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Wimpy, Wicked & Witty

Aug 19, 2009 12:13 PM | 0 comments

Everyone knows books are made into movies all the time, but what about books that are turned into killer plant tours? Or books that get you...

Free ice cream! That’s right, kids, celebrate the upcoming release of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days with free ice cream on Central Library’s Plaza next Wednesday, August 26, from 11 AM to 1 PM. Look for the Wimpy Kid ice cream truck, grab a snack and a bookmark, and enter a drawing for some cool prizes.

I wasn’t kidding about the killer plants.

If you don’t believe me, check out Amy Stewart’s Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities, and then head over to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to check out the dark side of plant life. Through September 6, get up close with a carnivorous plant, and meet some of the other wicked species from Stewart’s book.

Oh yeah, the movies.

If you’ve read Frank W. Abagnale’s Catch Me If You Can: The Amazing True Story of the Most Extraordinary Liar in the History of Fun and Profit, you know Hollywood couldn’t wait to turn it into a movie. And it’s a good thing they did, because you can see it for free on Thursday night, August 20, under the stars, at Brooklyn Bridge Park. It’s part of their Stolen Summer film series, featuring classic capers, thrillers and heists.

See you there!


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We've Got You Covered

Aug 17, 2009 10:59 AM | 0 comments

The topic of healthcare has been at the tips of tongues across America. From small town USA to Capitol Hill, it has become virtually impossible to ignore the ongoing talks about your healthcare coverage.

At Brooklyn Public Library, we are offering a host of free programs all geared towards keeping you healthy regardless of your ability to pay.

From free HIV testing at Central Library to seminars on affordable prescription coverage plans, BPL’s got you covered.

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Summer Reading Down to the Wire

Aug 14, 2009 9:43 AM | 0 comments

August is quickly slipping away, so you have just a few precious weeks of summer left during which time to read at your leisure. Lance Reddick, a Fort Greene resident and actor in such popular series as HBO’s The Wire and FOX’s Fringe, has shared his favorite books with us; stop by your local branch and pick one up, or log onto our website to place one on hold.

For Kids

1. Curious George, by Margaret and H.A. Rey

2. Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

3. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis


For Adults

1. John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand, by Richard Reeves

2. Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl

3. A History of Knowledge, by Charles Van Doren





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More Sounds of Summer

Aug 12, 2009 3:51 PM | 0 comments

Our Summer Sounds outdoor concert series rolls on this Friday with the Oran Etkin trio. Don’t miss Etkin’s unique blend of modern jazz and traditional music from Africa and Israel. 

Grab a cool drink, and enjoy an evening of great music on the Plaza.


Summer Sounds End of Week Outdoor Concert:
Oran Etkin Trio

Friday, August 14, 5 PM

Central Library


Don’t miss Summer Sounds every Wednesday and Friday in August. Click here for the full schedule.


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BPL In the News: The Power is in Your Hands

Aug 10, 2009 1:06 PM | 0 comments

You've got the power at Brooklyn Public Library. Read how a securities lawyer turned entrepreneur hit it big thanks to BPL's PowerUP! program.

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