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Reading and Writing is Fundamental

Nov 30, 2010 1:52 PM | 0 comments

It’s been said that all great authors started out as great readers. This must be the case for renowned author Matthew Goodman. When Goodman isn’t inking novels such as Jody’s Tree and The Sun and the Moon, he can be found enjoying a good book in his Park Slope abode.

These are some of his favorites:

Children’s Books:
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill
Next Stop, Grand Central by Maira Kalman

Adult Books:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell

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Join the Fight Against AIDS at BPL

Nov 29, 2010 2:34 PM | 0 comments

At twice the national average, New York City has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the country. Awareness and education are the best ways to combat AIDS and support those who are living with HIV, so BPL is partnering with CAMBA for a day of awareness, remembrance and inspiration on World AIDS Day this Wednesday.


The day-long event will feature musical acts, dance performances and theatrical presentations at Central Library by the CAMBA Anti-Stigma Project. There also will be seminars, film screenings, educational games and a wealth of informational materials from a host of other organizations. Because one in five Americans living with HIV don’t know they have the virus, several testing agencies will also be on hand, offering free testing in a confidential and supportive environment.


This will all lead up to a special program at 6:15 PM, capping off the day with rousing remarks and inspiring performances.


Please come to Central Library this Wednesday to learn more about HIV/AIDS and the toll it is taking on our community. In the meantime, if you or someone you love is living with HIV, visit CAMBA’s HIV/AIDS resource center for valuable help managing the disease.


BPL’s World AIDS Day Program

Wednesday, December 1

Central Library

12:30 – 8 PM

(Closing Ceremonies start at 6:30 PM)

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Cirque Du Soleil Coming to Central Library

Nov 26, 2010 10:00 AM | 0 comments

Next week Central Library hosts another great reading for the whole family, this one led by characters from Cirque Du Soleil’s seasonal spectacular, Wintuk. Join two of the show’s Snowball characters as they read and deliver an amazing physical performance.


This event is just the latest in Central Library’s ongoing series of kid-friendly readings. Last week dozens of kids got to meet the real-life Freckleface Strawberry herself, title character of the popular Freckleface Strawberry books. She delighted families with a fun reading from her New York Times best-selling book, and then raffled off free tickets to Freckleface Strawberry the Musical, her new off-Broadway play.


Join us next week and experience Cirque Du Soleil’s renowned showmanship, and then save 30% off tickets to the full Wintuk show by using code BPL when ordering online.


Thursday, December 2, 3 PM

Central Library

Second Floor Meeting Room


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A Post-NaNoWriMo Survival Guide

Nov 24, 2010 9:55 AM | 0 comments


Since November of 2000, writers have signed up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and challenged themselves to produce 50,000 words in 30 days. NaNoWriMo guidelines ask writers to push aside their inner editor and free-write nearly 1,700 words daily. The reward is being able to say you are 50,000 words closer to a first draft.


If you’re like the hundreds of thousands of budding authors who participated in or completed this year’s challenge, you are now in possession of a well-developed novella or the beginnings of a novel. You’re probably staring at this creation thinking, “Now what?” 

To date, over 60 former NaNoWriMo participants have published books from the work they’ve done during the challenge. This includes Sara Gruen, whose paperback printing of Water for Elephants was #1 on The New York Times bestseller list in 2007. You could be next!


BPL has many resources to help you mold those 50,000 words into a product of which you can be proud. From perfecting your narrative voice to finessing your plot, the following books can give you the tools and inspiration you need to finish that novel:


The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White

The Glimmer Train Guide to Writing Fiction edited by Susan Burmeister-Brown and Linda B. Swanson-Davies

Revision and Self-Editing by James Scott Bell

Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide from New York's Acclaimed Creative Writing School edited by Alexander Steele


Visit the Library online to check out these and other writing guides today. Happy writing!

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A Long-Term Relationship with Reading

Nov 23, 2010 10:57 AM | 0 comments

As a psychologist and dating expert who has coached many people in creating long-term relationships, Dr. Paulette Sherman is pretty good at reading people. But we wondered how she was when it came to reading books. Turns out, she has a pretty healthy relationship with them as well. Check out her list of recommended reading.

Books for Kids

Baya, Baya, Lulla-by-a by Megan McDonald
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss 

Books for Adults

Dating from the Inside Out: How to Use the Law of Attraction in Matters of the Heart by Dr. Paulette Sherman
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach
The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield
The Type-Z Guide to Success: A Lazy Person’s Manifesto for Wealth and Fulfillment by Marc Allen
Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want by Barbara Sher

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