Library Events

October: Fire Prevention MonthOctober is Fire Prevention Month: All Is Not Lost If You've Lost Tax Records

What is it about?
Fire Prevention Week is occurs annually during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage.
During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.
Do you know how to stay safe from a fire?

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. 



- Hispanic Heritage Month Crafts

 Wed, Sep 29 2021    11:00 am – 11:45 am    Virtual


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by doing Latin-American themed crafts. Learn how to do them on our Facebook page and come to the branch to grab a package to do a craft.


- New Utrecht Poetry Group - Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

 Wed, Sep 29 2021    3:00 pm – 4:30 pm    Virtual

Join us for readings and a lively discussion of the work of the world's major poets.   This month we'll be reading the work of poets of Spanish and Latin American descent.  Victor Barranca will lead the discussion.  Please register.


For more events, visit The Brooklyn Public Library website!


Summer Reading 2021

Summer Reading with Brooklyn Public Library

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.



A caregiver and child read together


Team to Read Events

All Summer

Ages 5-9 with caregivers 



In Person Events: 

Slime Time with Rob Diaz

Friday, August 20th 3pm-4:pm

Ages 5-12


Virtual Events:

Virtual Trivia

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 

Ages 5-12



Emergency Broadband Benefit Guide: FAQ a temporary FCC program to help households struggling to afford internet service during the pandemic.


Library Social Media  - Saratoga Library's Facebook Page ... BPL's Family FB Page

Free School Accounts

PEBBLE GO Grade K-3:
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Pebble Go is a curricula hub specifically designed for K-3 students packed with informational articles, ready - made activities and literacy support. for students of all abilities. The program engages independent learning in core subject areas. check the features on dashboard.
Why PebbleGo?
  • 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

Pride Month Banner
Juneteenth BannerJuneteenth is a holiday that celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. Other names for the holiday include Emancipation Day and Juneteenth Independence Day. The government declared Juneteenth a national holiday in 2021. The holiday is celebrated on June 19.


Asian  Pacific American Heritage  Month 

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month | INSIGHT Into Diversity
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a period for the duration of the month of May for recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. 

Cinco De Mayo

 Cinco de Mayo What does Cinco de Mayo celebrate? Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage, culture, and pride. When is Cinco de Mayo celebrated? May 5th. This is in honor of when the Mexican army defeated the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Who celebrates this day? The day is mostly celebrated by people of Mexican heritage in the United States. It is also celebrated in some areas of Mexico, especially the state of Puebla. Many non-Mexicans in the United States celebrate this day.
Cinco de Mayo 2021, Utah Cultural Celebration Center, West Valley City, May  1 2021 |

Mother's Day May 9

2021 Mothers Day Banners | Flower Store In a Box
Memorial Day  May 31Memorial Day in 2021 | Calendar Labs
Memorial Day 2021 is a day that commemorates all men and women who have died while serving in the military for the United States of America.

Teacher Appreciation Day May 4

Spring Children Book Week 2021

READING IS A SUPERPOWERChildren's Book Week 2021: Reading is a Superpower

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!

For more resources on Superpower Activities, click below!

April: National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, 30 days of celebrating the joy, expressiveness, and pure delight of poetry. Learn more about the National Poetry Month, get to know some of our most well-loved children's poets and browse the many online resources listed here, and visit your local library or bookstore to discover wonderful new books and anthologies.
Poem in Your Pocket Day will take place on April 29th, 2021.
For more, visit National Poetry Month. 
National Poetry Month Celebrating 25 years April 2021. There is nowhere else I want to be but here. I lean into the rhythm of your heart to see where it will take us.This 2021 poster was designed by twelfth grader Bao Lu from Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, New York, who was the winner of the 2021 National Poetry Month Poster Contest.
Add YOUR Favorite Poem to our school Padlet!

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2021 Earth Day 

April 22, 2021

What is Earth day?
This year will mark the 51st anniversary of this Earth Day holiday. Typically, Earth Day is assigned a different theme or area of focus each year; this year’s theme is “Restore Our Earth.”
Check out what our 4th graders suggest on ways to protect our earth!

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What can we do? 

10 Ways to Make Everyday Earth Day Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Earth Day Read Aloud

Recommended Book:  Thank You Earth, By April Pulley Sayre
3K Celebrates Earth Day
3K Students celebrate our Earth by showing off personalized artwork!
6th Grader, Alexa Restituyo, is urging everyone to stop hurting the Earth by recycle6th Grader, Alexa Restituyo, is urging everyone to stop hurting the Earth by recycle
P.S./I.S.45K Garden of Hope
Students plant their first tree at the PS/IS 45 Garden of HopeStudents plant their first tree at the PS/IS 45K Garden of Hope
Our first tree at the Garden of Hope is planted to honor the memory of Amyelin Pinzon, our 1st grade angel that passed away this year. This garden also represents our students, the kids at hope who are the hope for our future and our world. In addition, we will giving a plant to each of our classes to nurture and grow. This effort has really touched the hearts of our school community, showing how one act of kindness to spread love in our community and also benefits our planet!

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


National Library Week Banner

“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.


Get Involved!

- 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


20 Book Challenge

If you love your library, say it loud and proud: vocal community support helps libraries secure much-needed funding and reminds hardworking library staff that their efforts are appreciated. 

March: National Women's History Month

P.S./I.S. 45 Celebrates National Women's History Month
Women's History Month March 1st-31st 
The theme for 2021 National Women's History Month captures the spirit of these challenging times. Since most 2020 women's suffrage centennial celebrations were curtailed, the National Women's History Alliance is extending the annual theme for 2021 to “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.” 
  • 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.
March 2nd 2021 Read Across America Day. National Reading Month at P.S./I.S. 45K    Grab your favorite BOOK and wear cozy PAJAMAS. Share it with @ps_greene on Twitter or your teacher!
Read Across America/ Dr.Suess' Birthday March 2nd.
Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading with the theme:
Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers. Many schools, libraries, and communities of readers celebrate with an annual event on March 2 but PS/IS45 is committed to keeping reading on the calendar for 365 a year.
Our Book Recommendations
Elementary School:
  • A Ride to Remember 
  • Tiara's Hat Parade
A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story: Langley, Sharon, Nathan, Amy,  Cooper, Floyd: 9781419736858: Books. Tiara's Hat Parade: Lyons, Kelly Starling, Tadgell, Nicole: 9780807579459: Books
Middle School :
  • Each Tiny Spark
  • When Stars are Scattered
Each Tiny Spark: Cartaya, Pablo: 9780451479723: Books. When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed: 9780525553915  | Books
100 Days of School

February: Black History Month

Black History Month 2021 – Paul Robeson Cultural Center
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements and contributions by African Americans. The father of Black history, Carter G. Woodson along with other launched "Black History Month, in first begin in 1926, which only celebrated a week in Feb. years later it became "Black History Month." W should all agree Black History is celebrated throughout the year. PS/IS45 has celebrated this annual event through the arts i.e. class performances, music songs, dance, literature invited prominent guests in and out of our school community and beyond.

Valentine's Day: 

Valentine's day, on February 14th, 2021, is a time to celebrate love and friendship and the joy of having people in our lives. Share the love and spread kindness today! 
Pin by CoverLayout on Gastroparesis Life | Happy valentines day, Facebook  cover, Cover pics for facebook

World Read Aloud:

worldreadaloudday hashtag on Twitter
World Read Aloud Feb. 3, 2021 PS/IS will join millions of others around the world on Feb. 3, 2021 celebrate the Power of Reading Aloud. This global effect is about bringing people together through stories.
LitWorld (@litworldsays) | Twitter
Visit LitWorld’s WRAD 2021 Best Read Aloud Day Picks and Scholastic’s World Read Aloud Day page for more free resources.

Coming Up 100 Days of School:

100 Days Of School will be celebrated on March 2nd. This day signifies the 100th of school in the school year. 
The 100 Day marks a special opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate major milestones in students academic achievements.
We asking students and classes to participate the 100 Day of School by creating class or individual projects. Have Fun Creating!

Family Literacy Month:

NCFL | Blog | National 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

Activity Ideas for Families:

  • Sign up as a guest reader at your local school.
  • Plan an evening to “camp out” and read! Get out a tent or make a fort in your living room or and have each family member grab some books to read together. 
  • Involve distant family members in the enjoyment of reading by sharing a book together via Skype or FaceTime.
  • Remember that older siblings can also get involved by reading their favorite childhood book to younger siblings.
  • Please have family share photos of literacy activities #ps_greene 


Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday
January 18th, 2021
Over the years our school has always celebrated and recognized this holiday by having a schoolwide mock march.  Children or classes can make signs to be shared in Google Classroom.
BROWN_Twitter Banner - The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center 

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 to learn more.

Books by Indigenous Authors:

2020 Online Scholastic Book Fair
2 Week Online Scholastic Book Fair Oct. 26th - Nov 8th.
Want a sneak peak? Visit to see what new books are coming this Fall!
Our School Scholastic Portal: 

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