May 2, 2006

On the behalf of the New York Landmarks Conservancy's Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards Committee, the $3.5 million renovation and rehabilitation of Brooklyn Public Library's Williamsburgh Library, located at 240 Division Avenue, has been selected to receive a Preservation Project Award for 2005. A formal awards ceremony will be held on Monday, May 8, 2006 at 6 PM at St. Bartholomew's Church located at 109 East 50th Street in New York, NY.

"Brooklyn Public Library is thrilled to be recognized so generously," said Ginnie Cooper, Executive Director of Brooklyn Public Library (BPL). "It is our great honor to provide the community of Williamsburgh with a spectacular, newly renovated library that meets the technology needs of today's library users while maintaining the historic integrity."

About Williamsburgh Library
Williamsburgh Library was originally built with funds donated by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1902 and considered to be the first Carnegie library in Brooklyn. In coordination with BPL's Planning, Design and Facilities Department, Architect Vincent Benic of New York City integrated new construction with historic renovation that dramatically transformed the 26,000 square-foot, Classical Revival building. The oak wood paneling, fireplaces, cabinetry, pendant lighting, and oval windowpanes of the Carnegie era have been restored. Fully ADA-compliant, the renovated Williamsburgh Library now features Wireless Internet service and over 28 public computers. A First Five Years space offers babies and toddlers a bright area with age-specialized furniture, computers, and nearly 700 colorful board books. Williamsburgh’s basement houses an auditorium and an 826NYC Superhero Annex – the nationally acclaimed tutoring center that assists school-age children with developing their creative and expository writing skills.

About the Award
The New York Landmarks Conservancy is dedicated to preserving, revitalizing, and reusing New York's architecturally significant buildings. Named in honor of a noted philanthropist, the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards recognize the property owners, builders, artisans, and designers who renew the beauty and utility of New York City's distinctive architecture. Each year, the Awards celebrate the success of historic preservation and its role in the economic, social, and cultural vitality of the City. Preservation Awards are given to projects that demonstrate excellence in the restoration, preservation, or adaptive use of historic buildings, streetscapes, and landscapes that preserve commercial, residential, institutional, religious, and public buildings.

To schedule a tour of BPL’s Williamsburgh Library, please contact Ruth A. Wagner: 718.230.2211; ruth@brooklynpubliclibrary.org

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