Central Library

Programs & Events

All Brooklyn Public Library locations will be closed from Saturday, September 3rd through Monday, September 5th in observance of Labor Day Weekend.

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

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, August 29, 2016 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

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Monday, August 29, 2016 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 visithttps://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.

  • Pre-HSE (Pre-GED) Registration
    Monday, August 29, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    Free Pre-HSE Classes for adults 17+

    Evening, daytime and Saturday classes available.

    Begin your HSE preparation at Brooklyn Public Library. Practice reading, writing and math skills critical for HSE success.

    Attend a registration to:

    • Sign up for FREE classes.

    • Find the class that is the best fit for you.

    • Learn about Job Resources for Adult Learners.

    • Get answers to your questions about the New York State High School Equivalency test, Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).

    Please plan on staying three hours for assessment and enrollment. Please bring a pen. High school discharge papers are required for 17-year- olds.

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, August 29, 2016 11:00 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

  • English Conversation Group
    Monday, August 29, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free! No registration required.

  • Low Cost/Public Health Insurance Enrollment
    Monday, August 29, 2016 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 2

    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, or free or low cost Essential Plan through the ACA) and, if so, help you enroll. 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 January 31, 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.

    Please make an appointment by calling Callen-Lorde at 212-271-7270.

    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.

  • Movies in the Dweck
    Monday, August 29, 2016 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Enjoy a family-friendly movie in the Dweck. Children, caregivers, friends and families are all welcome.

  • Family Movies @ The Library: Ghostbusters
    Monday, August 29, 2016 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Suit up for classic comedy!  When kooky, spooky college professors Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Egon Spengler lose their university jobs, they decide to go freelance, de-haunting houses in a new ghost removal service.  As soon as they open their doors, their first order of business becomes saving beautiful cellist Dana Barrett and nerdy Louis Tully, who’ve inadvertently opened the gates of Hell…right in their own apartment building! (PG; June 8, 1984; 107 minutes)

    Check out all films in the series here.

    Sign up here to find out about Brooklyn Public Library’s cultural programs right in your Inbox, and never miss out on a sold-out event again!

  • Basic Spanish Conversation Group
    Monday, August 29, 2016 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Improve your Spanish in an informal and fun setting

    This class covers the basic Spanish language.

    This class is a continuation of Tuesdays Class

      The class is free.

    No registration required.  

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, August 29, 2016 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.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Monday, August 29, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    Need assistance perfecting your resume or cover letter to make it look and sound just right? Our volunteer Resume Coach is here to help. Please bring a draft of your resume or cover letter with you.

    This is a one-on-one service; first come, first served. This is a Business & Career Center program.

  • English Conversation Group
    Monday, August 29, 2016 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free! No registration required.

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, August 30, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free! No registration required.

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Tuesday, August 30, 2016 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'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.

    This is a Business & Career Library service. Please call Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration at 718.636.6994 for an appointment.

  • Capturing Your Poetry
    Tuesday, August 30, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Are you a creative writer, poet, or spoken word artist who is looking for another way to connect to your audience? Learn how to record and exhibit your poetry. Using professional Zoom recorders and audio editing software Audacity, you will create visual poetry pieces ready to be exhibited online.

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

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-2016-central-library-free-bric-media-classes-tickets-24097542398

  • Stomp, Clap & Sing with Rolie Polie Guacamole
    Tuesday, August 30, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Plaza

    Rolie Polie Guacamole has developed a smart, parent-friendly musical style that dresses up original tunes and classic covers in their latest album Chips and Salsa.

    Chips and Salsa and their 2012 album Houses of the Moly are both available to check out from Brooklyn Public Library.

    Sign up here to find out about Brooklyn Public Library’s cultural programs right in your Inbox, and never miss out on a sold-out event again!

  • English Conversation Group - Intermediate
    Tuesday, August 30, 2016 1:15 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free! No registration required.

  • Older Adults Learning Lab: Internet
    Tuesday, August 30, 2016 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Drop in to a Learning Lab for Older Adults on using the Internet. Ask questions or go through tutorials on topics including:

    • sending email attachments
    • becoming familiar with Facebook and other social media applications
    • doing online searches
    • finding news online
    • using information resources such as Wikipedia
    • staying safe online

  • English Conversation Group - Advanced
    Tuesday, August 30, 2016 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, August 30, 2016 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

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

  • Teen Tech Time
    Tuesday, August 30, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Play video games, use computers, check out our recording studio, and learn about new technology. 6th grade and up.

  • Russian Conversation Group for beginnersCancelled
    Tuesday, August 30, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 6

    How to learn Russian language program is coming back to Brooklyn Public Library.

    Practice your Russian language in an Informal and fun setting

    The class is free

    No registration required

    No class from August 22-September 5th

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Tuesday, August 30, 2016 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 visithttps://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.

  • Conquer Student Loan Debt
    Tuesday, August 30, 2016 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Student loan debt is the fastest growing debt in this country. College graduates are saddled with $1.2 trillion of student loan debt, more than any other consumer debt besides home mortgages. There are repayment options and forgiveness programs available. Join us to get the relief you're looking for.

    Attorney Natalie Jean-Baptiste will discuss consolidation, forgiveness programs, preventing wage garnishment, curing default, and more. This is a Business & Career Library event.

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

  • Citizenship Prep Group
    Tuesday, August 30, 2016 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    If you are interested in becoming a U.S. citizen, we can help!  Join our free exam preparation groups! 

  • Portuguese Conversation Group: Intermediate Level
    Tuesday, August 30, 2016 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your Portuguese language in an informal and fun setting

    The class is free

    No registration is required

  • Apply for Citizenship: NYCitizenship Free Legal Help
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library

    Make your appointment today! Call 311 and say “Citizenship” OR Call 212-514-4277

    • Meet 1:1 with a free, trusted lawyer
    • Confidential, private meeting space
    • Find out if you can apply for free
    • Get free financial counseling

    NYCitizenship legal services are solely provided by the New York Legal Assistance Group through a partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

    For more information, visitwww.nyc.gov/nycitizenship

    Immigrant Services Program

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 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 visithttps://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 GroupCancelled
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free! No registration required.

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free! No registration required.

  • Teen Makerspace
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Join us in the Youth Wing to make crafts including blackout poetry, duct tape crafts, and friendship bracelets. 6th grade and up.

  • littleBits Challenge: BitOlympics!
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Create Olympic inspired inventions with littleBits!

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  • Our Garden Club
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 4:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    A garden grows in Brooklyn! Plant seeds, read stories, sing and take home flowers. For kids with and without disabilities.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    Need assistance perfecting your resume or cover letter to make it look and sound just right? Our volunteer Resume Coach is here to help. Please bring a draft of your resume or cover letter with you.

    This is a one-on-one service; first come, first served. This is a Business & Career Center program.

  • Fiber Arts Group
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 5:30 pm
    Central Library

    Fiber Arts Group
    Wednesday 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Needles, hooks, yarns, threads and fabrics are some of the various  materials used by this creative, joyous group who meet every Wednesday evening.  Fiber Arts welcomes adults of all skill levels and ages to develop their individual projects of knitting, crocheting, quilting, needlepoint, embroidery, sewing, etc.  Please join us with your own materials, tools, imagination and enthusiasm!

    For more information call: 718-230-2184

  • The Best Website for You, Your Business & Your Budget
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    In this seminar, Sylvia Adams, web designer and consultant, will give you tools and strategies to effectively market and promote your business online. We'll dig deep and go over not only why you need a website but what type of website is best for you and your business. Plus, you’ll learn the 10 key ingredients your website needs to ensure that your site is more engaging to your customers and prospects. This is a Business & Career Library program.

    To register email wbc@bocnet.org with your full name, email address, and phone number.

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free! No registration required.

  • French Conversation Group - Intermediat-Advanced
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Improve your French language in an informal and fun setting.

    This class has designed for intermediate and advanced level.

    The class is free and no registrations is required.

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Thursday, September 1, 2016 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'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.

    This is a Business & Career Library service. Please call Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration at 718.636.6994 for an appointment.

  • Library Lanes: Older Adults Bowling League
    Thursday, September 1, 2016 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Please join our premier virtual bowling team. Participants will learn how to bowl using a Microsoft Xbox One. After some practice, we will challenge other libraries around Brooklyn Public Library, to meet and compete with other older adults.

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

  • English Conversation GroupCancelled
    Thursday, September 1, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free! No registration required.

  • Digital Camera Basics
    Thursday, September 1, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learn how to use your camera’s features 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. You’ll also learn composition theory, shot types, and picture formats that work best in video projects.

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

  • English Conversation Group
    Thursday, September 1, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free! No registration required.

  • French Conversation Group Intermediate Advanced
    Thursday, September 1, 2016 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Improve your French Language in an informal and fun setting

    This class has designed  for Intermediate and advanced  level.

  • Digital Photo Enhancement
    Thursday, September 1, 2016 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    The picture-perfect shot doesn’t stop with your camera. In this class, you’ll get hands-on experience with GIMP, a free, versatile photo editing software program. Learn to retouch, crop, and color balance your digital photos before showing them to the world. By the end of this two-hour session you’ll have the skills to make every shot you take a perfect one.

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

  • Russian Film Series: "Her Name Was Mumu" by Vladimir Mirzoev
    Thursday, September 1, 2016 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Russian film director Vladimir Mirzoev introduces his film "Her Name Was Mumu". The film was made in 2013 and never released commercially. The central character is based on a Russian blogosphere personality known as "Katya Mumu" who was engaged by the Russian secret services in an undercover operation to discredit several prominent political opposition figures. Starring Irina Vilkova, Elena Koreneva, Efim Shifrin and Piotr Fyodorov.

    Mirzoev, one of the most prolific and popular film and theater directors, will be available for Q&A.

    The film is in Russian with English subtitles. 96 min.

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    «Её звали Муму» — фильм Владимира Мирзоева

    Films subject to change without notice.

  • Voices of Power
    Friday, September 2, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Room 214

    The meetings include self advocates, parents or even caregivers of someone with a developmental disabilities as well as staff members.

     

    We discuss disability related subjects that we find needs to change to enable better access to people with disabilities and become as independent as possible especially in our communities, system, make people aware and educate those who are able body about those who are differently abled. This meeting also builds a community and allow everyone to have a voice and share the things that is meaningful in their life.

  • Voices of Power
    Friday, September 2, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Room 214

    The meetings include self advocates, parents or even caregivers of someone with a developmental disability as well as staff members.

    We discuss disability related subjects that we find needs to change to enable better access to people with disabilities and become as independent as possible especially in our communities, system, make people aware and educate those who are able body about those who are differently abled. This meeting also builds a community and allow everyone to have a voice and share the things that is meaningful in their life.

  • Creative Aging: Dance Like Nobody's Watching 2
    Friday, September 2, 2016 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Dancing for Older Adults and Caregivers!

     

    Music, movement and touch are the founding principles behind Rhythm Break Cares. The power of dance will improve the quality of life for older adults, early and middle stage Alzheimer’s communities, and those affected with dementia.

     

    To register please call 718.230.2100, extension 51141

    No session Friday, October 7, 2016.

  • Chess Club
    Friday, September 2, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library

    Chess Club for Adults

    Friday Afternoons 4-6pm. Central Library, Art & Music Division, 3rd Floor

    Chess Players of all skill levels meet for friendly games in the alcove area of the Art & Music Division.

    Chess Sets are provided, or you can bring your own.

    For more information: 718-230-2184 or visit:

    http://www.bklynlibrary.org/calendar/EventList.do