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.

  • Microsoft Excel 1
    Saturday, November 1, 2014 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.

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Saturday, November 1, 2014 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.

  • Story Play
    Saturday, November 1, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Hear stories and play with toys.

  • Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)
    Saturday, November 1, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    All RIF members must have a BPL library card to participate. Children will be allowed to choose a free RIF book when they join RIF and on their birthday. Children can earn additional RIF books by borrowing and returning 6 library books. A limit of 2 library books per week can be used towards this goal.

  • First RIF-Reading is Fundamental
    Saturday, November 1, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    All FirstRIF members must have a BPL library card to participate in First RIF. Children will be allowed to choose a free RIF book when they join FirstRIF and on their birthday. Children can earn additional RIF books by borrowing and returning 6 library books. A limit of 2 library books per week can be used towards this goal.

  • 826NYC Personal Statement Weekend
    Saturday, November 1, 2014 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    826NYC will have trained tutors on hand to help you write, revise and polish your Common App essays and SUNY/CUNY supplements. Whether you're just starting, almost finished, or somewhere in between, this event is for you! Plus, you’ll leave the weekend with a Jansport backpack filled with application
    resources and going-to-college goodies! And all participating students will be entered into a lottery to win a Kindle Fire!

    If you have a draft of your personal statement, bring it on a USB drive or have a copy in your email. If that's not possible, print it out.

     

    Click here to enter the lottery for a spot in the program. A confirmation email will be sent if you received a spot. For more information about the program, visit http://826nyc.org/program/collegereadiness/

  • Italian Conversation Group-Beginners
    Saturday, November 1, 2014 12:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    The Class Is Free

    No Registration Required

    Improve your Italian language in an informal and fun setting

  • Events for Youth & Families: A Musical Road Trip of Fun
    Saturday, November 1, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Suzi Shelton is an award winning singer/songwriter and a local favorite in the children's music scene. Suzi is perhaps best known for her crowd pleasing "fist pumping" songs like 'Goin' On a Road Trip," and "Scooter Boy." She has recently released her third solo album "Smile In My Heart," to critical acclaim which is proving to be a FEEL-GOOD FOR EVERYBODY collection of 12 new songs, including her new hits "Go, Fire Truck, Go," and "Cinnamon Bear." Join Suzi and her band as they journey through a musical road trip of songs that will take you from the breezy tropical islands to the majestic Yellowstone National Park, and all the way back to the heart of Brooklyn.

    This program is made possible through generous support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

  • Chinese Conversation Group BeginnersCancelled
    Saturday, November 1, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    The Chinese Conversation Group is cancelled until further notice

    We are sorry for the inconvenience

    No Registration Required

    The Program Is Free

  • Advanced Chinese Studies in I-Ching
    Saturday, November 1, 2014 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    I-Ching, the Book of Changes, is one of the oldest Chinese classic philosophies and can help us to make decisions that our logic alone can't handle. Free lectures in Chinese and English.

  • Microsoft Excel 1
    Saturday, November 1, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    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.

  • Pan in Motion: Kendall Williams in ConcertCancelled
    Saturday, November 1, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Pan in Motion features works for steel pan by Williams, American Composers Orchestra’s 2013/2014 Van Lier Emerging Composer Fellow. His pieces display the versatility of the steel pan, an instrument born out of Trinidad and Tobago, which is one of the newest acoustical instruments to be incorporated into Caribbean, contemporary classical, and expressive jazz movements.

  • James Risen on Endless War
    Saturday, November 1, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    In Pay Any Price, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen describes an extraordinary litany of the hidden costs of the war on terror in the wake of 9/11. Aside from the tremendous financial cost of fighting an “endless war” on terror, Risen asserts that the presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama saw abuses of Executive power that amount to wars on normalcy, decency and truth.

    Mr. Risen, a reporter for The New York Times, will read, discuss and sign his book.

    Tickets are free but reservations are encouraged. 

    Click here to RSVP! 

    Please note that seating is first-come, first-served.

  • Silent Film Series: I was Born, But...
    Sunday, November 2, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu’s story of two young brothers who move to a Tokyo suburb with their parents and must learn to cope with a new neighborhood, and neighborhood gang. It begins like an Our Gang comedy, with touches of drama and social satire added, as the brothers strive to understand power in their child's world and, unexpectedly, get a glimpse of power in the adult world. (Dir: Yasujiro Ozu, 90 min, 1932). With live piano accompaniment by Makia Matsumura. Hosted and curated by Ken Gordon. Children under 6 will not be admitted.

    The Silent Film Series is sponsored by Los Blancos.

  • 826NYC Personal Statement Weekend
    Sunday, November 2, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    826NYC will have trained tutors on hand to help you write, revise and polish your Common App essays and SUNY/CUNY supplements. Whether you're just starting, almost finished, or somewhere in between, this event is for you! Plus, you’ll leave the weekend with a Jansport backpack filled with application
    resources and going-to-college goodies! And all participating students will be entered into a lo‑ttery to win a Kindle Fire!

    If you have a draft of your personal statement, bring it on a USB drive or have a copy in your email. If that's not possible, print it out.

    Click here to enter the lottery for a spot in the program. A confirmation email will be sent if you received a spot. For more information about the program, visit http://826nyc.org/program/collegereadiness/

  • Brooklyn Babywearing Support Meeting
    Sunday, November 2, 2014 1:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    This is a great opportunity to try new carriers and learn new techniques.  There will be demonstrations and hands-on help provided by Babywearing International volunteer babywearing educators.  Parents-to-be, experienced babywearers, and “newbies” are all welcome to come learn, share your experiences, and chat with others about the many benefits of babywearing.

  • Japanese Conversation Group
    Sunday, November 2, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your Japanese in an informal and fun setting


    As of June 2014 the Japanese Conversation group will start at 2.00 Pm
    There won't be any class September 28

  • Ready, Set, Kindergarten!
    Sunday, November 2, 2014 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    In this special six session series, families enjoy stories and activities designed to encourage the development of early learning practices. Exploring literacy, science, and math through music, stories, art, and play will help you and your child get ready for school! Families will receive free materials to continue the learning and fun at home.

    For children 3 to 5 years and participating parents or caregivers. 

  • Classical Interludes: Robert Een
    Sunday, November 2, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Een, composer, singer, cellist, performs his Walt Whitman song cycle for cello and voice, as well as a selection of his scores for dance, theater and film featuring a female vocalist and a hammer dulcimer player. Een is known for extended vocal/cello techniques and has recorded twelve albums of original music; scored films for directors Eric Stoltz, Noah Baumbach, and Tony Goldwyn, as well as theater/dance scores: Dan Hurlin, Liz Lerman, Stephan Koplowitz, David Dorfman, Yin Mei, Brian Selznick, Yoshiko Chuma, Pearson/Widrig, Heidi Duckler and Ron K. Brown, and Lionel Popkin. Children under 6 will not be admitted.

    RSVP here.

    Classical Interludes is made possible in part by a generous gift from James J. O’Toole and is supported in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  • Never Too Late to Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, November 3, 2014 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.

    Starting October 6, due to increasing demand, this class will be divided into two one-hour classes, one from 10:00-11:00 am, and the other from 11:00 am-12:00 noon.

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

    Please note that the first 24 people will be admitted to the 10:00-11:00 am class, and everyone that comes after that will be allowed in for the 11:00 am class.

    There are computers available for use in the Info Commons main area and the Third Floor Computer Lab to practice what you learn.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, November 3, 2014 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, November 3, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

    Meet with a SCORE counselor to discuss your business needs. Get advice on starting a business, writing a business plan, implementing a marketing strategy and much more. SCORE is an SBA organization. Call 718.623.7000 to make an appointment. This is a Business & Career Library service.

  • English Conversation Group
    Monday, November 3, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, November 3, 2014 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.

  • Interviewing Basics
    Monday, November 3, 2014 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Be better prepared for your next job interview! Learn about the different styles of interviewing questions, as well as strategies for answering frequently asked questions. The Business & Career Library is presenting this program.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Monday, November 3, 2014 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.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons
    No appointment required.

  • Brooklyn Open
    Monday, November 3, 2014 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    The Brooklyn Open is a monthly open mic series for teens. It is a safe space for poets, spoken work artists, emcees, scholars and activists to share their powerful and important voices. These events are run by youth for youth, with youth DJs, youth hosts and a monthly featured poet.

    Presented in partnership with Urban Word NYC.

  • English Conversation Group
    Monday, November 3, 2014 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Spanish Conversation Group: Intermediate-Advanced
    Monday, November 3, 2014 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Improve your Spanish in an informal and fun setting


    No registration required.
     

  • Brooklyn Public Philosophers
    Monday, November 3, 2014 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Tonight's theme: "The Importance of Being Human and the Role of Literature in Moral Reasoning" with Alice Crary (New School)

    Merely being human matters. That is the thesis of this presentation. Defending it is an urgent task. Today a fair number of philosophers whose influence extends well beyond professional philosophy are openly hostile to the idea that bare humanity is morally important. These philosophers tend to impugn the moral standing of, above all, intellectually disabled human beings. One of my aims to show that, far from being less fit objects of moral concern, individuals with intellectual disabilities place special demands on us for attention and solicitude. More generally, I hope to show that the sheer fact of being human is relevant to moral thought. Part of what distinguishes my argument is that its methods are not ethically neutral. I draw on a selection of ethically saturated literary works and memoirs that contain treatments not only of intellectually disabled human beings but also of human corpses, and I claim that this non-neutral manner of proceeding is consistent with respect for the rational authority of ethics.

    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.

  • Medicaid and Child Health Plus In-Person Assistance/Navigator Program
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014 9:00 am
    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 (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 March 31st, if you have had a qualifying life event (marriage, divorce, loss of job, birth or adoption of a child, etc.) within the last 60 days, you may still be eligible to enroll.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons
    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.

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014 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, November 4, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

  • Digital Storytelling and Enhanced Podcasting for Mac
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014 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://nov2014llfreeclasses.eventbrite.com/


    bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Stomp, Clap & Sing with Bari Koral
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014 11:00 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Bari Koral is quickly becoming one of the most popular kids/family recording artists. Her catchy, pop friendly tunes, interactive live shows & heavy rotation radio play have gained her thousands of young (and not so young!) fans. The band’s hit album Rock and Roll Garden won the NAPPA Gold Award and Silver Parents’ Choice award as best album for tots. Her current album Anna and the Cupcakes features 10 wonderful new songs for children and families. Anna and the Cupcakes was recently named one of the coolest albums for kids by People Magazine. Children may pop like popcorn, surf the waves, run like the gingerbread man & may even learn to jam with the band.

    This program 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
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014 1:15 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • English Conversation Group: Advanced Level
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Brooklyn Transitions: Oral History Project
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 1

    As part of the Brooklyn Transitions series on gentrification, we want to hear your stories and preserve your voice during rapid changes to our borough. Brooklyn Public Library’s Info Commons and Brooklyn Collection are asking Brooklynites to take part in an oral history project to share your experiences in the neighborhoods you were born and reared in—and how they have changed, talk about the migration patterns of your Brooklyn life over time, or express your feelings on new beginnings to or displacement from a living situation.

    It is important that we all have a voice in the changes of our communities. Lend your words and experience to the Brooklyn Transitions Oral History Project to be heard, preserved, and accounted for. All recordings will be archived at the Brooklyn Collection and selections will be shared with the public online.

    This project will take place in the Info Commons recording studio on the first floor. Each recording session will be up to a half hour. To book a time slot, please email infocommons AT bklynlibrary DOT org, or call 718.230.2248.

  • Teen Tech Time
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014 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

  • Russian Conversation Group
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 2

    Improve 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, November 4, 2014 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.

  • Drop-In Design AssistanceCancelled
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    If you have a specific idea in mind and you need design input, or if you want to learn about useful tools in Adobe Photoshop, drop into our design instruction classroom for one-on-one assistance. Sina Zekavat, a graduate of Architecture and Urban Studies from London, will be available to give you advice on how best to use the Adobe package to represent your ideas. First come, first served. No registration required.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Microsoft Word Class
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Basic computer knowledge required.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Portuguese Conversation Group: Intermediate Level
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your Brazilian Portuguese in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Babies & Books
    Wednesday, November 5, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Enjoy books, songs and rhymes. 0 to 18 months.

    Space is limited. Pick up a ticket at the Children's Reference Desk on the morning of the program. Please call 718.230.2117 for more information.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, November 5, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

    Meet with a SCORE counselor to discuss your business needs. Get advice on starting a business, writing a business plan, implementing a marketing strategy and much more. SCORE is an SBA organization. Call 718.623.7000 to make an appointment. This is a Business & Career Library service.

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, November 5, 2014 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

  • Babies & Books
    Wednesday, November 5, 2014 10:30 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.

    Tickets required. Pick up the morning of the program at the children's reference desk. call 718-230-2117 for more information.

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, November 5, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Free Online Training Classes: Information Session
    Wednesday, November 5, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Are you looking to improve your skills to make yourself more attractive to employers in your job search? Come to an information session and find out more about the Metrix Learning System, an online learning platform that allows you to take skill-building classes in numerous subjects without paying hundreds of dollars. Attendance at an orientation, basic Internet skills, and a BPL library card are required to use the Metrix Learning System. We suggest bringing headphones. This program is presented by the Business & Career Library.

    Questions? Please contact metrix@bklynlibrary.org.