Turn your summer into a page-turner

The Brooklyn Paper

The summer has arrived and the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is celebrating in a big way. June marks the beginning of their Summer Reading Initiative, which the whole family can enjoy. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

For Kids

Babies & Books and RIF: June 2, 16 & 30, 10:30 a.m., Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718-748-5709; June 11 & 25, 1:30 p.m., Borough Park Library, 1265 43rd Street, 718-437-4085; Fridays, 10:30 a.m., McKinley Park Library, 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway, 718-748-8001: Enjoy books, songs and rhymes with babies, birth to 18 months. Babies can also earn free books by reading. See your librarian for details.

Origami, June 2, 16 & 30, 4 p.m., Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718-748-5709: Learn or practice this ancient Japanese craft.

Preschool Story Time & RIF, June 4 & 18, 1:30 p.m., Borough Park Library, 1265 43rd Street, 718-437-4085, and Mondays, 10:30 a.m., McKinley Park Library, 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway, 718-748-8001: Enjoy classic books and songs with others, ages three to five. Preschoolers can also earn free books by reading. See your librarian for details.

Dance Dance Revolution, June 6, 3:30 p.m., Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718-748-5709: Be a part of it!

Read with a Dog, June 16, 4 p.m., Park Slope Library, 431 Sixth Avenue, 718-832-1853 and June 23, 4 p.m., Carroll Gardens Library, 396 Clinton Street, 718-596-6972: Practice reading with a certified therapy dog. Registration required.

Father’s Day Arts & Crafts, June 20, 3:15 p.m., Macon Library, 361 Lewis Avenue, 718-573-5606, and June 20, 3:15 p.m., Washington Irving Library 360 Irving Avenue, 718-628-8378: Make a special craft to take home for Dad.

Bushwick Impact Family Fun, June 21, 12:30 p.m., DeKalb Library, 790 Bushwick Avenue, 718-455-3898: Enjoy games, stories and arts and crafts for the whole family.

Ezra Jack Keats Story Time & Take-a-Book, June 26, 7:30 p.m., Central Library, Youth Wing Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100: Hear great stories, make crafts and take home a free book.

For Teens

Through Caribbean Eyes: A Film Festival, daily, June 2-7, 10 a.m., no session June 5, Central Library, Dweck Center Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100: Enjoy films, documentaries and animation from the Caribbean Diaspora.

Bookmaking, June 3, 4 p.m., New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718-236-4086: Learn how to create your own books with everyday materials.

Metamorphosis @ Your Library: Changing Technology, June 5, 5 p.m., Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718-748-5709: Start a wiki and add content to your very own website.

Talent Show in Russian, June 7, 11:30 a.m., Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X, 718-382-5792: Show off your special skillz.

Art Club, June 7, 2 p.m., Central Library, Youth Wing Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100: Learn how to create a portfolio to help you get into an art school. Pick up a ticket at the Juvenile Desk on the day of program.

Metamorphosis @ Your Library: Change Your Lifestyle, June 11, 3 p.m., McKinley Park Library, 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway, 718-748-8001 and June 12, 4 p.m., Sunset Park Library, 5108 Fourth Avenue, 718-567-2806: Get tips and play games about grooming, dressing for success, dining and more.

Karaoke: June 13, 3:30 p.m., Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718-368-1709: Step up to the mic and sing your favorite popular tunes.

Author Talk: Gordon Korman, June 17, 4 p.m., Midwood Library, 975 East 16th Street, 718-252-0967: Korman reads from his new novel “Swindle.”

Anime & Manga Club, June 18, 4 p.m., Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718-241-3973: Read, discuss and draw your favorite manga and anime.

Metamorphosis @ Your Library: Changing Times, June 25, 3 p.m., McKinley Park Library, 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway, 718-748-8001: Make a timeline of your life.

Intergenerational Gardening, Tuesdays & Fridays, 3:30 p.m., Mapleton Library, 1702 60th Street, 718-256-2117: Gardeners of all ages enjoy nature and dig in the dirt.

Guitar Workshop, Wednesdays, 4 p.m., Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue, 718-265-3220: Learn tips and techniques for playing the guitar.

Salsa Dance Workshop, Fridays, 3 p.m., Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue, 718-265-3220: Learn this exotic style of dance.

Crocheting Workshop, Saturdays, 3 p.m., Brownsville Library, 61 Glenmore Avenue, 718-498-9721: Learn or perfect this skill.

General Information

BPL’s eResources, such as eBooks and eVideos, catalog information and free homework help, are available to customers of all ages 24 hours a day at their website, www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org.


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