Hester Street has been working with the Sunset Park Library to engage them to learn about their needs and create a vision for the future library and interim library. This week the Brooklyn Public Library released its Strategic Plan for 2018, highlighting the engagement process used for Sunset Park:

“During the design and development of new facilities in Brooklyn Heights, Greenpoint, and Sunset Park, the Library held facilitated discussions with a wide variety of neighborhood stakeholders. For the design of the soon to be built Sunset Park Library, for instance, BPL hosted two large-scale charrettes with residents and three meetings with smaller groups of stakeholders, and conducted in-person surveys throughout the neighborhood. Discussions were held in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese, and organizers made a concerted effort to facilitate discussions among immigrants, older adults, school children, and more. Though resources may be more limited in future projects, the Library will use the Sunset Park engagement process as a model for the future, one that sets the stage for meaningful discussions about the new or renovated facility and the Library‚Äôs broader role in the neighborhood.”

Read the full Strategic Plan.