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From "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" to Last Exit to Brooklyn, The Fortress of Solitude, and The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P, Brooklyn is well-established as a literary stronghold, but we were curious: what are residents across the borough reading in 2014? We polled librarians at nine branches of the Brooklyn Public Library to see what Brooklynites of all ages are reading this year. Williamsburg Library Anna Villa, Library Circulation Supervisor Juvenile title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney Young Adult title:...
In case you missed it, we Brooklynites should be proud to have the Brooklyn Public Library around. It's a great local resource—especially when we return books there. And now to add to everything that already makes our library system amazing (i.e. its pie shop), there is a very new, very amazing recommendation system available on the Brooklyn Public Library's website. Via Brokelyn: Last week, the BPL launched Bklyn BookMatch, a totally free book recommendation form that allows...
As some of you may know, May is National Bike Month, a time for celebrating our cyclist friends or our cyclist selves. Accordingly, there's all kinds of cool bike-related events going on including the Red Hook Bike Jumble at the end of the month and that biking supper club we told you about yesterday. The thing is both those events involve cold hard cash. So, it's nice to hear that the Grand Army Plaza branch...
Brooklyn's economy may still be relatively hospitable to independent bookstores (as compared to Manhattan, anyway), but it's no secret that our public libraries have been struggling for quite some time now. There's the rampant theft, for starters, chronic under-funding, and widespread issues with air conditioning systems that've forced frequent summertime closures in spite of their status as city-designated "cooling centers" during dangerous heat waves. All told, the system's 60 branches reportedly need around $300...

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