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

BKLYN Kids Presents: Shelfies!

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Christina Ferrari & Cameron Myers on Dec 5, 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, we asked our fellow librarians to share some of their favorite reads. Enjoy these "shelfies" and discover some great books! Click here to view the full booklist. Picture Books A mix of new and classic titles, check out some of our favorite picture books!   Chapter Books Check out these librarians enjoying some gripping chapter books!     Check this out: Shout out to Windsor Terrace for sharing their awesome Thanksgiving book display!  

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Read & Play: Drag Queen Story Hour

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Liz Blake on Dec 5, 2018

Drag Queen Story Hour is pretty much just what it sounds like: drag queens reading, singing, and spreading joy in libraries, schools, and in bookstores all over the country. “DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real”(DQSH website). Created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco, DQSH now has...

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Library Lab: Learn to Code

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Juanita James on Nov 28, 2018

Learning to Code is the new wave for the future! Check out some books and programs to help you get started! Pictured Above: T4 Volunteer, Christian Giles, teaching coding at Paerdegat Library   You wouldn't want to live without coding written by Alex Woolf How do you code a computer? -- How did coding begin? -- Who invented the first computers? -- How did computers develop? -- What are programming languages? -- How has the Internet affected coding? -- Who creates computer programs? -- What is debugging? -- What is hacking? -- What is a computer virus? -- How...

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Kids Create: A Window of Creativity

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Kat Savage on Nov 15, 2018

When’s the last time you took a walk through your neighborhood at dusk? The little thrill that comes with a glimpse at people’s homes through lit windows is a particular delight, especially at this time of year. Julia Denos’s “Windows,” with illustrations by E. B. Goodale, captures that feeling. One spread shows all kinds of things inside a big apartment building’s windows, from “a hug” to someone “learning to dance.” In another, an aquarium fills up the window. A little girl day-dreaming. A bonsai. A basement party. This was our inspiration for our art project in Kids Create...

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Book Talk: More Picture Books in Translation

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Beanbag Amerika on Nov 12, 2018

Last year I put together a list of "some of the weirdest, wonderfulest, most beautiful and baffling books" that I had been sharing in my storytime programs, books from around the world that had been translated into English. Open your mind and find yourself a comfy reading spot, because here's another batch!   From Morning to Night written and illustrated by Flavia Ruotolo From French. Subtitled "a book of hidden shapes," bold two-color illustrations are transformed in unexpected and delightful ways. Each pair stands on its own, but also work one to the next to tell the...

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Bklyn Kids Presents: Halloween!

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Christina Ferrari on Nov 3, 2018

We love Halloween at the Brooklyn Public Library. A holiday that allows us to dress up as our favorite literary characters? Count us in! Here are some highlights from this year's spooktacular celebrations across the system: Trick-Or-Treater Costumes These awesome library visitors got some free swag for showing up in costume! Staff Costumes Shout out to all the AMAZING staff who dressed up at work for Halloween! Halloween Programs Lots of Halloween parties happened across the library system with games, pin the wart on the witch, slime making, scary...

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Read & Play: Mother Goose On The Loose App

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Liz Blake on Oct 25, 2018

  One of my favorite things about technology is being able to use it to rediscover or re-imagine something older and more familiar. Here at Cortelyou, we have been trying to implement some technology into a new digital storytime we offer in addition to our regularly scheduled programs by using apps like Mother Goose on the Loose (MGOL). For those who are unfamiliar, MGOL is an award-winning early-literacy program for children from birth to age 3 and their parents or caregivers. Using the Mother Goose On The Loose app, children and caregivers can listen to their favorite nursery...

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Kids Create: Easy Stone Sugar Skulls

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Iman Powe-Maynard on Oct 23, 2018

Día De Los Muertos (English: Day of the Dead) is a traditional Mexican holiday that honors loved ones who have passed away. It begins on October 31 and lasts through November 2, coinciding with some other holidays associated with the non-living: All Soul’s Day, All Saints Day and Halloween. Originally celebrated over 3,000 years ago by the Aztec people, Día De Los Muertos has increasingly gained exposure due to its imagery in Western pop culture.   Sugar skulls are a major staple and one of the most recognizable images of this festive family holiday. You can easily create your own...

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Team Up To Read Is Building Stronger Readers

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Mary Bakija on Oct 18, 2018

"I learned that books are fun!" That's what a 6-year-old who attended the new Team Up To Read program said, and it's our favorite kind of feedback. We're happy to hear about kids who figure out how to decipher tricky words, or guardians who do our activities at home with their children. But when a child actually begins to enjoy reading, we know the program is making a difference. Team Up To Read, a free program supported by generous funding from the Altman Foundation, just started its second session (see program dates, times, and locations, and learn about a raffle to win Nets tickets...

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Kids Create: Spooky Mobile

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Elena Rivera on Oct 11, 2018

  Enjoy this spooky season with a fun mobile!  Create your very own Spooky Mobile by making a haunting (not really) moonlight night scene full of ghastly ghosts, batty bats and laughing pumpkins.     Materials: Construction Paper Pencil Yarn Glue Stick Scissors Hole Puncher   Instructions: Draw moon, cloud, bat, ghost and pumpkin. Cut shapes out and attach moon to cloud.  If desired use scraps to make facial features for the spooky figures. Take hole puncher and make a hole at the top of...

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Bklyn Kids Presents: Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Cameron Myers & Christina Ferrari on Oct 4, 2018

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the cultures, histories, and important contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. From September 15 to October 15, Brooklyn Public Library is honoring Hispanic Heritage Month by doing what we do best - offering rich cultural programming and booklists! Here's a look at some wonderful family programs and events being offered throughout the Brooklyn Public Library branches this month: Calpulli Mexican Dance Company Visit...

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Bklyn Kids Presents: Banned Books Week

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Cameron Myers on Sep 26, 2018

Banned Books Week (Sept 23-29th) celebrates books that are often challenged or banned from public and school libraries. In case you missed out, here are some great displays made in honor of Banned Books Week 2018 by your local Brooklyn Public Library staff! Banned Books Week Display from McKinley Park Library   Banned Books Week Display from Windsor Terrace Library   Interested in checking out some banned or challenged books? Here's a list courtesy of the American Library Association of the most challenged books from last year. Most Challenged...

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New Back to School Reads!

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Kathy Gerber on Sep 14, 2018

Just like new school supplies, there is something exciting about being the first person to read a brand-new book. These back-to-school titles were all published in 2018. We promise that you will be among the first to read them!   Adventures to School: Real-Life Journeys of Students from Around the World written by Baptiste Paul Children all around the world go to school. Whether they're from Japan, Ukraine, Pakistan, or the United States, all students have the desire to learn about our world and shape the future. Check the Catalog It's...

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It was a busy summer at Cortelyou Library with the library serving summer meals every day, volunteer book buddies and Summer Youth employees working hard, and of course, lots of programs for the whole family! One local family who made the library part of their summer fun was Katherine Guzman and her mother, Guadalupe Oliveri. Katherine and her mom spent an enjoyable summer afternoon completing the 2018 Books & Beats Summer Reading Game Board challenge. Activities for children were divided into three age categories: 0-5, 6-12 and tween/teen. Since Katherine is a second grader, she...

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Thank you to Children's Librarian Hasina Islam for submitting this Summer Reading story from the Kantrowitz Family! Meet the Kantrowitz Family Cara: I was born in Brooklyn, but didn't actually grow up here. My husband and I moved here after I finished graduate school and started working for the Department of Education. I've always loved to read. I immediately got a library card and was constantly maxing out the number of books on hold at a time. Now that our kids are (almost!) 5 and 16 months, we spend SO MUCH time at the library. We meet friends, attend...

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As Summer Reading 2018 comes to a close, we'd like to feature some of our all-star patrons who participated in the program! Meet Tatyana and Sofiya My family came to the USA from Ukraine 25 Years ago. To start a new life was not easy at all. But everyone was full of hope and desire to learn, work, and succeed. Friends introduced my daughter to the Windsor Terrace Library. That was a lot of help for her. She was a very shy teenage girl. With support from the librarians, she started reading books. High school studying was very challenging, but she never gave up. My mother-in-law...

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As Summer Reading 2018 comes to a close, we'd like to feature some all-star patrons who rocked it out with us this summer! Meet the Millers from Canarsie Library The Millers are very special patrons at the Canarsie Library.  Rayne and Gerard Miller, both originally from Grenada, now live in Canarsie with their two children, five-year-old Maisyn, and two-year-old Maliyah.  Rayne never had the opportunity to go to college, but wants the best for her kids.  She says, “Education is key.  You have to know how to read, write, and explain yourself.  It doesn...

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Baseball Book Review 2018 Contest Winners!

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Kimberly Grad on Aug 24, 2018

On August 16, we joined our friends at New York Public Library at Yankee Stadium for the afternoon game with the Tampa Bay Rays to celebrate the winners of the Summer 2018 Baseball Book Review contest. Congratulations to Brooklyn Public Library’s winners Frankie Kuzler, age 8 and Lucas Miller, Age 13. Check out their winning reviews! Frankie Kuzler, age 8 Review of Sports Illustrated Kids’ Big Book of Who: Baseball: The 101 Stars Every Fan Needs to Know, by Mark Bechtel My name is Frankie Kuzler and this is a review of a book called Big Book of Who: Baseball. It features...

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Summer Reading Highlight: Middle School Books

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Beanbag Amerika on Aug 22, 2018

Are you a middle school student (or the parent of a middle school student) who put off doing summer reading until the last week before school starts back up? First, we recommend of course that you read consistently all summer. But if that ship has sailed, we've still got you covered with some great middle school appropriate titles from our Summer Reading Booklist. And there's still a smidgen of time to visit your local library branch and pick up a Summer Reading gameboard. Collect stickers for reading books, attending library programs, and participating in other music-themed activities, to...

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Summer Reading Highlight: Books for Grades 4-5

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Cameron Myers on Aug 15, 2018

Looking for good summer reads for 4th and 5th grade? Look no further -- here is a list of tried and true, librarian-approved summer reads from our Summer Reading Booklist.  If you haven't already done so, stop by your local branch to pick up your Summer Reading Gameboard. Kids can win prizes by reading library books, coming to library events, and celebrating this year's music theme 'Books & Beats.' Without further ado, here are the books: FICTION Anne of Green Gables (graphic novel) written by Mariah Mardsen, illustrated by Brenna Thummler In this...

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