It seems over the last few years, all we were hearing was cutbacks in library operating hours. For the first time, we received an email saying that the libraries in Brooklyn are EXPANDING their hours. What a welcome sign. They are the community centers of many nighborhoods.
The official announcement states:
Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is pleased to announce a major expansion of library hours, nearly doubling the number of branches offering six- or seven-day service, as well as increasing Saturday and evening hours.
In total, BPL branches will be open for more than 200 extra hours each week, effective Saturday, October 4. This means even greater service for patrons who rely on their neighborhood library as a resource for everything from early literacy to job training.
This increase is made possible in part by new City Council funding, a marked change from the consistent cuts to public libraries in recent years.