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High Style in Brooklyn

May 24, 2010 4:15 PM | 0 comments

New York Fashion Week may be a few months away, but you don’t have to wait until September to get your dose of fashion flare. From May 7 through August 1, Brooklyn Museum will host American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection.

This ode to women's fashion will include pieces from both American designers and those that have greatly influenced American design such as Bonnie Cashin and Christian Dior. Each article of clothing on exhibit is hand-picked from the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

And while you're in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by Brooklyn Public Library to visit our extensive collection of books about fashion and design. Catch it while you can, because like Tim Gunn says, one day you're in and the next day you’re out!

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Summering in Cannes, Remotely

May 21, 2010 9:32 AM | 0 comments

If volcanic ash from Iceland and other naturally occurring disasters (see: global economic collapse) have conspired against you this summer, thwarting visions of southern France and international cinema, despair not: your journey to this year’s Festival de Cannes begins at BPL.

As one of the last extant societies for old-guard glamour and art, the films   and celebrities that parade through Cannes still exude a certain wattage and grandeur, and arrive each year impervious to the world’s ruptures—volcanic or otherwise. That we cannot all live along such lines is precisely what this festival invites us to forget.   Thus, it is in the spirit of forgetting that Brooklyn Public Library invites those detained on these shores to pick up an aperitif and mine our decadent collection of films that feature actors, directors and jury members from Cannes 2010. To begin, carry your ABC card like a passport, visit one of BPLs neighborhood libraries, and perhaps, in the words of this year’s head jury member— Tim Burton—discover a film that knocks on the doors of your dreams.

Alejandro González Iñárritu (21 Grams), Jean-Luc Godard (Breathless), Woody Allen (Annie Hall), Tim Burton (Beetlejuice), and Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) are among the directors and performers who have been selected for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and whose work you can checkout at BPL. Revisit some old favorites and discover some new ones while you wait for the latest premiers. View the festival's official selection, then peruse BPLs catalog for complimentary titles, which you can watch for free.

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Staying Involved & Active

May 17, 2010 10:54 AM | 0 comments

BPL is a strong proponent of the belief that life doesn't end after 60there's a lot to be gained by staying active in our older age. I'm sure you know someone who can benefit from programs offered by BPL's Service to the Aging (SAGE).

Homebound folks of any age can use the Books by Mail service; you can find lectures, films, cultural programs and creative writing classes at several neighborhood libraries; and online, you can take an internet tutorial that gives all the basics of using the World Wide Web and email.


Check out the SAGE website and our Events Calendar for more detailed info about events and programs.

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Celebrate Jewish History & Heritage

May 13, 2010 10:02 AM | 0 comments

May is Jewish Heritage Month and Brooklyn Public Library has events, books and databases to celebrate and investigate your heritage.


Enjoy Jewish Heritage Month and the 62nd anniversary of the state of Israel at Brighton Beach Library.


Central is hosting a Klezmer concert – and dance lessons – on our outdoor Plaza.


Converse with Bubbe by learning to speak Yiddish at Brighton Beach.


Learn about your roots at Kings Highway Library where we offer free access to Jewish Data, one of the largest Jewish genealogical databases of its kind.


And if you’re looking for books by Jewish authors, or about famous Jewish people, search our catalog. You can also visit our Multilingual Center for books in Hebrew, Yiddish and other languages.

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May 10, 2010 2:01 PM | 0 comments

BPL is facing a $20.6 million budget cut so we need your help!

Please visit our website to advocate for BPL by sending an ePostcard to your elected official urging them to lessen the cuts to your library.

And this Saturday, you can help make your voice heard by attending Love Your Library Day, a day of fun benefitting BPL, featuring a dollar book sale, free entertainment and a rally.

Also, since our materials budget will be affected, please consider a donation to the Support Our Shelves campaign -- every dollar counts!

Please consider participating in one or all efforts to help show your love for your library.

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