BNS/BCS Library Newsletter #2


Library Cafe Open to Families During Student-Led Conferences

Families visiting BCS this week for Student-Led Conferences, will have the opportunity to visit the inaugural "Library Cafe" for a bit of information gathering and relaxation. The library will offer coffee, and a place to enjoy their bake sale snacks, as well as brief info sessions on: enrichment activities in the library; choosing great books for your child, and using MyLibraryNYC. We encourage everyone to stop by and say hello!

Bestselling Author/Illustrator George O'Connor Speaks to BCS 7th Graders at Public Library

The library arranged for BCS 7th grade ELA students to see George O'Connor, writer and illustrator of the critically acclaimed, best-selling Olympians series, at the Brooklyn Public Library on October 20. This exciting event provided lots of inspiration for the 7th graders' upcoming graphic novel study. Read more about one of library's most poplular series at

Author/Illustrator Team Visits the Library to Share Their Work With BNS Second Graders

Husband-and-wife author team, Paul Dubois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender, read from their new book Count on the Subway!, to the second grade classes on October 27th. A great time was had by all as the authors led the students in song, took questions from the audience, and talked about many of their other books, including The Deaf Musicians and Abiyoyo Returns.

BCS Students Attend Screening of e.E. Charlton-Trujillo Documentary

The library also set-up an amazing opportunity for a group of students to see a screening of At-Risk Summer, the powerful new documentary "… about belonging, bullying and taking a chance when it counts." The filmmaker, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, is also the author of the Stonewall Award winning young adult novel, Fat Angie, who traveled the country on a quest to mentor and empower at-risk teens. Thank you to Jose, BCS Co-Director of Culture and Character, for bringing Upper Grades students to the Brooklyn Public Library's Dweck Center. Jose came from the event saying, "We loved it! I was inclined to ask the director to come back to school with us that same day and speak to our kids. It was a tremendous experience and I know our students were receptive and gained so much depth from it. I'm looking forward to the release of the DVD to show to our school."

Kindness is a Key Word at the Library

Karmela's 10th grade crew visited the library for a lesson on using keywords to locate picture books in the library catalog. They searched for books on the subject of "kindness" as part of the BNS/BCS reading buddies unity project. Stay tuned for a list of titles students located and will soon read with some very excited BNS kindergartners.
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BNS/BCS Librarians Address Academic Integrity with BCS Upper Grades Students

The BCS librarians led discussions about plagiarism and academic integrity at the Brooklyn Public LIbrary as part of the Upper Grades' Science expedition on October 23. The group also met with MyLibraryNYC librarian for a session on how to use the library's databases.
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Your Source For Online Resources

Did you know that the BNS/BCS Library provides 24/7 access to several educational websites and databases, including BrainPop, Noodle Tools, and Discovery Education? Explore our online resources at our BNS/BCS Library home page -

Library is Looking for Volunteers

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Great Author Events for Kids

A great venue for local children's book events is the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. The Y presents some of today's greatest children's book authors, including recent guests, Chris van Allsburg (The Polar Express, Jumanji) and YA sensation Samantha Shannon (The Bone Season). On Saturday, December 13, see Gregory Maguire, the author of Wicked, read from his new middle grade fantasy, Egg and Spoon.
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