Brooklyn Public Library


Spring Cleaning

Apr 29, 2009 2:58 PM | 4 comments
It's that time of year when people get out their step ladders, pull down those shorts and t-shirts from the top of the closet, and do the old spring-time switch-a-roo. As you're cleaning, and putting things in the pile for the Salvation Army, please put your already-read books aside for the second Great American Book Drive at Central Library at Grand Army Plaza on Saturday, May 16th from 10AM-3PM. 

We'll take whatever you've got that's in reasonably good shape from last year's bestsellers to your college poetry books to kids' books your teenager isn't using anymore. Our partner, Better World Books, will then sell these titles and a portion of the profits go back into Brooklyn Public Library's collections budget.  If donating for a good cause isn't motivation enough, we'll also have a $1 book sale, live music by BPL's own Lost in the Stacks and arts and crafts for kids. 

And if you don't have books to donate, there's still time to Support Our Shelves by giving a monetary donation, which will also help build our collections, at libraries all over the borough.
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Changing Faces

Apr 27, 2009 12:37 PM | 0 comments

The economy isn’t the only thing that’s changing. Join BPL, the New York Times and the Brownstowner blog on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 PM, for a thought-provoking discussion about the changing face of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.  Fort Greene and Clinton Hill: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow will feature panelists who call Brooklyn home, such as filmmaker Nelson George, author DK Holland and blogger Jonathan Butler. Panelists and audience members will take an in-depth look at the evolution of Fort Greene and neighboring Clinton Hill. 

Want to take a closer look at your own neighborhood through the ages? Visit our Central Library to access the New York Times database with news and articles dating back to the turn of the century. 


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Any Volunteers?

Apr 23, 2009 1:44 PM | 0 comments
In support of NYC Service, Mayor Bloomberg's initiative to reinvigorate volunteerism and civic engagement in New York City, BPL celebrated National Volunteer Week by holding two events at Central Library. These recognition events honored our over 1,300 teen and adult library volunteers for their dedication and contribution to their communities.

Each year, BPL volunteers contribute more than 70,000 hours of service through the following programs: After-School Homework Helper; Book Buddy - Teen Program; Computer Coaches;  English Conversation Group Leaders; First Five Years Volunteers; Program Assistants for Youth Programs; Program Ushers; Reading Troubadours; Shelf Organizers / Clerical Helpers; Teen Advisory Groups (TAG) – Teen Program; Today’s Teens, Tomorrow’s Techies (T4) – Teen Program; and Welcome Ambassadors. 

Volunteer your time, help your community.
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Veggie Conscious

Apr 22, 2009 2:43 PM | 0 comments

I’ll admit it: I’m not a vegetarian, but sometimes I pretend to be one. Some days I just have to have a good hamburger, and other times I want meat far from my plate. My mother always said I was a picky eater. Luckily, the staff here at Brooklyn Public Library can also be accused of such. When asked to pick the borough’s best vegetarian restaurant, they offered lots of choices, and even more specific reasons for them. So, now I have some great options for those wild nights that I masquerade as a veggie eater. Take a look:


Red Bamboo (Fort Greene)

“The food is delicious, ambience is eclectic and the atmosphere is relaxed.”

“Cozy, but plenty of seating, great cocktails and to-die-for veggie meat dishes that even meat lovers love.”


Vegetarian Palate (Park Slope)

“Their tofu is delicious in any entrée and they have the best spring rolls.”


 V-Spot (Park Slope)

“Not boring and good flavors.”

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How WE Doin'?

Apr 21, 2009 10:26 AM | 2 comments

Brooklynites have an opinion on everything. So share yours! We're conducting an online survey about our programs and services. Please participate by clicking here:

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