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.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
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
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
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
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
FCGL:How long have you been 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.
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
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
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 http://estateplanbrooklyn.eventbrite.com/ 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
Friday, January 25, 2013
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
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!