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Block Party Redux

Jun 15, 2009 11:19 AM | 0 comments

If you missed out on our block party on June 4th, you can still see Lil Mama read to kids, Care Bears on Fire rock the crowd, and dances that dazzle by checking out our Facebook or Flickr page. And with summer just a week away, now's the perfect time to kick back and relax with a book. If you don’t know what to read, sign up for our summer reading program and you'll get book recommendations, event alerts and more.

Plus, tune into our blog every Friday this summer for celebrity book recommendations, and a chance to win tickets to see the Mets at their new home, Citi Field.


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Rhea Recommends

Jun 12, 2009 10:04 AM | 0 comments

Before heading to a place where everyone knew her name, Rhea Pearlman was just another girl from Brooklyn. So, when we asked what some of her favorite books are, this cheerful actress and children’s book author was more than happy to share. 


For Kids: 


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

The Twits by Roald Dahl 


For Adults:

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

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Kings Highway Library Reopens This Thursday!

Jun 8, 2009 11:08 AM | 0 comments

Come on down and join your friends and neighbors at the grand reopening of Kings Highway Library this Thursday. See the beautiful renovation, including an entire floor for kids and toddlers, 32 new public computers and 80,000 new books, CDs and DVDs.

And we’ve got entertainment too! At 10:30 AM Patricia Shih performs some danceable tunes for kids, and at 6:30 PM the adults can check out horn player and scat singer Joey Morant.

We’ll see you there!

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O Reader, Where Art Thou?

Jun 4, 2009 10:40 AM | 0 comments

John Turturro can be seen on the streets of his Park Slope neighborhood—as well as in more Spike Lee films than any other actor. And on June 12, he appears in the blockbuster remake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 with Denzel Washington and John Travolta.

Known best as an “indie” film actor, John Turturro has appeared in numerous movies, including Transformers, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan and The Good Shepherd. But the big screen doesn’t get all his attention; he likes to read when he gets the chance. Here are some of his favorite books, as told to BPL.

For Children

1. Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson

2. The Macmillan Book of Greek Gods and Heroes, by Alice Low

3. Louis the Fish, by Arthur Yorinks


For Adults

1. Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle, by Daniel L. Everett

2. Italian Folktales, by Italo Calvino

3. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel GarcÍa Márquez

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Concert Central

Jun 3, 2009 1:50 PM | 0 comments

This week, Central Library isn’t just a library; it’s the scene of a punk-meets-garage concert, a time portal to classic rock and jazz tunes, a hall for traditional Mexican dance and a stage for Zouk Soul and R&B music. On Thursday, June 4, we’re celebrating the kickoff of Summer Reading ’09 with several free live performances and activities. 


At noon, Lost in the Stacks (Brooklyn Public Library’s very own musical ensemble) will be performing your favorite oldies, along with some original tunes.


At 2 PM, catch a performance by Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. This group is dedicated to showcasing Mexico’s rich cultural heritage and history through dance.


At 3:30 PM, Care Bears on Fire (pictured above) rocks out. These young girls started in a Brooklyn basement and are now a favorite on the New York City club scene with their authentic punk spirit.  


Then, on Saturday, June 6, come back to Central at 2 PM for an exciting performance by Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer Katia Cadet. This Haitian-born performer, who has also written songs for Wyclef Jean, will deliver Zouk Soul and R&B in French, English and Creole. 


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