Bookworms band together to raise funds for New Utrecht library branch

A group of Bath Beach bookworms is banding together to raise funds for programming at the New Utrecht branch of the Brooklyn Public Library by holding a flea market on Saturday, October 12.

After learning that the branch was losing funding, Sonia Valentin, a member of Community Board 11 and a local activist, got a group together to form the Friends of New Utrecht Library.

“Many years ago, in the ‘90s, we had this group, but then it broke up,” Valentin told this paper. “Now in 2013, we thought there would be more funding, not less. Having programs for the community is important for ones well-being, for health and mind and socialization as we engage with one another.

“But more importantly for its educational values as we learn new art forms, whether it be tai chi, yoga, acrylics, guitar lessons or computer skills,” she went on. “You can never learn enough.”

The Friends of New Utrecht will hold a flea market in front of the library this Saturday, in hopes of funding programming for all ages. They will be selling new and used jewelry, DVDs, leather goods, clothing, silk scarves, kitchen ware, stationery and more. All money raised will go directly to the library.

In addition, local businesses such as Marshall’s, Party Fair and Tasty Bagels will be donating items.

“We are really excited. It’s a community effort,” Valentin said.

Local resident Florence Lui also donated some original watercolor paintings that she made for the sale.

“The funding will benefit programs for kids, seniors and adults,” Valentin said. “It’s for everyone in the neighborhood.”

The Friends of New Utrecht flea market will take place on Saturday, October 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 1743 86th Street, near the corner of Bay 17th Street.

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