Capital New York on CUF Report: Neighborhood Libraries Indispensable

CAPITAL — Every time rain falls on Brighton Beach, workers at the local library move computers into another room to avoid a leaky ceiling.

As library patrons gathered for a recent Russian literature event at the Sheepshead Bay library, rain encircled the building in shin-deep puddles.

“People had to pick up the children and carry them across,” branch manager Svetlana Negrimovskaya told the Center for an Urban Future, which on Monday released a report called “Re-envisioning New York’s Branch Libraries.”

The report concludes that New York City’s 207 libraries are “on the verge of a maintenance crisis” at a time when New Yorkers are using libraries more and more.

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