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Format: 10/6/2015

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Featured Event
Happy! by Pharrell Williams book cover back
Registration is now closed. This event is filled to capacity.  Join Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams for a special reading and signing of his new picture book, inspired by his beloved song ‘Happy’. In this colorful,...
Tue, Oct 6
5:30 pm
Featured Event
Margo Jefferson, BPL Program
At once celebratory and elegiac, a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, and American culture through the prism of the author’s rarefied upbringing and education among a black elite. Born in 1947 in upper-crust black Chicago, Pulitzer Prize-...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Alice in Wonderland
“Once she remembered trying to box her own ears for having cheated herself in a game of croquet she was playing against herself, for this curious child was very fond of pretending to be two people.” 2015 is the 150th anniversary of Lewis...
Featured Event
A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world’s attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense, she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyze her own problems. The...

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Brian Selznick, BPL Program
Caldecott Medal-winner Brian Selznick does it again! His new book, The Marvels, is a century-spanning adventure tale of beauty, mystery, and survival told in the signature style of writing and illustration that made young-reader classics of The...
Thu, Oct 8
6:30 pm

Friday, October 9, 2015

Featured Event
While We're Young, BPL Screening
Chatterbox Matinee presents newly released films for grown-ups, but kids are welcome: the lights stay up, the film volume is low and no one will be shushed. See the entire series here. After middle-aged filmmaker Josh and his wife Cornelia meet a...
Hugo, BPL Screening
Welcome to a magical world of spectacular adventure, based on the book by Brian Selznick!  When wily and resourceful Hugo Cabret discovers a secret left by his father, he unlocks a mystery and embarks on a quest that will transform those around...
Fri, Oct 9
3:30 pm

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Art Workshops, Javaka Steptoe
Grab some bottle caps, tinfoil, and pocket lint to create collage art with award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe.
Sat, Oct 10
11:00 am
Featured Event
The Brave Calf/El Becerrito Valiente
This is the story of a little calf that one day decides to leave his stall to see the world.  This takes him to the mountains where he befriends a rabbit, a buzzard (vulture), the sun, the moon and a moon elf.  He also meets...
Sat, Oct 10
1:00 pm
The title of the film refers to the famous beach in Crimea where semi-precious stones are known to be found. The film narrates the story of a famous writers' colony in Crimea in the early 20th century. Koktebel, the name of the town in which it...

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Silent Film Series, The Pilgrim
Before transitioning fully to features, Chaplin learned his film craft and created and perfected his “Tramp” character in an evolving series of short comedies. We chart his progress, starting with his first film, Making a...
Sun, Oct 11
12:30 pm
Featured Event
East of the River, BPL Program
“East of the River" was founded by internationally renowned recorder players Nina Stern and Daphna Mor. The project explores haunting and virtuosic melodies from the traditional repertoires of the Balkans, Armenia and the Middle East, as...

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Citizenfour, BPL Screening
With unprecedented access, this gripping behind-the-scenes chronicle follows director Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s remarkable encounters with Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel room as he hands over classified documents that...
David Talbot, BPL Program
From the founder of and author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers, an explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful—and secretive—colossus in Washington....

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Featured Event
Rosetta Tharpe
Despite not being a household name today, Sister Rosetta Tharpe is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Her flamboyance, skill, and showmanship on the newly electrified guitar played a vital role in the conception of rock &...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Featured Event
Avery Sharpe, BPL Program
Avery Sharpe is one of the best known bassists in jazz. In Sharpe Meets Tharpe, his salute to the iconic gospel singer, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, he brings his long-time jazz ensemble together with gospel singers to honor the singer credited with...

Friday, October 16, 2015

Featured Event
Dear White People, BPL Screening
A hilarious and thought-provoking satire about race relations, Dear White People is the story of an eclectic group of black students trying to navigate a predominantly white Ivy League school.  Dealing with the college’s traditions and...
Fri, Oct 16
11:00 am
Mad Max: Fury Road, Movies @ the Library
Director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary Mad Max franchise, returns to the world of the Road Warrior.  Haunted by his turbulent past, Max Rockatansky wanders alone until he’s...

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Art Workshops, Nina Crews
Let your child be inspired by author/illustrator Nina Crews (The Neighborhood Sing-Along; Jack and the Beanstalk) as she showcases examples of collage art that inspire her. Each child is invited to take a nursery rhyme or song and create their own...
Sat, Oct 17
11:00 am
Featured Event
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.     Marvel at...
Sat, Oct 17
1:00 pm

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Salman Rushdie, BPL Program
From Salman Rushdie, one of the great writers of our time, comes a spellbinding work of fiction that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story. A lush, richly layered novel in which our world has been plunged into an age of unreason, Two...
Sun, Oct 18
12:30 pm
Featured Event
Joel Fan, BPL Program
Celebrated for his exuberant virtuosity, and a bold repertoire that embraces piano classics and inspired discoveries of contemporary and world music, Joel Fan re-invents the piano recital by illuminating the rare and unexpected. He will perform Wang...

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Stomp, Clap and Sing, Moona Luna
Moona Luna is the kindie group that the New York Daily News says is providing “the missing soundtrack for bilingual/bicultural kids.”  After making a splash on the family music scene with their accordion-driven, Latin...
Featured Event
Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize: Nonfiction Finalists
The Brooklyn Eagles Prize finalists in nonfiction read from their nominated works. This new literary prize recognizes the best nonfiction book, published in 2014 or early 2015, that most embody Brooklyn’s ideals. The winner will be announced...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

“Once she remembered trying to box her own ears for having cheated herself in a game of croquet she was playing against herself, for this curious child was very fond of pretending to be two people.” 2015 is the 150th anniversary of...
Featured Event
What Happened Miss Simone?, BPL Screening
Classically trained pianist, jazz legend, Black Power icon: Nina Simone is one of the most influential, beloved and yet least understood artists of our time.  Utterly free on stage, Simone struggled to reconcile artistic ambition with a fierce...
author photo of Naomi JAckson
In this interview series, Brooklyn novelist Amy Shearn asks the top writers of today about their work, writing, reading, and where they get their tote bags. In the second installment of Bookish's autumn season, Amy hosts the young and exciting...
Wed, Oct 21
7:30 pm

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize: Fiction Finalists
Brooklyn Eagles Literary finalists read from their nominated works. This new literary prize recognizes the best fiction book, published in 2014 or early 2015, that most embody Brooklyn’s ideals. The winner will be announced on October 23 at...
Yotam Ottolenghi, BPL Program
Yotam Ottolenghi, one of the world’s great culinary innovators, returns to Brooklyn for the release of his newest cookbook, Nopi, featuring recipes from his acclaimed London restaurant. Our last event with Ottolenghi celebrated the publication...
Thu, Oct 22
7:30 pm

Friday, October 23, 2015

Featured Event
Love & Mercy, BPL Screening
Love & Mercy presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era-defining catalog of Wilson’s music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and...
Fri, Oct 23
11:00 am
Song of the Sea, BPL Screening
Based on the Irish legend of the Selkies, Song of the Sea tells the story of the last seal-child, Saoirse, and her brother Ben, who go on an epic journey to save the world of magic and discover secrets of their past.  Pursued by the owl witch,...
Fri, Oct 23
3:30 pm

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Art Workshops, Keith DuQuette
With the guidance of artist Keith DuQuette and a workshop featuring drawings of a diverse group of real animals, participants are asked to draw their own animal combination, put it in a setting, and give it a made-up name. At the conclusion of the...
Sat, Oct 24
11:00 am
Gary the Great
Magician Gary the Great presents his high energy blast of magic, comedy, and juggling.  This hilarious tour through the world of magic gets everyone involved and is appropriate for all ages.
Sat, Oct 24
1:00 pm
Featured Event
Nuruddin Farah, Anderson Tepper, Maaza Mengiste, BPL Program
Internationally acclaimed author Nuruddin Farah (pictured at left)—called “the most important African novelist to emerge in the past twenty-five years” (The New York Review of Books)—has charted the troubled history of his...

Sunday, October 25, 2015

IMPORTANGO consists of ​three awesomely talented musicians who together capture the passion and excitement of traditional Argentine tango. The trio consists of the virtuoso violinist Machiko Ozawa, former concertmaster of Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa...

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Shut up and Sing, BPL Screening
Join the Dixie Chicks on a rocking, rousing comeback journey, through three unforgettably turbulent years.  Shut Up & Sing takes you beyond backstage, into the Dixie Chicks’ dressing rooms, homes, and recording studio, where they plan...

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Featured Event
Kenan Adnawi, BPL Program
Kenan Adnawi is a well-established Oud virtuoso from Syria. He started playing Oud at the age of 7. Since then, he went through perfecting his performance earning him a long list of awards and an impeccable reputation at an International level....

Friday, October 30, 2015

Ghostbusters, BPL Screening
Suit up for classic comedy!  When kooky, spooky college professors Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Egon Spengler lose their university jobs, they decide to go freelance, de-haunting houses in a new ghost removal service.  As soon as they...
Fri, Oct 30
11:00 am
The Babadook, Movies @ the Library
Amelia is a single mother plagued by the violent death of her husband.  When a disturbing storybook called Mister Babadook turns up at her house, she is forced to battle with her son’s deep-seated fear of a monster.  Soon she...

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Art Workshops, Melanie Hope Greenberg
Join author/illustrator Melanie Hope Greenberg and become a mermaid, Neptune, pirate, or any sea creature you can imagine. Create and take home your own Mermaid or Neptune Crown or Pirate Hat. Based on her book Mermaids on Parade.   ...
Sat, Oct 31
11:00 am
Featured Event
Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Presented by...
Sat, Oct 31
1:00 pm
Russian Literary Series, Veronica Dolina
Poet and singer-songwriter, Veronika Dolina, returns to the library to perform songs from her new album On a Cold Street, and poetry from her latest book,  A Green Dress.  This event is in Russian. RSVP here.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Featured Event
The Notorious RBG, BPL Program
Nearly a half-century into being a feminist and legal pioneer, something funny happened to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: the octogenarian won the internet. Across America, people who weren’t even born when Ginsburg made her name...
Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, BPL Program
Basia Danilow, Arturo Delmoni and Adela Peña, violins; Kathryn Lockwood and Michael Roth, violas  and Peter Sanders, cello, perform viola quintets Mozart and Brahms. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted. RSVP here.

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Brooklyn Open is a monthly open mic series for teens. It is a safe space for poets, spoken work artists, emcees, scholars and activists to share their powerful and important voices. These events are run by youth for youth, with youth DJs, youth...

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Stomp, Clap and Sing, Louie Miranda
Louie Miranda has been dazzling the hearts of children, parents & teachers everywhere he goes. He is unique, original & loved by an ever growing population across the country! Louie is a veteran musician and educator with extensive knowledge...
Featured Event
John Irving
John Irving returns to the themes that established him as one of our most admired and beloved authors in this absorbing novel of fate and memory.   In Avenue of Mysteries, Juan Diego—a fourteen-year-old boy, who was born and grew up in...

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

“Once she remembered trying to box her own ears for having cheated herself in a game of croquet she was playing against herself, for this curious child was very fond of pretending to be two people.” 2015 is the 150th anniversary of...
The Sax Section of The International Sweethearts of Rhythm
This award-winning documentary recounts the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking, sometimes unglamorous journeys from the late ‘30s to the present day. These incredibly...

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Papo Vázquez, BPL Program
Vázquez is a visionary composer, trombonist, singer, and percussionist, whose eclectic output includes jazz, Afro-Caribbean, classical, and a wide spectrum of Latin music. He leads his Mighty Pirates Troubadours band on a journey through...