As the nation’s 6th largest public library system with a network of 60 Neighborhood libraries, BPL is committed to providing the borough’s 2.6 million people quality services and a vibrant learning environment through outreach programs, educational workshops and youth services events.
Serving My Community
The American Library Association’s 2014 Public Library Data Service Statistical Report ranked BPL third in the nation among public libraries for public programs offered and program attendance. In 2016, BPL was awarded an IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for museum and libraries, in large part due to the work of its Outreach Services department and its efforts to serve Brooklyn’s most vulnerable populations.
My Role in Youth and Family Services
The BCAP Camp Director position wears different hats for different seasons. Half the year I run a summer camp (as you might expect): recruiting families, hiring staff, organizing supplies and logistics for the 200+ campers we serve each year. I the colder months, I serve as a Teen Coordinator, facilitating teen programs, running internships, and assisting in staff development around supporting our teen community. Throughout the year I manage the six-institution relationship that makes BAP possible, and scout for new partners throughout Brooklyn.
Camp at BPL
Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program
Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP) offers summer programs for youth based on a collaboration of six cultural institutions in the heart of Brooklyn: Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park Alliance and Prospect Park Zoo, plus a summer guest partner. Adventurers take part in fun, hands-on experiences that weave connections between art, world culture, literature, history, nature, technology, and science.
Our camp is two weeks long, with curricula designed specifically for a unique BCAP experience. Campers visit each partner twice during a camp session, and participate in a group art show in the Brooklyn Museum to showcase their work. Camp also embraces fun traditions with Water Day, Team building, and organized games to relax.
BCAP at Home
During the lockdown in 2020 and 2021, BCAP moved online to celebrate Brooklyn virtually. Our partners created interactive experiences for campers in live virtual sessions. You can see recordings from BCAP at home on the Brooklyn Public Library youtube page.
Teens at BPL
Library Youth Council & Urban Art Jamm
Teens ages 14-18 plan and execute BPL’s largest teen event of the year, Urban Art Jamm at Central Library. Interns build skills in event planning, budgeting, and marketing while learning the ins and outs of how libraries operate.
BKLYN Bookmatch Teen
Teens learn the art of recommending books from librarians, book selectors, publishers and authors, and develop a readers’ advisory service exclusive to teens. Interns represent BPL at events and select books to be added to the Library’s collection! Past events include live Book Matching at Party on the Plaza, monthly summer Discord programs, and instagram story book recommendations for @BKLYNfuture.
Middle School Science
A series of virtual programs focusing on science opportunities for middle schooler aged youth. Programs included Coding at Home, utilizing coding software available for free online, and Give Me the Moon Over Brooklyn, a DIY astronomy program that focused on how to practice the science of looking space from your stoop.
More teen programs, internships, volunteer opportunities and other events created a supported by YFS staff can be found on the BPL Teen page: