May 18, 2006

Newly designed to provide entertaining and educational resources for library users of all ages, Brooklyn Public Library has expanded Summer Reading to better serve children and adults.

Brooklyn Public Library's (BPL) annual Summer Reading Program officially kicks off on Thursday, June 8, 2006 at BPL's Central and all neighborhood libraries with free arts and crafts activities and snacks for library users of all ages. Gifts will also be available for everyone who registers for Summer Reading.

Children and teens can also register for Summer Reading online at They can post book reviews at this site, find suggested reading lists, and see what other participants are reading.

"I love the buzz and fun of kicking off Summer Reading," says Judy Zuckerman, BPL's Assistant Director of Neighborhood Services, Children's and Family Services. "At each BPL location, it's a time for us to come together with the public, enjoy warm weather, and celebrate READING! Summer Reading helps babies and toddlers to learn and gives older kids an edge in school. Adults can benefit from Summer Reading, too — plus, we make Summer Reading fun for all ages at BPL!”

During BPL's system-wide Summer Reading kick-off celebration, library users 17 and younger will 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 a panel comprised of BPL staff and Trustees by July 15, 2006. Prizes include tickets to the Mets game on August 23rd and publicity of the winner's dragon name on BPL's website. Entry forms, which must be submitted to a BPL librarian by Saturday, June 17, 2006, will be available at every neighborhood library.

Throughout the summer, BPL will keep the fun of Summer Reading alive with special programs at all neighborhood libraries for children, such as arts and crafts activities, science workshops and performaces by storytellers, magicians and musicians.

Summer Reading at BPL is not just for kids anymore! Due to interest by Brooklyn's adult readers, BPL has expanded Summer Reading 2006 to better serve its adult library users. BPL's Adult Summer Reading program includes a series of author talks hosted by various neighborhood libraries between June and August 2006. The dynamic line-up features some of today's most talented writers, including Rich Cohen, author of Sweet and Low and Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan. For adult readers who enjoy literary conversations, BPL's neighborhood libraries will host book discussion groups for readers to discuss hot titles like A Million Little Pieces and Everything Is Illuminated. BPL's suggested Adult Summer Reading Booklist, also available on, offers contemporary fiction and nonfiction titles. Adult readers will also have the opportunity to win prizes and write book reviews that will be posted anonymously to BPL's website.

For more information on BPL's Summer Reading programs, please refer to the following schedule, or visit .

The following programs are free and open to the public.



BPL's Summer Reading 2006 Kick Off Celebrations
Thursday, June 8, 2 - 4 PM
All BPL Libraries

BPL teams up with the Brooklyn Children's Museum to officially kick off Summer Reading 2006 with free, fun-filled family events at the Museum and all BPL libraries. The free festivities include arts and crafts, face painting and snacks. Gifts will be available for everyone who registers for summer reading.


Rich Cohen: Sweet and Low: A Family Story
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

Monday, August 14, 6:30 PM
Leonard Library, 2115 Ocean Avenue, 718.375.3037

Cohen shares his account of his family and the business it built through its invention of the pink artificial sweetener packet.

Gary Shteyngart: Absurdistan
Saturday, June 24, 2 PM
Central Library, Room 214, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Gary Shteyngart discusses and reads from his amusing novel, which follows the journey of Misha Vainburg, a 30-year-old 'incorrigible fatso" with a penchant for whiskey, women and sturgeon, from "St. Leninsburg" to a country in the Caucasus called Absurdsvani.

Michele Scicolone: Entertaining with the Sopranos
Monday, July 10, 1:30PM
New Utrecht Library, 86th Street, 718.236.4086

Scicolone delights fans of the award-winning HBO drama series and foodies everywhere with tips from her Sopranos-inspired cooking book.

Reed Farrel Coleman: Hardboiled Brooklyn
Tuesday, August 8, 11 AM
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973

Editor Coleman reads from an anthology of slash and burn short stories set in Brooklyn and written by today’s hottest crime fiction writers.


Magic of Amore: Magic With James Lazzarini
Monday, August 14, 3:30 PM
Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Avenue, 718.302.3485

Thursday, August 17, 3:15 PM
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718.748.6261

Thursday, August 24, 3:30 PM
Sheephead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718.368.1815

Friday, August 25, 2 PM
Midwood Library, 975 East 16th Street, 718.252.0967

Journey with magician James Lazzarini through his amazing world of illusions.

Musical Storytelling with Akwesi Asante
Wednesday, August 16, 4 PM
Arlington Library, 203 Arlington Avenue, 718.277.6105

Friday, August 25, 4 PM
Brownsville Library, 61 Glenmore Avenue, 718.498.9721

Celebrate the African folk art tradition with Akwesi Asante through storytelling, music and dance.

Musical Storytelling with Daniel Stone
Friday, August 18, 2 PM
Ryder Library, 5902 23rd Avenue, 718.331.2962

Friday, August 25, 1 PM
Jamaica Bay Library, 9727 Seaview Avenue, 718.241.3571

Kids and their families are invited to enjoy lively performances of tales and tunes as Daniel Stone weaves together song with story to captivate audiences of all ages.

Musical Performance by Louie from Jerry Joy
Thursday, August 31, 3:30 PM
Sunset Park Library, 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806

Monday, August 28, 2 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Sing, dance, act and "shout" into the microphone with Louie from Jerry Joy. Please call 718.230.2100 for information on specific location within Central Library.

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 the Altman Foundation, American Express Company, Astoria Federal Savings, Con Edison, Hurford Foundation, KeySpan Foundation, The Starr Foundation, Target, 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.

For additional information on Brooklyn's Summer Reading programs, please visit your neighborhood library or

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