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Format: 5/5/2016

Saturday, May 7, 2016

A colorful greeting card being created
Create a greeting card for birthday greetings and upcoming holidays!
Sat, May 7
11:00 am
Image of the group, Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
Joanie and her group bring kids to their feet with their interactive, high energy performances. From pop-rock to gospel to country stylings, enjoy Brooklyn-based kindie rocker Leeds’ unique and playful sound with hits from her latest release...
Sat, May 7
1:00 pm
Featured Event
Rob Spillman, Gotham host and co-founding editor of the legendary Tin House magazine, is interviewed by his good friend, novelist Colum McCann. Spillman will discuss his new memoir, All Tomorrow's Parties. After an unsettled youth moving between...

Sunday, May 8, 2016

PUBLIQuartet, BPL Program
Dedicated to presenting new works for string quartet, PUBLIQuartet was selected as Concert Artists Guilds New Music/New Places Ensemble at the 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition, also winning CAGs Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize. ...

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Featured Event
The Review Panel, BPL Program
Leading art critics join in lively debate about current exhibitions around the five boroughs. Presented in association with Artcritical. Panelists (from left) Lee Ann Norman, Barry Schwabsky, and Joan Waltemath join moderator David Cohen to discuss...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Featured Event
Brooklyn Arts Press (BAP) is an independent house devoted to publishing poetry books, lyrical fiction, short fiction, novels, chapbooks, art monographs, essays, translations, nonfiction, & hybrid works by emerging artists. Featured poets...

Thursday, May 12, 2016

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From one of our most original writers (Kathryn Schulz, New York magazine) comes White Sands, an expansive and exacting book firmly grounded, but elegant, witty, and always inquisitive about travel, unexpected awareness, and the questions we ask when...

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Flowers designed with different arts and crafts materials
Create colorful flowers that will brighten any room in this workshop.                       
Sat, May 14
11:00 am
Promotion poster for the production, Amber Brown is Not a Crayon
Amber Brown is having what may be the worst year of her life. She and Justin Daniels were the perfect team: they laughed at each other's jokes, sat next to each other in class, and stayed best friends when Justin's dad had to move away. But...
Sat, May 14
1:00 pm
Featured Event
Garry Pierre-Pierre, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and founder of The Haitian Times, interviews Mambo Kerma Jean-Marie.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Still of Harold "Speedy" Swift with baseball legend Babe Ruth
Although he did not realize it at the time, today's comedy would be Harold Lloyd's last silent film, which was shot on location in New York City.  He plays Harold "Speedy" Swift, who is baseball-crazy and can't hold a job...
Sun, May 15
12:30 pm
Rebecca Hartka and Inesa Sinkevych, BPL Program
Hartka and Sinkevych will present a program entitled: Russian Soul. They will perform the lush, late-Romantic sonata for cello and piano by Rachmaninov, as well as Shostakovich's witty and biting cello and piano sonata written during communist...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Image of the three musicians who comprise of Vered and the Babes
Vered and the Babes are a downtown Doo-Wop band meets an upbeat Peter, Paul and Mary. Their playful vocal harmonies and creative instrumentation including lively horns and even pots and pans keep parents and kids jumping and singing along throughout...
Featured Event
Tanwi Nandini Islam and Mira Jacob, BPL Program
The Gracie Mansion Conservancy and NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray launched the Gracie Book Club in April 2016 to begin a citywide conversation on the diverse experiences of our city’s many communities, as depicted through the lens of...
Featured Event
Tanwi Nandini Islam and James Hannaham, BPL Program
Join us for a live stream of the Gracie Book Club, a citywide conversation on the diverse experiences of our city’s many communities, as depicted through the lens of literature. Brooklyn author James Hannaham leads the discussion live from...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

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Join us for a special evening of conversation with two thrilling, original voices from Africa: Cameroonian novelist Patrice Nganang, author of Dog Days and winner of the Prix Littéraire Margurite Yourcenar and the Grand prix littéraire...

Friday, May 20, 2016

Featured Event
Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam, BPL Program
BPL Senior Librarian Robert Renwick leads the in-person discussion of Tanwi Nandini Islam's Bright Lines. For the live-stream of the inaugural event from Gracie Mansion, go here. Bright Lines tells the story of three young women and a...

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Featured Event
spring into stories festival, may 21 2016
Meet an all-star line-up of Brooklyn children's book authors and illustrators, and enjoy hands-on art, lively presentations, music from BPL house band Lost in the Stacks, and more. Find a full schedule here:
Sat, May 21
11:00 am

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Featured Event
This documentary delves into the unseen world of maternal mental health in the U.S. Through the stories of women who suffer from perinatal mood disorders,  the film reveals disconnections within the medical community to effectively screen,...
Sun, May 22
12:30 pm
The Horszowski Trio, BPL Program
The Horszowski Trio will present a program of the complete piano repertoire of acclaimed composer, Paul Brantley. The concert will feature two original pieces, "re:dux, comes", originally for baroque instruments, and the premiere of "...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

In the third installment of Bookish's Spring season, Amy will host two authors; Tracy O'Neill and Sari Wilson.  Tracy O'Neill will discuss her work, The Hopeful, in which a figure skating prodigy is one of a few "hopefuls...
Tue, May 24
6:30 pm
Featured Event
Bewilderments: Reflections on the Book of Numbers is the newest book in Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg’s award-winning series of commentaries on the Hebrew bible. Zornberg is the author of The Beginning of Desire: Reflections on Genesis (a National...
Tue, May 24
7:30 pm

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Dialogues in the Visual Arts, BPL Program
Join Program Curator Susan Newmark Fleminger for the third season of conversations moderated by arts professionals with contemporary Brooklyn visual artists. Tonight's event features artist, curator, and art writer William Corwin (moderator...
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Historian Marlene Trestman discusses Supreme Court advocate Bessie Margolin, who shaped modern American labor policy while creating a place for female lawyers in the nations highest courts. Despite her beginnings in an orphanage and her rare...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Image of Bilingual Birdies performing at a school
The Bilingual Birdies Band celebrates language and culture in 45 minutes of fun-filled live music and dance! Learn new words while you sing along to original hip tunes and your favorite traditional folk songs. Expect a high energy performance of...

Thursday, June 2, 2016

"How to be Both" bookcover image
Author, Myla Goldberg, leads a discussion of "How to be Both" by Ali Smith.
Thu, Jun 2
6:00 pm
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Through first-person accounts and vivid narrative, Because of Sex tells the story of how one law, our highest court, and a few tenacious women changed the American workplace forever. Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act made it illegal to...

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Dreaming with Friends, BPL Program
The wildly imaginative, emotionally rich and visually surprising realm of dreams is a wonderful jumping off point for creating a story. Related exhibition Turn of the Page curated by Pat Cummings on display at Central Library until June 5.
Sat, Jun 4
11:00 am
Featured Event
Kat Kinsman, BPL Program
Beloved food writer, editor, and commentator Kat Kinsman expands on the high profile pieces she wrote for about depression, and its wicked cousin, anxiety. Taking us back to her adolescence, when she was diagnosed with depression at fourteen...

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Featured Event
Journalist Jesse J. Holland tells the story of the executive mansion’s most unexpected residents, the African American slaves who lived with the U.S. presidents who owned them. The Invisibles chronicles the African American presence inside the...
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Rolf Schulte, BPL Program
Rolf Schulte, whom The New Yorker has called “one of the most distinguished violinists of our day,” is joined by noted pianist Wayne Weng for a performance of sonatas by Schubert and Brahms. RSVP here.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Featured Event
In The Soho Press Book of '80s Short Fiction, editor Dale Peck offers readers a fresh take on a seminal period in American history, when Ronald Reagan was president, the Cold War was rushing to its conclusion, and literature was searching for...

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Featured Event
Summer Reading at Brooklyn Public Library kicks off on Thursday, June 9, with free, fun activities and entertainment from 10 am - 3:30 pm on the Central Library Plaza. This year, the plaza will be transformed into a game playground featuring a live...
Thu, Jun 9
10:00 am

Monday, June 13, 2016

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A riveting, kaleidoscopic debut novel and the beginning of a major career: a novel about race, history, ancestry, love, and time that traces the descendants of two sisters torn apart in eighteenth-century Africa across three hundred years in Ghana...

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Storytelling Collage, BPL Program
Storytelling from around the world. A picture can prompt a whole story (it’s worth at least 500 words in a picture book anyway). Using postcards from around the world, everyone would try to shape a story based on the image they choose. Related...
Sat, Jun 18
11:00 am

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Featured Event
Sunstein offers a deeply original celebration of George Lucas’s masterpiece as it relates to history, presidential politics, law, economics, fatherhood, and culture by Harvard legal scholar and former White House advisor. As it turns out, Star...

Saturday, June 25, 2016

An Artist's Shopping Spree, BPL Program
Artists often collect things they plan to draw when illustrating a story.  Working with a suggested theme, kids would draw or cut out (from images we would bring) items that might appear in a story based on one of the themes. Related exhibition...
Sat, Jun 25
11:00 am