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Reporting Live

Jul 31, 2009 3:38 PM | 0 comments

If you love NY1 as much as I do, you know that Jeanine Ramirez knows her stuff when it comes to the city. Looks like she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to books too. Get the scoop on her favorite books, which she shared with us:


Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert

Friends of the Family: The Inside Story of the Mafia Cops Case by Tommy Dades and Mike Vecchione



The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

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The Summer Is Young

Jul 29, 2009 9:39 AM | 0 comments

From saving pennies to acting out Shakespeare, it’s a big month for youth at Central Library. Check out these cool activities for some summer fun:


Shakespeare Workshop and Performance (for Kids)

With the Public Theater, explore Shakespeare’s powerful work; play theater games; learn acting, movement and voice skills; and write and perform in Shakespeare style.

Monday, Aug 3, 11 AM | Dweck Center


Financial Empowerment (for Teens)

Find simple ways to save money, set goals and empower yourself by taking charge of your money. 

Thursday, Aug 6, 4 PM | Trustees’ Room

Saturday, Aug 15, 12 PM | Room 214


The Growing Connection (for Kids & Teens)

Experience the wonders of nature in our Children’s Garden with resident gardener, Ms. Roberta!

Thursdays, Aug 6 & 20, 4 PM | Youth Wing


Rolie Polie Guacamole (for Babies & Toddlers)

Enjoy acoustic rock, funk and folk with catchy sing-alongs as you dance, shake and use your imagination in this musical adventure.

Monday, Aug 24, 10:30 AM | Dweck Center

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Please Don't Stop the Music

Jul 28, 2009 9:41 AM | 0 comments

Summer is winding down but we're determined to keep the party going -- this August, Brooklyn Public Library is the place to be on Wednesdays and Fridays for a new outdoor concert series. Check out our line-up:


Ed Cherry Trio
Wednesday, Aug 5, 12:30 PM

Tomas Rodriguez
Friday, Aug 7, 5 PM

Michael Blake Trio
Wednesday, Aug 12, 12:30 PM

Oran Etkin Trio
Friday, Aug 14, 5 PM

Peter Stan
Wednesday, Aug 19, 12:30 PM

Tomas Rodriguez
Friday, Aug 21, 5 PM

Organ Grinder Lola and Master Bob
Wednesday, Aug 26, 12:30 PM

Michael Blake Trio
Friday, Aug 28, 5 PM

Don’t miss out on the free fun – call 718.230.2100 to confirm dates, as shows may be rescheduled in case of rain.


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Hilluva Good Read

Jul 22, 2009 2:40 PM | 0 comments

Summer’s heating up, so we couldn’t wait to chat with sizzling Brooklyn author Donna Hill. She’s a native of Bed-Stuy, and since 1990 she’s published a shelf full of steamy and dangerous beach reads such as Rhythms and Getting Hers.

Which Brooklyn Public Library do you visit most often?
Macon Library. I have been going there since I was old enough to walk there alone!

As a novelist, how has reading influenced your writing style?
I was an avid reader of the English classics: Wuthering Heights, Rebecca, and Jane Eyre combined with everything in Greek mythology along with a voracious appetite for Agatha Chrisitie’s whodunits. As a result, I have a love for language, tormented and sometimes dark heroes with a little murder and mayhem thrown in for good measure! Very often in my romances there will be a hint of mystery or suspense. I've loved the chance to write my own murder mysteries Getting Hers and Wicked Ways. And my mainstream fiction language and pacing is surely a result of my early reading.

What character from one of your own books would you want to be for a day?
Eva Kelly from my novel Guilty Pleasures. Eva took risks. She was bold and daring, sexy, and she loved danger and her husband above all else.

Have you used Brooklyn as the setting for any of
your books?

Yes! In two of my novels. Soul to Soul (romance) and Getting Hers (women’s fiction).

Is there a particular type of genre you think is best to read in the summer time?
Romances are always great for traveling and on the beach, and I love an action-packed mystery!

Where was your favorite place to read as a child? 
… And now?
Sitting on the bench under the window at the Macon Library. Now, I read on the train, the bus, airplane curled up in bed, at the hairdresser! If I can sit or stand anywhere for a few minutes, then I'm reading.

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

For Kids
The People Could Fly by Virginia Hamilton

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers


For Adults

The Long Fall by Walter Mosley

The Sacred Place by Daniel Black

Palace Council by Stephen L. Carter



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Men of Greatness

Jul 22, 2009 1:32 PM | 0 comments

Frank McCourt is probably best known for his memoir, Angela’s Ashes, a touching story about his difficult childhood in Brooklyn and Ireland. This Pulitzer Prize-winning book was made into a movie, and followed up by two more memoirs: Tis and Teacher Man. Unfortunately McCourt passed away this weekend after battling cancer; if you haven’t yet discovered his heart-wrenching, honest and well-written novels, pick them up at BPL so you can find out why he won awards and won hearts.


Sadly another great and highly-celebrated man passed away last weekend: Walter Cronkite. While he was not from Brooklyn, he came into the homes of Brooklynites—and everyone else—over the CBS evening news for almost 20 years. He was best-known as a newscaster of such stories as the assassination of JFK, but he was also an author. Books he penned are also available at BPL, as well as a plethora of books to which he wrote the forward, and books about how he influenced TV and people’s lives all over the world.



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