Brooklyn Public Library


Up & Up

Mar 15, 2010 2:37 PM | 0 comments

Whether you’re looking to move up the corporate ladder, or start up your own business, Brooklyn Public Library’s got a program for you.

If you’re going on a job interview or pitching a great idea to your boss, speaking coach Jezra Kaye can show you how to Speak Up for Success. On Tuesday, March 16 at the Business Library, she’ll teach you to deliver a strong and persuasive message, think on your feet, convey your passion, and make every word count.

And if your passion is to start your own business, you’re also in luck! Apply to the PowerUP! Business Plan Competition, and you could win up to $15,000 to start a Brooklyn-based business. Past winner include Park Slope’s Bogota Latin Bistro and Fort Greene’s Greenlight Bookstore. Orientations start Tuesday, March 23 at the Business Library. Learn more about the competition, and register for an orientation session here.

What are you waiting for? Get up and go!

Speak Up for Success
Tuesday, March 16
6 – 7:30 PM
Business Library (register

PowerUP! orientation sessions:

Business Library
Tuesday, March 23, 6 - 7:30 PM
Tuesday, March 30, 6 - 7:30 PM
Friday, April 16, 9 - 10:30 AM
Tuesday, April 27, 6 - 7:30 PM

Kings Highway Library
Thursday, April 1, 6 - 7:30 PM

Bedford Library
Wednesday, April 14, 6 - 7:30 PM

Crown Heights Library
Tuesday, April 20, 6 - 7:30 PM

New Lots Library
Wednesday, April 21, 6 - 7:30 PM

Register for these Business Library programs online, or call 718.623.7000 and select option 4.

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Weekend Lowdown: I Can’t Stand the Rain

Mar 12, 2010 11:29 AM | 0 comments

After our brief spring interval, the rain returns with a vengeance this weekend, and that means it’s a great opportunity to check out indoor events at BPL.  

Into modern art? Attend a free MoMA talk on Monet’s water lily paintings this Saturday at Kings Highway Library.


If you’re in a literary state-of-mind, there are several events to choose from on Saturday: Russian Literary Club (Homecrest Library), Book Swap (Carroll Gardens Library), and Poetry Group (Kings Highway Library).


Are you a new (or lazy) pet owner? Get your dog or cat spayed or neutered for free or low cost at the ASPCA mobile van (Arlington Library).

At the Dweck on Sunday, you can hear a fascinating account of Mercy Otis Warren, a playwright and the first female historian of the American Revolution. Things get musical later in the day with Trio Cavatina, part of the Classical Interludes series.

And if you’re feeling too job-stressed to relax, testing for 2010 Census jobs is happening at several neighborhood libraries.

Whatever you’re into, now you don’t have an excuse to mope around the house this weekend!

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You’re Being Tested

Mar 11, 2010 2:01 PM | 0 comments

If test taking sends you into a spiral of despair, anxiety and panic, then you’ve come to the right place. Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has test preparation classes that are sure to take you from being overwhelmed to being an overachiever.

  • Are you getting ready for college? If so, let BPL help you determine whether you should take the SAT or the ACT, then get all of the study materials you need to ace the exam.
  • Looking to become an American citizen? Take the first step toward achieving the American dream. Visit BPL’s Multilingual Center for free test prep for the U.S. Citizenship exam.
  • Interested in earning some extra cash as a U.S. Census worker? BPL is offering exams for various positions with the U.S. Census Bureau.

The road to success starts at your local library. For more information about these or other available test prep opportunities, please visit BPL’s Education and Job Center.

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Water Cooler Talk

Mar 9, 2010 10:53 AM | 3 comments

After the 82nd Academy Awards on Sunday night, the red carpet moments, nominees and winners were all the buzz. Many of last year’s nominated films are not yet available to view at home, but while you wait for those DVDs to come out, or for your DVD holds to come in, read the books that spawned these movies.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Blind Side


The Fantastic Mr. Fox

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Julie and Julia

The Lovely Bones

Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire

The Princess and the Frog

Up in the Air

Let us know if there are any we forgot and we’ll add them to the list.

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I Am Woman

Mar 5, 2010 11:35 AM | 0 comments

March is Women’s History Month. At Central Library’s Dweck Center we’re celebrating all month long with performances and talks by ladies who sing and write; one of them even flies! Here is just some of what you’ll find this month:

Take flight with Betty Bronson for a screening of the original film version of Peter Pan during our Silent Film Series on March 7 at 1:30 PM. 

Get some music appreciation! For something classical, check out Trio Cavatina, winner of the 2009 Naumburg Chamber Music Competition, which performs March 14 at 4 PM. If you like some rock added to your chamber music, hear Missy Mazzoli and her ensemble Victoire on March 21 at 4 PM.

Hit the books! For a talk that is sure to be adventurous, meet Jessica DuLong, a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed merchant marine officer and one of the world’s only female fireboat engineers. She will read from her book My River Chronicles: Rediscovering America on the Hudson on March 18 at 7 PM. Or hear some rhymes by Staceyann Chin, co-writer of Broadway’s Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam, on March 25 at 4 PM. 

For a complete list of events, visit our website. 

If spending a quiet night at home reading is your thing, check out the books we recommend about women that have made a difference, both past and present. 

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