Brooklyn Connections is the school outreach arm of Brooklyn Public Library's Brooklyn Collection. Our signature partnership program offers classes rare access to original archival materials while completing a customized, standards-based project. Brooklyn Connections supports NYC educators and students through professional development workshops, after-school visits and online resources.
Our mission is to serve Brooklyn schools, educators and students by using archival education to cultivate 21st century learning skills and provide professional learning opportunities through the lens of local Brooklyn history.
A Word From Our Teachers
"It's the best kept secret in education. The program brings history to life. In so many instances, students are taught history as a long gone experience that they can't connect to. They don't make the self and community historical connection because of the way it is presented to them. This program bridges those pedagogical gaps by using local primary resources (that includes elders) to teach the importance of knowing self through a historical acumen. It provides students the experience of interacting with the public library in a richer way like never before—that's why I keep returning!" –Georgette Clarke, PS/IS 308 (8th Grade, Self-Contained Classroom)
"As an 18 year NYC public school teacher I was beyond impressed with the level of engagement the students displayed in response to the rigorous and enjoyable work the program and instructor provided. Brooklyn Connections created a customized curriculum for my students that gave life and relevancy to our city's rich history. Brooklyn Connections proved to be a rare and unique opportunity for students to research and learn in so many new and wonderful ways." –Lee Gabay, Brooklyn Democracy Academy (9-10th Grade, ELA)
Support for Brooklyn Connections is provided by The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, New York Life Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, Hearst Foundation, Festa Family, and Brooklyn Eagles.