May 16, 2006

Brooklyn Public Library's (BPL) annual Summer Reading Program is designed to provide entertaining and educational resources for library users of all ages. While school-age children delight in a variety of special programs – including performances by storytellers, musicians and magicians – adult library users are invited to enjoy BPL's unique Adult Summer Reading program, which features author talks and book discussion groups. Please refer to the following schedule for this summer's highlights.

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 will officially kick off its annual Summer Reading Program with fun-filled family events at BPL's Central, Business 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, sing-a-longs, storytelling, live entertainment and snacks. Please call your local library for schedule and location information pertaining to specific neighborhood libraries.

Contemporary authors read from and discuss their latest books. Each author talk will be followed by a question and answer session. Autographed books will be available for purchase at each event.

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.

Vladimir Solovyov: Post Mortem: The Banned Book on Joseph Brodsky
Thursday, June 15, 2 PM
Spring Creek Library, 12143 Flatlands Avenue, 718.257.6571

Program in Russian
Russian-born writer Solovyov discusses his semi-fictional biographical novel about the famous Russian poet and Nobel Prize Winner Joseph Brodsky.

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

Tuesday, July 11, 6:30 PM
Rugby Library, 1000 Utica Avenue, 718.566.0054

Journalist Jasper shares insightful moral lessons on black manhood.

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 made with tips from his Sopranos-inspired cooking book.

M.L. Malcolm: Silent Lies
Tuesday, July 11, 2 PM
Midwood Library, 975 East 16th Street, 718.252.0967

Thursday July 13, 2 PM
Sheepshead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718.368.1815

Malcolm shares her novel debut, which chronicles the life of a man reconciling his nonreligious Jewish heritage with the persecution of all people of Jewish ancestry throughout Europe during the Nazi regime.

Debby Applegate: The Most Famous Man in America:
The Biography of Ward Beecher

Tuesday, July 18, 6:30 PM
Brooklyn Heights Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, 718.623.7100

Applegate entertains with her insightful account of famous minister, abolitionist and public intellectual, whose career suffered under publicized allegations of adultery.

Sandra Kitt: The Next Best Thing
Wednesday, July 19, 6 PM
Washington Irving Library, 360 Irving Avenue, 718.628.8378

Kitt reads from and discusses her novel about a passionate high school reunion in Italy.

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

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

Kevin Baker: Strivers Row
Tuesday, August 8, 6:30 PM
Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718.748.5709

Set in Harlem in 1943, Baker's historical novel imagines the early days of the man who became Malcolm X.

Donna Hill: Getting Hers: A Tale of Revenge
Wednesday, August 16, 6 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311

Hill chills with her page-turning tale of murder, intrigue and revenge.

BPL invites adult library users to discuss contemporary fiction and nonfiction titles.

Amagansett by Mark Mills
Thursday, June 15, 1:30 PM
Ryder Library, 5902 23rd Avenue, 718.331.2962

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Tuesday, June 27, 11:00 AM
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973

The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
Tuesday, July 11, 6:30 PM
Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718.748.5709

When Washington Was in Vogue by Edward Christopher Williams
Wednesday, July 12, 11:30 AM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927


Elaine Gil as Bubbles the Clown
Thursday, August 10, 2:30 PM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159

Monday, August 14, 3:30 PM
Macon Library, 361 Lewis Avenue, 718.573.5606

Tuesday, August 15, 3:30 PM
Saratoga Library, 8 Thomas South Boyland Street, 718.573.5224

Wednesday, August 16, 1:30 PM
Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Boulevard, 718.856.0813

Wednesday, August 16, 3:30 PM
DeKalb Library, 790 Bushwick Avenue, 718.455.3898

Tuesday, August 22, 3:30 PM
Cypress Hills Library, 1197 Sutter Avenue, 718.277.6004

Thursday, August 24, 3 PM
Rugby Library, 1000 Utica Avenue, 718.566.0054

Monday, August 28, 2 PM
Cortelyou Library, 1305 Cortelyou Road, 718.693.7763

Bubbles the Clown is a fun and loving clown that delights in making children laugh.

Music with Jody Prusan
Thursday, August 10, 3 PM
Brooklyn Heights Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, 718.623.7100

Thursday, August 17, 3:30 PM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East 5th Street, 718.686.9707

Wednesday, August 23, 4:30 PM
Carroll Gardens Library, 396 Clinton Street, 718.596.6972

Children will love to clap along with Jody Prusan’s original and uplifting songs.

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.

Storytelling with Cheza Maakheru
Wednesday, August 16, 4 PM
Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718.398.8713

Cheza Maakheru will enchant children with tales that tickle funny bones and spark imaginations.

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.

Magic with Ken Levy
Wednesday, August 16, 4 PM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709

Wednesday, August 16, 1:30 PM
Paerdegat Library, 850 East 59th Street, 718.241.3994

Thursday, August 17, 3 PM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927

Wednesday, August 23, 3:30 PM
Ulmer Park Library, 2602 Bath Avenue, 718.265.3443

Ken Levy will entertain with a highly interactive magic show, keeping children engaged and amazed throughout his enchanting performance.

Magic with Chris Lueck
Thursday, August 17, 3 PM
Brower Park Library, 725 St. Marks Avenue, 718.773.7208

Thursday, August 24, 2 PM
Flatlands Library, 2065 Flatbush Avenue, 718.253.4409

Thursday, August 24, 3:30 PM
New Utrecht Library, 86th Street, 718.236.4086

Thursday, August 31, 1 PM
Borough Park Library, 1265 43rd Street, 718.437.4085

Chris Lueck will captivate children with humor and the mystery of magic.

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.

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

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, 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.

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