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J.K. Rowling and the Goblet of Ire

Apr 16, 2008 2:17 PM | 0 comments

While the story of Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling suing RDR Publishing for attempting to publish the book version of the popular Harry Potter Lexicon website has been covered via almost every imaginable angle (including straight up factsanalysis of the Lexicon website, and Rowling’s statement about it being un-British to cry in public) our favorite angle of the story is about etymology.


With such a sensational story, it gives reporters license to go wild with creativity. To that end, following are some of our favorite, creative, pun-ny story titles to date:

- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Copyright Law

- Harry Potter and the Lawsuit of Doom

- J.K. Rowling and the Courtroom of Muggles

- J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Order of Cease and Desist

(We think ours gets some points for creativity, too.)


But if some of you are anxiously awaiting the release of any Potter-themed book, movie or media because you’re wild about Harry, you may want to give some of our librarians’ recommended alternative reads a try in the meantime, as this lawsuit could last a while...

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Get Thee to a Library…

Apr 14, 2008 9:27 AM | 0 comments

You may know April 15 as Tax Day, but it’s also National Library Worker’s Day this year. Celebrate the contributions of your local librarians by spending the day -- not in line at the post office -- but by visiting one of our 60 branches and saying thanks to a fellow Brooklynite who makes a difference in the life of your community. Or visit the American Library Association’s website and nominate them for a gold star. 

In addition to a day to submit taxes and celebrate librarians, April 15 is historically significant:

- In 1452, Leonardo da Vinci was born

- In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier for baseball by debuting in the season opener for the Brooklyn Dodgers  

- Annually in Hawaii they celebrate Father Damien Day  

Learn more about what’s going on at Brooklyn Public Library on April 15, or any day.

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Yeah, I'm The Tax Man

Apr 11, 2008 12:48 PM | 0 comments

Sorry to say, but it's almost April 15. If you've already filed your taxes this year, that's excellent. But if you don't know a Schedule C from a W-9 and the approach of Tax Day fills you with a growing sense of unease, we've got a few good reasons why you don't have to panic:

1) It could be worse. Think of Willie Nelson: 18 years ago, the country music legend got stuck with a $16.7 million bill from the IRS for unpaid back taxesso the government seized his assets and auctioned them off to the public. (Lucky for Willie, most of the items were bought by fans who ultimately returned them.) 

2) You're keeping a legacy alive. Ever since unhappy Bostonians pitched 45 tons of tea into the harbor in protest of taxation without representation, tax-time angst has been an integral part of life as a citizen of the United States. 

3) BPL has your back. Make sure to check out our Tax Guide for information on online filing, local places to get help, and some helpful hints on making sense of all those crazy forms. With help from your library, you'll be done filing your taxes in time to sit back, relax and listen to some musicperhaps Willie Nelson?

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Paul Auster Comes to Central Library

Apr 9, 2008 12:11 PM | 0 comments

Paul Auster, the well-known author of works blending absurdism and crime fiction, is a whole lot like Brooklyn. Like the borough he calls home, his work is very diverse. He has written critically-acclaimed books, including recent titles like The Brooklyn Follies and Oracle Night. He directed the film The Inner Life of Martin Frost, for which he also wrote the screenplay. He even had a cameo in the 1993 film version of his novel, The Music of Chance, starring James Spader and Mandy Pitinkin.


Auster will be at Central Library’s Dweck Center on Saturday, April 12, at 2 PM. WNYC’s Leonard Lopate will interview him as Auster reads from his new book, Man in the Dark, which is due out in August.


Check out other great upcoming events at the Dweck. And feel free to comment and share with fellow blog readers what you think of Paul Auster's work.

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One Question for Al Pereira

Apr 4, 2008 4:04 PM | 0 comments

Al Pereira’s exhibition of photos of Brooklyn hip-hop artists, Brooklyn Beats, can currently be seen at Coney Island Library until May 1. Afterwards, these photos will travel to other Brooklyn Public Library locations. I asked him to tell me more about his show and his inspiration: 

It’s exciting to have my exhibition moving around Brooklyn Public Library, if only for the chance to give back a little of the flavor it helped inspire. I spent a lot of my down time at the library looking at photography books. Now, I have the chance to inspire someone else who may have their own exhibition one day. That’s pretty cool.

My show big-ups hip-hop made by Brooklynites for the entire world. It’s an important piece of our musical history. From huge names like Jay-Z and Notorious B.I.G. to some of the lesser known ones, each artist is important for their work and contribution to the culture. And, I’ll take any chance to show off the quintessential Brooklyn Rapper, MC Lyte (see above). To me, she is like the Edward G. Robinson of hip-hop, a diminutive firebrand who has been a blueprint to so many others. She’s definitely the Real Deal.

And can you get more Brooklyn than that?

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