Brooklyn Public Library


Neighborhood Know-It-All: Auld Lang Syne

Dec 30, 2008 2:52 PM | 0 comments

New Year’s Eve is tomorrow and if you’re like most people, you’ve been trying to decide on what to do and where to go to party the night away. Brooklynites no longer have to head to Manhattan to have a good time. Though most of the BPL staffers suggest staying home with loved ones as the best option, here are some other Brooklyn hot spots where you can ring in the New Year:

1) Grand Army Plaza: “When it gets near midnight we go downstairs and station ourselves strategically to watch the fireworks display at Grand Army Plaza.”

2) The Brooklyn Promenade: “…a beautiful view of the skyline and lights of Manhattan.”

3) Prospect Park: “It’s free and there’s fireworks!” 

So tell us, where will you be at the stroke of midnight? Know of any spots we may have forgotten? Happy New Year!

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Neighborhood Know-It-All: Holidays on Ice

Dec 23, 2008 9:34 AM | 0 comments
The holidays can be stressful, especially when looking for things to do that the whole family will enjoy. But not in Brooklyn. From free neighborhood holiday displays to winter-friendly activities, our staff chose their favorite holiday spots to take their families around the borough of Kings. 

Wollman Rink/Prospect Park: “It’s a great atmosphere with children and adults out on the ice. Even when it’s cold, it’s great to sit outside and watch while drinking hot cocoa and listening to the music.”

Dyker Heights: “... because of the light displays and entertainment.”

Grand Army Plaza (tied for third): “… a magnificent menorah for Chanukkah and Christmas Tree are on display. What a sight to behold!”

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (tied for third): “{Go} for the holiday lights.” 

You can also, of course, find free and fun activities for the whole family at your library, as well. But aside from that, did we miss anything? Share you fave family holiday spots here. And have a happy holiday season!
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Neighborhood Know-It-All: Bright Lights, Big Borough

Dec 19, 2008 10:53 AM | 1 comment

Welcome to the holiday edition of Neighborhood Know-It-All. We asked our staff in 60 neighborhood libraries, “Where’s the best place to take in the holiday lights?” If you know anything at all about this topic, you won’t be surprised that Dyker Heights won in a landslide.

“No comparison!!” said one staffer (double exclamation points are his). Here are the top three: 

1) Dyker Heights: “Completely over the top ... 82nd to 84th between 11th and 12th Ave have the best displays ... fun, funky and family oriented ... it’s like Disney World.” 

2) Bay Ridge: “Great displays for children, such as lights, Santa Claus, snowmen, etc.” 

3) Flatlands (tied for third): “There might be an entire block where the homeowners took the time to really decorate their houses.” 

3) Mill Basin (tied for third): The best spot is “behind Kings Plaza.” 

3) Grand Army Plaza (tied for third): “Tasteful and ecumenical.” 

Did your neighborhood make the list? Do you think it should have? Let us know! 

Have a happy, healthy—and bright!—holiday season.


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Flight of the Conchords, Brooklyn-Style

Dec 18, 2008 1:32 PM | 0 comments

In October, HBO's Flight of the Conchords shot a scene at Williamsburgh Library for their second season. So now that it's aired, we're famous! Check out pictures from the shoot on our Facebook page, or view the season premiere -- as well as our beautifully-renovated branch -- courtesy of Gawker. Enjoy!

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Read 'Em and Talk

Dec 17, 2008 12:49 PM | 1 comment

The successful book club—lofty dream or attainable reality? The New York Times recently looked into the question, and most book club joys and troubles boiled down to clashing or matching agendas.

It got me thinking about my brief experience in a book club: we had a group “leader” who suggested the book list and then asked for us to vote on each month’s selection. Many of us were on the same page (ha ha) about the list, which leaned toward weighty European tomes, but the reaction from others was not so warm. One member proclaimed that Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse “had no plot,” and wasn’t worth reading; she didn’t bother to show up to discuss Thomas Mann’s Boodenbrooks, though the 500 page back-breaker is virtually nothing but plot. And there was disagreement about what our discussions should entail: Friendly agreement? Heated debate? Love-life issues? There was no clear answer for us—so I’ve moved on. 

However, it was a great opportunity to read challenging books with some moral support. Why not put together your own book club with the help of the Library? With over 12 million books to choose from, it would be a snap to form a book club that's serious, casual, themed or otherwise. Prefer to leave choosing the book up to someone else? Attend a book discussion group at one of BPL’s 60 neighborhood libraries!

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