Bonus: The Library’s Welcome Center is named for a librarian turned congressman

Major Owens Welcome Center inside Central Library of Brooklyn Public brary

Congressman Major Owens, who represented Brooklyn in the U.S. House of Representatives for 12 terms, began his career working as a librarian in Central Library. He liked to joke he was the Librarian in Congress. Today, the Central Library’s Welcome Center is named for him.

You can continue to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of BPL by checking out upcoming library events and by leaving a birthday wish!

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