Summer books and audiobooks available online

Picture books/short chapter books

Logo of We Give Books

Always available to read on a computer with internet, We Give Books offers an online library of 150 picture books as well as short chapter books for kids 0 – 10, including well known books  The organization also donates books for each book read.

Check out the summer reading program with weekly book selections and corresponding activities for ages 0-3, 4-7, and 8-10.

 Young Adult Audiobooks


Download MP3 Audiobooks with SYNC.  Free weekly offerings over the summer for high school students with many titles appropriate for middle schoolers.  There are two well reviewed book options each week: a YA (young adult) fiction book or a classic novel.

The McMullans revisited

Last year, about this time, Kate and Jim McMullan, visited the library.  She is the author and he is the illustrator of such great picture books as “I Stink”, “I’m Fast” and “I’m Dirty“.  Shown here is a bit of their fantastic presentation to first graders.

Thanks to Weston Woods Studio for their permission to share!

Kate & Jim McMullan visit Brooklyn New School on Vimeo.

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.


Open House at the Library

Join us for the next OH events 3:30 – 4:30pm:

  • Tuesday, April 23rd  3:30 – 4:30
  • Thursday May 9 and Tuesday, May 21

Enjoy your space with games, computers, books, and more!  Snacks will be available for sale to support upcoming library events.

BNS students can join with their adult. BCS students can join with or without their adult.
woman and girl reading
Kicking back at Open House

Poem in Your Pocket Day – 4/18

Girls with pocket-sized poems

Here are two for you:


The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

–Carl Sandburg

There was an Old Man with a Beard

There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, “It is just as I feared!—
Two Owls and a Hen, four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard.

Edward Lear

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

This book would be a great spy film!   This well-crafted version of the race to build the ultimate weapon is based on exciting scientific discovery, espionage and war drama.  As World War II and a small experiment demonstrating fission rock the status quo, several characters’ involvement deepen.  Readers follow:  Harry Gold, the spy and schmoe in Pennsylvania reluctantly(?) working for the Soviet Union; Oppenheimer, the nutty professor and scientific genius with his humongous, secret team of geniuses; and Knut Haukelid, the Norwegian resistance fighter.  While the race for the bomb was exciting, the book deals with the destruction  and arms race matter-of-factly.  Some pictures and bibliography are great enhancements to the book.

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