Brooklyn Public Library


Opportunity's Calling

Jan 26, 2011 9:17 AM | 0 comments

The search for the perfect opportunity is a tough one, whether you’re looking to start an academic program or a new career. With the amount of information that is out there, where do you begin? Brooklyn Public Library has events that can help you sort through the possibilities and, hopefully, end up with the right one.

If you hope to start college, begin with Central Library’s College Networking event on January 31. From 10 AM to 3 PM, you can meet with local and out-of-state college representatives; attend career, financial aid and personal statement workshops; and win prizes like college admissions books.


Looking to change careers, or just get one started? Central Library offers monthly workshops that can help with core job searching skills: The next Resume Writing Workshop is on February 2 at 3 PM, and the next Interview Skills Workshop is on February 9 at 3 PM. If you’re new to this country and wondering how to transfer your skills to a US career, you can attend our February 24 Career Transitions workshop at 6 PM.


Finally, if you hope to be your own boss, come to the Business Library’s workshop on finding helpful resources for start-up businesses (February 15, 6 PM).

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Superheroics at your Local Library

Jan 20, 2011 5:23 PM | 0 comments

It’s been a big week for superhero fans.


Just last weekend a couple big movie studios released the first pictures from the new Spider-Man and Captain America movies, and they looked pretty darn good.


Then earlier this week, director Christopher Nolan announced that Bane and Selina Kyle be the new villains in The Dark Knight Rises, his follow-up to the hugely popular Batman film The Dark Knight.


I grew up on a steady diet of Batman and Captain America, but I know not everyone was into superheroes the way I was. So, if you want to start brushing up on who these characters are (and maybe even have extensive conversations about what the movies “got right” or “got wrong”), stop by your local library and pick up some of their most popular graphic novels today:


Underneath the mask, Spider-Man is just a normal teenager, worrying about the same things his readers did. The new Spider-Man movie is going to focus on how Peter Parker learns to balance being a typical high-school student and having an atypical nightlife--the same struggle he has in Ultimate Spider-Man.


Call it childhood nostalgia, but my favorite rendition of Captain America will probably always be the cartoon from the 1960's (I watched it in reruns as a kid and still love the theme song). But there have been plenty of different renditions of Cap over the years. If you're looking for a wide range of interpretations by some of the most talented people in comics, pick up the anthology Captain America: Red, White and Blue. Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and (my personal favorite) Alex Ross all contributed.


To most people, Bane isn't as familiar or iconic a Batman villain as Scarecrow, the Joker or Two-Face, but fans of the comics know that he's one of the most imposing foes in Batman's rogues gallery. Upon his introduction to the series, the cold, intelligent crime lord figured out Batman's secret identity, walked up to Bruce Wayne's front door and broke the Dark Knight's back over his knee. Batman: Knightfall chronicles the whole story.


Next to the Joker, Selina Kyle is probably Batman's most well-known and often-adapted villain. Comic writers, film directors and TV producers all love putting their own spin on the character. My favorite Batman story is Frank Miller'Batman: Year One, which shows how Batman's first year of crimefighting inspired Selina Kyle to become Catwoman.

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What’s Happening at BPL

Jan 20, 2011 11:50 AM | 0 comments

Where can you find great local programming that won’t break the bank? Central Library’s Dweck Center is the place to be. We offer a variety of free, entertaining and educational programs throughout the year. With weekly children and adult programs, performances and thought-provoking panel discussions, just to name a few, you’re guaranteed to find something the entire family will enjoy.

This week’s line-up includes:

Amanda Hesser and Frank Bruni in Conversation

Thursday, January 20, 7 PM

Award-Winning Short Stories

Saturday, January 22, 1 PM

Drawn in Brooklyn Art Workshops: Children Make Terrible Pets...but Terrific Artists with Peter Brown

Saturday, January 22, 2:30 PM

Russian Literary Series: Irina Muravyova

Saturday, January 22, 4 PM

The Encyclopedia of New York City

Sunday, January 23, 1:30 PM

Classical Interludes: Escher String Quartet with Andrew Nolen

Sunday, January 23, 4 PM

For more information about these or other programs, please visit


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Brooklyn, Powered Up

Jan 14, 2011 11:18 AM | 0 comments

Beginning with the opening of Business Library in 1943, BPL has a long, proud history of helping entrepreneurial Brooklynites turn their talents and dreams into the businesses that fuel the life of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods. This week we continued in that tradition by announcing the winners of our seventh annual PowerUP! Business Plan Competition.


At a special awards ceremony, BPL awarded nearly $30,000 in prize money to the top 10 proposals to make it through the competition’s rigorous screening process. The $15,000 grand prize went to Camille Newman, whose innovative roving store, Pop-Up Plus, will “pop up” in different locations throughout Brooklyn in the coming year.


The entrepreneurs and business concepts that took second place, merit awards and honorable mentions embodied Brooklyn’s diversity and innovative spirit, ranging from artisanal fast-food to an acupuncture clinic to a crowd-source fashion design website.


Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz was on hand to congratulate the winners, along with Edward Odom, Vice President, Citi Community Development. (Citi Foundation was the sole sponsor of this year’s competition.)


You can visit the BPL website for more details on the winning ventures.



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El Día de los Reyes/Three Kings' Day

Jan 6, 2011 3:26 PM | 0 comments

Cuando era niña, las fiestas de Navidad no terminaban el 25 de diciembre. Nosotros también esperábamos la llegada de los Tres Reyes Magos, igual que el niño Jesús. En mi casa solamente celebrábamos con regalos y el villancico “Mi Burrito Sabanero,” pero en muchos países latinoamericanos, el Día de los Reyes, o la Epifanía, es una gran fiesta cristiana. Familias comen una Rosca rellena con pequeños muñequitos que representan a Jesús y los niños llenan sus zapatos con heno para los camellos de los Tres Reyes al esperar sus regalitos.


Esta celebración también se encuentra en países europeas con la bendición de agua y misas especiales. En Nueva York, la comunidad hispana celebra la Epifanía con un desfile patrocinado por el Museo del Barrio el 6 de enero y otro desfile en Brooklyn el próximo domingo.


Para más información sobre el Día de los Reyes, vean estos libros:


The Storytellers Candle/La Velita de los Cuentos por Lucia Gonzalez

Verde Navidad por Mrinali Álvarez Astacio y Juan Álvarez O’Neill

Ya Lleguan los Reyes Magos! por Georgina Lazaro


As a little girl, Christmas didn’t end for me on December 25. My family also observed the Feast of the Epiphany, or Three Kings’ Day. While we only celebrated the day by exchanging gifts and singing the Christmas carol “Mi Burrito Sabanero,” in many Latin American countries, the Epiphany is a grand event. There’s the sharing of the Rosca—a donut-shaped pastry filled with a little, plastic baby Jesus—and filling the kids’ shoes with hay for the Magi’s camels in exchange for gifts.


In European nations, this day is marked by special Orthodox masses and the blessing of the waters. Here in New York, El Museo del Barrio hosts a parade along Museum Mile, and a similar parade runs along Graham Avenue in Brooklyn the following Sunday.


To read more about the celebration, check out the following books from your Library:


Hurrah for Three Kings’ Day! by Lori Marie Carlson

The Legend of Old Befana: An Italian Christmas Story by Tomie de Paola

Three Kings’ Day: A Celebration at Christmastime by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith

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