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, 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.