2006-06-01 / Other News

BPL Kicks Off Summer Reading Program Next Week

Brooklyn-born magician David Blaine, BPL's 2006summer reading spokesperson, entertains local children at the Central Library. Jerry SpeierBrooklyn-born magician David Blaine, BPL's 2006summer reading spokesperson, entertains local children at the Central Library. Jerry Speier Brooklyn Public Library's (BPL) annual Summer Reading Program officially kicks off on June 8 at its Central and neighborhood libraries with free arts and crafts activities and snacks for library users of all ages. Gifts will also be available for everyone who registers for Summer Reading.

Children and teens can also register for Summer Reading online at www.sum-merreading.org. They can post book reviews at this site, find suggested read-ing lists, and see what other participants are reading.

During BPL's system-wide Summer Reading kick-off celebration, library users 17 and younger will have the opportunity to enter BPL's "Name the Summer Reading Dragon" contest. The winner with the most original dra-gon name will be selected in July by a panel comprised of BPL staff and Trus-tees. Prizes include tickets to the New York Mets game on August 23rd and the winner's dragon name will be posted on BPL's website. Entry forms, which must be submitted to a BPL librarian by June 17, will be available at every neighborhood library.

Throughout the summer, BPL will keep the fun of Summer Reading alive with special programs at all neighborhood libraries for children, such as arts and crafts activities, science workshops and performances by storytellers, mag-icians and musicians.

Summer Reading at BPL is not just for kids anymore! Due to interest by Brooklyn's adult readers, BPL has ex-panded Summer Reading 2006 to better serve its adult library users. BPL's Adult Summer Reading program includes a series of author talks hosted by various neighborhood libraries between June and August. The line-up features talented writers, including Rich Cohen, author of "Sweet and Low," and Gary Shteyngart, author of "Absurdistan."

For adult readers who enjoy literary conversations, BPL's neighborhood libraries will host book discussion groups for readers to discuss hot titles like A Million Little Pieces and Everything Is Illuminated. BPL's suggested Adult Summer Reading Book-list, also available on www.brooklynpublic library.org, offers contemporary fiction and nonfiction titles. Adult readers will also have the opportunity to win prizes and write book reviews that will be posted anonymously to BPL's website.

For more information on BPL's Sum-mer Reading programs, please refer to the following schedule, or visit www.- brooklynpubliclibrary.org.

The following programs are free and open to the public.

Author Talks For Adults

Reed Farrel Coleman:

Hardboiled Brooklyn

August 8, 11 a.m., Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue,


Coleman reads from an anthology of slash and burn short stories set in Brooklyn and written by today's hot-test crime fiction writers.

For additional information on BPL's Summer Reading programs, please visit your neighborhood library or www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org.

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