Summer Reading 2008 at Brooklyn Public Library

May 28, 2008

Press Contact:
Malika L. Granville, Marketing & Communications Associate
Brooklyn Public Library
Phone: 718.230.2211



Brooklyn, NY, May 13, 2008 – Brooklyn Public Library's (BPL) annual Summer Reading Program kicks off on Thursday, June 5 at all neighborhood libraries. Between 12 PM and 2 PM at Central Library, children’s activities, light refreshments and gifts will be available for kids and parents who register for Summer Reading. That evening at 7PM in the Dweck Center at Central Library, adults are invited to enjoy a provocative discussion by the Brooklyn Independents on The Mutating City.

BPL’s Children’s Summer Reading Program is designed to encourage learning outside of school with free activities, booklists and workshops. According to the New York State Education Department, “studies show that reading as a leisure activity is a powerful tool to increase reading comprehension, speed and vocabulary. Significant learning losses can occur over the summer if children don't read.” BPL’s free Summer Reading activities are intended to help kids maintain and improve their reading skills while having fun. Children and teens can also participate in Summer Reading virtually via a Summer Reading website, Visitors to this site can post book reviews anonymously, create book logs and view Summer Reading program schedules.

While BPL’s Children’s Summer Reading Program aims to keep kids’ and teens’ minds active outside of school, BPL’s Adult Summer Reading Program invites library customers to enjoy entertaining author talks, participate in book discussions and borrow books featured on BPL’s Adult Summer Reading Booklist. This summer, adults can also participate in online book discussions hosted by BPL librarians on

Following are a sampling of programs being held in honor of Summer Reading.


Summer Reading 2008
Catch the reading bug with Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library and Queens Library as we kick off summer reading with tons of fun, free activities for kids of all ages. At noon, enjoy a big top of fun with performers from the Big Apple Circus. At 1PM, you will be tricked and treated by amazing magicians. And at 2PM, stop by the new Dweck Center for a screening of the Bee Movie. Mr. Met himself will also be on hand to sign autographs and distribute Mets memorabilia. And, of course, when you sign up for summer reading, you'll get great booklists, sign up goodies and much more.

Kick Off Event: Thursday, June 5, 12 - 2 PM
Central Library will feature entertainment for kids of all ages

Please visit your local branch or for more information.


Brooklyn Independents: The Mutating City
Authors Kevin Powell, Luc Sante, Favianna Rodriguez, William Upski Wimsatt and Josh MacPhee debate the truths and consequences of the mutating city.
Thursday, Jun 5, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Author Talk: Tracy Brown
Brown discusses her novel White Lines.
Wednesday, Jun 18, 6:15 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311

Book Discussion: Fidel Castro: A Spoken Autobiography
Wednesday, Jun 25, 6:30 PM
Walt Whitman Library, 93 Saint Edwards Street, 718.935.0244

Book Discussion: The Talented Mr. Ripley
Monday, Jul 14, 6:15 PM
Arlington Library, 203 Arlington Avenue, 718.277.6105

Book Discussion: The Senator's Wife
Monday, Jul 14, 6:30 PM
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806

Author Talk: Nicole Krauss
Krauss reads from The History of Love.
Tuesday, Jul 15, 6:30 PM
Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718.748.5709

Book Discussion: Man Goes Down
Monday, Jul 28, 6:30 PM
Marcy Library, 617 DeKalb Avenue, 718.935.0032

Book Discussion: The Kite Runner
Wednesday, Jul 30, 6:15 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311

Book Discussion: The Song of Names
Monday, Aug 11, 6 PM
Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718.398.8713

Book Discussion: Heart-Shaped Box
Monday, Aug 11, 6:15 PM
Arlington Library, 203 Arlington Avenue, 718.277.6105

Adult Summer Reading Program: Arts & Crafts for the Home
Learn how to make beautiful and simple home decorations with ribbons.
Saturday, Aug 23, 3 PM
Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718.623.0012


Author Talk: Gordon Korman
Korman reads from his new novel Swindle.
Tuesday, Jun 17, 4 PM
Midwood Library, 975 East 16th Street, 718.252.0967

Readers Theater
Act out your favorite stories.
Thursdays, Jul 3 & 17, 1:30 PM
Borough Park Library, 1265 43rd Street, 718.437.4085

Catch the Reading Bug
Join Magic Jim and his sidekick Benny the Book Bug as they explore the world of bugs and books.
Tuesday, Jul 15, 2:30 PM
Highlawn Library, 1664 West 13th Street, 718.234.7208

End of Summer Reading Party
Kids, teens, and their parents can come in and celebrate closing of the summer reading program with tons of family fun!
Friday, Aug 15, 3:30 PM
DeKalb Library, 790 Bushwick Avenue, 718.455.3898
Wednesday, Aug 27, 2:30 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Friday, Aug 29, 2 PM
Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X, 718.382.5792
Friday, Aug 29, 4 PM
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Catch the Reading Bug: Kid Time
Enjoy a variety of fun summer activities!
Wednesdays, 2 PM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East Fifth Street, 718.686.9707

Summer Reading Book Discussion
Discuss books on this year’s Summer Reading booklist.
Thursdays, 2 PM
Saratoga Library, 8 Thomas S. Boyland, 718.573.5224

For more Summer Reading events, please visit:

For an interview with a BPL spokesperson or for more information on BPL’s Summer Reading Program, please contact Malika L. Granville at 718.230.2211 or

Brooklyn Public Library¹s Summer Reading Program is partially funded through the New York City Council¹s Cultural After-School Adventure Fund, and our generous leading sponsors, Astoria Federal Savings and Target.Additional support for the program is provided by Con Edison and the Keyspan Foundation, as well as Altman Foundation, The Hurford Foundation, The Starr Foundation, and by 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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