Get Physical!

"I tell people I'm too stupid to know what's impossible. I have ridiculously large dreams, and half the time they come true." Debi Thomas, Olympian & Doctor.


The Berlin Boxing Club book coverThe Berlin Boxing Club
by Robert Sharenow
In 1936 Berlin, fourteen-year-old Karl Stern, considered Jewish despite a non-religious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust.

The science of gym class   book cover The science of gym class
by Darlene R Stille
613.71 S
Discusses the biological and physical science involved when the body is engaged in physical activity...

 Boy 21    book cover Boy 21
by Matthew Quick
Finley, the only white player on his high school's varsity basketball team, finds that he has a lot in common with a troubled African American transfer student he is asked to mentor.

 Game changer   book cover Game changer
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
While playing in the championship softball game, star pitcher KT Sutton blacks out and wakes up to a changed world.

 Rush for the gold book cover Rush for the gold
byJohn Feinstein
Two teenaged aspiring journalists who are dating solve a mystery at the 2012 Olympic Games, while one simultaneously competes for a gold medal in swimming.

 Rhysmyth. Vol. 1 book cover Rhysmyth. Vol. 1
by Anthony Andora & Lincy Chan
Elena is thrust into the most popular and fast-paced sport called Rhysmyth and begins to get her groove on. But she might not truly be ready for the rivalry...and romance.

 Olympic heroes and zeros  book coverOlympic heroes and zeros
by Robin Johnson
796.48 J
Looks at some of the most successful and shamed Olympic athletes in history.

 Discovering careers. Sports. book cover Discovering careers. Sports.
by Ferguson Publishing
796.023 D
Helps students explore exciting occupations related to sports.

Stamina training for teen athletes  book cover Stamina training for teen athletes
by Shane Frederick
613.711 F
Focus on topics like Lower body -- Strong core, quick rotation -- Throw faster, move quickly -- Repair and rebuild.


Database Highlight

New York Times can help you find information on a specific topic for school or for leisure reading. Try a search on sports, olympics, or black history to see what interesting information you find. (Use your library card to access all BPL databases for FREE.)

To access this database from BPL's website go to Articles & Databases → Alphabetical → Click on the letter N → New York Times


Sochi The City
Find out more about Sochi, the Russian city hosting this year's Olympics.
GLBTQ Rights in Russia
Read up about the controversy over GLBTQ rights in Russia, which has some activists calling for a boycott of the Sochi Olympics.
Jesse Owens
Video of Jesse Owens proving Hitler's theories of superior race wrong at the Berlin 1939 Olympics.
Can You Make the Olympics? 
Test your reflexes, measure your feet, holds your breath for as long as you can, and see if you can make it to the Olympics! 
Google Doodles
Check out the Google Doodles for past Olympics.
Olympics Have a Tech Side Too
Find out about the tech side of the Olympics, from the world's largest speedskating suit to high concept souvenirs.
African American Athletes in Sports History
Check out this feature article about The 20 Most Influential African American Athletes Who Changed Sports Forever.


Wilderness Survival
Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild? Learn valuable survival and emergency preparedness skills. February 1st, 11am. Get more info by clicking the link below:
Nature Exploration: Prospect Park Hike
Discover more about the history of Prospect Park during this light-paced nature hike. February 9th, 1pm.
Arsenal Gallery Exhibtion: The March
Celebrate Black History Month with this exhibition that includes work from seventeen artists and reflects on the struggles and victories of the Civil Rights Movement past, present and future. February 10th, 9am - 5pm.
Arts, Culture & Fun: Youth Open Mic!
Participate in Von King's open mic at NYC Park's cultural arts center. February 28th, 6pm (registration is required). Find out more info. at the link below: 
Brooklyn Bridge Walk
Why not have your own Winter Olympics by conquering the walk over the Brooklyn Bridge?