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, April 25, 2011

Quotes of the Week

As a child, my number one best friend was the librarian in my grade school. I actually believed all those books belonged to her.

-- 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

Saturday, April 23, 2011

What's In the Stacks?

Welcome to another regular blog feature "What's In the Stacks?"

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

Library Quotes of the Week

"'I'm of a fearsome mind to throw my arms around every living librarian who crosses my path, on behalf of the souls they never knew they saved.' I wrote these words more than 10 years ago in an essay called 'How Mr. Dewey Decimal Saved My Life.' Now, in a world where kids are often strapped for both resources and valid information, I believe in libraries as havens of salvation more than ever."

-- 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

Cobble Hill Community Fund Grant

Thank you so much to the Cobble Hill Community Fund, administered by the Cobble Hill Association, for their recent grant of $500 to the Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Welcome to the new website of the Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library.  Our goals are to support our neighborhood branch and encourage community residents to use the library more - come to the programs, check out more books, use the inter-library loan - this is your library - come use it! If you want to know more about FCGL and getting involved click here. This website will keep the community updated on FCGL's activities as well as what is happening at the library (see sidebar for current library programming and hours).

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!!