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Season’s Viewings

Dec 7, 2009 2:41 PM | 0 comments

If you ask me, holiday memories are made up of two things: the real times you’ve shared with loved ones, and the times that feel real, even though they’ve only been shared through the glow of your television. We all have a favorite holiday movie that we watch every year.

The writers at No Shush Zone wanted to share our favorites with you, and remind you that you can borrow these (and all other DVDs) from your library for free! Happy watching! 

Able recommends: Trading Places

It’s not exactly a holiday movie, but watching Dan Aykroyd stuff an entire smoked salmon into his Santa suit makes me misty.


Anthony recommends: When Harry Met Sally

I know it’s not your typical holiday movie, but I’m a sucker for this tale of two people who find love during the holidays. To this day, I’ll quote its hysterical lines.


Jeanie recommends: It’s a Wonderful Life

Perhaps it’s a stereotypical choice, but this movie has always been one of my favorites for the holidays. So many classic scenes, and a pro-working class, anti-greed message that never goes out of style! Get it from the library instead of watching it on TV, and avoid the endless commercial interruptions.


M-Gran recommends: Frosty the Snowman

Once a year, every year, I get this warm fuzzy feeling inside as I watch this movie and relive the days of my youth.  

Sarck recommends: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The original 1966 animated version is a must-watch in my household every holiday season. With dazzling cartoon-contraptions every kid wants, a sinister-sounding (but irresistible) score sung by Boris Karloff that teens can appreciate, and nostalgia oozing out of every Who in Whoville for adults, this is a half hour of fun for everyone.



And check out these other titles that we all love:

A Charlie Brown Christmas   


The Nightmare Before Christmas  



Shalom Sesame 

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Now You’re Speaking My Language!

Dec 3, 2009 9:45 AM | 2 comments

Over 40% of Brooklynites speak a language other than English at home. In Brighton Beach, Russian is the predominant language. In Sunset Park, you’ll hear Asian dialects and Spanish. Walking down Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, many residents are native Polish speakers. If you want to talk the talk as well as walk the walk, you can learn a new language or brush up on the basics for FREE at Brooklyn Public Library.


Visit Central Library and check out our Multi-Lingual Center with books and other materials in over 30 languages. It also hosts weekly language-learning circles in English, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish. So start now and you could be fluent by your summer vacation.


If you can’t make it to Central, no worries – you can visit our website to use your card to access language-learning software.


And for those who are part of that 40% who don’t speak English at home, Central’s Education, Job and Information Center offers job search help in other languages, and many local libraries offer materials and programs in the neighborhood’s native tongue, as well. Call your library to find out what resources they have so you can parles Francais or hablas Espanol today!

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This Week at Brooklyn Public Library

Dec 1, 2009 12:35 PM | 0 comments

So you’ve overindulged in Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and now you’re in a broke Tuesday slump. Empty pockets don’t have to equal boring days. Brooklyn Public Library has fun freebies to get you off the couch and in the know.

Have a passion for silent films? Come enjoy a Sunday afternoon (silent) movie celebrating the accomplishments of Charley Chase. If silent films aren’t your thing, how about a free jazz performance featuring saxophonist Ken Simon.
Maybe you’ve been contemplating a new workout routine. BPL's Qigong Exercise classes may be just what you need to burn those extra holiday calories.
If you plan on ushering in the New Year with a new career be sure to check out Five Steps to Your Next Job. Career Coach Charles Moldenhauer will give you all the keys to success that are sure to unlock your potential.

Be sure to visit our online Calendar of Events to find out about more free programs and activities.

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