Brooklyn Public Library


Catch the Reading Bug

May 30, 2008 10:36 AM | 0 comments

Reading during the summer is especially cool. When traveling, commuting, or hanging at the water cooler, the topic often turns to which books you’re bringing on your trip, how many NY Times bestsellers are on your bookshelf and what guilty pleasures are in your beach bag. It’s a time of year when “Read anything good lately?” is not a pick up line, but a frequent question from friends, colleagues and family looking for a recommendation. Toting a book is a great conversation starter… but what if you need some ideas on what to read yourself?  

For those who are heading to the beach, flying home, or looking forward to a relaxing day at the park, don’t despair! BPL is happy to offer you some suggestions on what to read to heat up your summer:

1) Man Gone Down

2) The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death

3) The Girl with the Golden Shoes 

For more book suggestions, come to our Summer Reading kick-off celebration on June 5, and when you sign up for our Summer Reading program, you’ll get a booklist with more top titles, a list of summer author talks and you can join us for a panel discussion with Authors Kevin Powell, Luc Sante, Favianna Rodriguez, William Upski Wimsatt, and Josh MacPhee or take part in a Q and A with author, performer and activist KRS-ONE.

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Lights, Camera, Action!

May 28, 2008 8:59 AM | 0 comments

Roll out the Red Carpet and get your extra buttered popcorn. Thanks to the Brooklyn Vanguard, the Brooklyn International Film Festival is coming to Brooklyn Public Library. You, too, can get in on the festivities. Come out for two nights of film viewings at the new Dweck Center at Central Library. Film-goers will be treated to two nights of independent films with a reception following both engagements.

On Tuesday June 3rd, catch a screening of Thing with No Name, an 84-minute documentary that peeks into the evolving South African culture. Following the viewing, movie goers can meet the film's director, Sarah Friedland, for some Q & A. If short films are your forte then you’ll definitely want to come out on Wednesday, June 4th for nine short films, each ranging from 3 to 18minutes in length.
For more information about the Brooklyn Vanguard or how to obtain tickets visit our website.

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Fire It Up!

May 23, 2008 10:04 AM | 0 comments

As the weather gets warm, give in to that primal urge that has been resting all winter: fire up that grill! No matter what you like to eat, the taste of barbecue is undeniably linked to many of your best (and tastiest) summer memories. Before you dust off the grill and lug it to your favorite spot, stop by your library for some great books to inspire your inner chef. Here are some recommendations from our librarians:

Asian Grilling: 85 Kebobs, Skewers, Satays and Other Asian-Inspired Recipes for Your Barbecue

Al Roker’s Big Bad Book of Barbecue: 100 Easy Recipes for Backyard Barbecue and Grilling  

The Barbecue! Bible 

Born to Grill: An American Celebration   

Grilled to Perfection: License to Grill 

Mediterranean Grilling: More than 100 Recipes from Across the Mediterranean

And just in case the weather isn't all it's cracked up to be, check out this great piece on "indoor grilling" from the Times.  

(Posted by Sarck, blogged by Anthony)

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Got Beef?

May 21, 2008 8:48 AM | 0 comments

It's national hamburger month and in homage to the holiday, we would like to celebrate one of the great American hamburger extraordinaires of yester-year: J Wellington Wimpy.


J. Wellington Wimpy, or Wimpy as he was known by most, is a well-dressed gent, a friend of Popeye and godfather to SweePea. Wimpy weighs 300 hamburgers and is 30 hamburgers tall. Here are some other fun facts about Wimpy:

- He is a native of California

- He weighs 300 hamburgers

- His IQ is reported as 326

- He earned 24 college degrees 

But of course he is best known for his infamous line, "I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a Hamburger today.” 


So the next time you go to your favorite burger joint, and you can’t quite make a selection remember this- Burgers can’t be choosers!  


To find your favorite hamburger recipe, drop by your branch and ask a librarian to direct you to cookbooks, which are call numbers 641-643 at your local library.

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125 Years and 21 Elephants Later

May 19, 2008 3:55 PM | 1 comment

The upcoming Memorial Day weekend marks the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge. P.T. Barnum won’t be parading his 21 circus elephants across the bridge like he did in 1883, but the celebration still promises to be spectacular. 


It all starts on Thursday evening at Empire-Fulton State Park with a fireworks bash and live performance by the Brooklyn Philharmonic. The fun continues all weekend with films and music, a Brooklyn bicycle tour, and more. For a full rundown of events, head over to


To learn more about P.T. Barnum’s Brooklyn Bridge exploits, kids ages 4 to 8 can check out Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing by April Jones Prince and Francois Roca. And all ages can check out an historic slideshow on our website, courtesy of the Brooklyn Collection.


Happy Birthday, Brooklyn Bridge!

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