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Dinner Is Served

Nov 19, 2010 12:59 PM | 0 comments

This time of the year always seems to give me that warm and fuzzy feeling. While I enjoy spending quality time with loved ones, nothing makes me happier than doing so while enjoying a wholesome, well-cooked meal. Yes, I’m a foodie and if you’re like me, your mouth is watering at the utter thought of the holiday season.

Before you scurry off to your neighborhood grocer, take a look at these cookbooks that are sure to get your creative cooking juices flowing.

Holiday Cooking Around the World by Kari A. Cornell

Desserts Around the Worldphotographs by Robert L. and Diane Wolfe

Grace Before Meals: Recipes and Inspiration for Family Meals and Family Life  by Father Leo E. Patalinhug with Stella Snyder


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Potter Fans Gear Up for the Beginning of the End

Nov 16, 2010 2:51 PM | 0 comments

It seems like only yesterday readers movie-goers were introduced to our favorite troubled hero, Harry Potter, and his entire magical wizard world. On November 19 we all get closer to the end of our time at Hogwarts with the theatrical release of the first part of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


If you are a mega-fan like me, chances are you pre-ordered and read this book back in 2007, and you were at the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in July 2009. This means your memory might be a bit foggy as to where things were left.


Here’s where your library card comes in handy!


You can reminisce about Harry’s thrilling first year as a new wizard, the introduction of Ginny Weasley, Sirius Black and his time at Azkaban and the excitement of the Triwazard Tournament. Relive the shocking revelations from members of the Order of the Phoenix and sixth book (Can you believe who ended up being the half-blood prince?). Finally you’ll arrive at Harry’s last and most important year at Hogwarts: the final battle with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named!


If you don’t have time to reread the seven lengthy novels prior to the movie premiere, stop in at the Library and pick up the DVDs or audiobooks for an all-week marathon of Harry, Hogwarts and wizardly goodness.


What was your favorite Harry Potter moment? Did you enjoy the books more than the films? Let us know in the comments!

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New Books Delivered to Your E-Mail

Nov 12, 2010 10:08 AM | 0 comments

In less than two months, we’ll all be making New Year’s resolutions. Some of us will commit to exploring new corners of the city. Others will vow to start a new business. And some of us will just promise to read more. No matter what, though, we’ll all have the same question: Where to start?


You can figure out the answer by signing up for one of BPL’s free Email Book Clubs. We offer 14 different clubs—including thrillers, classics, business, emerging authors and children’s books.


Each week, you’ll get two to three chapters of a new book sent to your email, spread out over five days. By the end of the week, you'll have read enough to decide whether or not you want to stop by your neighborhood Library and pick up the whole book. If you sign up now, you’ll get to sample at least eight books by the end of the year, just in time to start filling out that New Year’s reading list.


If you’d rather just dive right into a book without sampling, we also have a host of other reading lists to help you find new and unexpected titles.


I just subscribed to the bi-monthly “classics” book club—how about you?

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Stranger Than Fiction

Nov 10, 2010 12:24 PM | 0 comments

BPL’s annual Gala is Thursday, November 18, and now you can get tickets to the After-Party at a reduced price. The party features DJ Duane Harriott, a raffle and free giveaways, as well as an open bar for the first hour. It will be a great way to celebrate new directions for the Library.


Brooklyn’s own Maggie Gyllenhaal is a member of this year’s Gala Committee. We asked the acclaimed actress, who has gone from darling of the indie film world to respected Hollywood A-lister, to offer her recommended reading. Check out her favorite suggestions for kids and adults, and enjoy a good read. We’ll see you at the After-Party.


Books for Kids


Brundibar by Tony Kushner

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein

I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child


Books for Adults


Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman

Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon—and the Journey of a Generation by Sheila Weller

The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu, translated by Edward G. Seidensticker

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An Afternoon Worth Writing Home About

Nov 5, 2010 9:50 AM | 0 comments

In college I had a crush on Mary Pickford. But 80 or 90 years earlier, everyone did. Thanks to her ability to capture attention and sympathy, the revered actress was the first to be called “America’s sweetheart.” This Sunday BPL’s Silent Film Series is offering a free screening of Daddy-Long-Legs, giving you a chance to see why.


The Dickensian story of a young orphan who writes monthly letters to her anonymous benefactor, Marshall Neilan’s film is based on Jean Webster’s classic novel and is one of cinema’s early treasures. A live performance by pianist Stuart Oderman will accompany the film.


Daddy-Long-Legs (1919)

85 Minutes

Sunday, November 7, 1:30 PM

Central Library, Dweck Center


Curator Ken Gordon chose Daddy-Long-Legs in honor of National Adoption Month. After the movie, we encourage you to explore stories with similar themes:


Books for Children

Little Miss Spider by David Kirk


Books for Youth and Teens

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

The Once and Future King by T.H. White


Books for Adults

The Laments by George Hagen

A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore


The Silent Film Series is sponsored in part by Circle Apartments LLC.

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