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Format: 5/26/2016

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...
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CO-PRESENTED WITH n+1: Authors Patrick Iber and Karen Paget discuss the Cultural Cold War, the CIA’s attempt to champion left-wing cultural movements and student unions during the Cold War. During the Cold War, left-wing Latin American artists...

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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Gillian Thomas (pictured) and Sarah Lyall of The New York Times discuss Because of Sex.  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...

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. Ages: 8 – 12. Seating is limited, first come, first served. Participants limited to 25 kids. Related...
Sat, Jun 4
11:00 am
Kat Kinsman, BPL Program
This program has been postponed. 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...

Sunday, June 5, 2016

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Jesse J. Holland, BPL Program
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, 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

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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

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Official Summer Readign 2016 Logo
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. Get in the Game as the plaza will be transformed into a game playground...
Thu, Jun 9
10:00 am

Friday, June 10, 2016

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Leading art critics join in lively debate about current exhibitions around the five boroughs. Presented in association with Artcritical. June's Review Panel (and the final for this season) features Christina Kee, Monica de la Torre, Christopher...

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Image of the Cat on the Bus book cover.
Get on the bus as your imagination takes a ride and you create the canvas. Joined by fellow passenger and cat companion, re-create one of the spreads from the book as you design a storefront that you would like to see while riding along looking out...
Sat, Jun 11
11:00 am

Sunday, June 12, 2016

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Secondhand Time is the magnum opus and latest work from Svetlana Alexievich, the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature--a symphonic oral history about the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new Russia. Everyday Russian...

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...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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Photo of Cilla Owens
Brooklyn-born Jazz singer, Cilla Owens presents a rousing musical celebration of the great live shows at two of Brooklyn's premier stages: The Fox and The Paramount.  Hear the music of Motown's top groups and the funky rhythms from...
Wed, Jun 15
6:30 pm

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. Ages: 8...
Sat, Jun 18
11:00 am

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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Photo of the eight-member group, Grand St. Stompers
Led by Gordon Au, an impeccably trained trumpeter with an antiquarian ear, the Grand St. Stompers have become a pillar of New York's hot jazz scene. The New Orleans-style hot jazz band revives and refreshes the music of the 1920s onward for...
Wed, Jun 22
6:30 pm

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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Cass Sunstein, BPL Program
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. Ages: 8 – 12...
Sat, Jun 25
11:00 am

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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Image of members of the Swingtime Big Band
Dedicated to the performance of America's greatest popular standards, this 20-piece authentic swing band specializes in performing original arrangements of Big Band classics from the Great American Songbook, bringing to life both the style and...
Wed, Jun 29
6:30 pm

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

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Image of the five members that make up StringNskins
The traditional sound of the djembe along the classical sound of the violin. The rhythms of Haiti combined with the exotic Afro sounds of Colombia with an urban twist from Brooklyn. StringNskins takes you on a journey through the African Diaspora in...
Wed, Jul 6
6:30 pm

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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This Plaza Swing favorite is a super-group of the significant side-men of the Classic Jazz Period. The musicians' average age is in the low 80s, they have a combined 500 years of performing experience and their roots reach to the 1920s and...
Wed, Jul 13
6:30 pm

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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Orlando Marin, The Last Mamo King
 A contemporary of Tito Puente, Machito, Tito Rodriguez and other mambo-era icons, Orlando Marin, The Last Mambo King, is the only orchestra leader from New York’s golden era of mambo who still performs regularly. Get ready to mambo!...
Wed, Jul 20
6:30 pm

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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Matt Munisteri playing his guitar
Munisteri leads his band through the swinging music of the 1920s-1940s. Munisteri is a virtuosic guitarist whose album, Still Runnin’ Around in the Wilderness, contains the lost music of Willard Robinson. Dance lessons are at 6:30, the band...
Wed, Jul 27
6:30 pm

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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Dendê & Band have cultivated a unique sound where Afro-Brazilian traditions like samba de roda and candomble have been seemlessly melded with world rhythms like rumba, afrobeat and mbalax. Dance lessons are at 6:30, the band starts at 7 pm...
Wed, Aug 3
6:30 pm

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

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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