June 6, 2006

Event:Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) will officially kick off its annual Summer Reading Program with free, fun-filled family events at BPL's Central and all neighborhood libraries. Brooklynites of all ages in every neighborhood are invited to BPL's system-wide celebrations, which will include free arts and crafts activities, face painting, book talks, and storytelling. Library users 17 and younger will also have the opportunity to enter BPL's "Name the Summer Reading Dragon" contest. The winner with the most original dragon name will be selected by July 15, 2006. Prizes include tickets to a Mets game and publicity of the winner's dragon name on BPL's website. Highlights of the day include special appearances by a Power 105.1 FM Street trooper van at Canarsie Library located at 1580 Rockaway Parkway, Cyclones Mascot Sandy the Seagull at Coney Island Library at 1901 Mermaid Avenue. Additionally, Wendy the Snapple Lady will be participating in activities in Central Library's Youth Wing at Grand Army Plaza from 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM.

Date: Thursday, June 8, 2006
Time: 2 – 4 PM
Time may vary depending on BPL location.

Location: BPL's Central, Business and all 58 neighborhood libraries
Also at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, a Summer Reading Partner

For More Information: Please visit your local library or for schedule and location information
pertaining to specific neighborhood libraries.

Background: BPL's annual Summer Reading Program encourages library users of all ages to read during the summer through a variety of engaging recreational and educational programs and library-based incentives. Throughout the summer, BPL will host a series of special Summer Reading programs for school-age children, including puppet shows, arts and crafts activities, science and computer workshops, poetry slams, dance classes and performances by musicians, storytellers and magicians. BPL will also be the first New York City-based public library system to expand its Summer Reading program to formally include author talks and book discussion groups for adults. Renowned authors participating in BPL's Adult Summer Reading Program include Rich Cohen, author of Sweet and Low and Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan. Adult library users can keep in touch with the program, even when they can't make it into their local library by visiting, where they can find beach read recommendations and submit their own book reviews to be posted on BPL’s website, while kids may participate online by visiting

Summer Reading 2006 is made possible through the generous support of the New York City Council through its Cultural After-School Adventure Fund. Additional funding is provided by Altman Foundation, American Express Company, Astoria Federal Savings, Con Edison, The Hurford Foundation, KeySpan Foundation, The Starr Foundation, Target, Time Warner, Tribune New York Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and with Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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