Branch

The Project

Last January, the Brooklyn Public Library was forced to cut its Sunday hours throughout the borough. Branch is a community design and planning project to create a temporary public space on Sundays that will offer books and computer usage, as well as performances and workshops. Branch will be free and open to the public.

Every Sunday in September, starting September 6, we'll be working with the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership as part of their Sunday street fairs. To start off, we'll be working with residents and visitors to Myrtle Avenue to design, plan, and program an unused parking lot on Myrtle and Clinton. In October, we'll open an outdoor pilot project in that space.

During the recession, people take for granted that there must be cuts in transportation, parks, libraries and other public amenities. Branch seeks to change that assumption by pooling existing resources to occupy, re-imagine, and transform underutilized public spaces in partnership with the people using them.

Check out our blog for more news and updates: http://librarybranch.blogspot.com

To Volunteer

Branch Fundraiser: Join us Wednesday September 16 from 7-10pm at Melville House (145 Plymouth Street, at Pearl Street) in DUMBO.

If you'd like to make a donation, please follow this paypal link.

If you'd like to volunteer or donate supplies (and books!), please contact Jerome at librarybranch@gmail.com

Links

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Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership
Weeksville Society Heritage Center
Radical Reference
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