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Brooklyn Public Library to debut new ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ library card

Isaac Mizrahi Joins Boroughwide Celebration to Highlight Importance of Saturday Storytime, Need for Seven-Day Library Service

March 24, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The late Maurice Sendak, Brooklyn native and author of “Where the Wild Things Are.” AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file

On Tuesday, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) will debut a new, limited-edition library card featuring artwork from the classic picture book “Where the Wild Things Are” by Brooklynite Maurice Sendak. Students from P.S. 118, the Maurice Sendak Community School, will be the first to receive the new card at a brief press event that will feature a fun, interactive reading with “Wild Rumpus” dancing and an appearance by fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi. In addition to being the default issued to children, the “Wild Things” cards will be available for free to any patrons (regardless of age) who request to trade in their traditional blue cards, while supplies last. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Mizrahi — iconic fashion designer, artist, cultural architect and Brooklyn native — will join BPL to present the students with their new library cards and underscore the powerful relationship between design and youth literacy, a relationship that fostered much of the driving force behind his success. 

On Saturday, April 1, BPL branches throughout the borough will incorporate “Where the Wild Things Are” into their Storytime programs, with read-alouds, crafting and other activities. The events will raise awareness for the importance of Saturday Storytime programming, the expansion of which was made possible by the city’s increased investment in public libraries two years ago.

This year, New York’s three library systems are requesting sufficient funding to significantly expand seven-day service. If the budget request is approved, nearly one-third of Brooklyn’s public libraries would be open every day of the week, increasing the number of Saturday and Sunday Storytimes that librarians could host for the public.

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