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Here's to Your Health!

Apr 29, 2010 3:21 PM | 0 comments
Brooklyn Public Library is having its first regional health unconference - HealthCampNYC: Using Collective Knowledge to Improve Health Literacy and Community Health. HealthCampNYC is a regional health unconference for librarians, literacy professionals, public health professionals, medical professionals, community-based organizations and people interested in sharing with and learning from each other.

Participants at HealthCampNYC will be expected to share their work, skills and knowledge as active participants. In the rich tradition of unconferences, attendees will determine and manage program topics and sessions. Sessions may include (but are not limited to): how-to workshops; debates; or problem-solving sessions. This collaborative environment presents unique opportunities for learning, sharing, and relationship-building.
HealthCampNYC is on Friday, May 14 from 9 AM-5 PM at Central Library. Register now!


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What's Springing Up @ BPL

Apr 28, 2010 1:38 PM | 0 comments

This Saturday brings May and the Greenpoint 100, an art exhibition and auction. All proceeds of the auction go to Greenpoint Library. And we're still accepting artist submissions, too!

As April showers turn to May flowers, this weekend will be a perfect time to grab a book and read outside. For staff favorites, bestsellers, and other booklists, visit our site -- and you can even sign up to have this info sent to you via email!

Last week, we celebrated National Volunteer Week. It's not too late! Learn more about volunteering at your library:

You can also spring into action by checking our online calendar for events all over the borough this week.





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Volunteer Recognition

Apr 23, 2010 12:10 PM | 0 comments

One of the greatest gifts a person can give is their time.  In honor of National Volunteer Week, Brooklyn Public Library is recognizing those who continue to give of themselves for the good of the Brooklyn community. Volunteers at BPL contribute everyday by assisting students with after-school homework, practicing English with new citizens, editing resumes for the unemployed, and by simply reading stories to the young or the mature.


For more information about our volunteer resources and all the ways you can make a difference, be sure to check us out online.


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Poetry: What’s the 8-1-1?

Apr 19, 2010 11:56 AM | 0 comments

You might be overwhelmed by the amount of poetry that exists. Luckily, BPL has a large collection, so Brooklynites can browse dozens of volumes until you find one that speaks to you. Just ask your librarians to help you find the 811s (the call number for poetry).


Here are few tips for approaching poetry:


Read the poem out loud

Poets score language like composers do music and you need to hear it out loud to understand the phrasing, pace, and sounds that the poet has carried to you in the words.


Read and reread just a few poems a day

Many readers feel intimidated by poems because they don’t “get it” when they first read a poem. While most poems are short, they are densely packed. Don’t give up because you don’t get a poem on a first reading.


Don’t just read anthologies

Anthologies, or collections of poems by multiple authors who share characteristics, locations, or eras, are great introductions to the universe of poetry but they don’t provide an avenue for deep exploration. Once you find poets you love, read their individual books.


Pick up some anthologies to find poets who speak to you. Here are just a few of my favorites:


Every Shut Eye Ain't Asleep: An Anthology of Poetry by African Americans Since 1945


Poems for the Millennium: The University of California Book of Modern and Postmodern Poetry


The Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry


 -          Guest post from BPL’s Meredith Walters, Manager, Adult Programs

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Spring into Poetry Month

Apr 15, 2010 9:43 AM | 0 comments

April is National Poetry Month which, for most non-poets, is probably about as exciting as a PBS pledge drive. I mean, who cares about poetry when the daffodils are out and the sun stays up until 7?


But spring is the perfect time to check out a book of poetry, and take it with you to the park. Here are a few springy suggestions of what to read.


Have you ever wandered lonely as a cloud? Does your heart dance with the daffodils? Pick up a volume of William Wordsworth, an English poet from the early Romantic period who wrote:


I WANDER'D lonely as a cloud  

  That floats on high o'er vales and hills,  

When all at once I saw a crowd,  

  A host, of golden daffodils;  

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,         

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.


Does spring put a song in your heart? Many poets are inspired by the rhythms of jazz, and my favorite among them is Brooklyn’s Michael S. Harper. Here’s a bit from For Bud, written as an elegy to the great jazz pianist Bud Powell:


Sugar waltzing

back into dynamite,

sweetest left hook you

ever dug, baby;


Or, if you’re a gloomier sort, then Gwendolyn Brooks may appeal to you.


I shall not sing a May song.
A May song should be gay.
I'll wait until November
And sing a song of gray.


Your options are infinite; browse the shelves, or our online catalog, today.


- Guest post from BPL’s Meredith Walters, Manager, Adult Programs

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