The borough book lender partnered with NYC Health and Kings County Hospital to celebrate the new book drop at the Clarkson Avenue healthcare facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 19.
The new book drop allows patients, hospital staff, and members of the wider community to return books and materials without visiting a library.
The new installation is part of Brooklyn Public Library’s literacy programs, which include a service where volunteers and Brooklyn Public Library staff come to the hospital with suitcases of books, read to the children, and give them titles they can keep.
“For almost 20 years, volunteers have been bringing suitcases full of books for patients and their families. We are delighted to add materials for expectant parents, story times and now a book drop for the entire community,” said Linda E. Johnson, president and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library.
During the ceremony, a local day care gathered around to hear children’s book author Charles R. Smith read stories, in addition to participating in other activities like arts and crafts to keep the children entertained during the event.
The Brooklyn Public Library will also provide early literacy kits for expecting mothers that include books, growth charts and tips for helping children learn and grow.
— Chandler Kidd