Brooklyn Public Library


Reading Lives: Disillusionment & Enlightenment

Feb 25, 2010 11:45 AM | 0 comments

What could be better than reading excellent, pivotal novels such as Of Mice and Men and Miss Lonelyhearts? Discussing them with fellow readers and a literary scholar! Central Library is hosting a book discussion series over the next three months, lead by Morris Dickstein, Distinguished Professor of English at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and author of Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression.

The theme for this series is Disrupted Lives, and features five distinctly American novels. If you’re looking for a chance to go deeper into some artful books and gain unexpected insights into American culture, now is the time! Here are the first two titles and meeting dates in the series. Next month, No Shush Zone will feature Morris Dickstein himself! 

March 3: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

March 24: Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West


Don’t forget, there are all kinds of book discussions happening regularly at libraries across the borough.

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A Job That Counts

Feb 24, 2010 5:10 PM | 2 comments

The United States Census is hiring! This is your chance to get a job that really makes a difference, as the information collected in the Census helps to determine how more than $400 billion of federal funding gets spent on things like hospitals, schools, emergency services and more.


But, first, you’ll have to take a test. Many neighborhood libraries will serve as testing sites within the next month. Visit our website to find out about testing dates and how to register to take the exam at a library near you. Good luck!

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Black History Month at Your Library

Feb 19, 2010 1:19 PM | 0 comments

To honor Black History Month, there are several exciting events coming up this weekend and later on in the month.


This Sunday at Central Library’s Dweck Center, you can catch two documentaries: Willa Beatrice Brown: An American Aviator, which documents the life of the first African American woman to fly a plane, and A Child Shall Lead Them, which recounts the story of 11 first-graders sent to desegregated Nashville Public Schools in 1957.


On February 27 at the Dweck Center, you can also enjoy a musical tribute to Nina Simone, featuring original arrangements of some of her classic songs.


If you’re more of a get-out-of-your-chair person, head to Kings Bay Library on February 23 for African dance by accomplished dancer/storyteller Caren Calder and a live drummer.

Check out our website for a listing of all Black History Month events. You can also access databases that can help you find all kinds of information, from the history of African American music to genealogy resources.

And here’s some great news: The work we’ve done on similar past events has been recognized! Anthony Loum, Brooklyn Public Library’s coordinator of adult services, was recently awarded the Zora Neale Hurston Award by the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association. He was honored for his work with a key partner in 2009 to plan and promote events and discussions that focused on Their Eyes Were Watching God. This book and many others are recommended on our website for some great, timely reads this month.


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Relax, It's Tax Time

Feb 17, 2010 2:51 PM | 0 comments

Stressed out about April 15? Don’t be! Brooklyn Public Library is your one-stop shop for everything taxes. We’ve got downloadable tax forms, and links to the best websites for seniors, parents, military personnel and small business owners.

We’ll even help you fill out the forms. Five of our neighborhood libraries offer free tax assistance from AARP volunteers.

For information about locations and times, and a whole lot more, visit the BPL Tax Guide.



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Got the Winter Blues?

Feb 16, 2010 11:51 AM | 0 comments

Don’t let the cold temperatures, dreary weather and snow get you down; celebrate the season with the Coney Island Winter Blues Fest. This festival, featuring the library's own Lost in the Stacks, as well as other local performers, is sure to heat up your weekend with a special tribute to Motown you won't want to miss. Bring your library card or register for one on the first floor and you could win a goodie bag by entering our raffle! Or borrow five items that day and receive a free gift while supplies last!

Don’t get left out in the cold – join us Saturday, Feb 20 from 12 - 4 PM at the Coney Island Library for this free, fun, family event.

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