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To Kill a Mockingbird Turns 50

Jul 14, 2010 10:51 AM | 0 comments

The 50th anniversary of the publication of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird just passed, and it seems like an appropriate time to recognize what a pivotal and classic novel it is. I have a major soft spot for the great movie version, too, starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch (and a super young Robert Duvall as Boo Radley).

One of the most memorable aspects of the story is the relationship between attorney Atticus Finch and his six year old daughter Scout. Through Scout, we witness both the evil and compassion humans are capable of, as she watches her father struggle to uphold morality and justice in the face of racism in the South. The book doesn’t give easy answers, but rather asks us to consider what it means to do the right thing when society’s norms are questionable, even downright malicious. 

Revisit or discover the novel by checking out one of our copies. And, for another angle on Harper Lee and her writing, check out these other books, as well as DVDs featuring Lee as a character.

Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee


Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird





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Ten Things She Likes to Read

Jul 8, 2010 4:04 PM | 0 comments

I’ve been a fan of Julia Stiles since her badass, take-no-prisoners turn as Kat in 1999’s 10 Things I Hate About You, the movie homage to Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, costarring an adorable, long-haired Heath Ledger.

Since then, she’s pulled off all manner of vulnerable, tough, funny, poignant and witty characters that give girls a good name. And she’s got some great classic and contemporary picks for favorite books, which she shared with us for Summer Reading.
For Children
Eloise, Kay Thompson
The Holes in Your Nose (My Body Science), Genichiro Yagyu
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Dr. Seuss
Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss
Choose Your Own Adventure Series

For Adults
The Comfort of Strangers, Ian McEwan
Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D.H. Lawrence
A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins

Check out Julia’s talent for yourself in our DVD collection.

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Summer Sizzle

Jul 7, 2010 9:36 AM | 0 comments

The dog days of summer are upon us. These humid days and sweltering temps can not only be miserable, but potentially life threatening. Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) would like to urge you to stay cool at one of our 60 locations. The New York City Office of Emergency Management has designated BPL as one of dozens of cooling centers throughout the city.

So as things continue to heat up out there, remember you can stay cool with us. Come take a free computer class, see one of our exhibits or simply check out your favorite book.

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A Brew with a View

Jul 2, 2010 12:45 PM | 0 comments

Didn’t you know? Summer is for sporting. In some circles, it is also a prime time for throwing back a few cold ones. This year, delight in the best of both here at Central Library: Brooklynites are invited to bring their laptops, recline on the Plaza and stream athletic feats and glory while enjoying a beer or glass of wine, courtesy of Open Book Café by MAMBO. Wireless, outdoor internet connections are free and open to the public 24 hours every day, so visitors can digitally tune in to some of the summer’s biggest sporting spectacles—the Wimbledon and US Open tennis championships, FIFA World Cup, Tour de France and British Open—even after the library has closed. In between plays, enjoy your snacks and spirits while admiring Grand Army Plaza’s Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch, framing the peaks of a distant Manhattan skyline. It’s summertime, at the library, and it’s free: let the cheering commence.


Please note that all Brooklyn Public Library locations will be closed this Sunday and Monday, July 4 & 5, in observance of Independence Day.

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