Brooklyn Public Library


It’s Great, it’s American and it’s a Book Drive

Sep 29, 2008 9:54 AM | 2 comments

You’re a bookworm. There’s no denying it. You have books on your bookshelves, some in your closet and a few stacked on your nightstand. Along with recent books, you have childhood favorites and a couple of coffee table books you got as gifts. But what’s with the school books? The assigned fiction you begrudgingly read (and hated) freshman year and will never read again. And how many times will you read Romeo and Juliet and pretend you don’t know the gruesome ending?

This weekend, there’s a feel-good solution for tidying your space: The Great American Book Drive. On Saturday, October 4, along with our partner, Better World Books, BPL will turn your books into dollars to support your library.

While you’re there, enjoy the music of the Library’s own band, Lost in the Stacks, from 11 AM to 1 PM, and cool crafts for kids throughout the day. 

If your shelves look empty, don’t fear: we will also be hosting a $1 book sale. 

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Outdoor Fun: It’s Not Done until It’s Done

Sep 26, 2008 9:24 AM | 0 comments

There’s a slight chill in the air, but don't hide from the colder weather just yet! There are still some great outdoor events in Brooklyn before the threat of snow looms.


On Saturday, September 27, Halloween comes early at Bay Ridge’s annual Ragamuffin Parade. Channeling true ragamuffins—shabbily-dressed children—kids march on Third Avenue dressed in everything from raggedy clothes to superhero costumes. This entertaining parade begins at 1 PM and stretches between 72nd and 96th Street. Don’t forget, Bay Ridge Library is just one block away from the parade route. Stop by to visit us!


The next day, the Third Avenue Festival kicks off in the same area with live music, activities for kids and legendary food.


Hop over to an entirely different neighborhood for Atlantic Antic on Sunday, October 5. This day of funnel cakes, baklava, live music, pony rides for the kids and so much more is from 10 AM to 6 PM, on Atlantic Avenue from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue. We’ve heard that the new Trader Joe’s in Brooklyn opens today at Court Street and Atlantic, so why not stop by to stock up on healthy fare after your festival indulgences?

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The Great Debaters

Sep 24, 2008 11:48 AM | 0 comments

I may have only been around for the tenure of four presidents but I’ve been around long enough to know that the presidential showdown of 2008 is by far one of the most highly anticipated elections in quite some time.

With so much momentum surrounding this election, Brooklyn Public Library’s Dweck Center is pleased to host a three part series of thought-provoking discussions that take a deeper look into the presidential players in this game we call politics.

On Sunday, September 28 at 1:30 PM, come out for the first of the American Presidency Series. Join political scientist and certified psychoanalyst, Stanley Renshon, for Profiling the Candidates. This provocative dialogue will challenge you to examine not just the candidate’s abilities, but their character.

If you’ve been staying abreast of this election you won’t want to miss the first debate of Election ‘08 on Friday, September 26.


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Parlez-Vous Francais?

Sep 19, 2008 10:00 AM | 0 comments
Being multi-lingual is cool. It gives you the ability to communicate with more people all over the world – and even in this borough. That’s because 40% of Brooklynites speak a language other than English at home. So if you’re heading to Brighton Beach to catch some rays, knowing Russian might be helpful. Or if you’re grabbing a pierogi you’d be best served by getting a recommendation in Polish from the folks in Greenpoint.

BPL offers language circles, software, databases and books to help you learn a new language. Or if you just want to borrow a book in your native tongue, or learn about other cultures, you can read books in over 30 languages, including over 600 donated by the Chinese Ambassador this week.

Learning new languages for free? Now you’re talking.
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Book News and Pirate Crews

Sep 17, 2008 5:34 PM | 0 comments

Tearing onto the book scene today like an athlete breaking a record is Guinness World Records 2009. This updated version of the classic book (now around for 54 years!) boasts new 3D photographic features and a set of glasses for viewing them. A peek inside the book on the Guinness website reveals the oldest bridesmaid to be 105, the youngest club DJ to be 7 and the highest grossing actor to be Samuel L. Jackson. 

Sometimes book news is sad news. It was with a heavy heart we learned of the suicide of David Foster Wallace, author of Infinite Jest, Consider the Lobster and other works. His untimely and tragic death, like other brilliant writers who suffered from depression and/or committed suicide before him—Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Ernest Hemingway, Spalding Gray— is confounding. It’s a dark subject, but one worth examining—we’d like to hear from you. Comment on: Wallace’s books flying off the shelves after his suicide; does artistic brilliance equate suffering; what do his books offer in particular; what of success that comes after death?


And, lastly, on a lighter note…

Avast, readers! Friday, September 19 is international Talk Like a Pirate Day. Don’t be a landlubber—bone up on your pirate lingo at Cap’n Slappy and Ol’ Chumbucket’s official site, or set sail for your neighborhood library and check out BPL’s treasure chest of pirate booty.
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