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Oscar Is at Your Library

Feb 28, 2011 3:23 PM | 0 comments

There was a lot of buzz about the Academy Awards this year, from the selection of hosts to the audience in attendance. Hopefully you were able to catch some of the nominated films; if not, you have some work to do, because this year’s batch was pretty good. Some of the Best Picture nominees have already hit your library shelves, and others are on their way. Either way, search for them in our online catalog.

Check out some reading that we’ve nominated as excellent accompaniment to these great films.


The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich

Reading to accompany The Social Network


Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston

The memoir that relates the story of 127 Hours


True Grit by Charles Portis

The novel the movie is based on


Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell

The novel the movie is based on

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¡Díos, Patria, Libertad!

Feb 25, 2011 10:18 AM | 0 comments

This Sunday, while many will be preparing for a marathon viewing of the 83rd Academy Awards presentations, hundreds of thousands of New York City’s Dominicans will be celebrating their homeland’s independence day.

In 1838 Dominican nationalist Juan Pablo Duarte and two other countrymen began forming a rebellion to overthrow their Haitian oppressors. On February 27, 1844, the rebels took back the Ozama fortress in Santo Domingo, bringing independence to the small country. The rest, as they say, is history!

To party with the ‘natives,’ read up on more Dominican history and culture with these materials from your library:

The Dominican Republic by Douglas A. Phillips and Charles F. Gritzner
The Dominican Republic: A National History by Frank Moya Pons

Merengue Tipico from the Dominican Republic [sound recording] by La India Canela
Para Ti [sound recording] by Juan Luis Guerra; 4.40

The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa; translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

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Refunds and Write-Offs and Claims, Oh My!

Feb 22, 2011 4:16 PM | 0 comments

The mere thought of tax season is usually enough to send some of us up the wall. Refunds, exemptions and write-offs can all seem like a blur when trying to go it alone. From now through April 17, let Brooklyn Public Library, the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment and AARP help you navigate the murky waters of the IRS.

Remember, April 18 is right around the corner.



For more information about our free tax assistance and other available tax resources please visit


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Memento's Mementos

Feb 18, 2011 10:59 AM | 0 comments

In the ten years since it was first released, Christopher Nolan’s Memento has crossed over from indie success to general popularity. The story of an amnesiac investigating his wife’s murder, Memento’s questions of identity, memory and authority seem irrevocably modern. However, it would probably be most at home alongside the great film noirs of the 1930s and 1940s.


The classic Hollywood noir was film’s answer to hardboiled detective novels—stories where cynical, world-weary investigators take up with mysterious femme fatales to solve convoluted cases. Some of the most enduring noirs bridged the gap by directly adapting successful hardboiled novels from writers like Dashiell Hammet and Raymond Chandler. Other enduring noirs just borrowed their themes and worldview.


By the end of the 1990s, most filmmakers only addressed film noir and hardboiled crime fiction with a superficial wink—through loving homage or self-conscious parody. Memento, on the other hand, managed to bring the concept of the film noir into a contemporary setting without a hint of irony. It plumbed hardboiled fiction for its core motifs: mistrust of police and authority, infatuation with feminine mystery, and a conviction that the world is complex and humans mostly selfish.


The books that are the source for Memento’s themes are some of the best pot-boilers and page-turners in American literature. Why not stop by your neighborhood library and pick up a book by one of the genre’s godfathers?


Books by Dasheill Hammett


The Maltese Falcon

The Dain Curse

Crime Stories and Other Writings


Books by Raymond Chandler


The Big Sleep

Farewell, My Lovely

The Long Goodbye

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Hail to the (New York) Chief

Feb 17, 2011 9:29 AM | 0 comments

Monday is Presidents Day. Officially known as Washington’s Birthday, some states, including New York, also recognize Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. While these former presidents are revered in February, we’d like to remind you of four other noteworthy commanders-in-chief: the Empire State’s own Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt.

To brush up on your knowledge of these and other US presidents, check out these selections from your Library:

The Complete Book of US Presidents by William A. DeGregorio
Martin Van Buren by Ted Widmer
Millard Fillmore by Jane Clark Casey
Theodore Roosevelt: A Twentieth-Century Life by Michael L. Cooper
FDR by Jean Edward Smith

Don't forget to visit us online for more presidential books today!

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