Central Library

Programs & Events

Selected Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) locations will be open on Friday, April 3. All BPL locations will be closed on Sunday, April 5.

Below find a chronological list of events at Central Library. For a full schedule of classes and programs at Brooklyn Public Library, visit our events calendar.

  • English Conversation Group (Advanced)
    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free!

    No registration required

  • Build with LEGO
    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Have fun and build with Legos. For ages 6-12.

  • Teen Tech Time
    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 4:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Do you want to design a website for a school project, or put yourself onto the cover of a fashion magazine? Come hang out, learn, play and explore the latest technology with friends while using PC and Mac laptops.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Chinese Conversation Group for Beginners
    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 4:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

       

    Improve your Chinese language in an informal and fun setting

    No registration required

    The class is free

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

    Meet with a SCORE counselor to discuss your business needs. Get advice on starting a business, writing a business plan, implementing a marketing strategy and much more. SCORE is an SBA organization. Call 718.623.7000 to make an appointment. This is a Business & Career Library service. 

  • Russian Conversation Group
    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 2

      This Program is Free

      Improve your Russian language in an Informal and Fun Setting.

  • Final Cut Pro X Part 2
    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Part 2 of this introductory workshop will cover the topics below, followed by an hour for individual questions and assistance with projects. Some computers will be available, but please bring your own laptop with Final Cut Pro X if possible. Practice media files will also be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own files as well. If you want to save your work, please bring your own hard drive or USB stick.

    Rehana is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and video artist who graduated from The New School in 2014. She has produced work for several different public and cultural institutions.

    Text

    • Templates
    • Generators

    Transitions

    Music & Audio

    • Syncing
    • Adjustments / Enhancement
    • Recording voice over

    Color Correction

    • Auto balancing / matching color
    • Manual correction

    Exporting

    • QuickTime / Apple devices / Vimeo / YouTube
    • Compressor

  • Portuguese Conversation Group: Intermediate Level
    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your Portuguese in an informal and fun Setting

    The class is free

    No registration required 

  • Russian Film Series: The Holocaust – is It a Wallpaper Paste?
    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Director Mumin Shakirov introduces this special screening. In 2013, the Karatygin sisters gained instant notoriety for their performance on the TV quiz show “The Utterly Stunning”. When asked to define the word “Holocaust” meant, the school-aged girls replied that it was paste for wall paper. The show caused outrage and raised questions about the Russian education system. This documentary follows the girls as filmmaker Mumin Shakirov takes them on a trip to Auschwitz in Poland to show them the site of the most horrific tragedies of the 20th century. (Dir: Mumin Shakirov, Russia 56 min, 2013).

    RSVP here.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

    Meet with a SCORE counselor to discuss your business needs. Get advice on starting a business, writing a business plan, implementing a marketing strategy and much more. SCORE is an SBA organization. Call 718.623.7000 to make an appointment. This is a Business & Career Library service. 

  • Babies & Books
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    It's never too early to introduce your baby to books! hear delightful stories, learn fun songs and rhymes, and meet other families and caregivers in your neighborhood. For ages Birth-18 months. Pick up a free ticket the morning of the program at the children's reference desk. There are two sessions, one at 10:00 and one at 10:30.

     

    Tickets are required. Pick up a free ticket the morning of the program at the children's reference desk.

  • English Conversation GroupCancelled
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free!

    No registration required.

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free!

    No registration required.

  • Spanish Conversation Group for Beginners
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

     

       

     Start learning the most popular language in an informal and fun  setting

      The class is free

       No registration required

     This class has designed just for beginners

  • DIY: Makerspace Wednesdays
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Create DIY projects in our makerspace. 6th grade and up.

  • ESOL Registration
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015 5:00 pm
    Central Library Learning Center

    Learn English

    Free English Classes for adults 17 and older

    Daytime, Evening and Saturday class schedules available.

    All classes meet two days per week.
    Sign up for a class at any registration session.
    Space is limited. Classes close quickly.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 6

    Make your resume more attractive to employers! Our volunteer Resume Coach provides one-on-one assistance to help you tailor your resume or cover letter to get the job you want. First come, first served.

  • Fiber Arts Group
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015 5:30 pm
    Central Library

    Needlecrafts for all skill levels: Crochet, Embroider, Knit, Quilt

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free!

    No registration required.

  • Post-Secondary Education Options for Students with Disabilities
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    A workshop to help students with disabilities decide on the best options for after high school.  Featuring Natalie McQueen; in partnership with District 75's Office of Parent Support. 

  • Adult Virtual Investment Club
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Are you interested in investing in the stock market, but not sure what it’s all about? Join the Growing Dollars and $ense Virtual Investment Club for adults. and you'll learn what it takes to make wise investments in a no-risk environment with the help of a financial professional. You will explore different types of investments, research companies, and set up and monitor a mock portfolio online.


    The club will meet the first Wednesday of the month: November 5, December 3, January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1.

    Please Register at bklynlib.org/business or call 718.623.7000 and select option 4.

    This is a Business & Career Library Program

    Please Register at bklynlib.org/business or call 718.623.7000 and select option 4.

  • French Conversation Group - Intermediat-Advanced
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

      

       

    Improve your French language in an informal and fun setting

    The class is free

    No registration required

    This class has designed just for Intermediate and advanced level

  • Science Fiction in Film: District 9
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    In 1982, aliens landed in Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. Now, one lone human discovers the mysterious secret of the extraterrestrial weapon technology. Hunted and hounded through the bizarre back alleys of an alien shantytown, he will discover what it means to be the ultimate outsider on your own planet. (Dir: Neill Blomkamp, 2009, 112 min).

    See other films in the series here.

  • Exergamers Bowling for Older AdultsCancelled
    Thursday, April 2, 2015 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Please join us as we form our first virtual bowling team. Participants will learn how to bowl using a Microsoft Xbox One. After some practice, we will challenge senior centers and other libraries around New York City, to meet and compete with other older adults. 

    Provided by Brooklyn Public Library's Services for Older Adults department.

    bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Free One-on-One Financial CounselingCancelled
    Thursday, April 2, 2015 12:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

    Take a step toward financial stability--make a confidential appointment with a counselor from Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation's Financial Empowerment Center. A counselor can advise you on budgeting and money management, establishing and improving credit ratings, analyzing your credit report, finding affordable banking services, financial planning, and reducing debt. Counseling is available in English and Spanish. 

    This is a Business & Career Library service. Please call 718.636.6994 for an appointment. 

  • English Conversation Group
    Thursday, April 2, 2015 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free!

    No registration required.

  • Resume & Career Help
    Thursday, April 2, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    A Business & Career Librarian is available to provide one-on-one help with a resume or cover letter, interviewing skills, LinkedIn, online learning, and other career-related needs. 

  • Great Books Discussion Series: Expatriate Literature
    Thursday, April 2, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Contemporary fiction is full of stories of characters living outside their native country. In this series, we'll read and discuss samples of "expatriate literature," looking at how the portrayal of expatriate life becomes an examination both of human psychology—particularly feelings of alienation and dislocation—as well as culture and place. How are “foreignness” and exile depicted by different authors? We will meet every other Thursday. Sessions will include a short presentation, by the instructor, about literary and historical context, followed by a group discussion.

    Elliott Holt is the author of You Are One of Them, which was named an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Book Review and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for a first book. She has taught literature and creative writing classes at Brooklyn College and American University. Her short fictions and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, Guernica, and elsewhere.

    Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin: This short novel is about an American in Paris and his doomed love affair with an Italian man. Baldwin's novel explores homosexuality and bisexuality--taboos when the book was published in 1956--but is ultimately about social alienation.

    Paris Stories by Mavis Gallant: This collection of stories by Gallant, a Canadian writer who spent most of her life in Paris, is set in Europe and features expatriates and exile.

  • Digital Camera Basics
    Thursday, April 2, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Most digital cameras are packed with advanced features that allow novice photographers to shoot like a pro. In this two-hour session, you’ll learn how to use your camera’s features and simple tricks to create beautiful digital images. We’ll cover digital photography basics like camera settings, resolution and exposure levels, and how to properly white balance to make your pictures pop. Composition theory will be discussed, as will shot types and picture formats that work best in video projects. Please bring your own digital camera fully charged, with plenty of battery power and available memory, to the class.

    Presented by BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn, BPL's lead media education partner. Register through the Eventbrite link below.

    https://apr2015llfreeclasses.eventbrite.com/

  • Citizenship Exam Preparation
    Thursday, April 2, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Preparing for the Citizenship Exam? You're not alone! Meet with a volunteer-led study group to discuss topics covered in the citizenship exam.

  • DIY: Crochet Club
    Thursday, April 2, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Come learn to crochet and make a fun project!

  • Citizenship Class Registration
    Thursday, April 2, 2015 4:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Sign up for a free Citizenship Preparation Class. Classes meet 3-6 hours per week for 11 weeks. Free legal assistance with Catholic Migration Services.

    Learn about the application and interview process.

    Improve your English.

    Review all the topics on the naturalization test.

    Evening, morning and weekend class schedules available. For more information call 718.230.2007.

    Immigrant Services Program

  • English Conversation Group
    Thursday, April 2, 2015 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English!

    Free!

    No registration required

  • Community Producer Screenings
    Thursday, April 2, 2015 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Join us for free screenings from Brooklyn Free Speech Community Producers and student material created through BRIC Media Education courses offered at the Brooklyn Public Library.

    • Meet and greet with BRIC staff and local producers.
    • Learn about BRIC Media Education class offerings.
    • Sign up for free classes/certification classes and discover the free equipment offered by BRIC at your library.

    Presented by BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn, BPL's lead media education partner.

  • Some Like It Hot 2
    Friday, April 3, 2015 10:30 am
    Central Library, Room 216

    Some Like it Hot 2 is a presentation and conversation on pop culture, gender, and sexuality. It will focus on how women were and are portrayed by the media, including women’s rights, women in politics, women in sports, women in the arts, etc.

    Please call 718.236.1760 to register.

    We will be meeting in the Info Commons Room 7 for three sessions: February 20, February 27, and March 6. The last seven sessions will be held in Room 216. No session on March 20.

  • English Conversation Group
    Friday, April 3, 2015 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free!

    No registration required.

  • Creative Arts Workshop: ProjectART
    Friday, April 3, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Calling All Artists!

    Visual art classes taught by professional artists.

    Spring sessions conclude in student work being shown professionally at a participating contemporary art gallery in New York City, overseen by curators.  It is an opportunity for students to get the recognition they deserve and develop insights into the art business.

    This program is limited to 10 participants.       

  • Playwriting Workshop
    Saturday, April 4, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library

    Playwriting Workshop: Beginners Develop your playwriting skills

    The session for April 4, 2015 has been cancelled and will take place on Saturday March 28 in Elsie Smith Conf. Room

     

     

    Please note dates and room locations:

    2/21/15 Room 214

    3/7/15, 3/21/15, 4/4/15  Elsie Smith Conf. Room

    4/18/15, 5/16/15, 5/30/15 Youth Wing program room

    5/2/15, 6/6/15, 6/20/15  Trustees room

     

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Saturday, April 4, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

    Take a step toward financial stability--make a confidential appointment with a counselor from Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation's Financial Empowerment Center. A counselor can advise you on budgeting and money management, establishing and improving credit ratings, analyzing your credit report, finding affordable banking services, financial planning, and reducing debt. Counseling is available in English and Spanish. 

    This is a Business & Career Library service. Please call 718.636.6994 for an appointment. 

  • Internet 2
    Saturday, April 4, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Room 216

    Topics may include Wikipedia, weather, news, Google searches, and maps. Presented by New York Cares.

  • Story Play
    Saturday, April 4, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Play with toys and hear a story. For ages 0-5.

  • English Conversation Group
    Saturday, April 4, 2015 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free!

    No registration required.

  • AfricaCROWDCancelled
    Saturday, April 4, 2015 12:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Description to come.

    Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD) is a new initiative which seeks to increase the number of people of African Descent who actively partake in the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements. The workshops are open to all Afrodescendants including but not limited to individuals who self-identify as African, African-American, Afro-Latino, Biracial, Black, Black-American, Caribbean, Garifuna, Haitian or West Indian.

  • Italian Conversation Group-Beginners
    Saturday, April 4, 2015 12:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your Italian in an informal and fun Setting

    The class is free

    No registration required 

  • Citizenship Class Registration
    Saturday, April 4, 2015 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Room 214

    Sign up for a free Citizenship Preparation Class. Classes meet 3-6 hours per week for 11 weeks. Free legal assistance with Catholic Migration Services.

    Learn about the application and interview process.

    Improve your English.

    Review all the topics on the naturalization test.

    Evening, morning and weekend class schedules available. For more information call 718.230.2007.

    Immigrant Services Program

  • Advanced Chinese Studies in I-Ching
    Saturday, April 4, 2015 2:45 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Ching , the book of changes is one of the oldest Chinese classic philosophies that can help us to make decisions  that our logic alone cannot handle.

    Free lectures in Chinese and English.

  • Internet 2
    Saturday, April 4, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Topics may include Wikipedia, weather, news, Google searches, and maps. Presented by New York Cares.

  • Russian Film Series: A documentary film "The Gospel Circle of Vassily Polenov" and conversation with the authors of the film.
    Saturday, April 4, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Vassily Polenov was one of the most important Russian painters of the Peredvizhniki art movement in the late 19th century. He is remembered primarily for his sublime landscapes. However, the deeply religious Polenov considered the series of paintings on the life of Christ his most important work. He was the only Russian artist who made long trips to the Middle East to study nature and characters for his "Gospel Circle".

    The film is directed by Elena Yakovich, with participation of the writer Alexander Ilichevsky. The producer of the film is the artist's great grand-daughter Natalia Polenova, founder of the Vassily Polenov Assocaition.

    Yelena Yakovich, Natalya Polenova and Alexander Ilichevsky will be in attendance.

    In Russian with English subtitles.

    RSVP here.

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older AdultsCancelled
    Monday, April 6, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learning to use a computer is not just for young people. Join as we explore the world of technology, using laptops.

    Topics include computer basics, internet, email, online banking, online health information, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Facebook and creative uses of Microsoft Office.

    bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, April 6, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Are you working on a memoir, poem, or story and looking for some friendly feedback? Maybe you just want to put pen to paper and see what happens. Join NY Writers Coalition for a free community workshop! This writing group is open to writers of all genres — poetry, fiction, memoir, and anything else — and even to those who think they've never written before! Writing supplies will be provided, so just bring yourself. All levels of experience are welcome. No advanced sign-up is necessary.