Fun books and activities for kids from our children's librarians.

Kids Create: Fall Leaf Mobile

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Elena Rivera on Sep 20, 2017

Welcome Fall with a fun leaf mobile!   Fall is just a falling leaf away and with it will come all the apple cider, cozy sweaters and of course all the fun decorating! Here is a cute Fall mobile to start off the season. Discuss with your little one the changing seasons, the different shapes of leaves, colors and even sneak in a little math when counting leaves.   Materials: Leaves Branch Twine/String Glue Stick Tape Scissors (Note:  Feel free to go on a nature walk with your child to collect any materials...

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Everything Sensory!

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Carrie Banks on Sep 13, 2017

Sensory Storytime at Brooklyn Public Library! Sensory Storytime is a family storytime designed for families with children ages 3-8, with and without disabilities. Read a book, sing a song, dance or play along. Small groups, visual supports, sensory activities, fidgets and orientations will help us all have fun. You might wonder what makes a sensory friendly program?  Let me tell you…  First, we want you to be comfortable.  Feel free to sit, lie down or quietly move around during the program.  We use a visual schedule to help people know what to expect next and lessen...

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Discovering Gravesend

Posted in Brooklynology by Ivy Zeng on Sep 7, 2017

  In the summer of 2017, Brooklyn Connections was delighted to have two of our student alumni join us as interns. Over the course of seven weeks, these interns learned about archival research and chose a topic of their interest to dig into in the Brooklyn Collection. They assembled some of their findings, and we're excited to share them with you on the Brooklynology blog! This post is by Ivy Zeng, who chose to explore her neighborhood of Gravesend by selecting her favorite archival documents about the area’s history. Establishing Gravesend: Lady Moody Gravesend was one of the...

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Picture Books in Translation

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Beanbag Amerika on Sep 6, 2017

Storytime is my absolute favorite time of the week in the library. I love discovering weird, wonderful, beautiful, baffling books and then getting to share them. And I've found that some of the weirdest, wonderfulest, most beautiful and baffling books are those that have made their way into English via translation from another language. I'm excited to share some of my recent finds with you!   A Most Mysterious Mouse written by Giovanna Zoboli, illustrated by Lisa D'Andrea, translated by Antony Shugaar From Italian. An industrious cat spends all his time thinking of...

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Summer 2017 Contest Winners!

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Kimberly Grad on Sep 5, 2017

August 30, we joined our friends at New York Public Library at Yankee Stadium for the afternoon game with the Cleveland Indians to celebrate the winners of the Summer 2017 Baseball Book Review contest. Congratulations to Brooklyn Public Library’s winners William Vaccaro, and Jonathan Peripinal on a job well done. Summer 2017 Baseball Book Review winners William Vaccaro, left and Jonathan Perpinal, right   Summer 2017 contest winners William Vaccaro and Jonathan Peripanal on right   Interested in reading two great books about baseball? Check out these...

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West Indian Immigration and Carnival: Coming to Brooklyn

Posted in Brooklynology by Emilia Boothe on Aug 31, 2017

In the summer of 2017, Brooklyn Connections was delighted to have two of our student alumni join us as interns. Over the course of seven weeks, these interns learned about archival research and chose a topic of their interest to dig into in the Brooklyn Collection. They assembled some of their findings, and we're excited to share them with you on the Brooklynology blog! This post is by Emilia Boothe. Caribbean immigrants have been coming to New York in small but significant numbers ever since the 1960s. The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act (also known as the Hart-Celler Act) had a...

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Back to PreSchool

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Jessica Ralli on Aug 29, 2017

Picture Books for Babies, Toddlers, and PreSchoolers The back to school aisle at the drugstore still thrills me.  I don’t think I am alone.  There is a back-to-school fever out there in consumer-land: mix-and-match clothing sets, colorful school supplies (I still have my rainbow hearts Trapper Keeper), mom-blogs filled with healthy lunch recipes, and parent facebook groups with 100+ thread discussions on finding the best bento-box snack container!   My one year old daughter reading books with pictures of other children to help prepare her for daycare in...

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Library Lab: Exploding Chalk Baggies

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Elena Rivera on Aug 23, 2017

  Looking for a quick STEM activity to beat the heat?  Then this post is for you! Materials: 1 cup       Vinegar 1/2 cup   Cornstarch 2 tbsp     Baking Soda 1              Zipper Sandwich Baggies 1              Paper Napkin                Food Color/ Liquid Color   Instructions...

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BKLYN Kids Code!

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Cameron Myers on Aug 15, 2017

Interested in getting with the latest trend and teaching your kids to code? We’ve got your back. The library already offers coding classes for kids. At my home branch, Clarendon, we offer arduino classes, HTML and CSS workshops, Raspberry Pi workshops, Scratch workshops, and python workshops too. Seeing a child’s face light up after their first line of code is rendered is simply priceless. I mean, look at these cute faces! Need more convincing that coding is important for kids? Check out this article from Rasmussen on the benefits of kids coding. So, without further ado, here...

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Dog Days of Summer

Posted in Brooklynology by Deenah on Aug 11, 2017

Herzberg, Irving I. Elderly Woman Sitting on Boardwalk with Dog. 1974. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.   Thought you were the first and only Brooklynite to sweat so much you nearly transform into a salty pool on the asphalt below? Well, the dog days of summer have plagued our crowded city streets for decades and resouceful Brooklynites have had to turn to a number of different activities for respite, particularly when coasting from AC office to AC train to AC apartment just wasn't an option. We mined the Brooklyn Collection Historic Photographs to...

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Build a Better World: Keith Haring

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Stefanie Sinn on Aug 9, 2017

Once a month, for the past several months, Crown Heights Library has been holding a Kids Create: Artist Highlight program. During these programs, we learn briefly about a famous artist, utilizing books and databases from the library, and proceed to make an art project in the style of the chosen artist. Since January, we have covered Jasper Johns, Faith Ringgold, Georgia O’Keefe, George Seurat, and Henri Matisse. When faced with the choice of who to feature in June, I took several things into consideration. First, this was to be the final such program before the summer, when I planned to...

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Outside in the City

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Jessica Ralli on Aug 1, 2017

Early Literacy Nature Explorations for Children 0-5 When I was growing up, I remember my mother saying “If children are cranky, you should put them in water.” This sensory version of a timeout now makes perfect sense to me after years of teaching and parenting two children under 4.  Nothing resets a tired, frustrated, or bored child like some good old fashioned sensory play.  But did you know that sensory play in nature (think mudpies), improves attention, helps us organize and release thoughts and emotions, inspires language development, and even makes us smarter (and happier...

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Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Yesha Naik on Jul 27, 2017

Set your time-turners, because Monday, July 31st is Harry Potter's Birthday and we're having a PARTY! Join us at Central Library as we Celebrate Harry's (37th!) Birthday and the 20th Anniversary of J.K. Rowling's series. Activities include wand making, spellbook inscription, fortune telling, and a dramatic reading of scenes from Cursed Child by librarians and volunteers. You'll also get sorted into your Hogwarts House and learn how to care for your own Magical Creature!     Can't make it to the event?  You can still celebrate the day from home by making...

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Bridges are icons, creating unforgettable outlines across beloved skylines. The Kosciuszko Bridge may not often have been deemed postcard worthy, but the show-stopping cable-stayed design of its replacement (opened in April 2017) is drawing nostalgia over the soon-to-be-removed historic span. Taking a closer look at the Kosciuszko Bridge – and the many bridges that have stood in the same location through centuries past – paints a picture of a changing neighborhood in a changing city. Kosciuszko Bridge [picture]. Brooklyn Eagle. 4 August 1939. Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn...

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Third Avenue Series: Scrap

Posted in Brooklynology by One More Folded Sunset on Jun 30, 2017

Blogger One More Folded Sunset and photographer Larry Racioppo are working on a series of pieces on Brooklyn's Third Avenue. This is the fourth, about a visit to the 3rd Avenue Junk Shop. Click here for the first, second, and third, and stay tuned for more. The volume of business at the yard differs from day to day. Some days the scrap comes in as soon as the shutters roll up, and the place stays busy till closing time.  Other days things are quieter.  Business is "spotty," says owner Dominick Palmiotto. Business here boomed from the 30's to the70's,...

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The Many Faces of the Brooklyn Bridge

Posted in Brooklynology by Diana on Jun 12, 2017

Yesterday was the birthday of John Augustus Roebling, who designed the Brooklyn Bridge. In honor of that occasion, here is a selection of images of the bridge from our collections. Search our historic photographs here for more images of the bridge through the years. Front page of the Brooklyn Eagle on the Brooklyn Bridge's opening day, May 24, 1883. George Bradford Brainerd, c. 1870s Julius Wilcox, c. 1880 Julius Wilcox, 1892 c. 1920s From the Brooklyn Eagle, 1938 Steve Gera, 1947. From the Brooklyn Eagle,...

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Third Avenue Series: Mystic Essentials of Brooklyn

Posted in Brooklynology by One More Folded Sunset on May 24, 2017

Blogger One More Folded Sunset and photographer Larry Racioppo are working on a series of pieces on Brooklyn's Third Avenue.  This is the third.  Click here for the first and second, and stay tuned for more. It's loud on Third. Even in a changing city economy, with "makers" on the rise (how did we ever live without them?), and industry lighter than in earlier decades, that expressway traffic never goes away, and the cycles of delivery, spreading out across the city, roll on and on. Even when most of the businesses below bring down their shutters for the night, leaving only...

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"Hailing Brooklyn--Edwin B. Wilson, executive editor of the Brooklyn Eagle, takes part in the 'Hi, Jinx!' program broadcast from the Eagle office over NBC network as a tribute to Brooklyn." Image includes Jink Falkenberg and an unidentified man sitting in the right foreground. Back in the days of analog (film) photography, there was a lag, serendipitous or frustrating depending on how you looked at it, between taking a photo and seeing the result. Once the prints were in hand, shuffling through them brought the realization of joyful accidents and unforeseen failures, like seeing...

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The Other Side of the Park

Posted in Brooklynology by Larry Racioppo on May 5, 2017

Photographer Larry Racioppo, whose work is on display in our current exhibition on Prospect Park for the park's 150th anniversary, shares some memories and photos of the park in this guest post. Racioppo is also working on our Third Avenue blog series with blogger One More Folded Sunset. Prospect Park was a part of my life long before I became a photographer. Glued to the black construction paper pages of Racioppo and Tenga family albums are photos of my parents and their friends posing ‘dressed up’ in the park or just outside it, along its stone walls. My mother and her friends,...

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Third Avenue Series: At the VFW

Posted in Brooklynology by One More Folded Sunset on Apr 4, 2017

Blogger One More Folded Sunset and photographer Larry Racioppo are working on a series of pieces on Brooklyn's Third Avenue.  This is the second.  Click here for the first, and stay tuned for more. Larry Racioppo, 2017   VFW Post #7096 has been at 804 Third Avenue since 1956.  When it opened, there were around ninety active posts in Brooklyn.  Today the VFW website lists fifteen. Post #7096 sits in the shadow of the Expressway, right around the site of the Gowanus village the Dutch settled almost four hundred years ago.  Before it was a VFW Post...

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