Brooklyn Public Library


A Face to Remember

Aug 15, 2008 3:37 PM | 0 comments

Have your ever been told that you have an unforgettable face? Well here at Brooklyn Public Library, we too have a face that you won’t want to forget.

If you have a Facebook account or have ever thought joining the popular social networking site, you now have yet another reason to join. Become a fan of BPL on Facebook and get exclusive first hand information about programs, giveaways, and parties such our Labor Day Back to School Party at Habana Outpost on Monday, September 1.  As a fan you can also interact with others and share your thoughts on all things BPL.

This fall don’t be left out, get in our face and be in the know!

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Revolutionary War Heroes, a Native Son and Escargot

Aug 13, 2008 12:03 PM | 0 comments

Named for the Revolutionary War era fort built under General Nathanael Greene, Fort Greene is a dynamic neighborhood with much to offer. The park has two war memorials, playgrounds and tennis courts, and hosts events year-round.


Several famous writers have called the neighborhood home, including Walt Whitman, Jumpha Lahiri, and Richard Wright, who wrote Native Son while a resident.


There is a plethora of restaurants to choose from, the newest being The General Greene (remember him?). French and African cuisines are specialties, but you can find everything from burgers to Mediterranean to Mexican along the tree-lined streets.


Shop for snazzy threads, retro décor and libations at a variety of stores, and discover collectibles at the Brooklyn Flea. Fresh produce is in abundance Saturdays at the Fort Greene Park farmer’s market, and in August and September, the Urban Arts Market offers live music, performance and food on select Sundays.

Spend a day exploring Fort Greene, and then bone-up on your Revolutionary War history or read one of the above authors by visiting your local library. It IS Greener on this side!

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Monster Mystery Bust?

Aug 11, 2008 3:36 PM | 0 comments

By now, you’ve probably heard of the Montauk Monster. This mysterious story, first broken by Gawker, even made its way to CNN. And though we now have an answer that should send the whole story back out to sea, I think this one is far from over.


I don’t doubt that this is the latest example of an outrageous stunt used to garner attention for a product. Perhaps you’ve recently seen ads for the “Vampire Rights Amendment” or a beverage called “Tru Blood” that promote a new HBO show. Or maybe you were one of the drivers stuck in traffic caused by Ray-Ban’s latest stunt.


But all the cards were revealed on this one suspiciously soon. Supposedly, the Montauk Monster is a promotion for a movie being released in winter 2009. It seems like a miss to crack this Loch Ness-sized mystery so far in advance. And just take a look at the movie’s website. It’s surprisingly limited, especially considering the monstrous stunt behind it.


If you ask me, this “revelation” is just a decoy in what is sure to be a much larger-scale stunt. The jury’s still out on what it could be for, but one thing is for sure. We haven’t had a great mystery like this in quite some time.


Until all is revealed, check out some Brooklyn monsters. Takeshi Yamada, creator of creepy things galore, has a display of work at Coney Island Library that features Halloween curiosities, carnivorous plants and mushrooms, monsters of the Arctic Sea, and many other rare marine animals.

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Fencers Grow in Brooklyn

Aug 6, 2008 3:18 PM | 0 comments

A tree isn’t the only thing that grows in Brooklyn. This summer Brooklyn can add yet another notch to its belt.  The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing will host the brother-sister fencing champs, Keeth and Erinn Smart.  As life-long Brooklyn natives, the duo honed their fencing skills right here in NYC, attending the New York Fencing School.

These jousting siblings are no strangers to the Olympics; both have competed in past Olympic Games.  Sister, Erinn, was on the 2004 Olympic team and brother Keeth competed in both the 2000 and 2004 games. In 2003, Keeth also became the first U.S. Fencer ever to be ranked No. 1 in the World after winning the silver medal at the World Cup competition in Athens, Greece.

If you didn’t make this year’s Olympic Team, you can still catch the 2008 games from August 8-24.  If you would like to learn more about the art of fencing, make your way over to your local library. EN GUARDE…

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In Living Color

Aug 1, 2008 9:38 AM | 1 comment

Scott McCloud calls himself “comics’ leading theorist or a deranged lunatic.” You can decide what he really is when this legendary comic book author stops by Central Library. He’ll discuss his groundbreaking work which includes his popular first series, Zot!, and his widely popular book, Understanding Comics, which has been translated into 16 languages.


McCloud also invented the “24-hour comic.” Recognizing how drawn out (no pun intended) the comic book creation process could be, McCloud undertook the creative endeavor of drawing, writing and completing a 24-page comic book in 24 hours. He extended the challenge to others, and it soon became a popular trend. In 2004, the first 24 Hours Comics Day was held, attracting comics creators from all over the world. There is even one held in Italy.


Meet the man himself on Wednesday, August 6, at 7 PM at Central Library’s Dweck Center. Until then, take a look at his work at your library.
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