standard 2nd Annual “Brooklyn Classic” Raises Funds For BPL Youth Programming

Hosted by “Brooklyn Eagles,” Diverse New Group of Supporters
The 'Brooklyn Eagles' was held at the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (Gregg Richards/BPL)

The ‘Brooklyn Eagles’ was held at the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (Gregg Richards/BPL)

More than 200 library enthusiasts gathered in the lobby of Brooklyn Public Library’s (BPL) Central Library on Tuesday evening to celebrate the BPL’s role as a cultural center and raise critical funds for youth programming. The event was hosted by the “Brooklyn Eagles,” a diverse new group of engaged, young supporters of the Brooklyn Public Library.

“The Brooklyn Public Library is an incredible resource for people of all ages,” said Peter Goldwasser, the group’s Chair and Founder. “Many of us in this room remember taking advantage of the library when we were kids, and now we take our children to do the same. We are lucky to have a world-class library system in Brooklyn, and it’s important that library lovers continue to support it.”

Now in its second year, the goal of the Brooklyn Eagles is to provide an outlet for young professionals across the borough who want to support their neighborhood libraries and invest in their future. The initiative is part of Brooklyn Public Library’s continued efforts to create a range of opportunities for Brooklynites to develop meaningful and long-lasting relationships with their libraries.

This year’s Brooklyn Classic event raised funds for Brooklyn Public Library’s collections and programming for children, youth, and families, which include early education programs for children under five and literacy and technology workshops for teens.

The group also announced a new literary prize, which it will award each year beginning in 2015. The prizes will be awarded to exemplary authors in both the fiction and nonfiction categories. Nominated by Brooklyn’s librarians and bookstores, the candidates will be judged by a panel of Brooklyn Public Library librarians and established authors. The prize will be awarded at the Brooklyn Classic each year.

Annie Xiao, a freshman at Hunter College who took advantage of the library’s youth programming to nurture her interest in moviemaking, was on hand to thank donors and encourage the group’s growth.

“I want to help make films and documentaries long-term,” Xiao said. “Encouraging young kids to go to cultural institutions is important to build their curiosity and awareness. I thank BPL for having that impact on me.”