BNS/BCS Library Newsletter #7



Library Presents Its First Community Poetry Project: Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

The BNS/BCS Library is excited to share our community reading of Walt Whitman’s Crossing Brooklyn Ferry. We selected this poem as our first community read for several reasons.

First, the poem’s setting is one physically and emotionally near to us: Brooklyn and the East River. Each of our students during their time at BNS and BCS has the opportunity to make that same crossing as they venture forth on class field trips or expeditions, returning to our school at the end of their day.

Not only is the setting one which resonates with us, but the poem reflects a democratic belief central to our school community: regardless of our backgrounds, we are united in our shared humanity. While our preschoolers experience that in different ways than our twelfth graders, the idea remains constant: though we come from different homes, different cultures, different traditions and languages, we are all part of the BNS/BCS human family.


Congratulations, BCS Rising Readers!

Over forty 6th, 7th, and 8th graders were honored at the final session of the successful BCS Reading in the Round literacy series on May 20. Identified by their ELA teachers, these readers showed "great effort and determination in improving his/her reading habits this year." Each student received a certificate, a family letter, and a book of their choice.

We want to extend a special thank you to families for supporting their children's reading lives!

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Author Cathleen Bell Discusses Her Reading Self at "Reading in the Round"

After the dinner theatre (amazing performances by BNS and BCS spoken-word artists, dancers, and singers), Susan kicked-off a discussion of the importance of developing a reading life by introducing author, BNS parent, and BNS/BCS library advocate Cathleen Bell. Cathleen spoke to a standing-room only audience of BNS and BCS families about books and experience influenced her as a child and led her to career as a middle-grade and young adult author. Her latest book is I Will Remember You. Cathleen's thoughts, followed by those of BCS parent Marilynne Doore, led beautifully into breakout session "circles," led by Marieke VanWoerkom, from Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, BCS Parent Coordinator Tracey, and BCS teacher Adam where BNS and BCS families discussed their own feeling about reading and the role it plays in their lives. The entire event was a wonderful opportunity for several of our incoming 6th grade families to experience firsthand the important role restorative circles play in BCS culture.

Hibakusha Stories: Hiroshima Survivors Speak to BCS History Students

The library facilitated an event with Hibakusha Stories, a UN affiliated non-governmental organization that sponsors visits by Hiroshima atomic bomb survivors to New York City public schools. Survivors Kunihiko Bonkohara and Jong-Keun Lee shared their powerful stories with BCS Upper Grade students and, as advocates of nuclear disarmament, entrusted them with the "responsibility of remembrance." Hibakusha Stories honored BCS with a gift of 1000 paper cranes, made by Japanese children, that will be installed in the library.
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Illustrator Sophie Blackall Wows 3rd Grade Students and Teachers

Sophie Blackall's visit to the library was a brilliant testimony to the artistry of illustrating children's picture books. In a presentation on her latest book, A Fine Dessert

Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat (written by Emily Jenkins), Sophie discussed the astounding amount of research that goes into preparing her drawings, and pointed out the fascinating details that make her books so special. If you haven't yet read A Fine Dessert, head on down to the Brooklyn Public Library for a summer book to cherish.

Author/Illustrator/BNS Parent Abby Hanlon Visits 2nd Grade!

Abby Hanlon made her third visit to the library, this time to talk with 2nd graders about her second book, Dory Fantasmagory. With words, pictures and pictures with words, 6-year-old Dory, called Rascal, recounts how she finally gets her older brother and sister to play with her. According to a starred review from Kirkus, Dory Fantasmagory is "charming, funny and true to life." What an awesome choice for summer reading, ages 6-9! (And don't forget Ralph Tells a Story for the picture-book set!)

Author Aaron Starmer Visits Candice's 6th Graders

Aaron Starmer, author of The Riverman Trilogy, charmed 6th graders with mischievous tales from his own childhood (he was almost killed by a poisonous snake in Australia!), and how his memories have influenced his writing. For a great summer read for 10-14 year olds, read The Riverman, a haunting novel that "explores the relationship between creation and theft, reality and fantasy" (PW). It will leave you breathless! For those of you who've already read it, check out the latest book in the series, The Whisper.

Author Team and BNS parents, Deb Levine and JillElyn Reilly Visit 4th Grade

Can their friendships take the heat? A trio of mothers and daughters will find out when they sign up for a cooking class from a famous chef in the first book of the Saturday Cooking Club series—it’s mother-daughter bonding and so much more!

Fourth graders loved hearing how these BNS parents (past and present) co-authored Saturday Cooking Club, the first book in a new series by Deb Levine and JillElyn Riley. Deb and JillElyn gave kids a taste of each character in their read aloud, and discussed their collaborative process. Make sure to put this series on your summer reading list!

Supporting Math PBATS

Last month, the math department invited the library to present its "Designing for Place" LibGuide to 12th grade PBAT students. Created in collaboration with Adam and Sarah, this LIbGuide provides background knowledge on the importance of designing for place, and how a sense of place might impact academic achievement.
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Day of Dialog & Spring Conference, Brooklyn Connections

As hard as it is to leave the library, Susan and Amanda made of point of getting out to attend an awesome professional development event at the Fashion Institute of Technology (because we all know librarians are known for their awesome fashion sense). Sponsored by School Library Journal, Day of Dialog was a great opportunity to meet up with other school librarians from the tri-state area, listen to amazing panels with authors ranging from Louis Sachar to Rita Williams-Garcia, to Rebecca Stead, and to hear from publishers on their hottest upcoming titles.

We will be attending a PD on June 4 at the Brooklyn Public Library to learn more about Brooklyn Connections, a school outreach initiative based out of BPL's Brooklyn Collection. We will be learn more about the amazing primary sources within the Brooklyn Collection that detail Brooklyn’s immigration history. Stay tuned for our debrief of the event.


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Do You Have Your Public Library Card?

Our partnership with MyLibraryNYC provides all BNS and BCS students with a fine-free library card that can be used in public libraries throughout the city. If you don't have yours, please come see Susan or Amanda in the library!