SUMMER READING AT Brooklyn Public Library

May 23, 2007

Brooklyn Public Library's (BPL) annual Summer Reading Program kicks off on Thursday, June 7 at Central and all neighborhood libraries. Between 2 PM and 4 PM, children’s activities, light refreshments and gifts will be available for kids and parents who register for Summer Reading. That evening at 7 PM at Central Library, adults are invited to enjoy A Jazzy Summer Reading featuring readings of autobiographies by musician and jazz composer Paquito D’Rivera and Sue Mingus, widow of jazz legend Charles Mingus.

“Summer Reading is an opportunity for readers of all ages to have fun and unwind at their library,” said Dionne Mack-Harvin, Executive Director of BPL. “This year, we’re offering another exciting line-up of author talks, book discussions and other entertaining programs and events. Participants will also be able to submit book reviews online, and best of all, win great prizes for reading.”

BPL’s Children’s Summer Reading Program is designed to encourage learning outside of school with free activities, book-lists and workshops. According to research conducted by various educators, which available on the New York State Educations Department’s website, “studies show that reading as a leisure activity is a powerful tool to increase reading comprehension, speed and vocabulary. Significant learning losses can occur over the summer if children don't read.” BPL’s free Summer Reading activities are intended to help kids maintain and improve their reading skills while having fun. Children and teens can also participate in Summer Reading virtually via a Summer Reading website, Visitors to this site can post book reviews anonymously, create book logs and view Summer Reading program schedules.

While BPL’s Children’s Summer Reading Program aims to keep kids’ and teens’ minds active outside of school, BPL’s Adult Summer Reading Program invites library users to enjoy entertaining author talks, participate in book discussions and borrow books featured on BPL’s Adult Summer Reading Booklist. This summer, adults can also participate in online book discussions hosted by BPL librarians on

Following are a sampling of programs being held in honor of Summer Reading.


Summer Reading 2007

Sign up for Summer Reading at your neighborhood library and receive a free gift. Use our Summer Reading booklists to find your next read and our calendar to learn of forthcoming author talks and book discussion groups.
Kick Off Event: Thursday, June 7, 2 - 4 PM
All BPL locations
Please visit your local branch or for more information.

Adults’ Programs

Special Event: A Jazzy Summer Reading

National Endowment for the Arts 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).
Thursday, June 7, 7 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

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: 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

Tuesday, July 17, 11 AM
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973

Monday, August 13, 6:30 PM
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street, 718.486.3365

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

Book Discussion: Night by Elie Wiesel
Join Jewish scholar Daniella Doron for a reading and discussion of Wiesel’s autobiographical masterpiece about his survival of the Holocaust.
Monday, August 20, 1:30 PM
Borough Park Library, 1265 43rd Street, 718.437.4085

Kids’ Programs

Mythology Workshop

Keith DuQuette, author of Cock-a-Doodle MOOOO, talks about wondrous beasts from mythology. Then make your own beast!
Friday, June 22, 3:30 PM
Midwood Library, 975 East 16th Street, 718.252.0967

Get a Clue Magic & Reading Show
Join this fun blend of storytelling, magic, comedy, puppetry and music.
Tuesday, June 26, 4 PM
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973

Bookmaking in Brooklyn
Learn how to create and decorate your own journal.
Monday, July 9, 1:30 PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504

Why Read?
Laine Barton’s raucous experiments reveal that books truly are treasures.
Monday, July 9, 1:30 PM
Bushwick Library, 40 Bushwick Avenue, 718.602.1348

Treasure Book Hunt
Go on a scavenger hunt in the library and discover great books!
Mondays, 11 AM
Red Hook Library, 7 Wolcott Street, 718.935.0203

Spy School
Solve riddles, eavesdrop on conversations, take fingerprints, introduce yourself in five languages and much more!
Tuesdays, 2 PM (No session July 3)
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East Fifth Street, 718.686.9707

Get a Clue!
Follow the clues and solve a mystery.
Wednesdays, 2:30 PM (No session July 4)
Cypress Hills Library, 1197 Sutter Avenue, 718.277.6004

Family Reading Group
Enjoy the best contemporary children's literature, for ages 8 to 12.
Thursdays, 6 PM
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718.748.6261

For our full Summer Reading calendar, please visit:

For an interview with a BPL spokesperson or for more information on BPL’s Summer Reading Program, please contact Ruth A. Wagner, Publicist, at 718.230.2211 or

Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is partially funded through the generous support of the New York City Council through its Cultural After-School Adventure Fund, our leading sponsors HIP and North Fork Foundation, and Team MarburyCharitable Foundation. Additional support is provided by Altman Foundation, The Hurford Foundation, KeySpan Foundation and The Starr Foundation.

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