November 13, 2006

Event: To mark the reopening of Brooklyn Public Library's (BPL) newly renovated Highlawn Library, BPL invites the community to a ribbon cutting ceremony tomorrow, November 14, at noon. The event will be attended by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, BPL's Interim Executive Director Dionne Mack-Harvin, BPL's Board of Trustees President Tom Amon, State Senator Martin Golden, Assembly Member William Colton, Councilman Domenic M. Recchia Jr. and a class of first graders from PS 97.

Date Tuesday, November 14, 2006
and Time:
12 PM

Location: Highlawn Library
664 West 13th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Background: Highlawn Librarys $572,000 renovation was generously funded by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Elected officials also representing the library are Congressman Jerrold Nadler, State Senator Martin Golden, Assembly Member William Colton and Councilman Domenic M. Recchia Jr..

Highlawn Library's improvements include:

•Reconfigured public spaces
•First Five Years Reading Space – a colorful area for children five-years-old and younger featuring age-specialized furniture, learning tools, board books and computers
•Refurbished auditorium
•New lighting, carpeting and paint throughout
•New furniture
•New electronic equipment and services, including free wireless Internet service, 14 public computers and two Express Check Machines
•Hundreds of new books, CDs and DVDs

Events: Bubbles the Clown
Tuesday, November 14, 3:30 PM

The fantastic antics of Bubbles the Clown will keep you smiling. Performer Elaine Gil inspires the entire audience to get involved, making this a delightful experience for kids ages 6 to 12.

Ba Ban Chinese Music Society
Wednesday, November 22, 3:30 PM

This gifted ensemble performs ancient Chinese music with silk and bamboo instruments, dating from the Ching dynasty (1636-1911). All ages.

The Magic of Amore
Wednesday, November 29, 3:30 PM

Learn the secrets of magic tricks and wizardry with magician James Lazzarini. Music, illusions and full audience participation make this a fun, interactive experience that you don’t want to miss. For ages 9 to 12.

The Ray Rivera Jazz Trio
Tuesday, December 5, 11 AM

Legendary musician Ray Rivera plays a selection of cabaret songs, including works by George Gershwin, Cole Porter and his own compositions, as well as mainstream jazz, calypso and Brazilian music. With Rivera on guitar and vocals, Ed Jackson on bongos and John Neilson on bass. For all ages.

Home on the Ranch with Cowhands Steve & Carolyn
Tuesday, December 12, 11 AM

Children five and younger will love singing popular nursery songs, hearing Western stories and learning about the Old West from cowhands Steve and Carolyn. With coloring handouts and surprise treats!

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