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Read It Out

Aug 17, 2010 8:23 AM | 0 comments

Adrian Grenier is famous, both on- and off-screen. Like his celebrity character on the HBO series Entourage, he doesn’t have much free time. So, we were glad to see that he still makes time for reading in his daily routine. Check out the books he can’t put down: 

Books for Kids

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende; translated by Ralph Manheim

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein


Books for Adults


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Mediated: How the Media Shapes Your World and the Way You Live in It by Thomas De Zengotita

Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins

White Noise by Don DeLillo


Bring home an Entourage. Catch up on past seasons of the show by checking out a DVD at your library.


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Pick Up the Sunset Park

Aug 12, 2010 3:37 PM | 0 comments

Brooklyn Public Library's first ever community mural will soon make its debut. Stop by Sunset Park's La Vida Shoes on August 26 for the unveiling.

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Libraries Beat Big Guns of Video

Aug 11, 2010 10:40 AM | 0 comments

Behemoths of the video rental world have stalked the land for ages now, but it is only recently that cracks in their "bigger-collection-lower-cost" veneers have begun to splinter. Citing a recent survey from the Online Computer Library Center, the Los Angeles Times reports that more people are borrowing DVDs from public libraries than from rental companies like Netflix, Blockbuster and Redbox. With the library's commitment to providing free and open access for everyone, one of the world's oldest institutions is still baffling--and beating--the mighty corporations of today.

If your block’s independent video store went the way of mine and many others’, take heart and browse BPL's online catalog, or visit one of our 60 neighborhood locations. There you will find an eclectic collection that includes old favorites as well as new releases like Avatar, The Runaways, Dear John, The Bounty Hunter and Alice in Wonderland.


Support your library; support your community; don't forget to stop by your local candy store on the way home.

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The Reading Songstress

Aug 10, 2010 11:58 AM | 0 comments

A singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, Meshell Ndegeocello can easily be described as a one-woman show. When she’s not making hits, Ndegeocello enjoys kicking back in her Park Slope home and curling up with a good book. Here are some of Meshell’s favorite summer reads:

Adult Books
Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey
Gordon Ramsay's Fast Food by Gordon Ramsay
Cosmos by Carl Sagan

Children's Books
The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle
Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein



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Reading On Up

Aug 6, 2010 10:48 AM | 0 comments

She has played a servant, a princess and a queen. Anne Hathaway has certainly moved up the ranks with her roles. It seems her taste in books is just as varied. Check out what she told us she’ll be reading this summer.  

Adult Books


American Pastoral by Philip Roth

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Freddy and Fredericka by Mark Helprin

The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru

Perfume by Patrick Süskind


Children's Books


Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

Charlotte’s Web by E.B White

Matilda by Roald Dahl

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster


Be sure to also check out some of Anne Hathaway’s movies at your library. 

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