Brooklyn Public Library


You Can’t Beat These Eats

Oct 17, 2008 2:15 PM | 0 comments

Move over Manhattan -- Zagat is finally saying what Brooklynites have been saying for years; that food here is fit for a King (or a borough of Kings…)

Top honors in three cheap eats categories went to top Brooklyn spots:

-          DuMont – Burger – Williamsburgh

-          Fette Sau   – BBQ  – Williamsburgh

-          Lucali – Pizza – Carroll Gardens (with DiFara’s in Midwood as #2)

There are also more “top rated restaurants” in Brooklyn this year than in the past, including Peter Luger and Al Di La, and Forbes does a great summary of trends, winners and, most importantly, stresses that the outer-borough spots, “generally cost less than half of what their Manhattan counterparts do.

Congrats to our borough-wide winners!

And for those who prefer to make their own "top-rated" meals at home, check out our cookbook collection.
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Reading is Fundamental

Oct 15, 2008 11:56 AM | 0 comments

As a child I had 2 favorite books- Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Each time I read either book, it was as if my mind took a virtual vacation to a far off land. Therefore as we celebrate National Book month let us pay homage to all those books we read or were read to us as children. Let’s celebrate our teen years as we remember the first time we indulged in Judy Bloom’s Forever and rejoice in the Oprah Winfrey’s book club titles that as adults allow us a weekly escape of the day to day monotony.

Below are some fun book-related activities you and your family can enjoy:

Introduce literature during game night. Add a little variation on some old favorites. Play Charades, Name That Book, or Win, Lose, or Draw with books and book titles.

Take a family trip to your local library. There’s one near your home.

Have a Family Reading Night. Designate one night a week to read and discuss a book.

Act out scenes from your favorite books.

Read to your children or to a pre-school class.

If you want to know what to read, this BPL list is sure to satisfy your literary appetite.


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A Step in the Right Direction

Oct 6, 2008 9:16 AM | 0 comments

October is National Breast Cancer month and BPL wants you to join us as we stomp out Breast Cancer.

On Sunday October 19, 2008 join the BPL team and New Yorkers everywhere at Prospect Park as we walk for a cure. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a noncompetitive walk that takes place in 120 communities across the country. From Arizona to Maine and Washington to Florida, Making Strides walkers unite to honor breast cancer survivors and to educate women about early detection and prevention. And of course, by raising money to support the American Cancer Society fight against breast cancer, we help fund groundbreaking research, public awareness campaigns, efforts to ensure all women have access to mammograms, and free programs and services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

In our lifetime we will all know someone that is affected or will be affected by Breast Cancer.  Join the BPL team or sponsor your own. One step at a time is all it takes.

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Guilt-Free Plastic

Oct 3, 2008 2:57 PM | 1 comment

In these challenging times, debt is scarier than ever. Maybe it’s time to put a piece of plastic in your wallet that’s not going to result in some serious regret.


If you still don’t have a library card, what are you waiting for? Think of all you can get for free at Brooklyn Public Library that you might be dropping serious coin on elsewhere. 


Well, yeah, you can borrow books. But, did you know that you can borrow up to 50 for three weeks? How much would it cost to buy 50 books? And if you’re like me, you might never get around to reading purchased books. But if you borrow them, you have a deadline! You can even download an eBook on our website.


You can also borrow DVDs from a selection of many popular titles. On rainy days, download an eVideo from the comfort of your own home. 


All of our buildings have free WiFi and, unlike a coffee shop, we won’t make you buy anything to use it! If you don’t have a laptop, we have public computers.


And we have the information you need, when you need it. Learn everything about anything anytime by accessing a database on our website, perfect for late-night study sessions or the occasional bout of insomnia. If you’re a student, you can also get Live Online Homework Help from a tutor seven days a week in the afternoon and evening.


Act now! Supplies aren’t running out!

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Puttin’ on the Ritz

Oct 1, 2008 9:41 AM | 0 comments

Get those gams warmed up and jitterbug down to BPL’s Dweck Center on Thursday, October 2 for a swinging show by the Blue Vipers of Brooklyn. As part of BPL’s Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings music series, the Blue Viper’s play an energetic blend of jazz, swing and blues, as well as original songs. Tickets are cheap ($10 for adults; $7 for students and seniors), so if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the state of the economy, enjoy a show that harkens back to the Great Depression without entering your own. 

I also recommend catching the band at their weekly gig at Chez Oskar in Fort Greene, where the combination of jazz and French cuisine makes you feel as if you’ve been whisked back to the Roaring Twenties in Gay París or a Brooklyn speakeasy.

The Brooklyn Swings, Brooklyn Sings series is ongoing at the Library, with Brazilian influences, jazz vocals, French jazz and more—don’t miss it!

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