Today at noon, Brooklyn Public Library President and CEO Linda E. Johnson presided over the big reveal — a ceremony which featured all the usual Brooklyn players. In attendance:
• Borough Prez Marty Markowitz, who made a bunch of book puns (“in two and a half stories, we have infinite stories!”)
• Assembly Member James Brennan, who distinguished himself by being the first speaker not to focus on the iPads
• City Councilmember Brad Lander, who won the prize, as he always does, for Most Earnestly Enthusiastic Speaker
• Commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction David Burney, who gave a delightfully detailed presentation on the physical renovations in his equally delightful English accent
And the consensus among them all? It’s a pretty great library. Which — even if you’re not an elected official brought in to say so — seems to be absolutely true. (Check out the full list of improvements here.)
The adults celebrated with age-appropriate speeches, press kits, and free cans of soda (open bar, library-style!).
The kids, though, got right down to business.
Celebrations continue tonight at 6:30, when legendary journalist/author/native Sloper Pete Hamill reads from his soon-to-be-released collection of Brooklyn stories, “The Christmas Kid.”
If you get a chance to swing by, report back and let us know what you think. Is it everything you hoped it’d be?