09/21/15 11:14am
BPL brining knowledge to the masses. Via Flickr

BPL brining knowledge to the masses. Via Flickr

Exciting news from the BPL this morning.

Today, Brooklynites will gather at Bedstuy’s Macon Library to receive free MiFi hotspots. The 4G, wireless devices are part of the Library HotSpot Program, which is dedicated to “bridging the digital divide” for patrons without at home internet capabilities.

In a press release today, Linda E. Johnson, President and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library said: “The internet has changed the way people learn, seek employment and engage with their community.We are proud to offer Brooklynites free internet access not only in our 60 branches, but, with the Library HotSpot program, in their own homes.”

With grants from Google, The Knight News Challenge, and The Robin Hood Foundation, the program intends to put internet in 10,000 households and the BPL will loan around 3,000 of those 10. Twenty-two Brooklyn library branches currently participate, and the BPL has already distributed nearly two-thirds of the MiFi hotspots.

The devices will allow families to connect their desktops, laptops, tablets and up to ten mobile phones to the internet; and Sprint hooks the families up with free, unlimited data for a year.

Users of the BPL without access to internet at home are eligible to borrow devices for one year if enrolled in an adult education or inclusion program offered by the Brooklyn Public Library. Programs include: ESOL, Adult Basic Education or a Citizenship Preparation Class.

09/01/15 8:20am
See if our local BK celebs can match the style of the original crew

See if our local BK celebs can match the style of the original crew

You know, for some reason, they never say “Thank god it’s Tuesday.” Probably in part because T.C.I.T. could just as well be for Thursday, but I figure the fact that it’s not Monday anymore is worth celebrating a little bit. Maybe you agree too, and in that case you should go out and do one of these awesome things going on, as found on the Brokelyn Event Calendar. (more…)

08/06/15 1:23pm
Even though it didn't make the shortlist, Brooklyn Spaces is a winner in all our hearts. Photo by Lisa Chow/Susan Tam

It didn’t make BPL’s shortlist, but Brooklyn Spaces still has our vote. Photo by Lisa Chow/Susan Tam

The Brooklyn Public Library has just announced a shortlist for the Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize, seeking “the defining Brooklyn literary works” of the past year. Hey, wait though, what’s a Brooklyn work? Is it anything that’s written by someone who lives here? Is it anyone writing about the borough itself? Is it an autobiography by a subway rat?

New York Times editor Charles Duhigg was quoted as saying, “Exactly what constitutes a great ‘Brooklyn book’ is difficult to pin down, but each of the shortlisted works captures some unique and defining aspect of the Brooklyn experience.” Well, we can tell you one thing: we’re having the Brooklyn experience right here, right now. Or one of many experiences. In Brooklyn.  (more…)

07/14/15 7:50am
Is there something else out there? Like a planet with two suns? Find out tonight at The Bell House!

Is there something else out there? Like a planet with two suns? Find out tonight at The Bell House!

Is it Friday yet? Haha, no, of course not, it’s only Tuesday which means your week of drudgery has barely begun! My goodness, what would make you think you get to skip to Friday so quickly? Let’s not focus on that. Also don’t focus on the meeting you’re at right now, instead focus on choosing which of these five cool things pulled from the Brokelyn Event Calendar you’re going to do tonight. (more…)

06/18/15 4:11pm
Best part is, you can't get detention. via Bartsblackboard

Best part is, you can’t get detention. via Bartsblackboard

Gone are the days where grad school was the only way to enhance your post-graduate skill set. These days you can find professional development classes all over the city—ones that cost only peanuts compared to their degree-granting brethren. And you’ve been saying for weeks now that you want to build your website. But when are you actually gonna do it, huh?

We’ve partnered with a directory called CourseHorse, that streamlines all of the classes in the city available for a given interest. Want to learn Photoshop? There’s a class for that. Want to perfect that chickpea dahl recipe? There’s a class for that.

05/04/15 8:53am

Set a good example for the children. via Facebook

Riding a bike in the city is one of life’s great joys, provided that you can deal with the drivers and the potholes and the police. Yes, even with all that it’s still very nice, but it should be noted that the drivers and the potholes could help give you some serious brain damage or even kill you. Get some protection for that skull of yours (it houses your brain, after al) without having to pay for it this Thursday when the Department of Transportation gives out free helmets at the Brooklyn Public Library’s main branch. You can use the money saved to buy yourself some tubes for the inevitable pothole-caused flat tire. (more…)

04/27/15 8:45am
We guess we've heard of it?

We guess we’ve heard of it?

1. Do some thinking and talking about race with Brooklyn Public Philosophers as they discuss W.E.B. DuBois and Brown vs. Board of Education. (Monday)

2. Hear comics angrily growl “and let me tell you” at Antagonist Storytelling Show (or ASS, naturally) at Over the Eight. (Monday)

3. Alcohol and strong opinions are always a great mix, so join Allen McDuffee and John Flowers as they break down the 2016 elections at Politics and Pints. (Monday) (more…)

04/09/15 9:37am
bike the branches

They’re ready. Are you? via Friends of the Sheepshead Bay Library

Your pal the library does so much for you, from helping with your taxes to making you reading lists to giving you internet, and it never really asks much in return. Well, it asks you to return things on time, but that’s fair. In this one instance though, it’s asking you to help it out, but the good thing is you can have fun doing it. Bike the Branches, the tour/competition to see who can get to the most libraries in a day, is back for the third year on May 9, and you can register for it today. We think you should. (more…)

03/31/15 4:00pm
Because nobody wants problems with the IRS

Because nobody wants problems with the IRS

Tax time is a stressful time for everyone, unless of course you’re some rich goon with an army of lawyers who know how to convince the government your highly profitable sweatshop operation actually made no money. Presumably, that isn’t you, so you’re sweating it out and trying to do your taxes on your own. Don’t do that! Your pal, the Brooklyn Public Library, will help you out with FREE tax preparation at the Central Library Branch, per Park Slope Stoop. Now who needs an army of battle-scarred tax fraud attorneys? Not you! (more…)

Just look at how happy that tree has made her

Just look at how happy that tree has made her

Spring is on its way, sort of, which means bright trees and bunnies and joy and other things we forgot exist are slowing creeping back into our frostbitten hearts. While we can’t do much to provide you with more bunnies and joy than we usually do, we can help you get some trees. As part of MillionTreesNYC, New York Restoration Project is hosting a tree giveaway this weekend, where you’ll be able to get a tree to plant and hug and do whatever else the kid in The Giving Tree does (except at the end, that part was sad). (more…)