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.
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.
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.
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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