While the City touts public libraries as “cooling centers” during heat waves, as this Daily News article reports, the Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library has been closed because of broken air conditioning that BPL hasn’t been allocated sufficient funds to repair. According to the Daily News article, BPL has been allowed only $15 million a year for maintenance of sixty libraries in the system, including the Central Branch. The article quotes Brooklyn Heights resident Lori Burch: “It’s a problem for parents, teachers and even the seniors if there are no indoor activities for them in this weather.”
Brooklyn Heights Library Closed During Heat Wave
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