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 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.