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Macon library will be open every day starting Oct. 25

Woo hoo! Bed-Stuy library branch expanding to seven days a week

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The Brooklyn Public Library will soon expand operations at its Macon Street branch in Bedford-Stuyvesant from six to seven days a week, and local librarians say it will be a boon for the neighborhood that really depends on the service.

“The library is the beacon in the community,” said Sharon Palmer, the branch’s regional librarian. “When people don’t know where to turn, it’s the library they turn to.”

The book repository at the corner of Lewis Avenue will begin opening its doors from 1 pm to 5 pm on Sundays starting Oct. 25, the system announced on Thursday. The branch has also hired a new children’s librarian and a young-adult librarian and plans on adding all new kids’ programs — including chess and computer coding classes — within the month.

The Sunday hours will give local kids a great opportunity to hit the books in preparation for school the next day, said one Macon library lover.

“That’s a study time,” said Chauncey Chester, a long-time Bedford-Stuyvesant resident and documentary filmmaker who comes to the library to do research. “It’s an opportunity for kids to actually go out and get some work done.”

Palmer predicts adults will use the additional weekend time to gather in the branch’s immensely popular meeting rooms — a group of neighborhood parents has already booked the rooms’ first-ever Sunday slot, she said.

“The meeting rooms are always utilized,” said Palmer. “It’s wonderful for the community to be able to have a free space where they can go.”

Macon last expanded its hours a year ago, adding more time on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday and Thursday evenings. But the day of rest is a bold new step for the branch — it has not opened its doors on a Sunday for at least 10 years, which is as far as the system’s records go back, a spokesman said.

Brooklyn Public Library decided to upsize Macon’s days and staff after Mayor DeBlasio and the city council boosted their budget allocations to the service for the coming financial year — Hizzoner kicked in around $8 million more than he did last year, and the council around $4.5 million extra, according to city records.

The system will also use the windfall to bring any libraries in the borough currently opening five days a week up to six days as of Oct. 19, including the Williamsburgh branch in Williamsburg and the Dekalb outpost in Bushwick.

The 108-year-old Macon branch is one of 21 libraries industrialist Andrew Carnegie bequeathed the borough in the early 20th century. The red-brick building is home to the African American Heritage Center, which houses books on local black history and culture and allows visitors to search genealogy databases.

Reach reporter Allegra Hobbs at ahobbs@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–8312.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Howard says:
Typical, our new mayor only gives the money to his people.
Oct. 9, 2015, 6:49 am
LaVerne from Bed-Stuy says:
I am very pleased to read that the library's hours will be expanded to include Sunday operation. I lived in Washington, DC but spend 6 months out of the year in the area. I take both of my grandchildren to story hour on Wedneday and come during week to help my grandson learn the stories and games on the computer. And now Sunday hours. Woo-hoo!
Oct. 9, 2015, 8:06 pm
Marsha Rimler from Brooklyn says:
Linda Johnson BPL CEO at a salary of over $350.000 needs this so it looks like she is doing s something. We are paying for it.
David Kramer of Hudson Companies and deBlsaio's buddy stands to

make over 500 million dollars from the destruction, downsizing and partial burial of the Brooklyn Heights Branch and Brooklyn Business and Career Lbrary on Cadman Plaza. If they sell the Cadman Branch and destroy it Bed-Sty and other branches will eventually suffer the same fate. THE LAND IS JUST TO VALUABLE FOR ONE TERM BILL NOT TO MAKE DEALS AND GIVE THE PUBLIC PROPERTY AWAY TO BIG REAL ESTATE.
Also does the high paying exec have a plan to maintain these expanded hours when the libraries have no A/C in the summer, no heat in the winter and falling roofs… What is the plan.. whose library do they plan to destroy and sell next as they attempt to sell-off the system to supposedly save it?
Oct. 9, 2015, 11:17 pm
Samantha from West Flatbush says:
Marsha has a point - the Library is a money business. Many librarians are taking in money every month for working there! And the more senior, the more money they get! Not just once, but every year! Even the bosses! They aren't working there out of the goodness in their hearts - they're earning bucks! Cold, hard, flat money! It's positively vulgar!
Thank goodness for bitter loudmouths to point this alarming fact out!
Oct. 10, 2015, 6:07 am
word up from bedstuy says:
West Flatbush lol that made my evening .. I even googled it and nothing came up.

Lucy from park slope that's just an awful thing to say considering that you never stepped foot in that library or bedsty for that matter. The library is always packed with young school children doing homework or engaging the computers. Individuals looking for jobs online, programs galore, community meeting. You should take your privileged tone back to middle America where you probably came from.
Oct. 21, 2015, 9:40 pm

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