One for the books: New chief librarian named

One for the books: New chief librarian named
Brooklyn Public Library

Prospect-Lefferts Gardens

Congrats are book marked for Nicholas Higgins on his appointment as the Chief Librarian for the Brooklyn Public Library, a position for which he has served as Interim Chief since January, 2018.

“As Interim Chief Librarian, Nick has been instrumental in helping us implement the strategic plan, and enthusiastically supporting the charge for BPL’s borough-wide civic engagement campaign,” said Linda Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Brooklyn Public Library. “He continues to inspire us, and we look forward to his energetic, thoughtful leadership.”

Previously he served as the first director of the Outreach Services division and he was named a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal in 2017 for creating an award-winning citywide library-based video visiting service for kids with parents incarcerated on Rikers Island.

“Brooklyn Public Library is special. It is one of the few spaces in the borough where everyone is welcome; a place as much for quiet reflection as it is to share ideas and conversations. I am honored and humbled to have been selected for this role,” said Higgins.

Standing O wishes Mr. Higgins a long and successful tenure in his new position.

Brooklyn Public Library main branch (10 Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Lefferts Gardens; www.bklynlibrary.org).

Borough Wide

She made the list!

Huzzah to borough daughter Gabrielle Gleyzer on making the Dean’s List for the summer 2018 semester at The School of Pharmacy Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science.

In order to make the list, Gabrielle had to maintain a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher for the academic term.

She is pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is expected to graduate in 2020.


Borough teen Angus Jelinek has been named a 2018 honoree by the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. The recognition is given to inspiring, public-spirited young people who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment.

The heroic 17-year-old is working to solve the problem of rapidly declining bee populations in colonies, and has developed a sustainable method adopted by more than 300 farms in New York and Massachusetts that involves the planting of specific local flowers, along with techniques to reduce the pathogen and bacterial loads in bee colonies.

“My parents provided me with the ability to appreciate the beauty of the world around me,” he said, adding, “I love using science, with all its uncertainty, to help protect that beauty.”

Standing O thanks Angus, and so do the bees.


Give kids a happy holiday

Reaching-Out Community Services is once again conducting its Annual Operation Christmas Smiles event.

Through the Toys 4 Kids initiative, more than 1,000 low-income children have been given a happy holiday. The event was created to help children that are registered with its
emergency-food program.

On Dec. 15, kids will be treated to a holiday spectacular, and on Dec. 22 Santa on Wheels will make a visit to a public housing complex and shelter.

To donate or support, drop off toys Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm; Wednesday from 9:30 am to 7 pm; and Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm.

Toys must be delivered unwrapped and, please — NO toy guns or weapons.

Reaching Out Community Services [7708 New Utrecht Ave. in Bensonhurst, (718) 373-4565; www.rcsprograms.org; email Info@rcsprograms.org; contact Thomas Neve at (917) 509– 9055].

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