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The Battery Park City Branch Library: One Year Later

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March 15, 2011 marks the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Battery Park City Branch of The New York Public Library.
 
We’ve had a very busy year.
 
Throughout the past twelve months there is one thing I have always tried to remember: The Battery Park City Branch is someone’s first library. 
 
This is where someone will discover their favorite book. 
 
This is where someone will begin his or her lifelong love of reading.
 
I started using Twitter late in the Summer of 2009, half a year before the branch’s scheduled opening, to promote the new Library with a series of simple messages:
 
 
 
 
 
The branch, the first green Library in Manhattan, opened its doors on Monday March 15, 2010 to cheers from the neighborhood. In the first fifteen days of being open 10,760 people visited the Library. In those same fifteen days we registered 817 new Library cards. Our end of the year totals exceeded 148,000 people and over 4,000 library card registrations.
 
I’d like to think that some of those people discovered their favorite book.
 
Some of those people fell in love with reading.
 
We continue to offer a wide selection of programs and classes for patrons of all ages. Our various children’s room story times have become a cornerstone of the Battery Park City community.
 
In addition to being a popular physical destination in the community the branch has also become a virtual hit online. Our blog posts have brought attention to the Library and what The New York Public Library has to offer and our Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr accounts continue to provide information in a fun, memorable and creative way. 
 
Esquire Magazine, in reference to our Mad Men reading list, said it best in a tweet: “Libraries, more relevant than you think.”
 
The staff of The Battery Park City Branch would like to thank all of its users. Without you, there would be no Library.
 
So with one successful year behind us we look forward to continuing in The New York Public Library’s mission of inspiring lifelong learning, advancing knowledge, and strengthening communities.
 
Stop by for a visit.

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