PHOTOS: Greenfield Announces $3.5 Million Renovation Of Avenue J Library



Councilman David G. Greenfield is happy to announce the renovation of the second floor children’s section of Midwood Library, located at Avenue J and E. 16th Street. This comes after Greenfield secured funding for a brand new plaza at the library, which opened in 2015. Greenfield also arranged for thousands of new Jewish books and Sunday hours at this library and five others in his district.

“This is one of the best libraries in our community,” Greenfield said. “Thousands of children visit Midwood Library each week, but the children’s floor is inadequate and out of date. That’s why I’m funding a complete, top-to-bottom renovation of the second floor children’s area.”

An early schematic design of the project shows it will include more computers, more books, and more meeting areas, as well as a brand new play area for toddlers.

“The most important thing to me is that the library is kid friendly, so we encourage children to read,” Greenfield said. “That’s why we’re going to have a toddler play area and kid-safe computers with filters. We’re even going to put in a space for stroller parking! I want to make sure that families with small children make visits to Midwood Library a part of their regular lives.”

“Brooklyn Public Library is grateful to Councilman Greenfield for his generous funding and continued support of Midwood Library,” said BPL President and CEO Linda E. Johnson. “We are looking forward to a new space where our youngest visitors can read, learn and grow.”

Library officials believe that the project should begin sometime in 2018. Councilman Greenfield funded the renovation in his last two budget cycles, which came after he funded the library’s new outdoor plaza with benches, a water fountain, and new gardens. Since 2010, Greenfield’s office has invested millions in community libraries in Midwood, Boro Park, and Bensonhurst.


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