Jun 30, 2010 9:46 AM | 0
He’s done plenty of movies, but I can never forget Ethan Hawke as Troy Dyer, the opinionated deep thinker of Reality Bites. If there’s anyone that would tell you what you should be reading, it’d be this mortal enemy of CliffsNotes. It’s a good thing Ethan has something in common with his classic 90s character: reading.
Here’s what Ethan will be reading this summer:
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Rascal by Sterling North
Sounder by William H. Armstrong
All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers by Larry McMurtry
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Once They Moved Like the Wind: Cochise, Geronimo, and the Apache Wars by David Roberts
The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
Also, check out some of the DVDs you can find at your library starring Ethan Hawke.
Jun 22, 2010 9:56 AM | 0
When he isn’t recruiting young, paparazzi-addled starlets for his perennially popular television program, “The Apprentice,” Donald-The Don-Trump can be found reading about the art of war. Really! And like any good business warrior will tell you, the first rule of promotion is to promote yourself; thus, when we asked Mr. Trump for his favorite summertime books, he included a title of his very own: “The Art of the Deal” (hint: he doesn’t do it for the money!). Check out that one and all the others by visiting your nearest BPL neighborhood location, and learn a thing or two from a true New York icon.
Favorite Summer Book for Children:
The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Art of War, Sun Tzu
Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, William Manchester
No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II, Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Art of the Deal, Donald Trump
Jun 17, 2010 12:15 PM | 0
If you’re like me, you won’t be doing a European vacation this summer. The Caribbean…all washed up. Honolu-who? Like the good Brooklyn boy I was raised to be, I prefer to stay local, and lucky for me (and you) there’s more to do during the summer around here than ever before. Here are two activities I recommend:
It was only a matter of time before someone made copies of the key to the city. This key, normally given to distinguished people and honored guests, has been recreated by Creative Time as a key for everyone. It unlocks 24 sites across the 5 boroughs. I’ve been to six sites. The key has brought me to areas of New York I rarely visit, and I’ve gotten many laughs as I unlock some of the surprising sites. Coney Island Library just happens to be one of the sites! Visit Creative Time’s website for more information.
Now, anyone can be the piano man. Thanks to a new public art project beginning June 21, pianos will be placed in public spots throughout the five boroughs. Whether you’re an amateur adding to the street noise or a pro that can draw a crowd, these pianos are for everyone to play. Check out our online catalog for books on how to tickle those ivories.
We also have plenty of free events at the library, including a swing series at Central Library where you can learn some fancy footwork. Visit our website for the details.
Jun 15, 2010 9:44 AM | 0
Perhaps you know him as the frustrated indie director in Living in Oblivion; the high-strung kidnapper who meets the wrong end of a wood-chipper in Fargo; Garland “the Marietta Mangler” Greene in Con Air; Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs; or, more recently, the rumpled private detective Lenny Wosniak on 30 Rock. Steve Buscemi has played these and many other memorable roles, as well as directed film and TV—and he’s a Brooklyn native who enjoys a good book.
Buscemi shared his favorite warm-weather reads with BPL as part of our Summer Reading Celebrity Booklist series.
Harold and the Purple Crayon, Crockett Johnson
Two Bad Ants, Chris Van Allsburg
Uncle Wiggily, Howard Roger Garis
Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein
Lizard Music, Daniel Pinkwater
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
Just Kids, Patti Smith
Invisible, Paul Auster
The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas, Davy Rothbart
Hex, Maggie Estep
Jun 10, 2010 11:35 AM | 0
Whether you prefer contemplative pastimes or kicking your feet to a big band sound, BPL has the goods to keep your summer lively.
June kicks off the fun with a grand start: today is the start of Summer Reading, with a day-long “ block party” celebration at Central Library culminating in a discussion with celebrated photographer, author (The Ghosts of Harlem), music producer—and former CIA agent—Hank O'Neal at the Dweck Center.
Beginning Saturday at 5 PM, we’re hosting a 24-hour read-in on the Plaza at Central Library in support of NYC’s public libraries! Volunteer readers include published authors and local electeds along with other fellow Brooklynites who care deeply about the future of our libraries in light of devastating budget cuts.
World Wide Knit in Public Day starts at 1 PM on Sunday on the Plaza; if you’re a knitter (or want to learn how to be one), join the knit-off and enjoy other related activities while you listen contentedly to the read-in.
On Thursday, June 17, our summer-long Plaza Swing Series gets off to a rousing start with dance lessons followed by a live swing concert by Paul Shapiro's Ribs and Brisket Revue.
Check our Events Calendar for more ideas.