Central Library

Programs & Events

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.

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, March 2, 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.

    Due to increased demand, this class is divided into two one-hour classes, one from 10:00-11:00 am, and the other from 11:00 am-12:00 noon.

    Please note that the doors will be locked at 10:00 am, and everyone that comes after that will be allowed in for the 11:00 am class.

    bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, March 2, 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.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Monday, March 2, 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. 

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

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

    No registration required.

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, March 2, 2015 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Room 214

    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.

  • Gaming for Teens
    Monday, March 2, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Join us for a teen gaming program every Monday afternoon in the Youth Wing. Games will rotate weekly to include board games, D&D, Yu Gi Oh, card games, and chess. For grades 6 & up. Call 718-230-2117 for more information.

  • Brooklyn Open
    Monday, March 2, 2015 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    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 hosts and a monthly featured poet.

    Presented in partnership with Urban Word NYC.

  • English Conversation Group
    Monday, March 2, 2015 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

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

    No registration required

  • Spanish Conversation Group: Intermediate-Advanced
    Monday, March 2, 2015 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Improve your Spanish in an informal and fun setting

    No registration required.

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

    No registration required.

  • Medicaid and Child Health Plus In-Person Assistance/Navigator Program
    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    Community Health Project/Callen-Lorde Community Health Center’s Insurance Navigator Program is available to help determine if you may be eligible for free public health insurance (Child Health Plus and Medicaid) and, if so, help you enroll. Our trained staff will meet with you, screen what programs you qualify for, and submit the application on your behalf. Although open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act ended on February 15, if you have had a special life event (marriage, divorce, loss of job, birth or adoption of a child), you may still be eligible to enroll.

    Community Health Project/Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, a non-profit FQHC specializing in sensitive, quality health care and related services targeted to New York’s LGBT communities is proud to offer the In-Person Assistance and Navigator programs under the NYS State of Health program, in partnership with Brooklyn Public Library, and through the generous support of the NYS Department of Health.

  • Digital Camera Basics
    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 11:00 am
    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://mar2015llfreeclasses.eventbrite.com/

  • Stomp, Clap & Sing with Silly Jazz and Camille!
    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 11:00 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Come dance along to "silly jazz" with comedian and jazz singer, Camille Harris. Popular songs include: "The Monster Under My Bed," "Muffin Man," and “Chopsticks." Camille Harris on piano, Jeff Kerestes on bass, and David Tedeschi on drums.       

  • English Conversation Group (Intermediate)
    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 1:15 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

    No registration required.

  • English Conversation Group (Advanced)
    Tuesday, March 3, 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 3, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

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

  • Teen Tech Time
    Tuesday, March 3, 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 3, 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 3, 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 3, 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 3, 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.

    Find the other Final Cut Pro X workshops in our calendar.

    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 3, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your Brazilian Portuguese in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

    The Program is Free

  • Cataclysm fiction: E.C. Osondu and Laura van den Berg
    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    After two acclaimed story collections, Laura van den Berg brings us Find Me, her highly anticipated debut novel. When a sickness that begins with memory loss and ends with death sweeps the country, Joy, for the first time in her life, seems to have an advantage: she is immune.

    A powerful tale of family and community, E.C. Osondu’s This House Is Not for Sale brings to life an African neighborhood and one remarkable house, seen through the eyes of a young member of the household. From the decades-long rivalry between owners of two competing convenience stores to the man who convinces his neighbors to give up their earthly possessions to prepare for the end of the world, Osondu’s story captures a place beyond the reach of the outside world, full of superstitions and myths that sustain its people.

    RSVP here.

    Reservation Policy:

    Dweck Center programs are free of charge and reservations are required for most adult programs. Patrons who RSVP to programs will be seated before walk-ups. Unclaimed reservations will be released five minutes before the start of an event. We recommend arriving early. RSVP online at BrownPaperTickets.com or by phone at 718.230.2200.

    Reservations for adult programs can be made with a BPL representative Monday-Friday from 9 am – 4 pm. For weekend events, reservations must be made by 4 pm on the Friday before the event takes place. Any reservations received after 4 pm will not be processed. If leaving a message, please slowly  and clearly state your first and last name, your phone number, the name and date of the program you would like to attend, and the number of tickets you are requesting (the maximum allowable is 3).

  • Computer Basics Class
    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Room 216

    Learn the basic components of the computer.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, March 4, 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, March 4, 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 Group
    Wednesday, March 4, 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, March 4, 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 Intermediate
    Wednesday, March 4, 2015 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Improve your Spanish language in an informal and fun setting.

    The Class is Free

    No registration required.

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

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

  • Fiber Arts Group
    Wednesday, March 4, 2015 5:30 pm
    Central Library

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

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

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

    No registration required.

  • French Conversation Group - Intermediate
    Wednesday, March 4, 2015 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Improve your French language in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

    The Class is Free

  • Dr. Dread: The Half That’s Never Been Told
    Wednesday, March 4, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Doctor Dread, aka, Gary Himelfarb, explains how a white, Jewish American became one of the foremost producers in reggae. Dread founded RAS (Real Authentic Sound) Records in 1979 and produced artists such as Freddie McGregor, Melodians, Don Carlos, Michigan & Smiley, Eek-A-Mouse, Black Uhuru and Coxsone Dodd among many others. He’ll be joined on stage by David Hinds of Steel Pulse.

    Co-presented by Akashic Books and LargeUp, with support from Brooklyn Brewery and GoldenKrust.

    RSVP here.

    Reservation Policy:

    Dweck Center programs are free of charge and reservations are required for most adult programs. Patrons who RSVP to programs will be seated before walk-ups. Unclaimed reservations will be released five minutes before the start of an event. We recommend arriving early. RSVP online at BrownPaperTickets.com or by phone at 718.230.2200.

    Reservations for adult programs can be made with a BPL representative Monday-Friday from 9 am – 4 pm. For weekend events, reservations must be made by 4 pm on the Friday before the event takes place. Any reservations received after 4 pm will not be processed. If leaving a message, please slowly  and clearly state your first and last name, your phone number, the name and date of the program you would like to attend, and the number of tickets you are requesting (the maximum allowable is 3).

  • Brooklyn Family Support Service Advisory Council Outreach
    Thursday, March 5, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    Sign up for a reduced fare metro card.
    Please have a copy of medicare card, driver's license, non driver's ID, birth certificate, psychological & doctor's note with you.  
     
    • New York City Dept of Transportation
    • MTA
    • New York City Transit Department of Busses
    • Brooklyn Public Library
    • Brooklyn Family Support Service Advisory Council (BFSSAC)
    • Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
    Will be there to answer your questions
     

  • Exergamers Bowling for Older Adults
    Thursday, March 5, 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

  • English Conversation Group
    Thursday, March 5, 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, March 5, 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. 

  • Intermediate Video Editing with Premiere
    Thursday, March 5, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    An intermediate non-linear editing workshop using Adobe Premiere Pro 6, this class covers digital effects like transitions, picture-in-picture, chroma key, motion graphics and titling. Learn more advanced editing techniques and shortcuts to perfect your video edit.

    This course has 3 mandatory sessions that will be held on Thursdays from 4-8:00PM on 3/5, 3/12 and 3/19.

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

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-2015-central-lib-intermediate-video-editing-with-premiere-tickets-14479431369

  • DIY: Crochet Club
    Thursday, March 5, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Have fun and learn how to crochet. For 6th grade and up.

  • Learn English for Business & the Workplace
    Thursday, March 5, 2015 5:00 pm
    Central Library Learning Center

    Brooklyn Public Library offers free business English conversation classes that will prepare you for success in the workplace and in business. If you are an immigrant professional with a university degree, a business owner or just exploring new career options, these classes are for you.

    • Practice talking about work and business with others
    • Learn important business vocabulary
    • Meet and connect with other professionals
    • Explore library and community resources
    • Improve your understanding of American business and workplace culture

    Applicants will be screened for intermediate or advanced English proficiency.

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

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English!

    Free!

    No registration required

  • Citizenship Class Registration
    Thursday, March 5, 2015 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    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

  • dweck-lec’-tic: Beat Kaestli
    Thursday, March 5, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Kaestli is an internationally acclaimed vocalist, songwriter, arranger and producer who appears regularly at The Blue Note, Birdland, and the Jazz Standard. He performs selections from his recent release, a French tribute entitled Collage, which landed on many jazz lists for best CDs of 2014.

    RSVP here.

    Reservation Policy:

    Dweck Center programs are free of charge and reservations are required for most adult programs. Patrons who RSVP to programs will be seated before walk-ups. Unclaimed reservations will be released five minutes before the start of an event. We recommend arriving early. RSVP online at BrownPaperTickets.com or by phone at 718.230.2200.

    Reservations for adult programs can be made with a BPL representative Monday-Friday from 9 am – 4 pm. For weekend events, reservations must be made by 4 pm on the Friday before the event takes place. Any reservations received after 4 pm will not be processed. If leaving a message, please slowly  and clearly state your first and last name, your phone number, the name and date of the program you would like to attend, and the number of tickets you are requesting (the maximum allowable is 3).

  • Some Like It Hot 2
    Friday, March 6, 2015 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    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 in Room 216. No session on March 20.

    Facilitated by Brooklyn Community Pride Center's ElderPride program and Brooklyn Public Library's Services for Older Adults department.

  • Get New Tech, Design and Research Skills: Intro to Lynda.com
    Friday, March 6, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Want to learn a new skill but not sure where to start? Lynda.com is a resource now available with your Brooklyn Public Library card that has over 3000 courses on a variety of topics including business, Microsoft and Mac applications, professional design software and more! You can even get certificates for completing the courses. In this class you will create a Lynda.com account with your library card, browse courses, create a playlist to facilitate your learning goals, and use the note-taking and bookmarking features. Students should have basic computer skills including using a mouse.

  • English Conversation Group
    Friday, March 6, 2015 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

    No registration required.

  • Movies @ the Library: Rio 2
    Friday, March 6, 2015 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Rio 2 – Welcome to the jungle…of fun!  When Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway), and their three kids take a walk on the wild side, they embark on a colorful, comical, music-filled journey through the Amazon.  As Blu tries to fit into his new surroundings, he goes beak-to-beak with the villainous Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all: his father-in-law!

  • Creative Arts Workshop: ProjectART
    Friday, March 6, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Calling All Artists!

    Highly competitive full scholarship Visual Arts intensive for youth. All selected students will be part of an exhibition at a contemporary art gallery in NYC.

    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, March 7, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library

    Playwriting Workshop: Beginners Develop your playwriting skills

    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