By Jennifer 8. Lee | November 18, 2009
The New York Public Library Seward Park Branch Celebrates Centennial.
The Seward Park Branch first opened its doors to the public on November 11, 1909. In its early days, the Seward Park Branch primarily served an immigrant Jewish population in its Lower East Side neighborhood. Today, the library serves a broad base of users but also still plays a role welcoming newcomers to the city, including many from the neighborhoodâ€™s large Asian community. The library, which overlooks Seward Park, is a stately beacon of the neighborhood providing free services to all as it has for a century.
The branch was last renovated in 2004 through the Libraryâ€™s Adopt-a-Branch Program, through which private donors join public funders to restore branch libraries. The renovation was made possible with private funding from The Starr Foundation and public support secured by New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and the City of New York: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Council Speaker A. Gifford Miller, Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, City Council Member Margarita Lopez, and City Council Member Alan Jay Gerson.
Anne Coriston, Vice President for Public Service, The New York Public Library
Amy Landry Babcock, Site Manager, The New York Public Library Seward Park Branch
Jennifer 8. Lee, New York Times journalist and author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles
Students from the Seward Park Branch Center for Reading and Writing
Thursday, November 19, 2009
2:00 p.m.: Three-part short film screening of local footage from 1934, 1940 & 1959
4:00 p.m.: Crafts and historic games for all ages
5:30 p.m.: Reception: Remarks and light refreshments
7:00 p.m.: Talk by Jennifer 8. Lee, author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicle
The New York Public Library, Seward Park Branch
192 East Broadway
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