Central Library

Programs & Events

All Brooklyn Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2016 for President's Day.

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.

  • Events for Youth & Families: Sheneatha Presents: Shake It Baby, Shake It!
    Saturday, February 6, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Sheneatha will take audience members on a musical journey through various eras and genres while they sing and dance along. Interactive activities and fun facts expose children to songs and artists their parents already love with a twist of themes and lyrics.

  • Chinese Conversation Group for Beginners
    Saturday, February 6, 2016 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Improve your Chinese Language in an informal and fun setting

    No registration required

    The class is free

     

  • Learn Chess with Instructor William Del Castillo
    Saturday, February 6, 2016 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Learn Chess with Instructor William Del Castillo

  • Advanced Chinese Studies in I-Ching
    Saturday, February 6, 2016 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

    Free lectures in Chinese and English

  • Open Level Lab: Microsoft Word
    Saturday, February 6, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Drop in to an Open Level Lab on Microsoft Word. Ask questions or go through tutorials on topics including navigating Word, typing, using features such as copy and paste, formatting text and doing mail merges. 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.

  • Russian Series: Composer Alexander Zhurbin, songs old and new
    Saturday, February 6, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Legendary Russian composer Alexander Zhurbin sings old and new songs, tunes from theatrical productions and films, answers questions about the musical life of Moscow and presents two new disks and a new book.

    This event is in Russian.

    No registration required.

     

     

  • littleBits Design Challenge: Animatronics!
    Saturday, February 6, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    We challenge you to invent an electronic creature or character using littleBits.

    We want to see you design a creature that mimics life, a character that has personality. Does it flutter its eyelashes? Have a distinctly pitched voice? Slither in an all too real way? Visit us and give it a try!

     

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  • Kahn Humanities Lecture: Eric Foner on the Underground Railroad
    Sunday, February 7, 2016 12:30 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    The 2016 Kahn Humanities lecture unravels the dramatic story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them reach freedom. More than any other scholar, Eric Foner has influenced our understanding of America's history. Now, making brilliant use of extraordinary evidence, the Pulitzer Prize–winning historian once again reconfigures the national saga of American slavery and freedom.

    A deeply entrenched institution, slavery lived on legally and commercially even in the northern states that had abolished it after the American Revolution. Slaves could be found in the streets of New York well after abolition, traveling with owners doing business with the city's major banks, merchants, and manufacturers. New York was also home to the North’s largest free black community, making it a magnet for fugitive slaves seeking refuge. Slave catchers and gangs of kidnappers roamed the city, seizing free blacks, often children, and sending them south to slavery.

    RSVP here.
     

    Watch him discuss the book on Democracy Now, from this past March:

  • Online Tax Help
    Sunday, February 7, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Room 216

    You can prepare and electronically file your tax return with some help from a tax assistant...To participate in this free program, you must:

    • Earn less than $60,000 (per tax return)
    • Have a valid e-mail address and basic computer skills
    • Bring all required information to the site

  • English Conversation Group
    Sunday, February 7, 2016 1:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

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

  • Japanese Conversation Group
    Sunday, February 7, 2016 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your Japanese language in an informal and fun setting

    The class is free

    No registration required

  • Classical Interludes: Harlem Chamber Players
    Sunday, February 7, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    The Harlem Chamber Players is an ethnically diverse collective of professional musicians dedicated to bringing live classical music to people in the Harlem community and beyond. They will perform Clarinet Quintets by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (pictured) and Johannes Brahms. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.

    RSVP here.

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, February 8, 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, February 8, 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.

  • Story Play
    Monday, February 8, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Hear wonderful stories, play with toys and make new friends at this fun and informal storytime.

    no tickets required

  • Never Too Late to Learn: Computer Basics
    Monday, February 8, 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

  • AARP Free Tax Help and Preparation
    Monday, February 8, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    All AARP free tax preparation sites for low and middle income taxpayers operate on a first come, first served basis. To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms. For a list of documents you may need to bring, visit the AARP website.

    Please note: The program is intended for those who are unable to prepare their own returns, has limits on both income and complexity, and is on a first come first serve basis with a maximum of 40 returns prepared each session. The program requires the taxpayer(s) and dependents' social security cards, the taxpayer(s)' picture ID., and the presence of both spouses for a joint return.

  • Never Too Late to Learn: (Kreyol & French) Computer Basics
    Monday, February 8, 2016 12:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM  

    Central Library, Info Commons Room 7

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    www.bklynlibrary.org/seniors

    Services for Older Adults is partially funded by Coordinated Outreach Library Services aid from the New York State Education Department, administered by the State Library’s Division of Library Development.

  • English Conversation Group
    Monday, February 8, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Online Tax Help
    Monday, February 8, 2016 1:30 pm
    Central Library, Room 216

    You can prepare and electronically file your tax return with some help from a tax assistant...To participate in this free program, you must:

    • Earn less than $60,000 (per tax return)
    • Have a valid e-mail address and basic computer skills
    • Bring all required information to the site

  • Low Cost/Public Health Insurance Enrollment
    Monday, February 8, 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.

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, February 8, 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.

  • Gaming for Teens
    Monday, February 8, 2016 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, and card games. For grades 6 & up. Call 718-230-2117 for more information.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Monday, February 8, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 6

    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 Library program.

  • English Conversation Group
    Monday, February 8, 2016 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, February 8, 2016 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.  

  • Noche de Ritmos
    Monday, February 8, 2016 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Learn the fundamentals of popular Latin dances in this fun, informal series. Professional dancer Walter Perez teaches you to Salsa, Bachata and Tango, one of the world’s most dramatic dances. Brought to you by IATI Theater.

     

    Lessons are in English and Spanish.

     

     

    Space is LIMITED, so arrive early!

    Come alone or bring a partner.

     

  • Online Tax Help
    Tuesday, February 9, 2016 9:30 am
    Central Library, Room 216

    You can prepare and electronically file your tax return with some help from a tax assistant...To participate in this free program, you must:

    • Earn less than $60,000 (per tax return)
    • Have a valid e-mail address and basic computer skills
    • Bring all required information to the site

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, February 9, 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, February 9, 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. Counseling is available in English and Spanish.

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

  • Oral History and Digital Archiving for PC
    Tuesday, February 9, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learn about best practices for archiving physical and digital photos. Using your images, you’ll create brief oral history projects, allowing you to narrate a personal reflection of the story found in your pictures. Students will use Movie Maker to create an exciting video presentation.

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

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-2016-central-library-free-bric-media-classes-tickets-19335727682

  • Stomp, Clap & Sing with Shine and the Moonbeams
    Tuesday, February 9, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Shine and the Moonbeams create a soulful musical extravaganza that captures the sweetness, uncertainty, and simplicity of youth.

  • Some Like It Hot
    Tuesday, February 9, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Some Like It Hot is a program for seniors and older adults, hosted by the Brooklyn Community Pride Center.

    This new series aims to understand cultural values, using pop culture, past and current events, within a friendly and affirming space for our LGBTQ elders, and community members of all identities!

  • English Conversation Group - Intermediate
    Tuesday, February 9, 2016 1:15 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Resume & Career Help
    Tuesday, February 9, 2016 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    Meet one-on-one with a Business & Career Librarian to get information on career-related topics, including resume, cover letter, interviewing and LinkedIn help. Learn how Brooklyn Public Library's resources can help you become more job-ready.
     
    This is a Business & Career Library program. First come, first served.

  • English Conversation Group - Advanced
    Tuesday, February 9, 2016 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Teen Tech Time
    Tuesday, February 9, 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 beginners
    Tuesday, February 9, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 6

    How to learn Russian language program is coming back to Brooklyn Public Library as of January 12, 2016

    Practice your Russian language in an Informal and fun setting

    The class is free

    No registration required

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Tuesday, February 9, 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.

  • Basic Spanish Conversation Group
    Tuesday, February 9, 2016 5:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Improve your Spanish in an informal and fun setting

    This class covers the basic Spanish language

      The class is free.

    No registration required.  

  • Adult Virtual Investment Club
    Tuesday, February 9, 2016 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Join the Central Library's Virtual Investment Club for Adults
    February 9th, 2016, 6PM
     
    This is one of a four-part series
     
    Are you interested in investing in the stock market, but not sure what it's all about?
     
    Join the Virtual Investment Club for adults and learn how you can make informed financial choices. Financial professional Mina Ennin Black will explain the different types of investments, how to research companies, and even how to set up mock portfolios so you can practice trading in a no-risk setting.
     
    The Virtual Investment Club at the Central Library meets the second Tuesday of the month from February 9 to May 10, 2016. We encourage you to come to all, no registration is necessary. 

  • Citizenship Prep Group
    Tuesday, February 9, 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, February 9, 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

  • The Review Panel, with moderator David Cohen
    Tuesday, February 9, 2016 7:30 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Leading art critics join in lively debate about current exhibitions around the five boroughs. Presented in association with Artcritical.

    February's Review Panel features Siri Hustvedt, Roberta Smith, and Alexi Worth.

    RSVP here.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, February 10, 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.

  • Funding Your Small Business
    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Did you know that no matter what else your company does, it's always in the cash business?

    For start-ups (or those already in business), this workshop will help you understand and manage your cash resources. You will discuss important questions with an experienced business lender and financial manager. You will leave better equipped to manage your company's finances.

    Attend this workshop if you plan to start a business or if you have questions about cash needs to grow your business. Join us in a thought provoking, interactive session leading to a follow-up discussion, at your option, with a SCORE NYC Mentor.

    Instructors

    Harry Precourt has several decades’ experience in the for-profit sector as a senior lending officer with major banks, a principal with a major accounting firm and CEO/founder/owner of a corporate finance advisory firm.

    Sharon Harris was a senior executive in lending and credit with JPMorgan Chase for over 30 years. She has worked with small and midsize lenders in credit and loan restructuring roles. 

    Register for this program:

    https://newyorkcity.score.org/localworkshops/free-workhop-funding-your-small-business

    This is a Business & Career Library program.

  • Babies & Books
    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 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 and are available the morning of the program from the youth wing desk.

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, February 10, 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, February 10, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • LinkedIn Basics
    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 3:00 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.