canarsie Library, East Flatbush Library Macon Library, Washington Irving Library, Greenpoint Library, Rugby Library, Flatbush Library, Fort Hamilton Library, Flatlands Library, Coney Island Library and Kings Bay Library.

For more information on Brooklyn Public Library’s new hours of service please refer to the schedule below or visit, www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org.

BPL'S NEW SCHEDULE:

Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Monday: 9 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday through Thursday: 9 AM – 9 PM
Friday: 9 AM – 6 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Sunday: 1 PM – 6 PM

East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11212
Monday: 1 PM – 6 PM
Tuesday: 1 PM – 8 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Thursday: 1 PM – 6 PM
Friday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Saturday: 11 AM – 3 PM
Sunday: 1 PM – 5 PM

Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Blvd., Brooklyn, NY 11226
Monday: 1 PM – 6 PM
Tuesday: 1 PM – 6 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Thursday: 1 PM – 8 PM
Friday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Saturday: 11 AM – 3 PM
Sunday: 1 PM – 5 PM

Borough Park Library, 1265 43rd St., Brooklyn, NY 11219
Monday: 1 PM – 8 PM
Tuesday: 1 PM – 6 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Thursday: 1 PM – 6 PM
Friday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Saturday: 11 AM – 3 PM
Sunday: 1 PM – 5 PM

Kensington Library, Ditmas Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11218
Monday: 1 PM – 6 PM
Tuesday: 1 PM – 8 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Thursday: 1 PM – 6 PM
Friday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Saturday: 11 AM – 3 PM
Sunday: 1 PM – 5 PM

Midwood Library, 975 East 16th St., Brooklyn, NY 11230
Monday: 1 PM – 8 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Thursday through Friday: 1 PM – 6 PM
Saturday: 11 AM – 3 PM
Sunday: 1 PM – 5 PM

For a complete, updated schedule of hours, please visit the Library's website at
www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org


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