Brooklyn Public Library Skillshare


On Saturday, May 2, 2015, between 10am and 6pm, the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons at Brooklyn Public Library will be hosting our second annual all-day skillshare, where different community members can share their skills and interests with others in a day of learning and creativity. We’re hoping to get a wide range of participants and topics, such as crafts, creative writing, digital media, drawing and urban gardening. (You may remember last year's Skillshare, which included workshops on WordPress, backstrap weaving, email encryption, origami and oral history recording.)

We—the Information Commons and Brooklyn Public Library staff at large—are seeking to collaborate with institutions and individuals that will enrich the lives of the many people who rely on the library for education, entertainment, and expertise. Our goal is to work with organizations and people that can bring their own unique abilities to the library to teach our patrons new skills or provide them with a useful service, and in turn gain exposure to a wider audience.

If you are interested in teaching, we’d like to know a little bit more about your proposed topic to see if it would be feasible in our space. Please take a few minutes to send answers to the following questions to We look forward to hearing about your class ideas!

  • What topic would you be interested in teaching?

  • What kind of experience do you have with this topic?

  • What kind of materials would you need for your skillshare class?

  • Would you be able to provide these materials yourself?

    • If not, what would you like us to provide? What would be the estimated cost of these items? (Due to a limited budget, we cannot guarantee we will be able to provide all materials. You will have access to the technology in the Info Commons, and we will try to accommodate everyone’s needs. What technology is available will also depend on what classes are happening at the same time.)

  • What size meeting room do you anticipate would accommodate your class?

    • for 5-8 people

    • for 10-12 people

    • for 12-14 people

    • for 14+ people

  • Anything else we should know about your class?

The Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons at Brooklyn Public Library consists of public meeting rooms, a training lab, and an open workspace, each equipped with resources to facilitate individual and group work, learning, and creativity.