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Super Smart

Jan 29, 2009 4:11 PM | 0 comments

In his book, The Wisdom of Crowds, James Surowicki suggests that the many are smarter than the few. That large groups of people are better at solving problems and even predicting the future than a few elites—no matter how smart they are.

Want to give it a try? Let’s predict the future. Specifically, the outcome of a certain sporting contest this Sunday. So who’s going to win, the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Arizona Cardinals?

I’ll email Chris Berman if we’re right.



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Brooklyn in The House… I Mean, News

Jan 28, 2009 11:23 AM | 0 comments
Brooklyn’s all over the media recently, and for good reason: it rocks. I don’t mean that it rocks because of all of the hip new music venues. I mean it rocks because good things are happening here. NY-1 ran a piece yesterday morning on the Brooklyn Bridge Park renovation. They broke ground this month on a portion of the project, which will make our borough even greener, although some are unhappy about plans for residential development in the plan. There’s a town hall meeting on Thursday; get more information at their website. 

Yesterday's M.U.G. (which stands for Manhattan Users’ Guide even though it covers all five boroughs, and more) has a piece about a possible historic residential district in Billyburg.  

Local blog covered the Mayor’s visit to Brooklyn College last week, when he gave a shout-out to BPL, and its forthcoming (green) Kensington Library. Bigger news, though, is that Kings Highway Library is scheduled to re-open after renovations this summer. The picture shows the grand opening of Kings Highway Library back on October 12, 1954.

And as always, we have good things happening here, too. Check out our Facebook page for some upcoming events (and fan us while you’re there!)
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Neighborhood Know-It-All: Snow Reason to Leave Brooklyn

Jan 23, 2009 12:17 PM | 0 comments

Who says you have to go to Vermont to have a great experience in the snow? Brooklyn is filled with parks that make for great local destinations in snowy conditions. As a kid growing up in Dyker Heights, I spent many Januarys sledding down the slopes of Fort Hamilton. Brooklyn Public Library staff was also eager to share favorite spots. Here are their top picks:


Prospect Park: “Lots of room to run, make snowmen and have a snowball fight.”


Two parks were tied:


Fort Greene Park: “It has really good hills to sled on and the neighborhood is really beautiful when it snows.”


Owl’s Head Park (Bay Ridge): “Serious hills for sledding adventures.”


Does this bring back memories? Share them with us!

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Out of the Ox Thinking

Jan 21, 2009 2:26 PM | 0 comments

This Monday, January 26, brings the Chinese New Year, the year of the Ox. The Ox represents “prosperity” and “fortitude,” which are exactly what we need for an auspicious start to a new presidency, to combat a challenging economy and to bring good things for 2009.  

To learn more about Chinese New Year (also known as Lunar New Year), The History Channel has an interesting website about the history, symbols and food relating to the holiday. Or check out all Chinese New Year symbols and figure out which one you are at Wikipedia. We also have tons of books on the subject. 

You can join in the celebration with BPL as we host fun and free family activities, including arts and crafts, puppet shows and performances. Happy Lunar New Year! 

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Next Stop, CHANGE!

Jan 16, 2009 9:39 AM | 3 comments
Hey No Shushers, M-Gran here. Ok so a three-day weekend is right around the corner. What’s on your agenda for the weekend? Because I consider you guys my nearest and dearest, I feel it’s only right to share my weekend plans. I, like 2.5 million other people in America, am en route to Washington D.C. Yes, No Shushers, this weekend we not only celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we also celebrate the Inauguration of our 44th American President, Barack Hussein Obama.

Looking for a place to watch the inauguration, you can make your way over to Central Library’s Dweck Center for the live broadcast starting at 10AM. Don't worry: if you plan on feigning ill, or playing hooky from work, your secret is safe with Brooklyn Public Library.

How do you feel about our new president?

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