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, February 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, February 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, February 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 GroupCancelled
    Monday, February 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, February 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.

  • Access Code: Learn to Code and Become a Leader in Tech
    Monday, February 2, 2015 4:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Come to an information session about Access Code, which equips talented adults with the computer programming skills and entrepreneurial training to launch their careers in tech. Their intensive 9-month part-time program in mobile app development prepares participants with no prior coding experience for entry-level developer jobs at the hundreds of innovative startups and tech companies (such as Google and Facebook) that are looking to hire the next generation of talent. With Access Code's mission to expand access to tech opportunities, all participants will receive full scholarships to the program.

    Want to learn more? Check out the Access Code website and join us for an information session.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Monday, February 2, 2015 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 6

    Make your resume more attractive to employers! Our volunteer Resume Coaches provide one-on-one assistance on how to tailor your resume or cover letter to get the job you want. We encourage you to bring your resume for review. This is a Business & Career Library service. 

  • Brooklyn Open
    Monday, February 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.

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

    Improve your Spanish in an informal and fun setting

    No registration required.

  • Final Cut Pro X Part 1
    Monday, February 2, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Part 1 of this introductory workshop will cover the topics below, followed by an hour for individual questions and assistance with projects.

    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.

     

    Workflow

    • Importing / transcoding files
    • Creating events
    • Grouping clips
    • Reviewing media
    • Marking

    Sequencing Clips

    • Adding clips to the timeline
    • Auditioning

    Adjusting Video

    • Speed
    • Scaling
    • Cropping
    • Video Effects

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Tuesday, February 3, 2015 9:00 am
    Central Library, Room 216

    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
    Tuesday, February 3, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

    No registration required.

  • The Special Education Advocate
    Tuesday, February 3, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    "No" doesn't have to be the final answer in educational issues. Explore the steps you can take to go from "no" to "success".

    Presented by Ruth DiRoma.

    Co sponsored by New York City Parent Partnership and Resources for Children with Special Needs.

    To register: https://bpl-specialeducationadvocate.eventbrite.com
    or call 212-677-4650.

    To request Spanish or ASL interpretation or for more information call 718-253-4948.

  • Short-form Video Techniques for PC
    Tuesday, February 3, 2015 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    If you have a smartphone or tablet, you don’t need an expensive camera or fancy audio equipment to produce an engaging video. In this two-hour session, learn to use your mobile device to make compelling short-form videos—and how to show them to the world on YouTube, Vimeo and more. We’ll start you off with scriptwriting and storyboarding best practices, discuss frame composition, and then cover how to get the best audio and lighting when recording your footage. You’ll also explore the free PC editing software program VideoPad that can assemble it all into your final short masterpiece. Please bring your own pair of headphones or earbuds for this class. In order to successfully complete this class, participants must be able to comfortably navigate a laptop computer and navigate a computer’s interface.

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

    https://feb2015llfreeclasses.eventbrite.com/

  • Stomp, Clap and Sing with Conroy Warren
    Tuesday, February 3, 2015 11:00 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

     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!    

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

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

  • Teen Tech Time
    Tuesday, February 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, February 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, February 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, February 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.

  • Community Land Access Workshop
    Tuesday, February 3, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Are you interested in accessing the many hundreds of acres of public vacant land in New York City? Learn how to tap community resources, use the 596 Acres map and website to engage your neighbors, and plot your next steps to gain access to city land for your community projects. This workshop will also act as a general meeting, where folks from all neighborhoods can share land access success stories and we can troubleshoot any sticky points in the process. Many communities in all boroughs have successfully used these tools to create gardens and host events in formerly empty lots. Could your community be next?

    Contact mary@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092 ext 3 with questions.

    596 Acres is a local organization that builds online tools neighbors can use to clear hurdles to community land access. The tools turn city data into information about particular pieces of land and connect people to one another through simple social networking functions. More information is at 596acres.org.

  • Portuguese Conversation Group: Intermediate Level
    Tuesday, February 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

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, February 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, February 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.

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

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

    No registration required.

  • Drop-In Computer Lab
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Got a specific question about how to use computers or find your way around the Internet? No time to attend a full class? Drop in to the Info Commons lab for one-on-one assistance.

    First come, first served. No registration required.

  • Spanish Conversation Group Intermediate
    Wednesday, February 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, February 4, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

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

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 6

    Make your resume more attractive to employers! Our volunteer Resume Coaches provide one-on-one assistance on how to tailor your resume or cover letter to get the job you want. We encourage you to bring your resume for review. This is a Business & Career Library service. 

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

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

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

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

    No registration required.

  • Adult Virtual Investment Club
    Wednesday, February 4, 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 4.

    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 - Intermediate
    Wednesday, February 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

  • African Americans in '60s Hollywood: A Man Called Adam
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Sammy Davis, Jr. leads an all-star cast in this searing drama about the turbulent life of brilliant jazz musician Adam Johnson, a gifted artist whose art is shaped by the world he lives in.  Adam could be the best, except he can’t forget that he caused the death of his wife and child and he can’t accept the role of a black man in a white man’s world. Full of bitterness and self-hatred, he rejects love and friendship, but given one last chance to reverse his downward spiral, can he find the will to live? (Leo Penn, 1966, 99 minutes)

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Thursday, February 5, 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, February 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, February 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. 

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

    This 4-week course covers the basics of non-linear video editing using Adobe Premiere Pro 6. Students will learn how to navigate Premiere’s interface and import footage from a SDHC card, as well as how to work with B-roll, audio, still images, titles, basic effects and transitions. By the end of the course, students will have the chance to edit a short video segment. Successful completion leads to becoming a Certified Community Producer, which gives you free access to use our editing facilities to produce your Brooklyn Free Speech TV show. This course has 4 mandatory sessions that will be held on Thursdays from 4-8:30PM on 1/15, 1/22, 1/29 and 2/5.

    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-video-editing-with-premiere-tickets-14450268141

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

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

  • Affordable Care Act (ACA) In-Person Assistance/Navigator Program
    Thursday, February 5, 2015 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    Callen Lorde's Insurance Navigator Program is available to help determine if you're eligible for free public health insurance 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. Find information about qualified health insurance plans, check eligibility for subsidies and government insurance programs, and get enrollment assistance from trained and certified Navigators.

    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 the Brooklyn Public Library, and through the generous support of the NYS Department of Health.

  • dweck-lec'-tic: Vaneese Thomas
    Thursday, February 5, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Daughter of Rufus Thomas of Staxx record fame, Vaneese Thomas is a soulful songstress who embodies the spirit of all the great women of soul. Her older siblings are the hit recording artist “Memphis Queen” Carla Thomas and the highly respected keyboardist Marvell Thomas. Embracing this remarkable musical legacy, Vaneese carries forward the rich heritage of Memphis soul and R&B, but has cultivated a soul-stirring style that’s all her own.

    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).

  • Understanding Common Speech and Language Disorders
    Friday, February 6, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    The connection between speech and language disorders, learning, behavior, and social development.

    Presented by Jean Mizutani and Lori Podvesker.

    Co sponsored by New York City Parent Partnership and Resources for Children with Special Needs.

    To register: https://bpl-speechandlanguage.eventbrite.com
    or call 212-677-4650.

    To request Spanish ASL interpretation or for more information call 718-253-4948.

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

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

    No registration required.

  • Girls Who Code Application Support Workshop
    Friday, February 6, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Interested in applying for Girls Who Code's Summer Immersion Program? Join staff members Meg and Lucy on Friday, February 6th for an Application Support Workshop from 4:00 - 6:00. Come learn more about the program, and the application process! 

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Saturday, February 7, 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. 

  • Tango Workshops
    Saturday, February 7, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    All programs held in the S. Stevan Dweck

    Center for Contemporary Culture, located on the lower level of Central Library

    Learn the fundamentals of one of the world’s most dramatic dances at this fun, informal series. Brought to you by IATI Theater

     

    Lessons are in English and Spanish.

     

     

    Space is LIMITED, so arrive early!

    Please bring your library card for admission.

     

    Come alone or bring a partner.

    The class consists of two sessions

     

    10:00 AM-11:00 AM Beginners

    11:00 AM- 12:00 PM Advanced

     

  • Microsoft Excel 1
    Saturday, February 7, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Room 216

    Topics may include navigating Excel, basic formula entry, and copy and paste. Please bring a USB flash drive if you want to save your work to bring home or to a future class. Presented by New York Cares.