JUNE 2006 PROGRAMS AND EXHIBITIONS AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY (BPL)

May 2, 2006

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) heats up the summer with free, fun-filled events for library users of all ages. The whole family can jump start summer together with Summer Reading Kickoff Celebrations scheduled at all BPL libraries on Thursday, June 8. In honor of Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) Month, authors and artists – E.M. Kahn, Maureen Cummins and Elizabeth Adams – will host lively discussions to highlight the accomplishments of gay rights advocates. BPL also welcomes teens to enjoy a variety of activities, including double-dutch, karaoke and modern dance classes this June. Art exhibitions at Central Library will include BPL's "My Brooklyn" 5th Annual Photo & Essay Contest Exhibition, a showcase of winning photographs and essays capturing the essence of America’s best borough!

The following programs are free and open to the public.

AUTHOR TALKS, LECTURES AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS

E.M. Kahn: Deep Water
Thursday, June 1, 7 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

E.M. Kahn's memoir is based on a Brooklyn author's adventures as a recreational sailor. It also chronicles his relationship with a sailing buddy, who grew into a friend and long-term lover.

Elizabeth Adams: Going to Heaven: The Life and Election of Bishop Gene Robinson
Tuesday, June 13, 7 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

In celebration of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Month, Elizabeth Adams discusses her exploration of the life and work of Gene Robinson, the world's first openly gay Episcopal bishop, a man who many believe may well cause an irreparable rift in the Episcopalian Church.

Sigrid Nunez: The Last of Her Kin
Tuesday, June 13, 6:30 PM
Park Slope Library, 431 6th Avenue, 718.832.1853

Join Sigrid Nunez to hear passages from and to discuss her novel, The Last of Her Kin.

Vladimir Solovyov: Post Mortem
Thursday, June 15, 2 PM
Spring Creek Library, 12143 Flatlands Avenue, 718.257.6571

Post Mortem: The Banned Book on Joseph Brodsky is a semi-fictional biographical novel about the famous Russian poet and Nobel Prize Winner. Program in Russian.

Kenji Jasper: The House on Childress Street: A Memoir
Saturday, June 17, 12 PM
Walt Whitman Library 93 Saint Edwards Street, 718.935.0244

Novelist Kenji Jasper only knew his maternal grandfather as a quiet man who smoked too many cigarettes, drank too much liquor and quoted the Bible. Come hear about his memoir based on his search to learn more about his grandfather.

Rich Cohen: Sweet and Low
Thursday, June 15, 2 PM
Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X, 718.382. 5792

Tuesday, June 27, 6:30 PM
Brooklyn Heights Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, 718.623.7100


Gary Shteyngart: Absurdistan
Saturday, June 24, 2 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Gary Shteyngart, the tremendously funny and wickedly smart author of The Russian Debutante's Handbook, returns with a new novel, Absurdistan.

Caribbean Dialogue: Making a meaning of Caribbean Heritage Month
Thursday, June 29, 7 PM
Central Library, 3rd Floor Trustees Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

To explore answers and perspectives on the meaning of Caribbean Heritage Month, join this discussion with Dr. Claire Nelson of the Washington DC-based Institute of Caribbean Studies.

CLASSES AND BUSINESS SEMINARS

Entrepreneur Fair
Saturday, June 3, 11 AM
Business Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, 718.623.7000, x4

Learn about the entrepreneur resources available at the Business Library and network with aspiring entrepreneurs, successful business owners and organizations that support entrepreneur activities. For more information, please visit http://www.biz.brooklynpubliclibrary.org

Computer Basics Class in Russian
Wednesday, June 7, 10:30 AM
Kensington Library, Ditmas Avenue, 718.435.9431

Designed especially for Russian-speakers who are new to computers, this free class covers basic computer concepts, terms and essential skills.

Creative Writing
Fridays, June 2 through June 30, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Brownsville Library, 340 Bushwick Avenue, 718.602.1348
Ages: 18 years and Up

Write what's on your mind through poetry, journals, stories and more.

Resume Writing
Tuesdays, June 6 through June 27, 6 PM – 7 PM
Brownsville Library, 340 Bushwick Avenue, 718.602.1348
Ages: 18 years and Up

Learn to write resumes using Microsoft Resume Wizard and Microsoft Word.

Drawing with Sidney
Wednesdays, June 7 through June 28, 6:30 PM
Sheepshead Library, 2636 E.14th Street, 718.368.1815

Get creative with sketching and cartooning.

EXHIBITIONS AND ARTISTS TALKS

Alexandra Catiere and Maureen Cummins: Letters and Dark History
Through June 25, 2006
Central Library, 2nd Floor Balcony Cases, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Alexandra Catiere's photographic study of old documents and letters that she found at a flea market is exhibited alongside of Maureen Cummins' artist's books, which depict the history of violence, and the experience of marginalized populations in America.
Artist Talk by Maureen Cummins: Wednesday, June 7, 7 PM, Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza. Please call 718.369.9385, x155 for more information.

Artists of the Caribbean: Urban Vibrations
Through June 29, 2006
Flatbush Library, Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center, 22 Linden Boulevard, 718.856.0813

A photographic and mixed media exhibition depicting the socialization of Caribbean Peoples in urban America.

Diana Carulli and Nora Stephens: Tracking the Labyrinth
Through June 25, 2006
Central Library, Lobby Gallery, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

This multi-media installation explores the art form of labyrinths.

Isabel Hill: Urban Animals of Brooklyn
Through June 25, 2006
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Aiming to forge a connection between children and their borough's architecture, Hill – a photographer, architectural historian, and urban planner – shares her whimsical photographs of animal sculptures throughout Brooklyn.

"My Brooklyn" 5th Annual Photo & Essay Contest/ Exhibition
June 27 through August 13, 2006-04-21
Central Library, Grand Lobby, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Winning Photography and Essays Share Personal Stories About Brooklyn
Brooklyn Public Library's "My Brooklyn" exhibition features winning entries from a recent photography and essay contest that asked both Brooklynites and non-Brooklynites to share their personal stories about what makes Brooklyn special. The exhibition showcases over 20 winning photographs and essays selected from more than 200 entrants of all ages.

The World of S*A*M*U*E*L K*A*P*L*A*N
Through June 25, 2006
Central Library, Grand Lobby, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

SAMUEL KAPLAN, a native of the Ukraine, immigrated to the United States in 1991, and currently resides in Brooklyn. This major retrospective of his paintings includes intimate depictions of life in the borough.

FILMS

Documentary Film Screening: Dangerous Living and Forbidden Fruit
Tuesday, June 6, 7 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2211

Dangerous Living illuminates how gays and lesbians in India, Vietnam and Honduras struggle for social acceptance. In Forbidden Fruit, filmmaker Sue Maluwa Bruce breaks long-held taboos about sexual identity and lesbian love in African society.

MUSIC AND DANCE

The Voyage of the Black Madonna
Saturday, June 17, 2 PM
Central Library, 3rd Floor Trustees Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Italian singer and percussionist Alessandra Belloni will present a musical journey to the ancient sacred sites of the great Mother Earth Goddess. Program in Italian and English.

PROGRAMS FOR BABIES, CHILDREN AND TEENS

Babies and Preschoolers


Babies & Books
Wednesdays, June 7 through June 28, three times: 10, 10:30 & 11:15 AM
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2119
Ages: Birth - 18 months

Brooklyn reads to babies! Enjoy books for babies, learn fun songs and rhymes and meet families in your neighborhood. For babies and their parents or caregivers.

Story Play
Thursdays, June 8 through June 29, 10:30 AM
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2119
Ages: Birth - 5 years

Special time for babies and preschoolers and their parents or caregivers to enjoy wonderful stories, play with toys and meet new friends in this informal program.

Toddler Time
Fridays, June 9 through June 30, two times: 10:30 & 11:15 AM
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2119
Ages: 18 to 36 months

Hear picture books read aloud, discover new fingerplays and play with other children. For toddlers and their parents or caregivers.

Preschool Storytime
Saturdays, June 10 through June 24, 10:30 AM
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2119
Ages: 3 - 5 years

Enjoy new and classic picture books, favorite songs, fingerplays and other fun activities. For children and their parents or caregivers.

Children

Bedtime Stories
Monday, June 19, 6:30 PM
Jamaica Bay Library, 9727 Seaview Avenue, 718.241.3571

Wednesday, June 28, 6:30 PM
Paerdegat Library, 850 East 59th Street, 718.241.3994
Ages: 3 - 8 years

Put on your pajamas and cuddle up with bedtime stories. Parent/caregiver participation required.

Animal Tales
Presented by the Prospect Park Zoo
Tuesdays, June 6 through 27
Cortelyou Library, 1305 Cortelyou Road,718.693.7763 Ages 5 - 12

Wednesdays, June 7 through June 28, 10:30 AM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East 5th Street, 718.686.9707
Ages: 5 - 12

Touch the sharp beak of a red-tailed hawk, explore the 400 bones of a snake's back, and hold the giant egg of a pre-historic bird in this interactive show and tell session.

Wednesdays, June 7 through June 28, 4 PM
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2119
Ages: 10 - 12
Calling all tweens, ages 10 to 12! This is your time to make crafts, play games, talk about books and participate in other fun activities.

Musical Storyteller Danny Addleman
Monday, June 12, 3 PM
Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718.946.2917
Ages: 6 - 12

Sing and play along in an interactive program that features books, art and music!

Storyteller Alan Siege
Wednesday, June 21, 4 PM
Jamaica Bay Library, 9727 Seaview Avenue, 718.241.3571
Ages: 6 - 12

Hear funny, thought-provoking, and maybe even some scary stories from across the seven seas.

Teens

Karaoke
Thursdays, June 1 through June 29, 4 PM
Brower Park Library, 725 St. Marks Avenue, 718.773.7208
Rugby Library, 1000 Utica Avenue, 718.566.0054
Ages: 13 - 18

You and your friends can be singing superstars at these libraries!

Chess and Chinese Checkers
Fridays, June 2 through June 30, 3:30 PM
Ulmer Park Library, 2602 Bath Avenue, 718.265.3443
Ages: 13 - 18

Learn to play or just improve your game.

Garden Fun
Mondays, June 5 and June 19, 3:30 PM
Wednesdays, June 7 and June 21, 3:30 PM
Mapleton Library, 60th Street, 718. 256.2117

Learn the basics of gardening through fun, hands-on activities.

Jewelry Making with Pamela Isaac
Tuesday, June 6, 4 PM
Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718.748.5709
Ages: 13 - 18

Young artisans will learn to create African designs at this workshop.

Phat Phun Poetry Workshop
Thursdays, June 8 through June 29, two times: 3:30 & 4:30 PM
Ages: 13 - 18

A weekly poetry writing workshop for teens!

Double Dutch
Mondays, June 5 and 19, 4 PM
Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue, 718.265.3220
Ages: 13 - 18

Enjoy an afternoon of double dutch, music and snacks.

Modern Dance with a Latin Touch: Annabella Gonzalez
Tuesday, June 13, 4 PM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159
Ages: 13 - 18

The Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater, a modern dance company, performs to Hispanic music themes, and presents dances ranging from comical to dramatic.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Jump Start Your Summer With Summer Reading Kickoff Celebrations at
Brooklyn Public Library
Thursday, June 8, 2 PM
All Brooklyn Public Libraries

Celebrate the start of the summer reading season! Babies, kids, teens and even adults can sign up to read this summer and submit book reviews and win prizes for participating. At every Brooklyn Public Library there will be fun activities, free food and prizes! Please visit your local library or www.summerreading.org for more information.








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