Summer Reading at Brooklyn Public Library kicks off on Thursday, June 8, with free, fun activities and entertainment from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm on the Central Library Plaza. This year, the plaza will be transformed into a maker space with projects for all ages.

Fun Activities and Music on the Plaza with host Elaine Gil*


10:30 am                               

Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats

10:30 am – 3:00 pm        

Summer Reading Tent
Sign up for Summer Reading and get your booklist, game and giveaways!


12:00 pm – 2:00 pm        

Create a scrap sculpture with award-winning artist Javaka Steptoe.

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm        
  • Join in the Big Build and make a castle, fort or skyscraper with ArchForKids
  • Check out the Superball Factory with Mad Science of NYC.
  • Explore artifacts and the language of signal flags with the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
  • Make an interactive Story Sculpture with Beam Center.
  • Build with blocks in the First Five Years area.
  • Face Painting, Temporary Tattoos, and More!                                                                                                                                             


Indoor art Exhibits:
  • Youth Wing - Matthew Sporzynski, paper sculptor
  • Grand Lobby, front cases - Javaka Steptoe

Please join us in the Youth Wing for additional activities for Kids and Teens!

Looking for kickoff events at your neighborhood library? All library branches will host Summer Reading signup events from 2 to 4 pm on Thursday, June 8.

*In case of rain, this event will be held indoors.
Rain Location: Youth Wing, Dweck Center and Lobby

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