June 2008 Programs at Brooklyn Public Library

May 12, 2008

Press Contact:
Malika L. Granville, Marketing & Communications Associate
Brooklyn Public Library
Phone: 718.230.2211
m.granville@brooklynpubliclibrary.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 2008 Programs and Exhibitions at Brooklyn Public Library

Brooklyn, NY, May 1, 2008 – Catch the reading bug! The summer has arrived and BPL is celebrating in a major way. June marks the beginning of our Summer Reading Initiative which the whole family can enjoy. More information on these programs, plus many others, is below. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Summer Reading 08
Summer Reading Kick Off Celebration (for All Ages)
Come one; come all to the biggest celebration of them all! Catch the reading bug with Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library and Queens Library as we kick off summer reading with tons of fun, free activities for kids of all ages. At noon, enjoy a big top of fun with performers from the Big Apple Circus. At 1PM, you will be tricked and treated by amazing magicians. And at 2PM, stop by the new Dweck Center for a screening of the Bee Movie. And, of course, when you sign up for summer reading, you'll get great booklists, sign up goodies and much more.
Thursday, June 5, 12PM
Brooklyn Public Library's Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

FOR ADULTS

Classes & Workshops

Cartooning Workshop
Lauren R. Weinstein teaches you to design, pencil and ink your own mini comics using traditional tools.
Tuesday, Jun 10, 6:30 PM
Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Ave, 718.302.3485

ConEdison Power Breakfast: The Branding of Brooklyn
Learn how Brooklyn can be positioned to create sales across the country.
Wednesday, Jun 18, 8:30 AM
Business Library, 280 Cadman Plaza, 718.623.7000

Fatherhood Resource Fair
Learn about community services available to men and their families. Presented by the Caribbean Women’s Health Association.
Wednesday, Jun 18, 11:30 AM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Knitting Workshop
Learn or perfect this skill.
Wednesday, Jun 18, 6 PM
DeKalb Library, 790 Bushwick Avenue, 718.455.3898
Mondays, 4 PM
Bushwick Library

11th Annual Entrepreneur Expo
Network with other entrepreneurs, find business support services and learn about free classes and programs.
Saturday, Jun 21, 11 AM
Business Library, 280 Cadman Plaza, 718.623.7000

Arts & Crafts for the Home
Learn how to make beautiful and simple home decorations with ribbons.
Saturday, Jun 21, 3 PM
Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718.623.0012

Polish Language Class
Learn basic Polish. All levels welcome.
Mondays, 10:30 AM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504



Exhibitions

All exhibitions run June 17 – August 30 at Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100. (Unless otherwise noted)

Art Imagination
Enjoy works by Igor Bezchastnov, Yakov Kleynerman, Lucy Kotlyar and Olga Tsytsarina.
Sunday, Jun 1 – Thursday, Jul 31
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709

Along the Way
Book art and sculptural bases by Barbara Barnes Allen that are a link to what she has seen and felt around her.


Fairy Tales Retold
Images by Fay Ku inspired by the myths, ghost stories and fairy tales of various cultures.

Journeys
Suitcases transformed into sculptural expressions by Chanika Svetvilas using found objects, text and mixed media to critique cultural consumerism.

New York Waters: Profiles from the Edge
Photographic portraits featuring the world of waterfront trades by award-winning photographer Randy Duchaine.

Twilight on the Waterfront: Brooklyn’s Vanishing Industrial Heritage
Photographs by Nathan Kensinger documenting Brooklyn’s changing waterfront over the past five years.

Visual Poetry in Artists Books
Fragmented words become images and images become words in these photos, drawings and calligraphic marks in folded pages by Marilyn R. Rosenberg.



Film Screenings

Chinese Movie: Xia Ri Ju Chang
Enjoy this free screening.
Wednesdays, Jun 4 & 18, 2:30 PM
McKinley Park Library, 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway, 718.748.8001

Crossing Delancey
Enjoy this free screening.
Tuesday, Jun 10, 1:30 PM
Ryder Library, 5902 23rd Avenue, 718.331.2962



Music & More

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Abaca String Quintet
Enjoy a unique blend of 8-string guitar, mandolin, violin, viola and double bass.
Monday, Jun 16, 6 PM
Midwood Library, 975 East 16th Street, 718.252.0967

Healthy Tai Chi
Learn from a tai chi master. Registration required.
Mondays, 10 AM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709



Readings & Discussions

Brooklyn Independents: The Mutating City
Authors Kevin Powell, Luc Sante, Favianna Rodriguez, William Upski Wimsatt and Josh MacPhee debate the truths and consequences of the mutating city.
Thursday, Jun 5, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

The Accidental
Discuss this novel by Ali Smith.
Monday, Jun 9, 2 PM
Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718.946.2917

Philosophy Discussion Group
Discuss topics chosen by the group.
Fridays, Jun 13 & 27, 3:30 PM
New Utrecht Library , 1743 86th Street, 718.236.4086

Author Talk: Tracy Brown
Brown discusses her novel White Lines.
Wednesday, Jun 18, 6:15 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311

A Thousand Splendid Suns
Discuss this novel by Khaled Hosseini about two women coping with 30 years of war in Afghanistan.
Thursday, Jun 19, 2 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Guyanese Writers in the Diaspora
New works of eight Guyanese authors are showcased in this exciting presentation.
Sunday, Jun 22, 4 PM
Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Boulevard, 718.856.0813

Wandering Jews of Brooklyn
Lecture presented by New York author and architect Oscar Israelowitz.
Tuesday, Jun 24, 6:30 PM
Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Avenue, 718.302.3485

Book Discussion: Fidel Castro: A Spoken Autobiography
Wednesday, Jun 25, 6:30 PM
Walt Whitman Library, 93 Saint Edwards Street, 718.935.0244



FOR KIDS

Babies & Books and RIF
Enjoy books, songs and rhymes with babies, birth to 18 months. Babies can also earn free books by reading. See your librarian for details.
Mondays, Jun 2, 16 & 30, 10:30 AM
Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718.748.5709
Wednesdays, Jun 11 & 25, 1:30 PM
Borough Park Library, 1265 43rd Street, 718.437.4085
Fridays, 10:30 AM
McKinley Park Library, 6802 Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 718.748.8001

Origami
Mondays, Jun 2, 16 & 30, 4 PM
Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718.748.5709

Preschool Story Time & RIF
Enjoy classic books and songs with others, ages 3 to 5. Preschoolers can also earn free books by reading. See your librarian for details.
Wednesdays, Jun 4 & 18, 1:30 PM
Borough Park Library, 1265 43rd Street, 718.437.4085
Mondays, 10:30 AM
McKinley Park Library, 6802 Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 718.748.8001

Dance Dance Revolution
Friday, Jun 6, 3:30 PM
Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718.748.5709

Read with a Dog
Practice reading with a certified therapy dog! Registration required.
Monday, Jun 16, 4 PM
Park Slope Library, 431 6th Avenue, 718.832.1853
Monday, Jun 23, 4 PM
Carroll Gardens Library, 396 Clinton Street, 718-596-6972

Father’s Day Arts & Crafts
Friday, Jun 20, 3:15 PM
Macon Library, 361 Lewis Avenue, 718.573.5606
Friday, Jun 20, 3:15 PM
Washington Irving Library 360 Irving Avenue, 718.628.8378

Bushwick Impact Family Fun
Enjoy games, stories and arts and crafts for the whole family.
Saturday, Jun 21, 12:30 PM
DeKalb Library, 790 Bushwick Avenue, 718.455.3898

Ezra Jack Keats Story Time & Take-a-Book
Hear great stories, make crafts and take home a free book!
Thursday, Jun 26, 7:30 PM
Central Library, Youth Wing Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100


FOR TEENS

Teens

Through Caribbean Eyes: A Film Festival
Enjoy films, documentaries and animation from the Caribbean diaspora.
Daily, Jun 2 – 7, 10 AM
No session Jun 5
Central Library, Dweck Center Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Bookmaking
Learn how to create your own books with everyday materials.
Tuesday, Jun 3, 4 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.236.4086

Metamorphosis @ Your Library: Changing Technology
Start a wiki and add content to your very own website.
Thursday, Jun 5, 5 PM
Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718.748.5709

Talent Show in Russian
Saturday, Jun 7, 11:30 AM
Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X, 718.382.5792

Art Club
Learn how to create a portfolio to help you get into an art school. Pick up a ticket at the Juvenile Desk on the day of program.
Saturday, Jun 7, 2 PM
Central Library, Youth Wing Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Metamorphosis @ Your Library: Change Your Lifestyle
Get tips and play games about grooming, dressing for success, dining and more.
Wednesday, Jun 11, 3 PM
McKinley Park Library, 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway 718.748.8001
Thursday, Jun 12, 4 PM
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806

Karaoke
Friday, Jun 13, 3:30 PM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709

Author Talk: Gordon Korman
Korman reads from his new novel Swindle.
Tuesday, Jun 17, 4 PM
Midwood Library, 975 East 16th Street , 718.252.0967

Anime & Manga Club
Read, discuss and draw your favorite manga and anime.
Wednesday, Jun 18, 4 PM
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973

Metamorphosis @ Your Library: Changing Times
Make a timeline of your life!
Wednesday, Jun 25, 3 PM
McKinley Park Library, 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway, 718.748.8001

Intergenerational Gardening
Gardeners of all ages enjoy nature and dig in the dirt!
Tuesdays & Fridays, 3:30 PM
Mapleton Library, 1702 60th Street, 718.256.2117

Guitar Workshop
Learn tips and techniques for playing the guitar.
Wednesdays, 4 PM
Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue, 718.265.3220

Salsa Dance Workshop
Fridays, 3 PM
Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue, 718.265.3220

Crocheting Workshop
Learn or perfect this skill.
Saturdays, 3 PM
Brownsville Library, 61 Glenmore Avenue, 718.498.9721

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