The Day: Library News, A Local Farm Stand and “Where’s Waldo?”

It was a wonderful weekend to sit in Fort Greene Park and enjoy a summer afternoon. (Photo by Francisco Daum)
It was a wonderful weekend to sit in Fort Greene Park and enjoy the summer weather. (Photo by Francisco Daum)

Good morning, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.

It’s only July 1, but we’ve already had plenty of hot weather in the nabe. We saw many of you enjoyed the warm weekend close to home, whether you watched the fireflies in Fort Greene Park at dusk or savored the view of Manhattan from your rooftop. Rain is in the forecast for most of the week, according to the National Weather Service, so don’t forget to bring an umbrella when you head out. There is only a 30 percent chance of showers on Independence Day, so we hope the rain stays away. What are your plans for the holiday, locals?

We heard news that the Clinton Hill Library will remain open this summer, following earlier reports that it would temporarily close for repairs. The library will instead close in the fall for enhancements, including installing self-check machines, new air conditioning, improved heating, LED lighting, and repainting the facility. The library has not decided its exact date of closure for the fall, but we will update you once we find out. 
  • The Myrtle Avenue farm stand, on the northeast corner of Myrtle and North Portland Avenues, will open for its fourth season on Wednesday, according to Myrtle Minutes. The stand will be open every Wednesday until Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. On opening day, the stand will provide fresh produce – including beets, bok choy, cabbage and cilantro – from Nolasco Farm in New Jersey. You can observe a cooking demo with Myrtle Eats Fresh Chef Oliver from 10:30 to noon, or another with Chef Darrell from 12:30 to 2:30. If you drop by at noon, you’ll get a special tour of the farm stand, meet the farmer who grew the produce and learn about healthy food shopping on a budget. You’ll also receive a $2 “Health Buck” to purchase your favorite healthy produce.
  • Did you read the “Where’s Waldo?” books as a kid? The striped sweater wearing character is coming to neighborhood businesses and it’s up to you to find him. Beginning today and throughout all of July, Greenlight Bookstore is hosting “Where’s Waldo in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill,” a month-long scavenger hunt challenging children and their families to find Waldo in 25 local businesses. Participating businesses include Baguetteaboudit, the Fort Greene Garden Center, Habana Outpost and the Pratt Area Community Council, to name a few. Be sure to pick up a Find Waldo passport from the bookstore or any of the participating businesses. When you spot Waldo, ask for a store stamp or signature. With ten signatures on your passport, you can return to Greenlight to claim an “I Found Waldo” sticker and a “$1 Off” coupon. Once you reach 20 of the 25 possible signatures, you can return for another sticker and coupon. You will also be entered into a drawing for a six-volume deluxe set of Waldo books, plus other prizes. If you participate in the Waldo scavenger hunt, put July 31 on your calendar – at 4 p.m., Greenlight will host a “Waldo-palooza,” where prizes will be given to those with the most Waldo sightings.