Attention bookworms! Brooklyn Public Library's Park Slope branch just unveiled a brand new reading circle and storytelling garden, and it's a little slice of heaven! You'll now find lush grass, a small podium or speaker area and eight curved stone benches encircled by beautiful trees and flowering bushes. It's all safely located within a 3,700-square-foot gated area adjacent to the library so your crew can run and play freely!
Brooklyn Public Library's Communications Coordinator Adam Leddy kindly filled us in on the great things to come at this gorgeous new space, including multilingual story time events, gardening and other how-to–type classes, kids' concerts, stargazing meetups, art programs, author talks and even quiet reading hours for patrons (yes, truly heaven!). One of the first things visitors will see upon entering the garden is a series of laminated pages from Leo Lionni's children's book Inch by Inch, and we also hear that a Knuffle Bunny statue may be in the works (permission pending) for 2018.
“We thank Council Member Lander, the Friends of Park Slope Library and the Department of Design and Construction for helping us create a space that is ideal for children to learn, play and explore the natural environment. We encourage patrons to enjoy the garden by attending an event, taking in a performance or simply relaxing outside with a good book," said Brooklyn Public Library President and CEO Linda E. Johnson.
Looking to check this great spot out ASAP? Be sure to stop by for this weekend's edition of Drag Queen Story Hour at 11am, weather permitting. For more exciting family fun, check out our top things to do with kids in NYC this spring and our guide to Memorial Day weekend 2017!