Reservations Required
In-Person

Brooklyn Central Library

Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Central Library facade and plaza
Credit: Gregg Richards

Sat, October 16th, 2021

10:00am — 10:45am
11:00am — 11:45am

Central Library is Brooklyn’s home library, and one of New York City’s foremost cultural, civic, and educational institutions. It receives more than 1.2 million visits each year, and items from its collections circulate 1.6 million times. As BPL’s flagship and most visited branch, Central Library serves as the foundation for the entire system and acts a hub to explore new ideas, pursue lifelong learning, access technology, and connect with the community at large.

Join Christine Schonhart, Brooklyn Public Library’s Director of the Central Library, and Project Architect Landon Brown from internationally-recognized Toshiko Mori Architects for a tour of this famed Art Deco landmark and learn about the single largest renovation and restoration in Central Library’s 80-year history. Visitors will learn how the library returned once back-of-house spaces into grand public and civic gathering spaces, restored the grand architecture of the building, and found innovative ways to highlight collections. The goals of the renovation include reclaiming and optimizing public areas, creating inspiring and innovative spaces, and restoring a Brooklyn landmark.

This event is offered during OHNY Weekend as a part of Radical Knowledge: Libraries as Community Catalysts, an ongoing program examining how libraries serve as both vibrant learning institutions and centers for their communities, providing physical and virtual spaces to enrich civic life, expand economic opportunity, and improve the quality of place and quality of life for New Yorkers.

The health and safety of our community is paramount. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination with ID and a mask is required for ALL in-person experiences. See guidelines: https://ohny.org/covid-19-update/

Christine Schonhart is the Director of the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library. She brings over 20 years of experience in all aspects of library service including leadership and management of some of the largest public libraries in the US, including the Brooklyn Public Library, King County Library System, and Boston Public Library.

Landon Brown, AIA, is the Studio Director and Project Manager at Toshiko Mori Architect and Director of VisionArc. He has led strategic design efforts and workshops across a range of scales- from branding and product design to architectural and master planning initiatives.

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