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, April 27, 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, April 27, 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, April 27, 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. To schedule an appointment with a SCORE mentor, please visit https://newyorkcity.score.org/ and click the big green box on the upper right of the page to "Request a Meeting." This is a Business & Career Library service. 

  • English Conversation Group
    Monday, April 27, 2015 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

    No registration required.

  • LinkedIn Basics
    Monday, April 27, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learn how to set up and use LinkedIn, an important professional networking site that can make your job search more effective. This is a Business & Career Library program.

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, April 27, 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, April 27, 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.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Monday, April 27, 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.

  • English Conversation Group
    Monday, April 27, 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, April 27, 2015 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

      

    Improve your Spanish in an informal and fun setting

     

     This class has designed just for Intermediate and advanced level  

    The class is free

    No registration required

  • Brooklyn Public Philosophers
    Monday, April 27, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Tonight's theme: Frank Kirkland (Hunter College) on W.E.B. Du Bois and Brown v. Board of Education

    Most people regard the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education as symbolizing the meaning of racial equality and equal educational opportunity. They tend to take Brown as (1) granting legal authority to bring about racial integration and (2) forbidding compulsory racial segregation in public schools and thereby eliminating black schools.
    Though he never rejected the decision outright, Du Bois was critical of Brown. His criticisms were focused not on (1), but on (2). His criticism of (2) relies on our understanding of the value and motivational force of who we each take ourselves to be in an egalitarian and pluralistic society. This criticism of Brown does not bind him, in all instances, to the position that single-race schools should be consciously and freely embraced; but it does bind him to that position if other schools violate rights and single-race schools do not.
    Du Bois fervently opposed the view that black children developed sentiments of inferiority in all single-race or exclusively black schools. But he didn’t explain black children’s feelings of inferiority in terms of their educational need to be motivated and appreciated. Rather he gave a narrative of the experience of those exposed to the judgments of others when participating in the educational pursuit for approval. Human beings make this educational pursuit from a young age, which always involves a comparison with others.
    Du Bois knew that such judgments can be not only inegalitarian, but inflammatory and demoralizing. But, I shall argue, Du Bois also knew that a more egalitarian education for black children – an education in which black children conceive of themselves as equal in moral standing to all others while seeking excellence and the concomitant esteem that comes in reaching what is sought – could come from a single-race or exclusively black school without perpetuating compulsory racial segregation.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons
    Brooklyn Public Philosophers is a monthly series of talks and discussions. It's a forum for philosophers based in and around Brooklyn to speak with a general audience about their work. The aim is to broaden the discussion of important philosophical issues and to increase communication between academic philosophers and the general public. For more information, visit bkpp.tumblr.com.

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Tuesday, April 28, 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, April 28, 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, April 28, 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 Storytelling and Enhanced Podcasting for Mac
    Tuesday, April 28, 2015 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Taking pictures and recording audio on mobile devices is easy. Learn simple steps to turn your still images and sound clips into a compelling digital video story--- and share it with a wide audience. In this two-hour session, you’ll learn about various types of digital story formats, narrative tips and interviewing techniques, and how to combine your pictures and audio recordings into a video using Garageband, a software program that allows you to create powerful and entertaining media. Please bring your own pair of headphones or earbuds for this class.

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

    https://apr2015llfreeclasses.eventbrite.com/

  • Stomp, Clap and Sing with Aly Sunshine from Funkytown Playground
    Tuesday, April 28, 2015 11:00 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Come on down to the Funkytown Playground! We will jump and jam with shakers & tambourines, get on board a magical safari or silly farm (props include animal masks), dance with bubbles, and fall from the stars with our colorful parachute.       

    Stomp, Clap & Sing is made possible through generous support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

  • English Conversation Group (Intermediate)
    Tuesday, April 28, 2015 1:15 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

    No registration required.

  • Drop-In Computer Lab
    Tuesday, April 28, 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.

  • English Conversation Group (Advanced)
    Tuesday, April 28, 2015 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

    No registration required

  • Book Adventures
    Tuesday, April 28, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Join us for a fun storytelling. For kids age 6-12.

  • Teen Tech Time
    Tuesday, April 28, 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, April 28, 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, April 28, 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. To schedule an appointment with a SCORE mentor, please visit https://newyorkcity.score.org/ and click the big green box on the upper right of the page to "Request a Meeting." This is a Business & Career Library service. 

  • Russian Conversation Group
    Tuesday, April 28, 2015 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 2

      This Program is Free

      Improve your Russian language in an Informal and Fun Setting.

  • Hiring and Training Grants for Small Businesses
    Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Hire and train a new employee and NY State may reimburse you up to $7,900!  At this information session, get the details regarding the New York State Unemployment Strikeforce and how it can benefit your business. Learn about different programs like apprenticeships and free recruitment services. 

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

    This is a Business & Career Library Event

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

  • Portuguese Conversation Group: Intermediate Level
    Tuesday, April 28, 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 

  • Brooklyn Independents: Ugly Duckling Presse presents Kate Colby, A Maxwell and Simone White
    Tuesday, April 28, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Kate Colby reads from I Mean. UDP also published her books Unbecoming Behavior (2008) and The Return of the Native (2011).  Andrew Maxwell reads from Candor is the brightest shield . He is the author of Peeping Mot (Apogee, 2013) and many chapbooks and pamphlets on his artisanal PRB imprint.  Simone White’s (pictured) book, Unrest, began as a spontaneous response to and prayer of thanks for David Walker's 1829 Appeal  -- an uncompromising attack on slavery and performance of black "enlightenment."

    Ugly Duckling Presse was transformed from a 1990s zine into a Brooklyn-based small press by a volunteer editorial collective that has published more than 200 titles to date.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, April 29, 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. To schedule an appointment with a SCORE mentor, please visit https://newyorkcity.score.org/ and click the big green box on the upper right of the page to "Request a Meeting." This is a Business & Career Library service. 

  • Babies & BooksCancelled
    Wednesday, April 29, 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.

    This program has been replaced by the Big Brooklyn Playdate that is being held at the same time in the Dweck Auditorium.

     

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

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

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

    No registration required.

  • Big Brooklyn Playdate
    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 10:30 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Stop by the Big Brooklyn Playdate to enjoy fun games and activities that delight young children and encourage early literacy.

    Come to play and leave ready to turn ordinary objects in your home into your child’s favorite toys.

    For babies and toddlers birth to 3 years and their parents and caregivers. 

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

    No registration required.

  • Computer Basics for Seniors
    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learn the basics of using a computer.

  • Philosophy Discussion Group
    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Reverend Elsie Smith Room

    Philosophy begins in wonder! Plato

  • Spanish Conversation Group for Beginners
    Wednesday, April 29, 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 29, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

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

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, April 29, 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 29, 2015 5:30 pm
    Central Library

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

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

    No registration required.

  • How to Build Your Brand and Keep it in the Black
    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    In this two-part workshop, you will learn what makes a great brand and how you can transform yours into one that helps you keep your current customers and attract new ones. Presenter Alan Siege will challenge your assumptions and present pragmatic and clear practices that you can use immediately to refine and strengthen your brand.

    The second half of the program will look at the back end of running a business. Even with an awesome brand and an incredible website, your company needs to set up financial systems. Presenter Naman Trivedi will explain how to do it right using case studies to illustrate the three essentials Cs: consistency, controls, and cash. This program is presented by the Business & Career Library.

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

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

  • How to Build Your Brand and Keep it in the BlackCancelled
    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Alan Siege and Naman Trivedi will discuss what makes a great brand and how you can transform yours into one that helps you keep your current customers and attract new ones, and also will examine the back end of running a business.

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

    This is a Business & Career Library Event

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

  • French Conversation Group - Intermediat-Advanced
    Wednesday, April 29, 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

  • Author Reading: "Wilhelmina: An Imagined Memoir" with RJ McCarthy
    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Brooklyn Collection

    Raised in the Howard Colored Orphanage, (in Brooklyn, then Kings Park, Long Island) Wilhelmina Johnson Hamlin died in 1930, shortly after the birth of her 6th child.  She was 26 years old, remarkably unknown, and ordinary. Yet in her "ordinariness", she was an extraordinary human being.  A woman of color, living at a tenuous, often harsh, time for African-Americans, she created a legacy of love in her brief life.

    Join author RJ McCarthy as he takes us on a journey through the life and legacy of Wilhelmina Johnson Hamlin.

    This talk is co-sponsored with the Info Commons genealogy workshop.

    A wine and cheese reception will precede the talk at 6:30 p.m. in the Brooklyn Collection.

  • Exergamers Bowling for Older Adults
    Thursday, April 30, 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 Counseling
    Thursday, April 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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.

    Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart: This satirical novel follows a young Russian man, who attended college in the United States and yearns for America, from his native St. Petersburg to Absurdistan, an oil-rich former Soviet Republic, in search of an American visa. The book is a darkly comic exploration of alienation and geo-politics.

  • Video Editing with Premiere
    Thursday, April 30, 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 4/9, 4/16, 4/23 and 4/30.

    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

  • Citizenship Exam Preparation
    Thursday, April 30, 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.