Flatlands Library plans four-month closure

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Flatlands Library reopened Wednesday with 25 percent more space after a three-month closure.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

Brooklyn Public Library’s Flatlands branch will close for about four months beginning Aug. 3, and is expected to reopen sometime in November.

The temporary closure will accommodate the expansion of an existing meeting room within to the 1955-built library branch, which is located on Flatbush Avenue between Baughman Place and Troy Avenue, according to Brooklyn Public Library spokeswoman Fritzi Bodenheimer.

Upon completion, the book lender will make its new multi-purpose room available to community members and city officials for meetings, programs, and educational classes.

The space, which is currently off-limits to patrons, will be expanded to accommodate a maximum occupancy of 65 people — up from only 16.

One of Brooklyn Public Library’s mobile book-lending trucks will be parked outside the Flatlands branch Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the closure, allowing locals to return and check-out a limited selection of titles.

The project is being funded via $500,000 in taxpayer money that Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein doled out for the meeting room, in addition to a new roof for the aging library branch, which is expected to begin construction sometime next year.

Reach reporter Chandler Kidd at ckidd@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–2525. Follow her at twitter.com/ChanAnnKidd.
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