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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Featured Event
A towering figure of contemporary African literature, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o’s latest memoir, Birth of a Dream Weaver, tells the story of his creative awakening as a university student and budding writer in the early 1960s, on the cusp of...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ben Abelson (Mercy College) discusses what science fiction can tell us about what makes us ourselves. RSVP here. 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...

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Featured Event
To young Lemuel, who has escaped slavery in Georgia, life in Gettysburg is everything he had dreamed it would be. His ideas about the North and the South, as well as what it means to be a free man, are challenged, however, when he unexpectedly...
Sat, Feb 25
1:00 pm

Monday, February 27, 2017

Joel Whitney, author of Finks: How the C.I.A. Tricked the World’s Best Writers, talks with documentary filmmaker Immy Humes, Alison Kinney, and Megan O'Rourke about the notable publishers and authors whose reputations were tarnished once...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Feeling the beat! Enjoy the power and pleasure of Jazz, Calypso and Reggae through singing and dancing in this interactive performance with versatile entertainer Conroy Warren. It’s fun!  It’s exciting! Sign up here to find out...
Doc is an unorthodox portrait of literary and counter-culture figure Harold “Doc” Humes, founder of The Paris Review and author of two novels, who struggled with mental illness.  George Plimpton, Norman Mailer, Peter Matthiessen,...

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Russian aggression against Ukraine put its northern neighbors on high alert. Will Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia become the next targets of Russian political and military aggression? Is NATO membership a guarantee of safety and security? Do local...
With 4 3 2 1, Paul Auster has written a massive, heartbreaking novel of birthright and possibility, of love and life itself. Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald...
Thu, Mar 2
7:30 pm

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Get ready to hop, holler, sing along and sneeze along - NYC’s award-winning Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band are making funky family music for kids and their grownups. Featuring quirky songs and stories about zany families, field trips,...
Sat, Mar 4
1:00 pm
Prospect Park Alliance and Brooklyn Public Library present Campfire Conversations, a series of themed community conversations around an outdoor campfire at the Lefferts Historic House. Presented in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance.  ...

Monday, March 6, 2017

Leading art critics join in lively debate about current exhibitions around the five boroughs. Presented in association with artcritical.com. March's Review Panel features Stephanie Buhmann, Eva Díaz, and Peter Plagens with moderator...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

One of our most important public intellectuals reveals the hidden history of our current global crisis. Modernity, secularism, development, and progress have long been viewed by the powerful few as benign ideals for the many. Today, however, botched...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Kills on Wheels Dir. Attila Till 102 min, Hungary, Narrative In this wildly original dark comedy, two teenaged boys living in a facility for children with disabilities are looking for a way out. When they befriend a gruff...

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Please bring your own yoga mat. Doors open at 9:00 am. Class starts at 9:30 am sharp. Imagine starting your yoga class with the wise words of your instructor, who calls out a pose or two, and the pose is followed by a poem read live by a its author...
Sun, Mar 12
9:30 am
Welcome to the sixth annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival—a yearly video contest in which kid filmmakers create weird short movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery award-winning books in about 90 seconds.  This screening is...
Sun, Mar 12
2:00 pm
Featured Event
A birthday tribute to Philip Glass, the Quartet will perform new works as well as Glass’s Saxophone Quartet Concerto. RSVP here. Children under six will not be permitted entry. Sign up here to find out about Brooklyn Public Library’s...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Multi-award winning children's artist, Lucy Kalantari, brings delightful jazz age inspired music everyone can enjoy! Kids and families will love the interactive jazz-scat-along play, while singing about the simple joys and delights of life. Sign...

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Featured Event
When Camille Paglia first burst onto the scene with her best-selling Sexual Personae, she established herself as a smart, fearless, and often dissenting voice among feminists. In her latest work, the brilliant essay collection Free Women, Free Men:...

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bring the whole family to celebrate comics! Meet incredible local comic creators and other comic fans! Participate in panels, workshops, demo tech and games, win prizes and more! Sign up here to find out about Brooklyn Public Library’s...
Sat, Mar 18
12:00 pm

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Featured Event
Join us for the Brooklyn premier of this year’s workshop “Philosophy for Kids”.  Moderator of The New York Times philosophy column “The Stone” and celebrated author of The Book of Dead Philosophers, Simon Critchley...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Grab your kids for a sing-along dance party with the awesomely educational band Jeremy Plays Guitar! Rock out to award-winning music and find out what the critics are raving about - it's the most fun your kids have while (shhh) learning! ...
Wed, Mar 22
11:00 am

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Elvira Basevich (CUNY Graduate Center) discusses W.E.B. Du Bois and what it means to say that race is socially constructed. RSVP here. Sign up here to find out about Brooklyn Public Library’s cultural programs right in your Inbox, and never...

Friday, March 24, 2017

This 3 part course will focus on the crucial interplay of art, justice, and the contestation for citizenship in a radicalized America, from Civil War to the Black Lives Matter Movement, from WWI to the Muslim Ban.    Inspired by...

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Members of Ensemble Connect introduce families to the joys of classical music in a free concert. This interactive performance invites kids and their families to participate in an exciting fun-filled hour of musical exploration. Sign up here to find...
Sat, Mar 25
1:00 pm

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders in this 1920 German silent film directed by Robert Wiene.  The film is regarded as one of the first horror films. (1920)  77 minutes  Germany Hosted & Curated...
Sun, Mar 26
12:30 pm
String quartets by Beethoven, Ligeti, and Dvorak. RSVP here. Children under six will not be permitted entry. 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...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A hip-shaking, head-bopping morning of music for the cool crowd from Latin Grammy Winners!  Emmy Winning Performers!!   Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band is on the pulse of all things kids music and brings smart, crafty lyrics with...

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Prospect Park Alliance and Brooklyn Public Library present Campfire Conversations, a series of themed community conversations around an outdoor campfire at the Lefferts Historic House.

Friday, April 7, 2017

This 3 part course will focus on the crucial interplay of art, justice, and the contestation for citizenship in a radicalized America, from Civil War to the Black Lives Matter Movement, from WWI to the Muslim Ban.    Inspired by...

Sunday, April 9, 2017

7th Heaven is a 1927 American silent romantic drama concerning the triumphs and travails of Parisian sewer worker (Charles Farrell) and the woman (Janet Gaynor) he falls in love with in the chaotic midst of the First World War, directed by Frank...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

In celebration of National Poetry Month, The Center for Black Literature, in partnership with the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College and Brooklyn Public Library, will celebrate the life and works of June Jordan (1936–...

Friday, April 21, 2017

This 3 part course will focus on the crucial interplay of art, justice, and the contestation for citizenship in a radicalized America, from Civil War to the Black Lives Matter Movement, from WWI to the Muslim Ban.    Inspired by...

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Christia Mercer (Columbia University), talking about her work on women in the history of philosophy and how their work can reshape how we practice philosophy today. RSVP here. Sign up here to find out about Brooklyn Public Library’s cultural...

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Prospect Park Alliance and Brooklyn Public Library present Campfire Conversations, a series of themed community conversations around an outdoor campfire at the Lefferts Historic House.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Chris Lebron (Yale University) discusses the philosophy of the Black Lives Matter movement. RSVP here. 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 again!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A buried treasure from Hollywood’s golden age, Lonesome is the creation of a little-known but audacious and one-of-a-kind filmmaker, Paul Fejos (also an explorer, anthropologist, and doctor!). While under contract at Universal, Fejos pulled...
Sun, May 21
12:30 pm

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Prospect Park Alliance and Brooklyn Public Library present Campfire Conversations, a series of themed community conversations around an outdoor campfire at the Lefferts Historic House.