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New Books Delivered to Your E-Mail

Nov 12, 2010 10:08 AM | 0 comments

In less than two months, we’ll all be making New Year’s resolutions. Some of us will commit to exploring new corners of the city. Others will vow to start a new business. And some of us will just promise to read more. No matter what, though, we’ll all have the same question: Where to start?


You can figure out the answer by signing up for one of BPL’s free Email Book Clubs. We offer 14 different clubs—including thrillers, classics, business, emerging authors and children’s books.


Each week, you’ll get two to three chapters of a new book sent to your email, spread out over five days. By the end of the week, you'll have read enough to decide whether or not you want to stop by your neighborhood Library and pick up the whole book. If you sign up now, you’ll get to sample at least eight books by the end of the year, just in time to start filling out that New Year’s reading list.


If you’d rather just dive right into a book without sampling, we also have a host of other reading lists to help you find new and unexpected titles.


I just subscribed to the bi-monthly “classics” book club—how about you?

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Stranger Than Fiction

Nov 10, 2010 12:24 PM | 0 comments

BPL’s annual Gala is Thursday, November 18, and now you can get tickets to the After-Party at a reduced price. The party features DJ Duane Harriott, a raffle and free giveaways, as well as an open bar for the first hour. It will be a great way to celebrate new directions for the Library.


Brooklyn’s own Maggie Gyllenhaal is a member of this year’s Gala Committee. We asked the acclaimed actress, who has gone from darling of the indie film world to respected Hollywood A-lister, to offer her recommended reading. Check out her favorite suggestions for kids and adults, and enjoy a good read. We’ll see you at the After-Party.


Books for Kids


Brundibar by Tony Kushner

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein

I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child


Books for Adults


Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman

Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon—and the Journey of a Generation by Sheila Weller

The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu, translated by Edward G. Seidensticker

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An Afternoon Worth Writing Home About

Nov 5, 2010 9:50 AM | 0 comments

In college I had a crush on Mary Pickford. But 80 or 90 years earlier, everyone did. Thanks to her ability to capture attention and sympathy, the revered actress was the first to be called “America’s sweetheart.” This Sunday BPL’s Silent Film Series is offering a free screening of Daddy-Long-Legs, giving you a chance to see why.


The Dickensian story of a young orphan who writes monthly letters to her anonymous benefactor, Marshall Neilan’s film is based on Jean Webster’s classic novel and is one of cinema’s early treasures. A live performance by pianist Stuart Oderman will accompany the film.


Daddy-Long-Legs (1919)

85 Minutes

Sunday, November 7, 1:30 PM

Central Library, Dweck Center


Curator Ken Gordon chose Daddy-Long-Legs in honor of National Adoption Month. After the movie, we encourage you to explore stories with similar themes:


Books for Children

Little Miss Spider by David Kirk


Books for Youth and Teens

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

The Once and Future King by T.H. White


Books for Adults

The Laments by George Hagen

A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore


The Silent Film Series is sponsored in part by Circle Apartments LLC.

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A Wry Writer's Recommended Reading

Oct 26, 2010 10:16 AM | 0 comments

Jon Glaser is an actor, writer and comedian whose offbeat sensibilities have blazed new trails in the alternative comedy world. As well as writing for the cult hit Human Giant, he spent five years as a writer and actor on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Glaser got his start in TV by writing for the wildly influential (and sadly short-lived) Dana Carvey Show, which also launched the careers of Steve Carrel and Stephen Colbert.


Glaser is the creator and star of Delocated on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim lineup. The show mostly shoots in Manhattan, but he lives in Park Slope. Check out this Brooklyn writer’s favorite books for kids and adults:


Books for Kids:


Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton


Books for Adults:


Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azzerad

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber by Julian Rubinstein                                    

Fraud by David Rakoff

Get Your War On by David Rees

World’s End by T. Coraghessan Boyle

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While You Were...Reading

Oct 13, 2010 1:24 PM | 0 comments

Actress Monica Keena is best known for her appearances in hits such as While You Were Sleeping, Freddy vs. Jason and Dawson’s Creek.  When the Brooklyn-born star isn’t flexing her acting muscle, she can be found enjoying a good book.

Here are her favorites:


Books for Kids

Mr. Quiet by Roger Hargreaves

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary


Books for Adults

A Light in August by William Faulkner




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