Brooklyn Public Library


The Melting Pot

Apr 20, 2009 2:41 PM | 0 comments

If you can’t afford to take a trip around the world, just take a step out of your front door. New York has long been considered a microcosm of the world. You can find just about every culture and nationality from around the globe right in your own neighborhood. From April 17 thru April 23 celebrate the diversity and richness of New York with the NYC Immigrant Heritage Week. On Thursday, April 23, Brooklyn Public Library’s Caribbean Literacy and Cultural Center will host Days of the Dead in Brooklyn: Caribbean Traditions of Morning and Remembrance.

Thursday evening make your way over to the Dweck Center for a special ticketed performance of the Auturo O’Farill Quintet. This Mexican-born musician will enchant you with the smooth sounds of jazz.

To learn more about our multicultural programs and activities throughout the year visit your neighborhood library. 

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Earthly Delights

Apr 17, 2009 2:19 PM | 0 comments
In honor of Earth Day, BPL would like to offer some suggestions on how to celebrate it:

1) Attend Habana Outpost's Earth Day weekend celebration, where you can stop by our table this Saturday and sign up for a library card; Mother Earth will appreciate you saving some trees by borrowing our books rather than buying new ones 

2) Visit our friend and former PowerUP! Winner's store opening on Earth Day proper 

3) Start saving up your books to donate to our second Great American Book Drive, being held at Central Library on Saturday, May 16 from 10am-3pm, and featuring live music, arts and crafts and a good feeling you'll get from donating to your library 

Remember to reduce, reuse, recycle and renew your books!
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Party With A Purpose!

Apr 15, 2009 12:09 PM | 0 comments
Get your drink and dance on at a Brooklyn Public Library fundraiser at Franklin Park Bar on Thursday, May 14, from 6-9PM. Groove to tunes spun by DJ Cosmo Baker and enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer. Bring your friends and colleagues to help support this worthy cause; all proceeds benefit Clinton Hill Library!

Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door (cash only.)

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Poem as Talisman

Apr 13, 2009 3:35 PM | 0 comments

Alice Notley and Ron Padgett read in the Poets Coffeehouse series at the Dweck Center on April 15. Here is part two of our Q & A with the poets; Alice Notley gives her two cents about poetry and the writing life, below. 

Alice Notley grew up in Needles, California, and then moved frequently, settling in New York's Lower East Side in the 1970s where she became involved in the local literary scene. Her books include Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems 1970-2005 and Alma, or The Dead Woman. 

Q: What do you find is the biggest challenge in being a poet; the biggest reward?
A: Perhaps the biggest challenge now lies in continuing to treat poetry as the greatest and most primary of the arts, being up to that assessment of it when I sit down to write, in the face of the world's ignoring (that is, ignorance) of it. The biggest reward is the state of writing itself, a state of grace. 

Q: What role can poetry have now that it seems difficult to keep people reading it?
A: Each of my books sells several thousand copies, and that's an audience the size of the town I grew up in. Maybe the mega-audience of the bad best-seller isn't the target; maybe it's a thoughtful, smaller community...Recently my 90-year old mother was playing computer poker in a casino…and for some reason she had occasion to cry out aloud, "My strength is as the strength of ten," and the old man next to her turned and said the next bit, "Because my heart is pure." That's how poetry operates. It becomes scripture.

Q: Are there subjects or themes you find yourself revisiting in your work?
A: I like to tell bizarre, mythic stories about the beginning of the world or the end of an old world and the beginning of a new one. I like to try to talk to the dead. I write angry poems about how women have had no political power through the ages and have none now.

Q: What insight or piece of advice would you give to a poet early in her career?
A: Don't get a teaching job.

The Poets Coffeehouse series continues throughout April. Find books by these and other poets at your local library.

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Your Opinion, Please

Apr 10, 2009 9:47 AM | 0 comments
Brooklyn Public Library does so much for the communities it serves, from offering free internet access to literacy classes to free cultural programming. But to ensure we're doing the best job possible to serve everyone in Brooklyn's communities, we're recruiting for focus groups now through April 17 so we can hear what you think. Do you want more materials in Russian? More computers? More bestsellers at every branch? Then tell us by participating in a focus group from April 25 through May 2.

For more information ask a librarian, or you can email us at:
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