Brooklyn Public Library


Spread Love, It’s The Brooklyn Way!

Mar 14, 2011 12:09 PM | 0 comments

Two Brooklyn heavyweights have joined forces to keep you fashionable for a good cause. 

BPL supporters can show their love by purchasing the oh-so-chic, limited edition I BPL T-shirt at Brooklyn Industries. Proceeds go toward Support Our Shelves, a fundraising campaign to help BPL purchase new library materials.

Buy your T-shirt today! You can also donate to Support Our Shelves online or at your library.


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Support Our Shelves!

Mar 1, 2011 11:50 AM | 0 comments

Brooklyn Public Library provides all Brooklynites with books, DVDs and eBooks. However, due to extensive budget cuts we may not be able to continue to grow our collection.

Starting today through June, we’re asking for your help in raising $500,000 to expand our catalog of books and library materials. Last year your generous donations allowed us to buy 30,000 books, CDs and DVDs. We need your help again!


You can donate by picking up a Support Our Shelves envelope from your local library or by visiting our online donation page.

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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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