Gravesend was one of the original six towns of Brooklyn.It was established in 1645 by Lady Deborah Moody and followers as a haven from religious persecution and was named after the English seaport of Gravesend,Kent.With support from community groups and P.S. 216, this library opened in a brick building on Avenue X in 1962.
In 2001 it underwent 1.5 million renovations that included a new lighting, furniture, shelving, art objects and 11 new public access computers. The branch continues to serve the local community providing innovative technology and as well as traditional services.
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