NPR’s June Kids’ Book Club Pick: ‘The One and Only Ivan’

Just in time for summer, NPR’s Backseat Book Club introduces us to an amazing gorilla. He’s the title character in The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Families, teachers, children are welcome to join in the reading of the Newbery Medal Winner The One and Only Ivan this month. Click here to learn more about this amazing book.


Summer Reading Kick Off Events

Children’s reading levels often slide over the summer; however, this does not have to happen. Every year, the Brooklyn Public Library campaigns and encourages everyone, especially children, to continue reading over the summer.

The Brooklyn Public Library is launching the 2013 Summer Reading Campaign with fun activities and give-aways for kids and young adults:

Thursday June 6th from 2:00-4:00 pm at local branches, and 10:30am – 3:30pm at the Central Library with special appearances by Spiderman. Check out our local Carroll Gardens Branch – 396 Clinton @ Union.

The theme this year is “Discovering Hidden Treasures” and the statewide theme is “Digging into Reading.”   Discover summer reading lists, game boards, and of course,

The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Artic Adventure by Martin W. Sandler

cover of The Impossible Rescue by Martin Sandler

From 1897 come photographs and accounts of a journey to rescue the crew from eight whaling ships in Northern Alaska.  With a farfetched plan and a mission to succeed, a few men set out to convince others to join them in helping to save the desperate and isolated sailors.  This is a worthwhile historical background for fans of other Alaskan adventures real or otherwise, such as “Into the Wild” by John Krakauer, “Woodsong” by Gary Paulsen, or “Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World” by Jennifer Armstrong.


Open House Finale – Tuesday 5/21

Join us at 3:30 – 4:30 pm in the library

Games, books, snacks*, computer access, and space to do your own thing!

BNS students can join with their adult. BCS students can join with or without their adult.

Image of girl reading

*on sale to support upcoming library events.


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