COMING UP AT THE LIBRARY
COMING UP AT THE LIBRARY:
Saturdays - 10:30 AM - Storytime with Carol & Friends starts up again on Saturday September 21.
Friday, October 4, 3:45 PM - French films for children beginning 10/4 and then every first Friday of the month
Wednesday, October 2, 6:15-7:30 - Chess with National Chess Master Manuel Ugarte, all levels and ages welcome.
And much more, see below for details about regular weekly programming and special activities coming in the fall.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Quotes of the week:
Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him. -- Maya Angelou
The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read. -- Abraham Lincoln
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. -- Groucho Marx
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
It took a bestselling author, a critically acclaimed Shakespearean troupe, a handful of hardworking volunteers and a community of curious attendees to turn an ordinary Wednesday night at the Carroll Gardens Library into a showcase for myth and magic.
And if you weren’t there at An Evening with Author Phillips at the Carroll Gardens Library November 2, you missed it.
Local resident – and bestselling novelist – Arthur Phillips presented his latest novel, The Tragedy of Arthur, to a crowd of approximately 50 in the library’s auditorium, which had been transformed (albeit just for an evening) into a low-lit, intimate setting for literature and drama. And he generously brought along his friends, the indie theater company Guerrilla Shakespeare Project.
Phillips’ latest book explores the theme of the author’s “con artist father” discovering what may – or may not -- be a play about King Arthur penned by William Shakespeare himself. Both Phillips and the troupe presented readings to an engaged audience, which included Assemblywoman Joan Millman and a representative from Councilmember Brad Lander's office, Rachel Goodman. Signed books by the author were available for purchase at the end of the evening.
Area residents were thrilled with the evening (according to all reports and incidental gossip overheard!) – and also the promise of future events organized by the Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library, chartered just this spring and already hosting several community events at the library in an effort to create a new hub for the community.
As the Secretary of the Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library group, I could present a behind-the-curtains peek at the laborous work it took a few committed volunteers to bring the evening together. But I won’t! I can say as a spokesperson for our group that we’re exhausted, happy, and hope this is only the beginning for future exciting events.
And what’s that you say? How can you learn about the upcoming future events? You can stay in touch with us by friending us on Facebook, following us on Twitter or reading our blog.
Thanks Diane, couldn't have said it better myself.
Photos from the event
|Arthur Phillips reads from his novel|
|The Guerrilla Shakespeare Project read scenes from the play within the novel|
|Author Phillips signed copies of his books|
|Arthur Phillips and the Guerrilla Shakespeare Project|
Monday, October 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 7 PM – 9 PM – the Carroll Gardens Library, 396 Clinton Street at the corner of Union Street- admission is free but you must reserve tickets - see below for ticket details.
Arthur Phillips, the best selling author of The Song is You, Prague and The Egyptologist, will be reading from and answering audience questions about his most recent novel The Tragedy of Arthur – a complex book which explores a range of emotional and literary ideas – from the question of how we come to grips with our deeply flawed families, to how those families shape who we become, to the question of writing itself and the job of the writer, who pull us into invented worlds but evoke real emotions in their readers.
The book contains a full-length play – is it a newly discovered work of William Shakespeare's? Or a forgery by the protagonist’s con artist father? The Guerrilla Shakespeare Project, which performed a sold out reading of the play this spring at the Public Theater, will do a reading of scenes from the play within the novel. The New York Times Review of Books said about The Tragedy of Arthur: “[T]he novelist’s art is a cunning ability to lure the reader into treating counterfeit bills as if they were current. And this particular novel — a fictional memoir posing as a fraudulent introduction to a forged play — is a spectacular instance of the confidence game. It is a tribute to Arthur Phillips’s singular skill that his work leaves the reader not with resentment at having been tricked but rather with gratitude for the gift of feigned wonder.”
Also, read the Wall Street Journal review here.
Brought to you by the Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library with thanks to Arthur Phillips and the Guerrilla Shakespeare Project.
Tickets are FREE but you must register for guaranteed seating.
Limit 4 tickets per registrant: http://arthurphillipsatlibrary.eventbrite.com/
Thank you, and hope to see you November 2nd!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
10:30 AM-11:30 PM Storytelling with Carol & Friends - The first day of a weekly Saturday morning story hour especially for 4-6 year olds, this program will be lead by Carol Troha, director of the Cobble Hill Playgroup. She'll have guest readers, authors and special activities aimed at children in pre-K through first grade.
11:30 AM-3:30 PM Bake sale to benefit Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library. Tabling and information provided by all of our groups: Tyler Pearce Yoga, Dan Zweben Music, Aaron Jones from the Jitterbugs, Musica Para Mi, ArtsCetera, Curious Kids, Barking Cat Studio, Brooklyn General Store, Curious Jane, Muriel Guepin Gallery, Urban Oyster, Mathnasium, Brooklyn Strategist, Heartsong Kids, Young Actor’s Workshop, Shakespeare’s Sister Theater Company, Language and Laughter Studio, Brooklyn Public Library.
Come for the day and try out several things or plan your day around activities you've always been curious about! Schedule of mini-lessons and demonstrations:
11:30 AM -3:30 PM Barking Cat Studio - Art activities all day
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM Musica Para Mi - Music in Spanish for babies and toddlers
Young Actor’s Workshop - Acting/improvs for kids and teenagers
Tyler Pearce Yoga - Adult yoga in the Forrest style - mats provided!
12:30 PM- 1:00 PM Aaron Jones/Jitterbugs - Music and storytelling for kids of all ages
Brooklyn General - Knitting class for kids and adults
1:15 PM-1:45 PM Curious Kids - Art and craft activities
Shakespeare’s Sister Company - Acting for kids
2:00 PM- 2:30 PM ArtsCetera - Music and instruments for toddlers and preschoolers
Curious Jane - Fun projects for kids- make slime, flip books and more
2:45 PM -3:15 PM Dan Zweben Music - Music and poetry for kids
Friday, October 7, 2011
Tyler Pearce Yoga (class for adults, mats will be provided)
Dan Zweben Music
Saturday, October 1, 2011
We'll be kicking off the day with our new Saturday morning story hour for 4-6 year olds "Storytelling with Carol and Friends" at 10:30 AM. Try Something New! will offer free activities and information for adults, teens and kids. Along with the activities there will be a back sale to benefit the Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library, which is organizing this fun day.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Ongoing programs - The very popular and well regarded chess program continues at the library beginning Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 6 PM with Chess Master Manuel Ugarte. Five weeks have been scheduled and if at least 12 kids or adults come to play each week it will be extended by the Brooklyn Public Library. So come and play!
NEW PROGRAM - Storytelling With Carol & Friends - A storytelling hour on Saturday mornings from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM starting Saturday, October 15, 2011. Especially for 4-6 year olds, this weekly program will be lead by Carol Troha, director of the Cobble Hill Playgroup. She'll have guest readers, authors and special activities aimed at children in pre-K through first grade.
Mark your calendars:
Tuesday, October 11 6PM- 8 PM - Insideschools presentation and Q & A on middle school and high school applications and admissions. Free admission. Looking for a middle school or high school for your 5th or 8th-grader? Join a conversation at the Carroll Gardens Library.Pamela Wheaton, co-author of a series of books about New York City’s best schools, and managing editor of Insideschools.org, will lead the discussion.Get tips about how to apply, admissions deadlines & policies and what to look for when you visit a school. Middle school talk: 6-7 p.m.High school talk: 7-8 p.m. Come with questions!
Insideschools.org has become an essential resource for parents looking for in-depth, objective information about New York City public schools. The project was started by Clara Hemphill, who already had a great deal of experience with schools and who had written a series of books which profiles the City's Best Elementary, Middle and High Schools. Since Insideschools.org was founded ten years ago, application processes for every level of public schooling in the City, from pre-kindergarten to high school has become more complicated to navigate and at every turn, Insideschools has kept up with the changes and added information and resources for families. The presentation at the Carroll Gardens Library will focus on middle and high school applications and admissions - how to handle them, what to look for in a school, and how to find the best fit for your child.
Saturday, October 15 - 12 Noon-4:00 PM - Try Something New! at the Carroll Gardens Library. Free admission. Come to the library and Try Something New! There are so many wonderful organizations and individuals in our community who offer activities and classes and today's the day to sample from a showcase of creative opportunities: Bring your child to try a music class/ Sample an adult yoga class (we'll have mats at the library!)/ See a dance demonstration/Try out a craft or an acting class. We'll have a range of information, mini-lessons and demonstrations from some of our best local activities for kids, teenagers and adults in the arts, fitness and dance, crafts, camps and more - our vibrant community on display and fun for all plus a bake sale to benefit the Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library. Partial list of organizations and individuals who will offer information and demonstrations: ArtsCetera, Mathnasium, Karen K and the Jitterbugs, Curious Kids, Tyler Pearce Yoga, Music Para Mi, Curious Jane, Young Actor's Workshop, Dan Zweben Music, Shakespeare's Sister Company, Urban Oyster, Laughter and Language Studio, Mureil Greupin Gallery, and more!
Friday, August 12, 2011
Librarians will also be giving out certificates of participation in the Summer Reading program.
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates- which was made into a movie starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio- tells the story of a young couple in the mid-1950s who want more out of life - or do they? Yates' depiction of character and behavior is so incisive it hurts. And fans of Mad Men will be very interested in this view of America, published in 1961.
Have you been meaning to read Marcel Proust this summer? Well have you?? Good, because In Search of Lost Time (or as it has been known, Rememberance of Things Past), Volume I Swann's Way is available right now, and just when you finish it the other six volumes might be returned. Go here for Jane Smiley's primer on how (and why) to read Proust's epic.
|Marcel Proust, just before eating the madeline that started it all|
And that's what's in the stacks.
Monday, July 25, 2011
|Milo and Tock from the Phantom Tollbooth|
One big kid who recently expressed his thoughts on the Phantom Tollbooth is author Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Wonder Boys, The Yiddish Policemen's Union). Chabon wrote the introduction to the 50th Anniversary edition of The Phantom Tollbooth this year and it addresses this question: What can a book mean to a reader?
Here is an excerpt:
When I was a boy I read, in a biography of Daniel Boone, or of Daniel Beard, that young Dan (whichever of the two it may have been—or maybe it was young George Washington) had so loved some book, had felt his heart and mind inscribed so deeply in its every line, that he had pricked his fingertip with a knife and, using a pen nib and his blood for ink, penned his name on the flyleaf. At once, reading that, I knew two things: 1) I must at once undertake the same procedure and 2) only one, among all the books I adored and treasured, was worthy of such tribute: The Phantom Tollbooth. At that point I had read it at least five or six times.
You can find the rest of this wonderful essay reprinted in the New York Review of Books, here
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
"I always tell people that I became a writer not because I went to school but because my mother took me to the library. I wanted to become a writer so I could see my name in the card catalog."
-- Sandra Cisneros
"I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it's better than college. People should educate themselves - you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I'd written a thousand stories."
-- Ray Bradbury
See you at the library!
Friday, June 17, 2011
Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library has voted to donate $1,000 to the Brooklyn Public Library's Support Our Shelves fundraising campaign. This money will go directly to the Carroll Gardens branch to buy new books and materials. Through June 30 you can also give to the campaign and designate your donation to our branch - link here: https://bpl.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/donate/
Please also contact your local elected officials to let them know you are against the proposed $25.2 million cut to the BPL's budget here: https://bpl.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/speakup/
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
|Summer Reading Kick off Party - One World, Many Stories|
|Origami from Japan|
|The library staff signs kids up for Summer Reading|
|Art from Australia|
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Come to the library for a multicultural celebration with activities and treats to celebrate the start of the Library's annual Summer Reading program.
What is Summer Reading? Summer Reading is a great way to connect with others who like to read, while reading what you want at your own pace. Fun activities are happening all summer long, and everyone in New York City, from babies to children to teens and adults, can sign up. Best of all, it's free!
Why read over the summer? Studies show that children and teens who read during the summer are better prepared for school in the fall. Also, reading for fun results in significant gains in vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Plus, summer activities and trips always call for good books!
How can I motivate my child or students to read? Joining Summer Reading is a great first step. Encourage young people to explore all sections of the library to discover new topics or books of interest. Most importantly, children and teens who see adults around them reading are more likely to read themselves- so the whole family can read together all summer long!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Martin Amis, author of Time's Arrow and many other novels, is represented at our branch by two of his books, The Pregnant Widow and Other People
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Go here for a complete list of on-going programs at our branch:
And stay tuned for more on the Summer Reading Kickoff Party on June 9
Thursday, May 19, 2011
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
|Henry Wadsworth Longfellow|
|The first book in the "Series of Unfortunate Events" by Lemony Snicket|
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
We thank everyone who came out to perform and show support for the library: Karen K and the Jitterbugs, author Emily Jenkins, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Carol Troha, Director of the Cobble Hill Playgroup, and author Mari Takabayashi. Thanks also to New York City Councilman Brad Lander and New York State Senator Daniel Squadron who came by to say hello and show their support and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke who sent a representative to the event. Another important thanks to the staff of the Carroll Gardens branch library, led by Neighborhood Library Supervisor Jeff Schwartz, who helped out all day.
We have lots of other activities and events planned to support our branch. Keep up with all of our activities on our blog and Facebook.com/FriendsofCarrollGardensLibrary. To join FCGL, just come to a meeting and help us organize - our next meeting is Wednesday, June 15 at 6:30 at the library. And don't forget to add your name to the Brooklyn Public Library's petition against budget cuts here and donate to the Support Our Shelves Campaign (you can designate your donation directly to the Carroll Gardens branch to be used for new books) http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/
Karen K and her Jitterbug partner Aaron gave a great show
The crowd at the library
Assemblywoman Joan Millman preparing to read "Whistle for Willie" by Ezra Jack Keats
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The leading bids from the online auction will be carried over to Saturday’s live event – in other words, you can bid in person on Saturday in the auditorium where the auction table will be.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
-- Erma Bombeck
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
-- Jose Luis Borges
FCGL's huge Love Your Library Day book sale will be at the library Saturday, May 14 from 10 AM - 4 PM - thousands of fantastic books at great prices, baked treats, and special guests including Karen K and the Jitterbugs performing free at 10 AM- let her entertain your kids while you browse! If you have gently used books (especially children's titles) to donate for the sale, please drop them off at the library).
A silent auction has been added in conjunction with the book sale to help meet our fundraising goals. Items available at the auction include signed historical novels, as well as offerings from local services including children's entertainment, time-saving services and even spa services! You may bid online now at http://www.32auctions.com/organizations/1461/auctions/1587
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Inter-library loan isn't the only way to get hold of good books - a walk through the Adult Fiction section of the Carroll Gardens library uncovered the following gems:
Did you like Ian McEwan's Atonement? Then give a try to some others by the same author: Saturday, The Cement Garden and On Chesil Beach
Italo Calvino - if on a winter's night a traveler
Paul Bowles - The Sheltering Sky
And community resident Arthur Phillips, whose latest book The Tragedy of Arthur: A Novel was just released, is represented at the CG library by his previous book The Song Is You
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
-- Barbara Kingsolver
"All you need in life is truth and beauty and you can find both at the Public Library."
-- Studs Terkel
Monday, April 18, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
And tell us, what you would like to see at the library - What kinds of programming? What kinds of books? How do you see a library functioning in the digital age? Do you still love books as much as we do? Do you have an e-reader? Do you use it? Do you have a stack of books next to your bed that you're trying to get through? Do your kids come to the library? Are there new programs you'd like to see for kids here?
Our first big event is a book sale to fundraise for the branch on Saturday, May 14, which fittingly is Love Your Library Day at the Brooklyn Public Library. We do!!