Brooklyn Public Library


Do You Believe in Magic?

Oct 30, 2009 3:38 PM | 0 comments

Brooklyn Public Library’s 13th Annual Gala: Magic of Childhood is on Thursday, November 12th at 6:30PM at Central Library!

This year’s gala is a cocktail party with a buffet dinner, live music and specialty cocktails. Guests will also have a chance to bid on auction items including:

- Four day/three night Caribbean trip for four people

- A Sesame Street Gift Basket

- New York Yankees, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks and U.S. Open tickets

- Lunch with writer Jonathan Ames and a tour of the set of HBO’s new series Bored to Death

If you have not purchased tickets, you may now buy them online.


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Tales from the Crypt … of Central Library

Oct 29, 2009 3:32 PM | 0 comments

Everyone needs a scare now and then, and what better time of year for it? This Saturday—otherwise known to ghouls, goblins and kids everywhere as Halloween—step right up to the Spooky Salon at 4 PM at Central Library’s Dweck Center to get your pulse racing.


Comedians Andrea Rosen and Leo Allen will read stories that are both fiendishly strange and frighteningly scary by Lydia Davis, Haruki Murakami and Ken Kalfus. Also, Megan Abbott will read from her new novel Bury Me Deep, inspired by a notorious true crime. See you there, if you dare!

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Sunny Days at BPL

Oct 28, 2009 3:23 PM | 0 comments

We can tell you how to get, how to get to Sesame Street -- through Brooklyn Public Library (BPL)! From November 14-February 21, BPL will help commemorate Sesame Street’s 40th anniversary with a three-month exhibition of memorabilia at Central Library. This special collaboration will also include family programs, as well as a limited-edition Elmo-themed library card that will encourage reading through new library card sign-ups.

Get your card -- and meet one of your favorite furry monsters -- at Family Day on Saturday, November 14, from 11AM-4PM at Central Library. The day will include a walkaround Elmo, Sesame-themed arts and crafts, a family film and tons of other fun!

This partnership is brought to you by the letters B, P and L.




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Book Buzz

Oct 22, 2009 11:50 AM | 0 comments

The weather’s getting colder and there’s no better way to spend a cold winter night than to curl up in bed with a great book.  To satisfy your literary appetite our staff has come up with a list of their must reads for the month of October. Some of their favorites for this month include The Cry of the Sloth by Sam Savage, Hummingbirds by Joshua A. Gaylord and Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson by Wil Haygood.

To see the complete list, be sure to visit our website for booklists including Book Notes from the Underground. And if you’re still in the mood to talk books, you can join our online book discussion group.

What are you reading this month?

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Jokes on Us

Oct 21, 2009 11:48 AM | 0 comments

Who doesn’t love a good practical joke? The police, media and a lot of American citizens, it seems, after reactions to last week’s Heene family hoax, AKA, “Balloon Boy.” The Heene’s hoax went down like a lead balloon: the parents of Falcon, the son who allegedly floated away in a homemade balloon, may be facing charges, and have blown their chances for a reality show.

Edgar Allan Poe’s 1844 version fared better, causing a sensation without resulting in any arrests. His article, published in the New York Sun, described the first balloon crossing of the Atlantic, and included diary entries by the balloon’s passengers. A few days later, the newspaper printed a retraction that it was all a stunt.

Activists have often used hoaxes to get attention (Abby Hoffman comes to mind), and on Monday, the Yes Men, who currently have a movie out, appeared at the National Press Club posing as Chamber of Commerce officials backing the climate change bill. It seems to have pissed off who they intended, but hasn't resulted in any serious repercussions.

Amazing hoaxes and political tricks have been perpetuated throughout history, and your library is the prefect place to find books and films about them.


If you’re thinking of cooking up your own prank, I guess the lesson is, don’t involve a disappearing six-year-old?

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