After undergoing more than three years of extensive renovation, the Park Slope Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, on Sixth Avenue between Eighth and Ninth Streets, will finally be re-opening this afternoon, with much fanfare.
Many notable local officials will be on hand for the noon ribbon-cutting ceremony, including Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assembly Member James Brennan, City Councilman Brad Lander, and Commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction David Burney.
Once the doors re-open, guests will be able to explore the newly renovated space, which is now wheelchair accessible and will have several iPads on hand for children and their parents to use, according to DNAinfo.
Tonight at 6:30 PM, one of Park Slope's most notable native sons, writer and journalist Pete Hamill, will be on hand to "give a reading," according to the press release. No more specifics are forthcoming, but my guess is that he'll be reading from his memoir A Drinking Life, which describes in detail what the neighborhood was like in the 30s and 40s (it also inspired me to track down many of the notable locations mentioned in the book).
After so many years of being closed, it's great that a new generation of kids (and their parents) can rediscover this true neighborhood gem.