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Open House Weekend-Part 2

May 4, 2012 1:48 PM | 0 comments

Join us for our Open House Weekend! Fun activities and programs for all ages! Space is limited, so please get there early! 

Tango Workshop for ADULTS: 10:00 AM


Tours of Central Library: 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:30 PM

Story Time for KIDS

12:00 AM-1:00 PM - Youth Wing

3:30 PM-4:30 PM- Youth Wing

Face Painting for KIDS: 11:00AM-4:00PM

Saturday Family Programs: 1:00 PM (Get there early!)

Chocolate Chip Music presents Saris and Sitars


Snapshots: Then and Now

May 3, 2012 2:37 PM | 0 comments

A look at Central Branch over the years.. Then and Now. Did you notice anything that has changed?

Get a behind the scenes tour during our Open House Weekend on May 5th and 6th! RSVP:

Main Lobby-1950s



Central Library in the 1970s:



Apr 30, 2012 11:47 AM | 0 comments

What’s red, furry and lives on Sesame Street? If you guessed Elmo, then you’ve answered correctly. When Elmo isn’t playing with his pet goldfish, Dorothy, the three year old loves to kick back and enjoy a good book. Elmo and his friends walked through our front doors and celebrated Sesame Street's 40th Anniversary at Central Library. Enjoy free books, programs and computer at your local neighborhood branch. 

Elmo at the Library: 


Check out some of Elmo's Favorite Books: 

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone

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Open House Weekend at Brooklyn's Central Library

Apr 28, 2012 9:07 AM | 0 comments

On Saturday and Sunday, May 5th and 6th From 11 at 3 p.m., we will be giving free guided tours through areas of the Grand Army Plaza library that are not usually accessible to the public as part of the Partners and Preservation Open House Weekend. Reservations are required for these tours and participants will learn about the history of the Central Library and will visit the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper "morgue".  Find out the history of the doors at Central and help us win a grant to restore these iconic figure in Brooklyn! VOTE HERE!

Did you know that this is what the building could have looked like?

For more information on the history of the Central Library building you can read this post written by Joy AND you can come to the Central Library -- the one that WAS built:

To reserve a spot on the tour please write to 

*This blog post was taken from Brooklynology.

Raving about 'The Raven'

Apr 27, 2012 12:53 PM | 0 comments

We are very excited that one of our favorite literary figures on our doors is the center around a movie and Poe's peom! "The Raven," starring John Cusack and Luke Evans, tells an improbable tale in which the poet Edgar Allan Poe plays a detective who helps solve a series of crimes based on his own stories. "The Raven" follows an unnamed narrator on a night in December who sits reading as a method to forget the loss of his love, Lenore. A "rapping at [his] chamber door" reveals nothing, but excites his soul to "burning." A similar rapping, slightly louder, is heard at his window. When he goes to investigate, a raven steps into his chamber.


There has been a great debate as to what happened to Edgar Allan Poe during his final days on Earth. The 40-year-old author was found in October 1849 in Baltimore, incoherent and dazed, and died four days later in a hospital. He was unable to explain where he had been since he was missing for six days and was found wearing another man's clothing. Countless movies have been inspired by Poe’s fiction, perhaps most memorably Roger Corman's 1960s creepy-cool adaptations that starred Vincent Price.  Have you ever thought what Poe would be doing is he came back today? 


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