BPL PRESENTS is Central Library's series of arts and culture events, including talks, conversations, and readings with authors, artists and scholars; live music, dance and theater performances; film screening; and art exhibitions. Events are free or ticketed and are taking place at Central Library's Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Cultural Center, unless noted otherwise.

All BPL Presents programs at the Dweck Cultural Center and Central Library are free of charge (unless otherwise noted) and reservations are required for most adult programs. Patrons with reservations will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Unclaimed reservations will be released fifteen minutes before the start of an event; we recommend arriving early. Patrons without reservations will be seated as capacity allows.

Reservations can be made 24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week on our website by visiting the program’s calendar entry at bklynlibrary.org/bplpresents or by phone at 718.230.2200 (please see our phone reservation policy for hours and additional details). Reservations can be made up to approximately one hour before the scheduled program start time. The maximum number of seats that can be reserved per event is 3.

The Dweck Center is an accessible venue. To request additional information regarding accessibility or accommodations at the event, please contact Margie Cook: MCook@bklynlibrary.org.

Reservations for adult programs can be made with a BPL representative Monday-Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. For weekend events, reservations must be made by 4 pm on the Friday before the event takes place. Any reservations received after 4pm will not be processed. If leaving a message, please slowly and clearly state your first and last name, your phone number, the name and date of the program you would like to attend, and the number of seats you are requesting (maximum of 3).


Opening Event Kameelah Janan Rasheed: Scoring the Stacks

Sat, Jan 12   2:00 pm to 4:00 pm   Central Library, Lobby Gallery

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Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed's Scoring the Stacks is a sprawling participatory public art exhibition at Brooklyn Public Library that invites you to experience the...

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Classical Interludes: Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra and Min Xiao-Fen

Sun, Feb 10   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

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Alan Chan and pipa player Min Xiao-Fen team up to explore the possibly of jazz through their new project "Moon Walk," with inspirations drawn from the story of the goddess of the Moon Chang'e to...

Classical Interludes: Min Xiao-Fen, BPL Program

From Score to Speculative Lit

Tue, Feb 12   6:00 pm to 7:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

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From Score to Speculative Lit with Artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed and Writer Anaïs Duplan

This creative writing workshop, led by artist-in-residence Kameelah Janan Rasheed and writer/...


Classical Interludes: BPL Chamber Players

Sun, Feb 17   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

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Muneko Otani and Michael Roth (violins), Ah Ling Neu (viola), Roberta Cooper (cello), and Peter Weitzner (double bass). Mozart’s Divertimento in F Major and Dvořák’s String Quintet in G Major, Op...


South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg in conversation with Frank Bruni

Mon, Feb 18   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

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A mayor’s inspirational story of a Midwest city that has become nothing less than a blueprint for the future of American renewal.

Once described by The Washington Post as “the most...

Peter Buttigieg, ©Peter Ringenberg Photography

Classical Interludes: Donald Sinta Quartet

Sun, Feb 24   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

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The Donald Sinta Quartet, First Prize Winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, has earned praise from audiences and critics alike for its virtuosic performances, compelling recordings and...

Classical Interludes: Donald Sinta Quartet, BPL Program

Score Goes Pop!

Thu, Feb 28   6:00 pm to 7:30 pm   Central Library, Info Commons Lab

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Score goes Pop! with Artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed & Morgan Bassichis

Come make a pop song! This workshop, led by Kameelah Janan Rasheed and guest artist Morgan Bassichis, interprets...

Morgan Bassichis. Photo: Andrew Kist

From Score to Choreography

Sun, Mar 10   1:30 pm to 3:00 pm   Central Library, Trustees' Room

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From Score to Choreography with Artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed & brASS Burlesque

This text-to-dance workshop, led by artist-in-residence Kameelah Janan Rasheed and guest members of...


Artist Walk with Kameelah Janan Rasheed

Sat, Mar 23   2:00 pm to 4:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

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(Rain date March 30, 2019)

Starting location: Front Steps of Brooklyn Museum’s Plaza on Eastern Parkway

Join the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Public Library for a community...


Kameelah Janan Rasheed: ‘This is Not an Artist Talk’/ Reflections on Scoring the Stacks

Thu, Apr 4   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

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Reception to follow in Dweck Lobby

The culminating event to the participatory exhibition and public program Scoring the Stacks, Katowitz Radin Artist in Residence Kameelah Janan Rasheed...


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Brooklyn Public Library gratefully acknowledges the many donors who have provided generous support for BPL Presents programs, including: Los Blancos, Fund for the Humanities, Cheryl and George Haywood Endowment for Cultural Diversity, The Kahn Endowment for Humanities Programs, Dr. J, The Miriam Katowitz and Arthur Radin Fund, Mapleton Endowment, New York State Council on the Arts, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz, Sandra and Peter Schubert Endowment Fund, Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project, The Weissman Family Foundation, Inc., Janet Anderson and numerous individuals.

WNYC is a media partner of the 2018 BPL Presents Season.


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