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The Write Stuff

Jun 8, 2010 12:14 PM | 2 comments

Jonathan Lethem is not only a well-known and award-winning author, but he’s also a Brooklynite, which is apparent by his familiarity with the borough in many of his books, including one of my faves, Motherless Brooklyn.

When he’s not writing, he’s reading some of the best books around (IMHO.) If you like his work, perhaps you should check out some of the same books he loves. 


1.      The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

2.      Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carol

3.      The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame

4.      The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

5.      Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh


1.      Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

2.      The Trial by Franz Kafka

3.      The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead

4.      Another Country by James Baldwin

5.      Ubik  by Philip K. Dick





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Sweepin' Clouds Away with Maria

Jun 2, 2010 1:31 PM | 0 comments

In anticipation of her appearance at BPL's 2010 Summer Reading Kickoff, actress, author and Emmy Award winner Sonia Manzano—best known for her role as Maria on Sesame Street —is here to offer us some of her favorite summertime reads.

A New York native, Sonia has appeared as one of television’s most beloved characters for over 30 years. She will be joining BPL this June 10th as we celebrate summer and books with a block party featuring live music, dance, balloon tomfoolery and one very special reading by Sonia herself. It’s all happening on Central Library’s plaza and it’s all free!

To tide you over until next week, Sonia’s favorites:

For Children

1. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, by Betty Smith

2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

3. The Skin I’m In, by Sharon G. Flake

4. Esperanza Rising, by Pam Muñoz Ryan

5. Dark Dude, by Oscar Hijuelos 

For Adults

1. The Best American Short Stories 2009, edited by Alice Sebold

2. When I Was Puerto Rican, by Esmeralda Santiago

3. Lit: A Memoir, by Mary Karr 

4. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz

5. Fine Just the Way It Is: Wyoming Stories 3, by Annie Proulx

No Shush Zone will be publishing celebrity booklists all summer long; come back to see what your favorite stars are reading!

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June Bugging You?

Jun 1, 2010 11:37 AM | 0 comments

So you’ve finally tapped into that time off you’ve been saving and now you’re bored? Luckily, it’s a big month at Central Library. Check out some of the exciting June events:


June 2, Second Floor Meeting Room: Don’t go for broke! Come to a Growing Dollars and Sense workshop at 6 PM to learn how to make the most of your money through banking and investing. This is one of many events; visit our website for more.

June 10, Plaza: Meet Maria from Sesame Street! Surely that name brings up some fond memories. She’ll be at the kickoff of Summer Reading 2010 at 11 AM. You can also enjoy live music on the Plaza and sign up for Summer Reading, which features reading recommendations, free events and the chance to earn prizes.

June 17 & 24, Plaza: Learn to swing dance! At 6:30 PM, get lessons from instructor Eve Polich. Then, at 7 PM, Paul Shapiro’s Ribs and Brisket Revue performs hard-swinging jump blues with Yiddish flavoring. This Swing Series continues through the summer on Thursdays.


June 30, Brooklyn Collection: Grab a cold one! Come at 6:30 PM to sample some of the best local beers and get an in-depth look at how the beverage has played a pivotal role in the history of Brooklyn. Please RSVP by calling 718.230.2723. Seating is limited, so call today!

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