Brooklyn Public Library


Sweepin' Clouds Away with Maria

Jun 2, 2010 1:31 PM | 0 comments

In anticipation of her appearance at BPL's 2010 Summer Reading Kickoff, actress, author and Emmy Award winner Sonia Manzano—best known for her role as Maria on Sesame Street —is here to offer us some of her favorite summertime reads.

A New York native, Sonia has appeared as one of television’s most beloved characters for over 30 years. She will be joining BPL this June 10th as we celebrate summer and books with a block party featuring live music, dance, balloon tomfoolery and one very special reading by Sonia herself. It’s all happening on Central Library’s plaza and it’s all free!

To tide you over until next week, Sonia’s favorites:

For Children

1. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, by Betty Smith

2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

3. The Skin I’m In, by Sharon G. Flake

4. Esperanza Rising, by Pam Muñoz Ryan

5. Dark Dude, by Oscar Hijuelos 

For Adults

1. The Best American Short Stories 2009, edited by Alice Sebold

2. When I Was Puerto Rican, by Esmeralda Santiago

3. Lit: A Memoir, by Mary Karr 

4. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz

5. Fine Just the Way It Is: Wyoming Stories 3, by Annie Proulx

No Shush Zone will be publishing celebrity booklists all summer long; come back to see what your favorite stars are reading!

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June Bugging You?

Jun 1, 2010 11:37 AM | 0 comments

So you’ve finally tapped into that time off you’ve been saving and now you’re bored? Luckily, it’s a big month at Central Library. Check out some of the exciting June events:


June 2, Second Floor Meeting Room: Don’t go for broke! Come to a Growing Dollars and Sense workshop at 6 PM to learn how to make the most of your money through banking and investing. This is one of many events; visit our website for more.

June 10, Plaza: Meet Maria from Sesame Street! Surely that name brings up some fond memories. She’ll be at the kickoff of Summer Reading 2010 at 11 AM. You can also enjoy live music on the Plaza and sign up for Summer Reading, which features reading recommendations, free events and the chance to earn prizes.

June 17 & 24, Plaza: Learn to swing dance! At 6:30 PM, get lessons from instructor Eve Polich. Then, at 7 PM, Paul Shapiro’s Ribs and Brisket Revue performs hard-swinging jump blues with Yiddish flavoring. This Swing Series continues through the summer on Thursdays.


June 30, Brooklyn Collection: Grab a cold one! Come at 6:30 PM to sample some of the best local beers and get an in-depth look at how the beverage has played a pivotal role in the history of Brooklyn. Please RSVP by calling 718.230.2723. Seating is limited, so call today!

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High Style in Brooklyn

May 24, 2010 4:15 PM | 0 comments

New York Fashion Week may be a few months away, but you don’t have to wait until September to get your dose of fashion flare. From May 7 through August 1, Brooklyn Museum will host American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection.

This ode to women's fashion will include pieces from both American designers and those that have greatly influenced American design such as Bonnie Cashin and Christian Dior. Each article of clothing on exhibit is hand-picked from the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

And while you're in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by Brooklyn Public Library to visit our extensive collection of books about fashion and design. Catch it while you can, because like Tim Gunn says, one day you're in and the next day you’re out!

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Summering in Cannes, Remotely

May 21, 2010 9:32 AM | 0 comments

If volcanic ash from Iceland and other naturally occurring disasters (see: global economic collapse) have conspired against you this summer, thwarting visions of southern France and international cinema, despair not: your journey to this year’s Festival de Cannes begins at BPL.

As one of the last extant societies for old-guard glamour and art, the films   and celebrities that parade through Cannes still exude a certain wattage and grandeur, and arrive each year impervious to the world’s ruptures—volcanic or otherwise. That we cannot all live along such lines is precisely what this festival invites us to forget.   Thus, it is in the spirit of forgetting that Brooklyn Public Library invites those detained on these shores to pick up an aperitif and mine our decadent collection of films that feature actors, directors and jury members from Cannes 2010. To begin, carry your ABC card like a passport, visit one of BPLs neighborhood libraries, and perhaps, in the words of this year’s head jury member— Tim Burton—discover a film that knocks on the doors of your dreams.

Alejandro González Iñárritu (21 Grams), Jean-Luc Godard (Breathless), Woody Allen (Annie Hall), Tim Burton (Beetlejuice), and Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) are among the directors and performers who have been selected for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and whose work you can checkout at BPL. Revisit some old favorites and discover some new ones while you wait for the latest premiers. View the festival's official selection, then peruse BPLs catalog for complimentary titles, which you can watch for free.

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Staying Involved & Active

May 17, 2010 10:54 AM | 0 comments

BPL is a strong proponent of the belief that life doesn't end after 60there's a lot to be gained by staying active in our older age. I'm sure you know someone who can benefit from programs offered by BPL's Service to the Aging (SAGE).

Homebound folks of any age can use the Books by Mail service; you can find lectures, films, cultural programs and creative writing classes at several neighborhood libraries; and online, you can take an internet tutorial that gives all the basics of using the World Wide Web and email.


Check out the SAGE website and our Events Calendar for more detailed info about events and programs.

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