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.

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Phantom Tollboth

On Wednesday August 3 from 3:30-4:30 the Carroll Gardens branch will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the perennially popular children's book "The Phantom Tollbooth" with a book discussion. From kids who love the book now to adults who loved it when they were kids, everyone is invited to share their thoughts about this book and why it has stayed so popular for so long.

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

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