Library System to Receive State of the Art Technology Suite
The Brooklyn Public Library is undergoing a technology upgrade. New York State Assembly members have secured three million dollars in state funds to provide a suite of technology in every branch. They are hoping this initiative will provide a foundation to develop technology skills that may be missing from many of their patrons. Each branch will be provided with the following items:
- Video game console: Xbox, PS4, or Wii
- Portable PA system
- Five iPad Airs 2
- MacBook Pro
- Windows Laptop
- Flatscreen TV 50–55″
- Lego Robotics kits
- Little Bits kits
The items will augment the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programming already offered at each branch and librarians will aid patrons in learning to use the items.
Organizers are energized about the opportunities this will bring to the patrons. “There will be a suite of technology in every branch regardless of location, that will help us bridge the digital divide, that will give students, parents, grandparents, and newborns access to technology in a way that will improve their lives,” said Assemblyman Joe Lentol. 
 Joe Lentol, Brooklyn assemblyman, in “Brooklyn Public Library Gets $3 Million for New Technology,” NY1 News, November 29, 2016.
 Hannah Frishberg, “Brooklyn Public Library Gets $3 Million Grant To Bring An Xbox To Every Branch,” Sheepshead Bites, November 29, 2016.