Brooklyn Public Library


Book Therapy

Jul 14, 2008 10:24 AM | 0 comments

Literature addicts, we understand you.


If you’ve been looking for a place to share your thoughts with a crowd that has the same appreciation for reading as you, look no further. Brooklyn Public Library is the official place this summer for all the book therapy you need.


Sign up for our Summer Reading Program. As part of it, many branches are hosting popular authors as they discuss their lives and work. On Tuesday, July 15, at 6:30 PM, Nicole Krauss will be at Bay Ridge Library to discuss her critically-acclaimed, best-selling novel The History of Love. New York Magazine even listed this event. Jane Cleland, author of Antiques to Die For, will also be stopping by Brooklyn Heights Library on Saturday, July 26, at 1 PM.


And there are plenty of opportunities to speak your mind. Book discussions of popular titles are held at many locations. You can pick up a Summer Reading brochure at your library for a full listing. Or, hop on to the Summer Reading website to take in an online book discussion or to post your own book review.

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Storm the Bastille...In Brooklyn?!

Jul 11, 2008 11:49 AM | 0 comments

Petanque players grab your boules, berets and your favorite French pastry and make your way down to Smith Street. It’s most certainly a far cry from gay Paris, but Brooklyn will host its own annual celebration of Bastille Day.

On Sunday July 13th, Smith Street will set the scene for a French Independence day celebration like no other. Well, perhaps like no other in the U.S that is.  Locals and foreigners alike will gather at Bar Tabac to enjoy an afternoon of French delicacies and partake in the 10th annual Petanque tournament.

If you would like learn more about Bastille Day take a trip to your local library. 

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Hit Me with your Pet Shark

Jul 9, 2008 3:49 PM | 2 comments

Have you ever washed down a plate of edamame with some prosecco while lounging in your infinity pool with a few pescatarian friends after a long day at the racino rubbing elbows with wing nuts? 

The above sentence was taken from Merriam-Webster Online, but even if you’re a lexicographer, you still might not catch its drift. That’s because the underlined words aren’t even in the dictionary ... yet. The 2008 edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary hits the shelves September 1, and its editors have added more than 100 new words.

Food and technology are well represented with new additions like prosecco, a sparkling Italian wine, and webinar, an online, virtual or digital seminar. (Click over to for a complete list.)

But everyone’s favorite new word—including ours—is in a category by itself. The word mondegreen has been around since at least 1954, and it’s a word or phrase that results from a mishearing of something said or sung. Originally, it’s from the mishearing in a Scottish ballad of “laid him on the green” as “Lady Mondegreen.”


Our mondegreen is in the headline, and we know you’ve got one too. Share it with us! And don’t worry if you can’t come up with one right away, just remember “the ants are my friends/is blowin’ in the wind.”



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Clinton Hill Library Notice

Jul 7, 2008 4:42 PM | 0 comments

Dear Brooklyn Public Library Customers and ClintonHillBlog Readers:

I wanted to update you on your Clinton Hill Library as we pursue measures to ensure your library is open and cool this summer.

As the summer season heats up, so do many of Brooklyn Public Library's neighborhood libraries, including Clinton Hill Library. To ensure the community's safety, and keep the temperature lower for the remainder of the summer, we will be closed Tuesday, July 8, to install additional air conditioning units at Clinton Hill Library to help beat the heat, and keep our doors open to the community. We expect completion next week so you can enjoy your library -- and stay cool -- all summer long.

hanks again for your support and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Dionne Mack-Harvin, Executive Director, Brooklyn Public Library
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Hot Dog Heavyweights

Jul 2, 2008 10:31 AM | 0 comments

Nothing says summertime like a ride on the world famous Cyclone, a brisk stroll on the boardwalk and a Nathan’s Hot Dog from Coney Island. But if your name is Joey Chestnut or Takeru Kobayashi then having just one hot dog is never enough. Last years Mustard Yellow Belt winner, Chestnut proved that consuming 66 hot dogs in less than 12 minutes is only a small feat for those with a strong stomach.

Hot Dog lovers old and young are all anxiously awaiting the annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog eating contest. Every Independence Day, for the past 93 years, Frankfurter lovers from across the globe have made their way to the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues for this highly anticipated event.

If you think you have what it takes to be a competitive eater, and would like to put your skills to the test, visit your local library for some food for thought.

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