JUNE 2007 SPECIAL EVENTS, PROGRAMS AND EXHIBITIONS FOR ADULTS AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY (BPL)

May 2, 2007

Starting on June 7, we encourage adults throughout Brooklyn to register for our annual Summer Reading program so that they may participate in a variety of special programs and be eligible for prizes. During this system-wide program, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) will be the place for library users to relax with good books, exchange book recommendations with other patrons and meet contemporary authors.

The following programs are free and open to the public.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Summer Reading 2007

Sign up for Summer Reading at your neighborhood library and you could be the lucky winner of one of many prizes. Use our Summer Reading booklists to find your next read and our calendar to learn of forthcoming author talks and book discussion groups. We also invite adults to submit book reviews that might be posted anonymously on our website.
Kick Off Event: Thursday, June 7
All BPL locations
Please visit your local branch or www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org for more information.

Author Talk: Paquito D'Rivera and Sue Mingus

Jazz up your season by signing up for Summer Reading 2007 at this event. Jazz Master Paquito D'Rivera reads from his autobiography My Sax Life. Sue Mingus, widow of jazz legend Charles Mingus, reads from her memoir Tonight at Noon: A Love Story. This event is produced by WBGO Jazz88.3 FM and Heart of Brooklyn (HOB), in conjunction with Brooklyn Public Library.
Thursday, June 7, 7 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

My Brooklyn Awards Ceremony

Co-sponsored by Con Edison, this reception honors juvenile, young adult and adult winners of BPL's My Brooklyn annual photo and essay contest. Winning pieces were chosen based on originality and the ability to capture the spirit of Brooklyn. Following the reception, the winners’ works will be displayed in Central Library’s Grand Lobby through the end of August.
Wednesday, June 20, 6 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

AUTHOR TALKS AND LITERARY EVENTS

Author Talk: Colin Channer: The Girl with the Golden Shoes

Enjoy a legend about a 14-year-old heroine on a fictitious Caribbean island.
Tuesday, June 12, 6 pm
Rugby Library, 1000 Utica Avenue, 718.566.0054

Poetry Reading: Caribbean Scene

Artists from the Caribbean Cultural Theatre join BPL’s Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center to honor Caribbean American Heritage Month.
Thursday, June 14, 6:30 PM
Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Boulevard, 718.856.0813

Author Talk: Debby Applegate: The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher

Learn about the minister and abolitionist, whose career suffered under publicized allegations of adultery.
Saturday, June 16, 11:30 am
Walt Whitman Library, 93 St. Edwards Street, 718.935.0244

Author Talk: D: Got

Indulge in a modern urban noir set in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Saturday, June 16, 2 pm
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza 718.230.2100

Author Talk: S.J. Rozan & Tim McLoughlin: Bronx Noir

Share an evening of mystery and suspense with two native New Yorkers inspired by the city’s northernmost borough.
Tuesday, June 19, 6:30 pm
Brooklyn Heights Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, 718.623.7100

Author Talk: Grace Edwards: A Toast Before Dying and Do or Die

Meet the author of the mystery series featuring Harlem sleuth Mali Anderson.
Wednesday, June 20, 11:30 am
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927

Book Discussion: The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Share your thoughts on this classic with other library users.
Wednesday, June 20, 11:30 AM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927

Author Talk: Peter Blauner: Slipping into Darkness

Hear a thriller about a decades-old murder case that’s reopened when the alleged killer is released from prison.
Saturday, June 23, 1 pm
Park Slope Library, 431 Sixth Avenue, 718.832.1853

Book Discussion: The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden

Discuss the novel inspired by Uganda’s former dictator Idi Amin with other patrons.
Wednesday, June 27, 6 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311

ARTISTS’ EXHIBITIONS AND TALKS

Artists Panel Discussion: Five Caribbean Artists

Meet the artists and view their works in this mixed-media exhibition in honor of Caribbean American Month. This exhibition will be up through July 5, 2007.
Thursday, June 7, 6:30 PM
Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Boulevard, 718.856.0813

Superheroes by Dulce Pinzon

Pinzon’s photographs of Mexican immigrants dressed as popular superheroes pay tribute to those she believes to be unrecognized heroes –workers who work hard for low wages that they send to their families in Mexico who rely on them to survive.
Through June 16, 2007
Central Library, Grand Lobby, Grand Army Plaza 718.230.2100

People’s Democratic Republic of Brooklyn by Youme Landowne

This site-specific installation includes 111 handmade passports featuring images of Brooklyn and blank pages for future owners to personalize them. Through her work, artist Landowne hopes to encourage everyone to take responsibility for their own citizenship.
Through June 16, 2007
Central Library, Lobby Gallery, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Women’s Work by Robbin Ami Silverberg

Silverberg’s artist’s books suggest the three stages of a woman’s life, while her installation of book objects utilize multicultural proverbs about women, depicting a prevailing misogyny that is funny as it is painful.
Through June 16, 2007
Central Library, Balcony Cases, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

My Brooklyn

This exhibition presents works by winners of this sixth annual photo and essay competition.
June 20 through August 31, 2007
Central Library, Grand Lobby, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Livable Streets in Brooklyn by Transportation Alternatives Project for Public Spaces & The Open Planning Project

Livable Streets in Brooklyn is a site-specific installation that shows alternative ways to improve NYC’s streets.
June 20 through August 31, 2007
Central Library, Lobby Gallery, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Book by Claire Rau

Rau’s artist’s books are based on the fables of La Fontaine and other French authors, employing the use of pattern, for camouflage and for enticement.
June 20 through August 31, 2007
Central Library, Balcony Cases, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Artists Panel Discussion: Racial Dynamics in France

Join artist Alexis Peskine, Dr. Michael Dash, Professor of French, New York University and Idrissa Fall, editor of French Africa of Voice of America for a discussion about the current racial climate in France and countries colonized by the French. These experts will also examine historical, cultural and political relationships between France and its territories.
Saturday, June 23, 3 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza 718.230.2100


EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS AND BUSINESS SEMINARS

The 10th Annual "You Can Do It Too" Entrepreneur Series

Attend this inspirational seminar with aspiring business owners to hear encouraging stories, learn about business resources and network.
Saturday, June 2, 10 AM
Business Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, 718.623.7100

Adult Literacy Information Session

Get more information on adult literacy.
Saturday, June 30, 10 AM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

MUSIC AND DANCE

Afro-Caribbean Dance and Drumming

Enjoy live percussion and dance to the music!
Tuesday, June 5, 6:30 PM
Cypress Hills Library, 1197 Sutter Avenue, 718.277.6004

Brazilian Dance Workshop

Learn the basic steps of the Samba Solo. Call BPL’s Multilingual Center, 718.230.2417, to register.
Saturday, June 9, 2 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Third Floor Cafeteria, 718.230.2100

PROGRAMS FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS

Family Story Time

Enjoy reading, music and sharing with your loved ones.
Monday, June 18, 5:30 PM
Stone Avenue Library, 581 Mother Gaston Boulevard, 718.485.8347

Ezra Jack Keats Bedtime Stories & Take-a-Book

Hear great stories, make crafts and take home a free book!
Thursday, June 28, 7:30 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100


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