Brooklyn Public Library


We Heart Library Supporters

May 15, 2009 3:02 PM | 0 comments
With a pending budget cut of $17.5 million -- which means fewer hours of service, lost jobs and fewer materials -- we need all the support we can get ASAP.  

Please take action; Support BPL by writing your elected officials via our website, or donating to help us continue to provide the materials our communities need.  

For an idea of what to say in your letter, check out this piece on the Huffington Post, which is a really well-written plea to the Mayor to reconsider the proposed Executive Budget.
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Borough Prez’ Recommends…

May 15, 2009 9:47 AM | 0 comments

Everyone knows that Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is passionate about Brooklyn, but did you know that he’s also passionate about reading? He recently shared with us his favorite adult and kids titles.  

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Joseph P. Kennedy Presents His Hollywood Years by Cari Beauchamp
The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Triple Homicide by Charles J. Hynes, Brooklyn’s D.A.

Big Jimmy’s Kum Kau Chinese Take Out by Ted Lewin
Didi and Daddy on the Promenade by Marilyn Singer
Duck for President by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
I Live in Brooklyn by Mari Takabayashi

Jin Jin the Dragon by Grace Chang


For more recommended reads, visit our website.

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Don't Throw the Book at Us

May 12, 2009 2:32 PM | 0 comments
As many of you know, this Saturday, May 16, is our second Great American Book Drive, held in conjunction with Better World Books (BWB). Better World Books, is an environmentally-friendly and socially-responsible company that collects and sells books to fund literacy initiatives worldwide. This event at Central Library offers you a chance to clean out your bookshelves and donate unwanted materials to a good cause -- your library! 

But before you pack up that shopping back full of old textbooks and Windows '98 user manuals, we wanted to clarify our policy regarding donations: 

1) Our first step when we receive a donation is to check the ISBNs of the books we receive with BWB's database to see if they're "sellable"
2) We send "sellable" ones to BWB, which they sell and give proceeds back to us
3) We recycle those books BWB cannot sell
4) We also weed our collections so that we recycle worn-out books, or those that do not circulate to make way for more popular materials 

So before you come, please review our donation policy as it would be a shame for you to herniate a disc carrying old items to Central that we ultimately can't use.
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Wrestling with Reading

May 8, 2009 2:26 PM | 0 comments

Darren Aronofsky, acclaimed director of the award-winning 2008 movie, The Wrestler, and writer and director of Oscar-nominated Requiem for a Dream, was born and raised in Brooklyn, and still lives here today. While he's currently working on a new RoboCop movie, he still takes time out from his schedule to read; following are a few of his all-time favorite books that he recently shared with us:


Favorite Children's Books

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Stone Soup by Jon J. Muth 


Favorite Adult Books

Gentleman of the Road by Michael Chabon

Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead

Song of the Silent Snow by Hubert Selby, Jr.




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Attention Party People!

May 6, 2009 11:14 AM | 0 comments

There’s still time to get your tickets to Clinton Hill Library’s fundraising party next week! Get your groove on with DJ Cosmo Baker at Franklin Park Bar from 6 to 9 PM on Thursday, May 14. Munch on tasty hors d’oeuvres, and sip some complimentary wine and beer with your $40 advance online purchase ($50 at the door).

All proceeds benefit Clinton Hill Library.


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