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“You’ve Reached the Winter of Our Discontent”

Jun 30, 2010 9:46 AM | 0 comments

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:

For Children


Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Rascal by Sterling North

Sounder by William H. Armstrong


For Adults


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. 

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There and Back Again, with a Hairdo: Reading with the Fantastic Mr. Trump

Jun 22, 2010 9:56 AM | 0 comments

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


For Adults:

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

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Summer in the City Is a Trip

Jun 17, 2010 12:15 PM | 0 comments

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.

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“How ’Bout if I’m Mr. Purple?”

Jun 15, 2010 9:44 AM | 0 comments

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.


For Children

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


For Adults

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

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Hot Time, Summer in the City

Jun 10, 2010 11:35 AM | 0 comments

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.

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