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Format: 8/29/2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Rolie Polie Guacamole, BPL Program
Rolie Polie Guacamole has developed a smart, parent-friendly musical style that dresses up original tunes and classic covers in their latest album Chips and Salsa. Chips and Salsa and their 2012 album Houses of the Moly are both available to check...

Thursday, September 1, 2016

«Её звали Муму» — Ирина Вилкова
Russian film director Vladimir Mirzoev introduces his film "Her Name Was Mumu". The film was made in 2013 and never released commercially. The central character is based on a Russian blogosphere personality known as "Katya Mumu"...

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Featured Event
Here I Am is the monumental new novel from Jonathan Safran Foer. Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks, in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia and their three sons are...
Tue, Sep 6
7:30 pm

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Featured Event
75th Birthday Celebration of Central Library
With its breathtaking façade, sweeping grand lobby and vast contemporary and historical collections, Central Library has been a Brooklyn icon since its opening in 1941. Join us as we commemorate 75 years of service in Brooklyn Public Library...
Sat, Sep 10
9:00 am

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Nayak, BPL Screening
Revolves around a matinee idol on a 24-hour train journey from Kolkata to Delhi to receive a national award. He ends up revealing his mistakes, insecurities, and regrets to a young journalist. Read up on the legendary director with a book from...
Featured Event
Oliver Stone presents Snowden, BPL Screening
Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street, and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Lawrence Wright, BPL Program
​In ten powerful pieces first published in The New Yorker, Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright recalls the path that terror in the Middle East has taken, from the rise of al-Qaeda in the 1990s to the recent beheadings of reporters and aid workers...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Patti Smith, BPL Program
This is an official Brooklyn Book Festival event. Patti Smith's M Train describes the odyssey of a legendary artist through cafés and haunts around the world. In prose that flows between dreams and reality, past and present, we travel to...
Thu, Sep 15
7:30 pm

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Featured Event
This program is co-sponsored by The Authors Guild. Coretta Scott King Award winning book illustrator and Katowitz-Radin Artist-in-Residence, Pat Cummings, details the creative process and craft behind picture books, with distinguished panelists Rudy...
Coretta Scott King Award winning book illustrator and Katowitz-Radin Artist-in-Residence, Pat Cummings, offers the most direct pathways into the field, including tips on how to target the right agents and publishers, how to submit work, how work is...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

David Cohen, BPL Program
Leading art critics join in lively debate about current exhibitions around the five boroughs. Presented in association with Artcritical. September's Review Panel will feature Ken Johnson of The New York Times and other panelists to be announced...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Featured Event
The Arthodox, BPL Screening and Discusison
This film explores the two different life concepts of Efroim (Seth) Snyder, a New York visual artist from a secular Jewish background who adopted the Hasidic life style as a young adult. It probes his search for identity and the influence of his...

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Philosophy in the Library, BPL Program
This program will take place in the Dweck Lobby. Dr. Rini will explore whether each of us can be held morally responsible for racism, sexism, and other systemic social injustice that seems to be beyond our individual control.  Rini is an...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

James Gleick, BPL Program
From the acclaimed author of The Information and Chaos, a mind-bending exploration of time travel: its subversive origins, its evolution in literature and science, and its influence on our understanding of time itself.  Gleick's story...

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Events for Youth & Families: Future Hits, BPL Program
Future Hits brings a performance style that is jumpy and engaging enough for the youngest of kiddos while also appealing to parents and caregivers through meaningful lyrics wrapped within an educationally rich container. Songs included in...
Sat, Oct 1
1:00 pm

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Stomp, Clap & Sing with RockNLolo, BPL Program
RockNLolo is full of singing and dancing, while learning Spanish, and most importantly, having fun! Sign up here to find out about Brooklyn Public Library’s cultural programs right in your Inbox, and never miss out on a sold-out event...
Joby Warrick, BPL Program
In Black Flags, an unprecedented character-driven account of the rise of ISIS, Joby Warrick shows how the zeal of this one man and the strategic mistakes of Presidents Bush and Obama led to the banner of ISIS being raised over huge swaths of Syria...

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Events for Youth & Families: Mexican Folk Traditional with Calpulli Youth Dance!
Join youth members of the Calpulli Mexican Dance group.  Outfitted in traditional costumes, the talented dancers will perform selections from different regions of Mexico-Jalisco, set to the world famous music of the Mariachi. Sign up here to...
Sat, Oct 8
1:00 pm

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Medea Benjamin, BPL Program
The co-founder of CODEPINK has become famous for fearlessly tackling head-on subjects most of us studiously avoid. Sometimes, she does so in person—as during President Obama’s speech at the National Defense University, or during a...

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Space Exploration and Star Trek Anniversary Celebration, BPL Program
Join us at the library for a fun afternoon learning about Astronomy, Space Travel, and Star Trek!  Special guests from the Intrepid Museum, the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, and Fleet 31! Activities will include talks and...
Sat, Oct 15
1:00 pm
Дина Рубина
Dina Rubina, a Russian-Israeli writer and a household name for generations of Russian readers, makes a hotly anticipated appearance at the library after the ten-year-long break. During these years, she penned several novels, a score of essays and...

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Argus Quartet, BPL Program
Argus Quartet’s technical mastery is equaled only by its passionate commitment to arts education. Known for honoring historic chamber-music traditions, the quartet also works closely with living composers. The quartet performs Bartók...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Stomp, Clap & Sing with 123 Andrés, BPL Program
Andrés Salguero, better known as 123 Andrés, is one of the most exciting new voices on the family music scene in the US and Latin America, “A rockstar for little language learners” according to Billboard Magazine. A native...
Leading art critics join in lively debate about current exhibitions around the five boroughs. Presented in association with Artcritical. RSVP here. Sign up here to find out about Brooklyn Public Library’s cultural programs right in your Inbox...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bruno Alexander, the protagonist of Lethem's newest novel, The Gamblers Anatomy, is a backgammon hustler who travels the world winning large sums of money from amateur whales until he runs into a troubling run of bad luck in Singapore. Then, in...
Wed, Oct 19
8:00 pm

Thursday, October 20, 2016

ProPublica Live: How to Fight Back if Your Rent is Too High, BPL Program
Many New Yorkers chalk up high rent, and steep rent hikes, as unavoidable downsides of living in the city. Residents lucky enough to get a rent-stabilized apartment, however, are supposed to get a break from that. As a recent ProPublica...

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Jigsaw Jones and the Case of the Class Clown, BPL Program
Athena Parker has been slimed and she doesn’t think it’s very funny! There is a practical joker on the loose in Ms. Gleason’s class, so it’s up to Jigsaw (Theodore) Jones and his friend Mila to catch the clown. This might be...
Sat, Oct 22
1:00 pm

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Freshman, BPL Screening
Lloyd plays Harold Lamb, an innocent but well-meaning young man who enters college with overly-optimistic dreams of becoming a football hero and popular with the in-crowd.  He has the “never-say-die” and “go-getter...
Sun, Oct 23
12:30 pm
Classical Interludes, BPL Performance
Fiterstein and Brown perform clarinet sonatas by Leonard Bernstein and Mieczysław Weinberg; Bohuslav Martinů’s Sonatina for Clarinet, and Piano and Mercury Soul composed by Mason Bates.  Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted....

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Events for Youth & Families: La Cucarachita Martina, BPL Program
A Latin rock-n-roll musical based on a popular Cuban and Puerto Rican children’s tale of a little roach who learns many lessons on her journey to find true love.  Presented by SEA Theater. Sign up here to find out about Brooklyn Public...
Sat, Oct 29
1:00 pm
This program will take place in the Grand Lobby. Hercules in Brooklyn is an innovative new project that will present dramatic readings by acclaimed actors of scenes from Euripides’ Madness of Hercules—an ancient Greek tragedy about an...
Sat, Oct 29
7:30 pm

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Garth Risk Hallberg, BPL Program
New York City, 1976. Meet Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city’s great fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown...

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

In 2010, the 2008 global financial crisis morphed into the “eurocrisis.” It has not abated. The 19 countries of Europe that share the euro currency―the eurozone―have been rocked by economic stagnation and debt crises. Some countries have...

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Thus Bad Begins by the great Spanish novelist Javier Marías is the story of a couple living in the shadow of a mysterious, unhappy history, and the punishments we exact on those we love. Juan de Vere, a university student, takes a job as...

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Phantom Carriage, BPL Screening
Sjöström, often remembered now for his later performance as the elderly professor in Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries (1957), was a pioneering figure in the Swedish film industry. In today's film, he directed, wrote the...
Sun, Nov 13
12:30 pm

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Leading art critics join in lively debate about current exhibitions around the five boroughs. Presented in association with Artcritical. RSVP here. Sign up here to find out about Brooklyn Public Library’s cultural programs right in your Inbox...

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Join us at the library for a live reading with local theatre company Theater 20/20.
Sat, Nov 19
2:00 pm