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Cookies, and Cakes, and Pies, Oh My!

Dec 12, 2008 10:15 AM | 3 comments

Hey No-Shushers, M-Gran here. So the holiday season is upon us and like most of you I love the holiday season. Yes, I love searching frantically for the perfect gift for my nearest and dearest, but nothing says holiday season like baked goods.

Cancel your gym membership, and put Weight Watchers on hold. If you’re like me you skip past the gifts and family kisses and head straight for the dessert table. Every year in mid-November, I begin to mentally prepare myself for the holidays (and my post-holiday diet). By late November, I embark on the journey of overindulgence in all my favorites like pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, Black Cake, and new to the arsenal, Lord’s Red Velvet Cake.

If you missed Sweet Melissa’s visit to Brooklyn Public Library, you can still satisfy your holiday sweet tooth by visiting her shop located right here in Brooklyn or try this recipe at home. Season's Eatings!


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'Tis the Season

Dec 8, 2008 12:41 PM | 0 comments

We know you’re making a list and checking it twice, but did you know there’s a way to give a gift to every person in Brooklyn? It’s easy!


When you support Brooklyn Public Library, you’re making a difference in the lives of everyone who lives here, whether it’s a baby who gets a head start in reading or an older adult who learns to send her first email to her granddaughter. 


Together we can make next year a little brighter for Brooklynites. Click over to our website to make an online donation today.


Thanks for your support, and we’ll see you under the mistletoe!


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Hot Reads in the Cold Town

Dec 5, 2008 2:38 PM | 0 comments

The trees might almost be bare, but our shelves are full of new reads for your enjoyment this winter. Here’s what you can find this month:




Death from the Skies! These Are the Ways the World Will End . . .
Philip Plait, PhD

An upbeat look at all the ways the universe could end, from cosmic disasters to hostile aliens. The probability of each is calculated, while teaching many lessons in astronomy and physics.


Nightshift NYC

by Russell Leigh Sharman, Cheryl Harris Sharman & Corey Hayes

An examination of the social atmosphere of workers that are on duty while most people sleep, from cab drivers to hospital workers to bodega owners.


The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation

by Jonathan Hennessey; illustrated by Aaron McConnell

Using illustrated storytelling, this book explores the Constitution, article by article, amendment by amendment, to get at the meaning, background and enduring relevance of the law of the land.




Kieron Smith, Boy

by James Kelman

A coming-of-age story about two brothers growing up in a rough Glasgow neighborhood. One, considered the “smart one,” overshadows the other, who is seen as simple.


Night Work

by Thomas Glavinic

One day in Vienna, Jonas wakes to find that humans and animals have vanished without warning. As he searches for any life form, he begins to lose his grasp on reality.

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In a Holiday Kind of Mood

Dec 3, 2008 2:40 PM | 0 comments

We here at the Library are as aware as the rest of you how daunting the holidays can be in this tough economy—but I’m happy to tell you that even if you have to tighten your belt, you don’t have to scrimp on holiday spirit! Free events for all ages abound at your library and around Brooklyn. 

Gifts of the Season: Tales for Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanza and the Spirit of Holidays are just two of many December events at the Dweck Center at Central Library. Check with your local library for special events, including Holiday Karaoke, parties and holiday crafts. Or visit our online events calendar 

Brooklyn gets decked out with tree and menorah-lighting ceremonies at Borough Hall, in Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights and other neighborhoods, as well as music, shopping and craft fairs. Santa is rumored to be the special guest at the Atlantic Avenue Tree Lighting & Windows Competition

Parks all over Brooklyn have an array of holiday highlights, including a Holiday Dance Celebration with the Brooklyn Dance Company. 

Don’t despair if your budget is a little short this holiday season—the spirit of goodwill, peace and community goes a long way.

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