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Mr. Met Speaks!

May 29, 2009 12:34 PM | 0 comments

He doesn’t say a whole lot, but it’s not too hard to read into his recommendation for the summer. Mr. Met shared his favorite books with us, perfect for spare time at the stadium. And that’s not all he shared. When you visit your library in July, inquire about complimentary tickets to a special upcoming Mets game, courtesy of the New York Mets. Stay tuned to this blog for more details too!


For kids, Mr. Met suggests:


The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess     

Falling Up by Shel Silverstein

Summer Ball by Mike Lupica


And for adults, Mr. Met thinks these are amazin’:


The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn

Chicken Soup for the Baseball Fan’s Soul edited by Jack Canfield

The Complete Game: Reflections on Baseball, Pitching, and Life on the Mound by Ron Darling


Remember to sign up for Summer Reading, a program for all ages with books, free activities and summer fun!


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Books & Bites on the Plaza

May 28, 2009 2:21 PM | 0 comments

A grey, drizzly day didn’t deter the enthusiasm at the opening ceremony of the Open Book Café by Mambo on Central Library’s outdoor plaza on Wednesday.

A collaboration between BPL and Spencer Rothschild (owner of Barrio, Playa and Cabana Bar) and his business partner, chef Alex Garcia (co-owner of Patria and author of In a Cuban Kitchen), the café offers items such as baked goods and granola for breakfast; sandwiches, tacos and salads for lunch and dinner; and beverages and snacks. A plan is underway to offer beer and wine to enjoy on warm summer evenings! 

Beginning June 8 with Chavella’s Restaurant in Prospect Heights, Open Book Café will serve food from local restaurants every other week, offering the chance to sample bites from around the borough.

So this summer when you come to Central Library, bring your library card and an appetite! Open Book Café is open seven days a week, rain or shine.

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Chip Off the Old Block (Party)

May 27, 2009 4:18 PM | 0 comments
Summer is coming, and if that's not enough good news for you, BPL's Central Library is hosting a Block Party to get it started right. On Thursday, June 4, come to sign up for our summer reading program and a library card, and stay for the free entertainment all day long, including live performances by Care Bears on Fire and a special appearance by Brooklyn's own teen pop star, Lil Mama. This kid-friendly event also features face painting, hopscotch, eco-friendly arts and crafts by Habana Outpost, balloon sculptures, and more!

·         10-11AM: Louie Miranda from Jerry Joy Music hosts musical storytelling for kids
·         11:15-11:45AM: Teen pop sensation Lil Mama talks, take pictures and signs autographs
·         11:30AM-12PM: Ringling Brothers perform
·         12-1PM: Lost in the Stacks, BPL’s band, performs
·         1:15- 2PM: KIPP AMP Academy's Capoiera team shows off its moves
·         2:15- 3PM: Calpulli Mexican Dance Company performs
·         3:30-4:30PM: Care Bears on Fire perform  

You can also sign up for summer reading or a library card online all summer long, but entertainment is not included
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Questions for a Cousteau

May 21, 2009 2:37 PM | 0 comments

With Memorial Day here, many will head to the beach to enjoy the cool ocean breeze. In this spirit, we talked to Fabien Cousteau—grandson of famed ocean-lover Jacques Cousteau—who’s an avid reader and frequent visitor to our Brooklyn Heights Library. 

Did you think you’d follow in your grandfather’s and father’s footsteps as an explorer?


It is impossible to ignore a passion for the sea when exposed from birth to its mystical beauty. I was never pushed but chose to continue a path blazed by the last two generations. Love of life, mystery and discovery are at the heart of the drive for exploration. Telling the experiences to an eager audience is the icing on the cake.

Where was your favorite place to read as a child?

We moved so many times that any place where I could find peace and quiet was perfect. Sometimes it was perched on the washing machine and others it was in a tree behind our house.

You balance so many different projects all at once. Do you also read several different books at one time?

I guess my side table (and night table, and coffee table, and buffet, etc.) stacked 8 to 10 high with different books, is a good indicator of it: organized chaos. I have so many interests that books provide an eternal reference ready for me to pick each one up at any given whim. We stare at glowing screens all day long; it is nice to take the time and sit on a comfortable sofa, hold a physical book while quietly reading non-illuminated words.

What books do you recommend for youth and adults this summer?

For youth:  

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


For adults:


DK Guide to the Oceans by Dr. Frances Dipper

The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus by Jacques Cousteau and Susan Schiefelbein

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

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Summer, Summer, Summertime!

May 18, 2009 10:31 AM | 0 comments

“Summer, summer, summertime, time to sit back and unwind.” Will Smith said it best in his 1991 classic Summertime.

Memorial Day is right around the corner and it marks the unofficial kick off to the season of sun. Nothing says summer like firing up the grill or packing lunch for a picnic in the park. As we bid cold weather adieu and usher in the summer madness, check out these Brooklyn barbecue and picnic locations that our BPL staffers suggest:

1) Prospect Park: “It’s the ideal place for a picnic. There’s so much space, you’re bound to find the perfect spot to eat and play”
Amersfort Park in Flatbush: “This little gem nestled in Flatbush has recently been upgraded and is truly a lovely location for a Sunday afternoon picnic”
Manhattan Beach in Sheepshead Bay: “They offer barbecue areas, picnic tables and miles of beautiful beach.”
4) Canarsie Pier in Canarsie: “I know summer is here by the smell of barbecue and the endless line of cars driving into Canarsie Pier.”
Empire Ferry State Park: “Great location to take in the views of the Manhattan skyline and set down blankets for a picnic.”
Owl’s Head Park by Shore Road: “It’s spacious, calm and offers great views of the water.”

Remember, some locations require a barbecue permit. For more information call 311. 

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