Hope Prosky, long time Director of Grace Church School, has for years wanted a library for the School. She said, “As the world outside our School grows more pressured, all children need a quiet, magical space where they can center themselves. What better place to offer them then a beautiful library? It will help give every child at Grace Church School a lifelong passion for books.”
GCS parent, and architect, Brendan Coburn has worked with the school to develop the project’s plans. The work will include the new library structure, and a new roof top playground created to replace the current playground configuration. The total project has a projected cost of $685,000, with $600,000 having already been raised. The school and the church are going ahead with the project and expect to break ground this spring. The main structure will be built, but completion of many of the interior elements will need to be deferred until the remaining funds are raised. This includes the interior millwork (such as the bookshelves, the mezzanine area and window seats), some interior systems and the purchase of new furniture. The new space will be utilized by the school in the Fall, but will not serve as a completed library until the necessary funds are in place to bring the project to completion. GCS is continuing to look for funding from alumni, supporters, friends and foundations to complete the space. They have received grants from numerous foundations, including a grant of 1000 books to stock the library.
Donations for the library can me be made to the Friends of Grace Church School and mailed to Grace Church School, 254 Hicks Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Guest post by Alex Kirby Taylor