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Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch

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Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch
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Housed in a striking 1941 Art Deco building designed to look like an open book, the library is Brooklyn's largest; about a million people visit it each year. The renovated plaza overlooking Grand Army Plaza, with WiFi, landscaped gardens and an outdoor performance space that hosts live concerts, is a buzzing summer gathering place for Brooklynites. Among the library's strongest suits is its first-floor Youth Wing, with designated spaces for toddlers, grade-schoolers, tweens and teens to read, work on homework and use game-equipped computers. Opened in 2007, the state-of-the-art performance space S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture puts on more than a hundred events per month, many of which are aimed squarely at kids.


Venue name: Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch
Address: 10 Grand Army Plaza
Cross street: at Flatbush Ave
Opening hours: Mon, Fri 9am–6pm; Tue–Thu 9am–9pm; Sat 10am–6pm; Sun 1–5pm
Transport: Subway: B, Q to Seventh Ave; 2, 3 to Eastern Pkwy–Brooklyn Museum or Grand Army Plaza
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Have to say my kids love this place. Having lived in a fair few cities, this library puts many to shame - the atrium is imposing and the building itself is stunning. Throw in decent coffee and parents can feel good about a relaxed morning here. A city attraction in its own right, for my money.