September: Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual event celebrating the richness of Latino culture and honoring our heritage. Each year from September 15 through October 15, Latino heritage is recognized, along with the achievements of Latinos in history.
It’s a wonderful time to pass on the beauty of Latino culture to children of Latino descent or expose any child to learning about a diverse group of people and new cultures.
Upcoming Events at the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL)
- Kids Create: Grab and Go - Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Fri, Sep 17 2021 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Virtual
Come to the Ulmer Park Branch grab a craft kit for our Friday Surprise. There are kits for all ages.
As always, we invite you to post the complete craft on Facebook or send it to the email on the grab and go bags.
LIMITED NUMBER OF BAGS AVAILABLE!
FIRST COME FIRST RECEIVE BASIS! PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR A MASK AND FOLLOW SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES!
- Hispanic Heritage Month Crafts
- New Utrecht Poetry Group - Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month
Summer Reading 2021
Calling all Brooklyn Summer Readers!
Have FUN this summer with books, activities, and virtual programs from Brooklyn Public Library! Summer is the time to read what you love – and love what you read, to make you laugh, send shivers up your spine, transport you to another time or place, answer questions, or offer comfort in stressful times.
Read what you like this summer or choose from our booklist suggestions. Most books on the lists are available in digital formats such as eBooks or eAudio books. Find a complete schedule of virtual programs including storytimes, game time, arts and crafts and performances on our events calendar.
Team to Read Events
Ages 5-9 with caregivers
In Person Events:
Slime Time with Rob Diaz
Friday, August 20th 3pm-4:pm
Saturday July 17 12pm-1pm
For families; ages 12+
Virtual Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday July 21 11am-12pm
For families; ages 12+
Nina Crews - Book Making Project
Friday, July 23rd 2pm-2:45pm
Emergency Broadband Benefit Guide: FAQ a temporary FCC program to help households struggling to afford internet service during the pandemic.
Library Social Media
https://www.facebook.com/SaratogaLibraryBPL - Saratoga Library's Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/BrooklynPublicLibraryFamily/ ... BPL's Family FB Page
Free School Accounts
- Engages upper elementary students with subject matter created for, and correlated to, state & national curriculum standards
- Increases understanding, regardless of reading ability with scaffolding supports:
- Authentic read-aloud audio
- Academic vocabulary words with definitions
- Images, video, and audio in each article
- Enhances instruction with critical thinking questions to encourage reflection and connection
- Fosters independence in learners with simple, consistent navigation
June: Pride Month
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Cinco De Mayo
Mother's Day May 9
Teacher Appreciation Day May 4
Spring Children Book Week 2021
This week unites kids and adults with books, authors, and illustrators in order to foster a love of reading. We are inspired by educators, librarians, booksellers, parents and caregivers and the creative ways they find to connect with kids everyday. Because of that we have created a more engaging Children’s Book Week experience for all in 2021!
We invite everyone to celebrate with us May 3-9 at home, online, and in whatever setting is appropriate for our school community. You can attend virtual events being hosted across the country during the week.
Superpower (noun): a skill, personal trait, or passion that plays an important role in your life, helps you do good in the world, and makes you feel special, happy, and confident.
People have many superpowers in their lives. How can you help kids discover one of theirs?
In honor of this year’s Children’s Book Week Theme, Reading is a Superpower, we have created the Superpower Challenge. Kids can discover a new passion or reaffirm a current interest by exploring activities divided into various categories.
How to facilitate the challenge:
- Tell kids the categories and ask them which topics they are already interested in and which topics they want to learn more about.
- Take a look at the various activities. Which ones look challenging? Which ones look like fun? Which ones encourage exploration of something totally new and different?
- Help kids complete one or more of the activities that stand out to them. They can complete as many as they want to discover new interests/hobbies and confirm their passion for others.
Get Caught Reading is a National Campaign to promote the fun of reading books Get Caught Reading Month is your chance to come out of your bookish nook and get caught reading!
April: National Poetry Month
2021 Earth Day
What is Earth day?
What can we do?
Earth Day Read Aloud
National Library Week
April 4 - 10, 2021
Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination.
They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life.
Libraries change lives for the better.
- Sidney Sheldon
“Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building — and that everyone is welcome to use their services.
During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content and educational programs.
- Share what you love about our library using the #MyLibraryIs for a chance to win a $100 Visa Giftcard
- Try the 20 book Challenge!
"20 Book Challenge" is on line and in person challenge children can do and submit for name/class recognition of completion to Ms. Braxton at LBraxto2@schools.nyc.gov.
March: National Women's History Month
- Students can use BrainPOP Jr. and BrainPOP, Pebblego and Pebblego Next for biographies on notable women as well as other resources that will be provided.
- A Ride to Remember
- Tiara's Hat Parade
- Each Tiny Spark
- When Stars are Scattered
February: Black History Month
World Read Aloud:
Coming Up 100 Days of School:
Family Literacy Month:
Research shows that when families read together, learning happens and memories are made that last a lifetime.
While National Family Literacy Day is celebrated each year in January, family literacy is about family members enhancing reading skills with things they do together. Family literacy should incorporate a variety of tools: books with words, picture books, storytelling, dramatic play, and more.
- Use everyday activities to help kids learn
- Make the library a regular family destination
- Encourage older kids to share books
- Provide props or materials for dramatic play/storytelling
- Read to or with your child at least 15 minutes each day
November: Native American Heritage Month
November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.
The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.
Visit https://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/ to learn more.
Books by Indigenous Authors: https://www.powells.com/native-american-heritage-month
2020 Online Scholastic Book Fair