Brooklyn Public Library Skillshare

 

On Saturday, May 3, the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons at Brooklyn Public Library will be hosting a free all-day skillshare where community members will share their skills and interests with others in a day of learning and creativity.

Some of the topics in this year’s skillshare include backstrap weaving, creative writing and self-publishing, origami, financial fitness, oral history and online privacy.

Classes will meet in Brooklyn Public Library’s Info Commons. No pre-registration necessary, just show up!

Here is the first look at our schedule for the Skillshare, stay tuned for updates and additions (see descriptions below):

  Lab Recording Studio Room 5 Room 6 Room 7
10:00am-
11:00am
Nina Browne (Brooklyn Botanic Garden) - Make Your Block the Greenest Block in Brooklyn! 
(10:00am-12:00pm)
  Rakisha Kearns-White - Rainbow
Loom and Rubber Band Bracelet Making for Beginners
Iris Holdner - Quilting Jing Si Feng - Drawing
11:15am-
12:15pm
    Rakisha Kearns-White - Rainbow
Loom and Rubber Band Bracelet Making for Beginners
Nicola McDonald - Creative Writing and Self-Publishing  
Lunch/
Intermission 12:15-
1:00pm
         

1:15-
2:15pm

Othniel Denis (Excellent Ones Consulting LLC) - Data Analysis for Beginners: Pivot Tables with Microsoft Excel   Lina Ding - Origami Class : Do it Yourself, Enjoy Your Life Stephanie Genkin - 7 Things You Can Do Right Now to Create Better Money Habits, Regardless of How Much You Earn Weaving Hand - Backstrap Weaving
2:30-
3:30pm
George Clyde - The Art of DJing: An Introduction with DJ Big Brooklyn Shawn Smith, Elizabeth Zeeuw & Erik Bobilin -  Oral History Workshop   Devin Balkind (Sarapis) - Share Files, Visualize Data and Collaborate with Google Drive Weaving Hand - Backstrap Weaving
3:45-
4:45pm
Fixers Collective - Fixing Session (3:45-5:45) Shawn Smith, Elizabeth Zeeuw & Erik Bobilin - Oral History Q&A David Huerta (Cryptoparty) - Securing and Encrypting Your Email with PGP Devin Balkind (Sarapis) - Build A Website with WordPress Lindsey Ibarra - Adult Beginner Knitting

Download a copy of the schedule here. (PDF)
 

Class descriptions

Block 1* 10:00-11:00 AM:

Nina Browne (Brooklyn Botanic Garden) - Make Your Block the Greenest Block in Brooklyn!

Urban Gardening Clinic will provide instruction in tree bed gardening as well as other urban gardening practices. (runs 10:00 AM - 12:00PM)

 


Rakisha Kearns-White - Rainbow Loom and Rubber Band Bracelet Making for Beginners

Learn the basic techniques of the popular crafting trend.


Iris Holdner - Quilting

Learn about quilting, see examples of different types of quilts and learn basic techniques.


Jing Si Feng - Drawing

For the one hour workshop, we will create some whimsical drawings of shoes (or sneakers, or other objects of your choice) in the style of Andy Warhol’s fashion illustrations. One hour is very little time to create a complete piece of art. The goal of this workshop is to have fun with little projects, utilize all kinds of inexpensive materials that we find around us to create pictures that you can frame on the wall or personal greeting cards for that special someone.


Block 2* 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM:

Rakisha Kearns-White - Rainbow Loom and Rubber Band Bracelet Making for Beginners

Learn the basic techniques of the popular crafting trend.


Nicola McDonald - Creative Writing and Self-Publishing

Explore creative writing techniques and self-publishing ideas.


Block 3* 1:15-2:15 PM:

Othniel Denis (Excellent Ones Consulting LLC ) - Data Analysis for Beginners: Pivot Tables in Microsoft Excel

In this class, participants will learn business analysis methods in Microsoft Excel and work with real business examples with a focus on the use of pivot tables.


Lina Ding - Origami Class : Do it Yourself, Enjoy Your Life

Learn the fundamentals of origami in this hands-on class through step-by-step instructions and demonstration.


Stephanie Genkin - 7 Things You Can Do Right Now to Create Better Money Habits, Regardless of How Much You Earn

During this class participants will learn ways to pay down debt, save money and change habits to jump start a better financial future. Come ready to reboot your money mindset!


Weaving Hand - Backstrap Weaving

Backstrap Weaving, an ancient technique that has continued to thrive since the Pre-Columbian era, was historically passed down over the generations through Mayan women. Over the centuries, the backstrap weaving technique has remained unchanged, and is one of the ways in which Mayan women have preserved their identity and culture. With one end of the loom bound to a post or tree while the other is tied around the weaver’s waist, the weaver becomes just as much a part of the loom as the weaving itself. During this course, students will learn how to create and weave on their own backstrap loom, as we create exquisite weavings inspired by the Mayan culture.


Block 4* 2:30-3:30 PM:

George Clyde - The Art of DJing: An Introduction with DJ Big Brooklyn
What is the art of DJing? How has technology played a role in its rapid growth? Come for a little history, stay for a live demo. Learn basic tips and techniques and then try your hand at scratching, mixing and beat matching.


 

Shawn Smith, Elizabeth Zeeuw and Erik Bobilin - Oral History Workshop

Learn the conceptual and practical basics for conducting your own oral histories at home, in your organization, or for special projects. Participants will learn about equipment and setting basics as well as how to formulate questions and conduct interviews. The workshop will conclude with a demonstration and time for questions.

 


Devin Balkind (Sarapis) - Share Files, Visualize Data and Collaborate with Google Drive

Google Drive is the a very popular and free collaborative document editing and file sharing system. During this training session we show you some features, tips and tricks to get the most out of Google Drive for yourself and for the groups with whom you collaborate. This training will show you how to:

  • Create and share documents and folders, create folder hierarchies and share them with Google Groups

  • Build forms to collect data, create basic reports, active "Fusion Tables" to visualize your data in maps and tables, and embed these visualizations into a website.
     

Weaving Hand - Backstrap Weaving

Backstrap Weaving, an ancient technique that has continued to thrive since the Pre-Columbian era, was historically passed down over the generations through Mayan women. Over the centuries, the backstrap weaving technique has remained unchanged, and is one of the ways in which Mayan women have preserved their identity and culture. With one end of the loom bound to a post or tree while the other is tied around the weaver’s waist, the weaver becomes just as much a part of the loom as the weaving itself. During this course, students will learn how to create and weave on their own backstrap loom, as we create exquisite weavings inspired by the Mayan culture.


Block 5* 3:45-4:45 PM:

The Fixers Collective - Fixing Session (3:45-5:45)

For our Fixing Sessions, people bring in their broken items and they participate fully in the repair process - they will be the ones to unscrew, pry open, glue together, etc.

 

Shawn Smith, Elizabeth Zeeuw and Erik Bobilin - Oral History Q&A

 

David Huerta (Cryptoparty) - Securing and Encrypting Your Email with PGP
Learn how to use PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) to securely send and receive emails.

Devin Balkind (Sarapis) - Build A Website with WordPress
Learn how to go from 0 to your own, independent WordPress website on your own, independent server in 60 minutes. This training session will show you how to:

  • Set up a WordPress website, add pages, posts, categories, tags, and move menu items around.

  • Install plugins to extend functionality, set up a calendar, send out a newsletter.


Lindsey Ibarra - Adult Beginner Knitting
Learn the basics of knitting while making a fun, useful project: colorful coasters for all of your summer parties!