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Council Member Ari Kagan Visits Gravesend Library and Gifts $2.5 Million for Renovations

The council representative of Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Coney Island and Sea Gate read to children as part of his visit to the library.
Council Member Ari Kagan visited Gravesend Library
Council Member Ari Kagan visited Gravesend Library to read stories to the Library’s young patrons. Photo: provided. Credit: Brooklyn Public Library

Council Member Ari Kagan visited the Gravesend Library on Oct. 24, to read stories to the library's young patrons and present a ceremonial check to Linda E. Johnson, the president and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library.

The $2.5 million check will be used for upcoming renovations at the branch. The renovations will include both interior and exterior upgrades to help modernize the branch for the next generation. Construction is expected to begin in 2024, Kagan said.

Council Member Ari Kagan visited Gravesend Library on Monday. Photo: provided.

“The Gravesend Library serves thousands of people from all walks of life, offering many educational and cultural programs, books and assistance in various languages. I am delighted to be able to secure $2.5 million from the NYC Council to renovate and modernize this prominent institution," Kagan said.

Kagan represents District 47, which includes Bensonhurst, Coney Island, Gravesend and Sea Gate.

"I’m grateful to Council Speaker Adrienne Adams for her support in providing these funds and recognizing the vital importance of the Gravesend Library. I’m looking forward to working with staff and customers of this library to make sure Gravesend residents — young and old — will continue to receive quality services they deserve.”

The Gravesend Library was built 60 years ago. Today, the branch hosts a wide range of activities for all ages. Popular programs include The First Five Years, a series with stories and songs for toddlers, and the video game teen tech programs. The branch also hosts art and writing workshops for adults and much more.

"We are grateful to Council Member Kagan for his support of libraries all across the borough and especially for his commitment to Gravesend Library. We look forward to providing a modern updated space for patrons in southern Brooklyn to enjoy for many years to come,” Johnson said.