BNS/BCS Library Newsletter


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Upcoming Events at Brooklyn Public Library Carroll Gardens Branch

Comic Strip Workshop

(create your own comic book!)

Friday, January 8th (TOMORROW!) at 3:30pm

AGES 6-12

Painting Workshop

(To help us decorate the entryway to the library!)

Thursday, February 4th at 4pm


Saturday, February 6th at 1:30pm

AGES 6-13


Poetry Writing Workshop

Monday, February 22 - 4pm

AGES 10-15

Happy New Year from the Library!

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NYCDOE Launches NYC Read365

The New York City Department of Education has launched a reading campaign that encourages New Yorkers to read every single day. The old saying “practice makes perfect” is absolutely true for reading. We know that children who have repeatedly been exposed to books from birth develop strong reading skills and a love of reading. The BNS/BCS Library is supporting NY Reads365 with promotional posters, bookmarks, and book displays. To see the age-appropriate book lists created by New York City school librarians, go to NYC Reads365.
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Library Hosts Thank You Breakfast for Its Team of Volunteers

The BNS/BCS Library is an incredibly busy place that depends on a core group of enthusiastic and hardworking volunteers. To thank them, the library hosted an early morning bagel breakfast on December 8. Every volunteer contributes to our space in their own way. If you'd like to be a part of our team, contact us!
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Awesome AUTHORS Send Video Messages TO 6TH GRADE

The 6th grade was surprised and delighted to discover that some of the library's favorite authors taped personalized, inspirational videos to support their Personal Narrative celebration. Thank you to Jacqueline Woodson, Gbemi Rhuday-Perkovich, Danette Vigilante, and Gayle Forman for taking time out of their incredibly busy schedules to acknowledge the hard work of our 6th grade writers. And for being such great friends to our community.

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All Aboard! Reading Passports for 3rd and 4th Graders

Students are excited about the library's Reading Ambassadors program that encourages readers to take a journey around the library, reading books from each Dewey nonfiction category, and across genres. At the completion of each book, a librarian dons her Customs Agent jacket and stamps each passport. Thank you to our amazing Pratt Institute Student-Teacher Anna for all her hard work on the fun graphics and tools.
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BNS & BCS Student Book Reviews

Our library student helpers have been busy writing book reviews that you can see featured on the library blog. Check in regularly for updates! To see reviews by 5th graders, Frances, Maya, and Kaila click here! Stay tuned for reviews from our 12th grade intern Carol Matos, as well as our other 5th grade helpers Layla and Nina.

Library Resource Highlight

Did you know the BNS/BCS Library subscribes to BrainPop? BrainPop is a kid-friendly resource that engages students through animated movies, learning games, interactive quizzes, primary source activities, concept mapping, and more. Our subscription includes access to BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOP, BrainPOP Español, and, BrainPOP ESL. A new addition to the site is GameUp, an educational games portal. We encourage families to explore and have some fun with the site. Username: bcsstudent Password: bcs

Library Kicks Off BNS/BCS Mock Newbery Club

Our 5th and 6th graders will be reading Newbery Medal contenders this winter, and meeting for lunchtime discussions every other week. The library is collaborating with the Brooklyn Public Library to acquire multiple copies of a great selection of some of the best middle grade books of 2015. While the real Newbery Medal is awarded in January, our club will continue through May, when we will choose our own "best book of the year."

Book Talks for BNS & BCS

MyLibraryNYC public librarian Johanna Lewis spent time with BCS 9th grade ELA classes book-talking some great teen reads. Lower grade librarian Jody Shaw book talked for 5th and 6th grade classes, and spent time with teachers during their lunch periods to share her thoughts on new and upcoming great books for kids.

Caldecott Medal Judge Visits 1st grade

Rachel Payne is a Brooklyn Public Librarian who is currently serving on the Caldecott Medal Committee. In January, the committee will announce its choice for best picture book of the year. Rachel read and talked about BNS' book nominee Drum Dream Girl and the qualities that make it a potential winner. Rachel's talk dovetails with the 1st grade library curriculum which focuses on Caldecott Winners and what makes a great picture book.

Persepolis Libguide

To support June's 9th grade ELA class in their reading of the graphic novel, Persepolis the library developed a Persepolis Libguide that included video, audio, and text, to build student background knowledge on Iran under the Shah, and the ensuing Iranian Revolution. Check it out, if you need a brush-up on Iranian history and politics.

Join the BNS/BCS Library Advisory Committee

We are looking for a few dedicated library fans to join us in the ongoing process of how to make our school library all that it can be for our entire community. We meet bimonthly to discuss programming, fundraising, community engagement, and other timely issues, typically in the morning, but we are flexible! If you are interested, come up for a visit, or email Susan at