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.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Week and Monthly Fall Activities at the Carroll Gardens Library

There are so many great events and activities for all ages going on at the Carroll Gardens Library this fall.  Here is a schedule and you can always find out about new programs by taking a look at the new outdoor bulletin board and stopping into the branch:

Regular programming includes:

Monday - Babies and Books - limited seating begins 9/16.  Two sessions: 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM and 11:15-12:00 pm. Birth-18 months.

Monday - Writing for Seniors - 1pm- 3pm.
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday - Senior Wellness - 10 AM.

Tuesday - Knitting Group - 4 pm - All ages.

Tuesday - Book Adventures starting 9/24 - Read aloud and book based craft/activity. 4 pm-5pm - Ages 6-12.
Wednesday - Chess With National Chess Master Manuel Ugarte starts 10/2 - 6:15-7:30 pm - All ages and levels welcome.

Wednesday - Writing Memoir Group - 5 pm - 7 pm - Adults.
Thursday - Toddler Time - limited seating begins 9/16 - Two sessions: 10:30 AM-11:15 AM and 11:15-12 pm.  19 months to 3 years old.
Friday - Arts and Crafts 1 pm- 2:30 pm. Ages 2 and up.

Friday - French films for children - first Friday of each month, beginning October 4.  3:45 pm - Ages 6-10. (monthly program)
Saturday - French storytime, first Saturday of every month, 10:30 AM -11 am.  Babies and toddlers. (monthly program)

Saturday - Storytime with Carol and Friends, read aloud and art/craft activity. 10:30 AM, Ages 4-6.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Welcome Back from the Summer!

It feels like the end of summer when New York City public school children head back to class - there's an energy in the air that makes it more like new year sometimes even more than January 1.  We hope everyone did their summer reading and that you got some of your books out from the library this summer!

For those who were away for part of the summer, here are a picture of the beautiful new bookshelves that Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library was able to purchase for the children's section.  They are low so kids can reach the books - fancy that!  And they are solid and will last in our library for many years to come.

The Friends group was able to buy these shelves through our fundraising efforts, particularly our big book sales over the past two years.  We wanted to contribute some lasting to the library branch and were so happy to acheive this goal.

Since the beginning of the summer there have been other changes at the library including the installation of self checkout machines and other renovations.  In addition the head librarian who began at Carroll Gardens in January 2013, has moved on to a different job so we are waiting to hear about the new Neighborhood Library Services manager.  We will post the news as soon as we get any information.  Good luck to Molly, she was great and we'll miss her!

Finally, the Friends group is planning activities for the fall including starting up our monthly movie series' for children in multiple languages.  We'll continue the English and French films that were so popular last year and we are planning films in Spanish and Italian as well.  When we have confirmed dates we will post that too.

Our next general meeting will be Wednesday, September 18 at 6:30 downstairs at the library.  Everyone is invited!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Summer Reading Kick off Party - Thursday, June 6 2 PM- 4 PM

The Carroll Gardens library will be closed from Saturday June 8-Sunday July 7, re-opening on Monday July 8 at 10 AM. The closure is for the installation of self-check out machines, a slot for quick return of books, and reconfiguring of the circulation desk and some other areas of the main floor.

BUT FIRST, Dig Into Reading at the Summer Reading Kick-Off Party at the library on Thursday, June 6 from 2PM- 4 PM (it's Anniversary Day so public schools are closed). 

Our wonderful librarians, Molly Pudner, Neighborhood Library Supervisor and Juana Flores, the children's librarian, have fun plans to usher in the summer including book giveaways, games, a face-painting station, a "pledge to read station", a "clay" station and discovery zone for interactive play; and a library scavenger hunt, all with this this year's theme "Dig Into Reading". The Friends group proudly supports Summer Reading and our branch's kick-off party with donations and volunteer support.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Storytime With Carol & Friends With Author Sergio Ruzzier 4/20

We're so thrilled to be welcoming children's author and illustrator Sergio Ruzzier to the library.  Mr. Ruzzier will be reading his new book "Bear and Bee" during our weekly Saturday morning Storytime with Carol & Friends. 

Sergio has written many adorable and lovely children's books including "Have You Seen My New Blue Socks,""Amandina," "The Room of Wonders," "Tweak, Tweak," and "Why Mole Shouted".

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Meet Your New Librarian: Molly Pudner

We are so excited to introduce our new Neighborhood Library Supervisor at the Carroll Gardens branch, Molly Pudner, who has been at the Carroll Gardens Library branch since January.  Molly submitted to our questionnaire so that we can all get to know her a little bit better - enjoy!

FCGL:How long have you been a librarian?

MP: Since 2005

FCGL: Where were you before coming to the Carroll Gardens branch?
MP: Maternity leave! It was great. But before that, I was the Neighborhood Library Supervisor at the Eastern Parkway branch, a supervisor at the Cypress Hills branch, and young adult librarian at the Leonard branch, and I worked a year in Central’s Youth Wing doing teen and children’s programs. I met my husband there, he’s a public school teacher and brought his class to the Central library every Friday! (and dressed suspiciously extra nice those Fridays….).

FCGL:What made you want to be a librarian?
MP: I worked for a family literacy program in Juneau, Alaska for three years and one of the highlights for our families was getting a library card. It puzzled me they did not take advantage of the library before as I used them every chance I got and knew they had so much to offer. And it dawned on me this was my perfect job: incorporating my love of  books, my passion for promoting literacy, and my goals for public service. I’m so proud of the institution of the public library too: a place where all are welcome.

FCGL:What do you like best about being a librarian?
MP: Learning new things every day; helping people; talking about books; keeping up on the publishing world: I used to do this for fun and now it's part of my job.

FCGL: Did you go to the library a lot as a child?
MP: Oh yes. I remember summer reading programs at my local library in southern California. I’ve used libraries a lot throughout my life; while travelling I always sought out the local library.

FCGL: What are some of your favorite books?
MP: I have to say Pride and Prejudice, I'm one of those that read Austen's books several times; they are wonderful every time. I also seek out memoirs of all kinds; Speak, Memory by Nabokov and Are You Somebody? by Nuala O’Faolin are two favorites. I adore Children's literature, the illustrators Helen Oxenbury and Maurice Sendak, and have great love for classics like Roald Dahl and Philip Pullman. I'm currently reading Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel and Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks. I like to have a fiction and a narrative non-fiction going on at once.

FCGL: Do you own an e-reader?
Nope! I suppose I will someday, but I have no plans at the moment to get one.

FCGL: What do you think the role of a librarian is today?  Are books and libraries still relevant?

MP: The library is a vital part of a community for so many reasons. The digital divide is very much real and larger than I think people realize, and we are often the only place people can turn to for help. Job seekers need email addresses to apply for a job, they need computers, and often times don't know how to go about doing any of this. You can find this throughout Brooklyn in great numbers. We are here for English as a second language classes, GED classes, leisure pursuits like arts and discussions for all ages, early childhood programs, parents returning to college needing research assistance - we provide these and so much more. They are incomparable resources. Findings show New York library usage is only increasing, yet our funding is cut every year. It's heartbreaking.

Say hello to Molly the next time you are at the branch!

The Secret of Kells - Friday, April 12

Our next English language movie for children this Friday, April 12, 3:45 pm in the auditorium - "The Secret of Kells" - suitable for children 8+. Brendan lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids. But a new life of adventure beckons when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from the isle of Iona carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide.

Participatory Budgeting: Computers for libraries among top five projects!

City Councilman Brad Lander decided two years ago to dedicate a portion of the capital funds he gets for community projects each year to a process call participatory budgeting (PB).  Through this process community members work over a period of months to identify projects that will benefit neighborhoods and residents in his district.  Projects are narrowed down and then residents of the council district vote for the projects they believe will most benefit the community, and the top 5-6 projects up to $1million receive the funding.

This year through the PB process community resident Ira Tolbert worked to include a project that would commit $75,000 to new computers in both the Carroll Gardens and Windsor Terrace branch libraries.

The PB vote was this past weekend, and the library project came in third among the top six vote getting projects!  So, working with the BPL, Councilman Lander will dedicate these funds to purchasing the computers for both branches.

Thank you Ira for all your hard work and Councilman Lander, who spearheaded the participatory budgeting process.  This new technology will serve both of our neighborhoods for years to come.

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Glory of Brooklyn- our borough in art and photography

Transcendent photographs. Evocative essays.Haunting watercolor paintings. No matter the medium, the sentiment of respect clearly shines through in the art and writings of a talented trio – Thomas Rupolo; Joan Marans Dim; and Antonio Masi, who will present their works in a free and entertaining evening at the Carroll Gardens Library, Tuesday, March 19, 7 to 9 p.m, hosted by Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library.

Carroll Gardens resident Joan Marans Dim, an essayist and historian, and New York City artist Antonio Masi will discuss their book "New York's Golden Age of Bridges". With a visual presentation focused on the four bridges of Brooklyn – the Brooklyn, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg, and the Verrazano-Narrows --the discussion will focus on the bridges’ artistic and cultural underpinnings, and their impact nationally as well as worldwide.

Bridges form connections over water, and many area residents feel a strong connection to the nearby waterfront community of Red Hook. Photographer Thomas Rupolo will explore the “lost continent” of Red Hook, where “even cabbies can’t find their way” in a presentation of photos as bright and vibrant as the people who live there, as featured in his book "Images of Red Hook."

This event is the latest in a series of free artistic and literary evenings hosted by the Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library, refreshments of wine and cheese will be served. Signed books will be available for purchase. Auditorium of the library, 396 Clinton Street at the corner of Union Street.Free and Open to the Public.

ABOUT ANTONIO MASI: Antonio Masi, fascinated by bridges since childhood, began painting them a decade ago. He is drawn particularly to the 59th Street (the recently renamed Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, which his grandfather Francesco Masi helped build. Masi has won national and global acclaim for his paintings of New York City bridges.

ABOUT JOAN MARANS DIM: Joan Dim is co-author of The Miracle on Washington Square: New York University and the author of the novel Recollections of a Rotten Kid. She has traveled the bridges of New York City all her life and is a proud Carroll Gardens resident.

 ABOUT THOMAS RUPOLO: Tom Rupolo has been living in and around Red Hook for 15 years. Formerly a nature photographer, he found that moving to Brooklyn provided new subjects such as industrial sites, architectural oddities, street life and close-ups of urban details.

Monday, February 25, 2013

March 6 Free Estate Planning Seminar for the "Sandwich" Generation

Nearly 10 million Americans are considered to be a part of the “Sandwich Generation”, with over 25% of American families being involved in both child and elder care at the same time. And while it may not seem possible to add one more item to an overstuffed to-do list, estate planning is all about being prepared.

Financial planner Kerri Kimball is joined by attorney Alison Arden Besunder on March 6, 6:30 p.m. at the Carroll Gardens Library for a comprehensive discussion of the ins and outs of planning for the future care of our loved ones and getting our financial houses in order, as well as preparing essential documents which are frequently procrastinated on. 

In preparing for the seminar, Kerri Kimball said, "Nearly every family has taboos about talking about money. But now is the time to tackle these issues so that our loved ones aren’t left in the dark. Some simple steps taken now can provide peace of mind that our families’ finances are secure." 

The seminar is free but registration is required at to guarantee seating. Light refreshments will be served. The seminar will be held in the downstairs auditorium of the library. 

Alison Arden Besunder is the founder and principal attorney of Arden Besunder P.C., an estate planning and litigation practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Alison has spent fifteen years practicing law in the New York City. She focuses her practice in the areas of Trusts and Estate Planning, Elder Law, Estate Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property. Alison is a member of the Trusts and Estates and Elder Law Sections of the New York State Bar Association and the NYSBA Animals and the Law Committee. She is an accomplished writer on a variety of legal topics, with articles published in the New York Law Journal, Managing Intellectual Property, and the Suffolk Lawyer, and is also an active volunteer with the Jewish Association of Services for the Aged (JASA).

Kerri Kimball is the Vice President of the Element Financial Group and is a certified financial planner, Investment Advisor Representative, and Life and Health Insurance Agent. She serves as co-chair of the Leadership Advisory Board of the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York and is also a member of Financial Planning Association, 85 Broads, National Ethics Association, and Executive Moms. Kerri speaks French and Spanish, and lives in Brooklyn with her family. 

This free event is hosted by the Friends of the Carroll Gardens library and was organized by Corcoran Group Real Estate agents Justine Torchio and Chris DiChiaro. Justine is a native and current resident of Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn who volunteers with the Friends group and Chris has been a resident of Carroll Gardens for the past seven years and has a family-owned retail boutique on Court Street.

Friday, February 15, 2013

"Brave" at the library

Friday, February 15, come to a screening of "Brave" at the Carroll Gardens library, 3:45 downstairs. "Brave" is the story of a young girl who throws off convention to become an archer and rescues her family from a witches curse. "Brave" won the Golden Globe for best animated feature film and is nominated for an Academy Award. And it's free at the library! Recommended for children 7 and up.

Friday, January 25, 2013

New Year, New Librarian!

We are pleased to announce that after the departure of the head librarian a few months ago the Carroll Gardens Library welcomes Molly Pudner, the Neighborhood Library Services.  Molly was formerly at the Eastern Parkway branch.  We'll have an interview and more information about her soon. Say hello when you stop by the library!

There is a lot happening at the library including the continuing of the children's French film series on the first Fridays of each month at 3:45 downstairs.

We'll also be starting a new English language movie series - the first showing is the wonderful animated movie "Brave" which will also be at 3:45 on Friday, February 15.  Also, Kathleen Henderson will be coming to the library regularly on the last Monday of each month from 2 PM-5PM to do crafts - she'll be there this coming Monday, January 28.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy New Year everyone!

Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library wishes everyone a very happy new year.  We're looking forward to continuing to be part of the Carroll Gardens library and community in 2013 and seeing you all there.  Here is a good resolution for the new year and all year:  Come to the library more often to read, borrow books, enjoy the programs, watch a movie and see your neighbors!

We  haven't done quotes for awhile, but here are some great ones to start off the new year right:

"For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning."
- T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"

"Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever."
- Mark Twain

Happy New Year everyone!