Brooklyn Public Library


Good Friday Service

Mar 29, 2010 10:45 AM | 0 comments

In observance of Good Friday, some locations will be closed. Following is a list of branches that will be open. Please note that all locations are open from 10 AM – 6 PM, except Central, which will be open from 9 AM – 6 PM:


1.      Central Library

2.      Arlington  

3.      Brighton Beach

4.      Brower Park

5.      Bushwick

6.      Crown Heights

7.      Highlawn

8.      Kings Highway

9.      Leonard

10.    Macon

11.    Spring Creek

12.    Ulmer Park


To find the nearest open library to you, check out the neighborhood map on our website.

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The Weekender

Mar 25, 2010 2:08 PM | 0 comments

Whether you’d like to trace your family tree or play a version of “Name That Tune,” there’s something for everyone at your library this weekend. Check out some of what’s going on:


You count! Get more information on filling out the 2010 Census by visiting Kings Bay Library on Saturday at 12 PM.


Get in touch with your roots. On Saturday, visit Macon Library at 1 PM for a genealogy workshop with the African-Atlantic Genealogical Society.


Sing your heart out! There will be karaoke at Bay Ridge Library on Saturday at 3:30 PM.


Musical mystery! Bruce Adolphe gives a live version of his public radio program Piano Puzzlers at Central Library’s Dweck Center on Saturday at 4 PM. He’ll disguise popular tunes by rewriting them in the style of a classical composer, and you’ll have to name the tune and the composer.


Get an expert perspective on immigration. Author Steven V. Roberts visits Central Library’s Dweck Center on Sunday at 1:30 PM to discuss his book From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America.


Visit our online calendar for other events.

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A Dose of Reality

Mar 24, 2010 10:42 AM | 0 comments

On Sunday, March 21, millions of Americans were anxiously glued to their television screens and computers, all anticipating the passage  -- or -- veto of the Health Care Reform bill.  Many of us are still wondering how, if at all, this bill will directly affect us, and our families.

While the health care bill may still leave you with more questions than answers, Brooklyn Public Library has a variety of programs that will help you and your family maintain a clean bill of health. From free HIV testing to seminars on public insurance options, your local library offers a spoonful of knowledge and a dose of reality.

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Keep Your Library Open!

Mar 18, 2010 4:57 PM | 0 comments

Brooklyn Public Library is anticipating some tough times ahead.


We’re facing a potential budget cut that could devastate our ability to provide Brooklynites with the materials and services they need. The potential results of this cut are drastic and scary, but they’re important for you to know:


- The average weekly hours of service at all neighborhood libraries would be severely reduced from 44 to 32 hours.

- There would be 15,000 fewer free library programs.

- The number of free public computer sessions offered would be reduced by 725,000.

Free library services and materials are vital during a time like this. Help us remind elected officials of this fact! Add your name to the petition at your local library to show your support.


You can also visit our website to subscribe to our eNewsletter, through which we will provide budget updates when we have them.


And don’t forget you can Support Our Shelves by donating what you can at your library or online. Or you can contribute $10 by texting BOOKS to 50555.


Thank you for supporting your library in the past. We hope you’ll continue to do so! 

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Erin Go Read!

Mar 17, 2010 2:05 PM | 0 comments

The luck of the Irish definitely extended to writing talent. This St. Patrick’s Day, we thought it would be great to highlight some books by less famous but no less great Irish writers—and you can find them all at your library.

Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes

The Gathering by Anne Enright

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show by Frank Delaney

Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Thanks to Michael Santangelo, Electronic Resources Analyst in Materials Selection, for his assistance with this list.

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