Kate DiCamillo named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

2 01 2014

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“The theme of hope and belief amid impossible circumstances is a common thread in much of Kate DiCamillo’s writing. In her instant No. 1 New York Times best-seller “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” (2006), a haughty china rabbit undergoes a profound transformation after finding himself face down on the ocean floor — lost and waiting to be found. “The Tale of Despereaux” (2003), the Newbery Medal-winning novel that later inspired an animated adventure from Universal Pictures, stars a tiny mouse with exceptionally large ears who is driven by love to become an unlikely hero. And “The Magician’s Elephant” (2009), an acclaimed and exquisitely paced fable, dares to ask the question, What if?”

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BNS Parent George Packer Wins National Book Award

21 11 2013

BNS parent and bestselling author George Packer has won the National Book Award for Nonfiction. His book, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, “portrays a

29BOOK-articleInlinesuperpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its elites no longer elite, its institutions no longer working, its ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation.”The New York Times said, The Unwinding “hums—with sorrow, with outrage and with compassion . . . Packer’s gifts are Steinbeckian in the best sense of that term . . . [Packer has] written something close to a nonfiction masterpiece.” Congratulations, George! 





Jane Kelley, Brooklyn Author, Visits BCS 6th Grade

16 10 2013

images-1Jane Kelley, author of The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya, Nature Girl, and The Girl Behind the Glass, paid a visit to Candace’s 6th grade class today. BCS was the first stop on her book tour to promote her latest book, The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya, a wonderful story about an orphaned gray African parrot and a sick girl who together find a lasting friendship and rediscover hope. She will be returning to our building next week to meet with 4th and 5th graders so stay tuned for information on how to purchase an autographed copy of her new book for your child.

Jane will also be at the Community Bookstore in Park Slope on Wednesday, October 23 at 7pm.





Declare Your Love

8 10 2013

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“Every day, in countless communities across our nation and the world, millions of children, students and adults use libraries to learn, grow and achieve their dreams. In addition to a vast array of books, computers and other resources, library users benefit from the expert teaching and guidance of librarians and library staff to help expand their minds and open new worlds. We declare and affirm our right to quality libraries -public, school, academic, and special – and urge you to show your support by signing your name to this Declaration for the Right to Libraries.”





Want to Increase Your Social Skills? The Answer is READ!

4 10 2013

A new study published in the journal Science concludes that when we read literate fiction (not those steamy beach reads), we are more likely to perform better on tests measuring empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence.  Research suggests that reading literary fiction requires us to use our imaginations, compelling readers to infer and heighten our awareness of emotional nuance. Read the full article from the New York Times here.Image

Do we need more convincing? We’re imagining that soon reading will be able to cure the common cold.





3 Recent Memoirs Attest to the Power of Libraries and Books

2 10 2013

Though we all know about the power and transcendent capacity of libraries, books and reading, these three recent memoirs reveal how their lives were transformed- saved- by books. Read the article hereImage.





BPL Librarians visit BNS and BCS to promote Summer Reading

11 06 2013

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Hop into Summer Reading!

This week, Brooklyn Public Librarians Juana Flores and Molly Pudner are visiting classrooms to invite students and families to join the Summer Reading program. Students can join at any local BPL branch or online at SummerReading.org. Sign up to log books, win badges, create avatars and more. Join the fun this summer!








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