GINNIE COOPER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, RESIGNS FROM BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

May 17, 2006

Ginnie Cooper, Executive Director of Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), has announced that she is resigning her position.

"After long and careful thought, I have decided to accept the challenge of another position in library land," said Ginnie. "It has been an honor and a great privilege to serve as Brooklyn Public Library's Executive Director for the past three and a half years, and the decision to leave was a difficult one."

Ginnie will be leaving BPL to take the position of Executive Director at the District of Columbia Public Library system.

During her tenure at BPL, Ginnie was responsible for spearheading major projects such as Brooklyn Reads to Babies, a highly-successful early literacy campaign aimed at those birth to five years and their parents and caretakers. This campaign stressed the importance of reading to children during their first years of life.

Ginnie was also instrumental in the Plaza + Auditorium renovation project at Central Library, which is expected to be completed in 2007.

Currently the Board of Trustees is developing a plan for BPL's leadership during this transitional period. Details on this plan with be forthcoming once it is developed and approved.

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