Central Library

Programs & Events

All Brooklyn Public Library locations will be closed on Thursday, November 27th for Thanksgiving.

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.

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Tuesday, November 25, 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 25, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

  • Oral History and Digital Archiving for PC
    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Taking pictures is easy. What do you do after you’ve collected the images? In this two-hour session, you’ll learn about best practices for archiving physical and digital photos. Using your images, we’ll create brief oral history projects, allowing you to narrate a personal reflection of within the story found in your pictures. Students will use Videopad to create an exciting video presentation of their oral history.


    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

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 1:15 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Foundation Center Database Searching Workshop
    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learn how to search for grants!

  • English Conversation Group: Advanced Level
    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Teen Tech Time
    Tuesday, November 25, 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 25, 2014 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 2

    The program is free

    Improve your Russian language in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration Required

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business CounselorCancelled
    Tuesday, November 25, 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.

  • Portuguese Conversation Group: Intermediate Level
    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your Brazilian Portuguese in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Babies & BooksCancelled
    Wednesday, November 26, 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 26, 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 26, 2014 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Philosophy Discussion Group
    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Reverend Elsie Smith Room

    Philosophy, Critical Thinking, Thinking about Thinking, Multiple Perspectives

  • Spanish Conversation Group Intermediate
    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Improve your Spanish language in an informal and fun setting.

    The Class is Free

    No registration required.

     

  • DIY: Makerspace Wednesdays
    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

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

  • Video Editing with PremiereCancelled
    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 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.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, November 26, 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.

  • Fiber Arts GroupCancelled
    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 5:30 pm
    Central Library

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

  • Fiber Arts Group
    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

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

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

  • French Conversation Group - IntermediateCancelled
    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Improve your French language in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

    The Class is Free

  • English Conversation GroupCancelled
    Friday, November 28, 2014 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Chess Club
    Friday, November 28, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library

    Chess for adults. All skill levels welcome. Meetings held in Arts & History Division, Third Floor.

  • ProjectArt
    Friday, November 28, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Art classes taught by professional artists. Participants' work will be displayed in a gallery show. For ages 13-17. 

    http://projectart.org/

  • Story Play
    Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Play with toys and hear stories. Ages 0 to 5.

  • First RIF - Reading Is Fundamental
    Saturday, November 29, 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.

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Saturday, November 29, 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.

  • English Conversation Group
    Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Italian Conversation Group-Beginners
    Saturday, November 29, 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

  • Advanced Chinese Studies in I-Ching
    Saturday, November 29, 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.

  • 3D Printing 101
    Saturday, November 29, 2014 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    3DPrinterOS and Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) are pleased to host an introduction to 3D printing workshop. This workshop will help people interested in 3D printing learn:

    • What is 3D Printing and how does it work?
    • How do we take an idea and turn it into a physical object?

    This event is first come, first served. To learn more about the event and Brooklyn's 3D printing community, visit the event Meetup meet: http://www.meetup.com/Learn-3D-Printing-Brooklyn/

    To learn more about 3DPrinterOS, visit www.3dprinteros.com.

  • Japanese Conversation Group
    Sunday, November 30, 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

  • Never Too Late to Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, December 1, 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, December 1, 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, December 1, 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, December 1, 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, December 1, 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.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Monday, December 1, 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, December 1, 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.

  • Creating a National History Day Project with the Brooklyn Collection and the Museum of the City of New York
    Monday, December 1, 2014 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Brooklyn Collection

    Creating a National History Day Project with the Brooklyn Collection

    2015 Theme: Leadership and Legacy  

    Review the step-by-step process for creating a National History Day project, look at examples of projects in various categories, review evaluation criteria, and tour the Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library’s local history archive.

    Light refreshments will be served. RSVP required: http://bit.ly/1GJ3xrL or connections@bklynlibrary.org

  • English Conversation Group
    Monday, December 1, 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, December 1, 2014 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Improve your Spanish in an informal and fun setting


    No registration required.
     

  • New York Writers Workshop Fall 2014 Discussion Series: A Crash Course in Writing About Parenthood with Sally Koslow
    Monday, December 1, 2014 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Nothing in life yields richer inspiration for writing than being a mom or dad. Writers of all skill levels are welcome in a free two-hour workshop where you will learn how to jumpstart your unique story.

    Sally Koslow is the author of four novels: The Widow Waltz, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx (chosen by Target as a Book Pick,) With Friends like These and Little Pink Slips, inspired by her tenure as editor-in-chief of McCall’s Magazine, as well as a work of non-fiction, Slouching Toward Adulthood. Her essays appear in magazines, newspapers and online venues including The New York Times, More, Real Simple, O the Oprah Magazine,  Good Housekeeping, and Readers’ Digest as well as the anthologies DIRT and Wedding Cake for Breakfast. She teaches at the Writing Institute of Sarah Lawrence College and through New York Writers Workshop. Sally invites you to visit her website, www.sallykoslow.com, “like” her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SallyKoslowAuthor) and follow her on Twitter: @sallykoslow.

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Tuesday, December 2, 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, December 2, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

  • Digital Camera Basics
    Tuesday, December 2, 2014 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Most digital cameras are packed with advanced features that allow novice photographers to shoot like a pro. In this two-hour session, you’ll learn how to use your camera’s features and simple tricks 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. Composition theory will be discussed, as will shot types and picture formats that work best in video projects. Please bring your own digital camera fully charged, with plenty of battery power and available memory, to the class.

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

    https://dec2014llfreeclasses.eventbrite.com/


    bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Stomp, Clap and Sing with Astrograss
    Tuesday, December 2, 2014 11:00 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Interactivity will be the order of the day, with sing-alongs on more than half the songs, instrument demonstrations, and even one of Astrograss's famous dance contests, with prizes for the winners.  But all kids are winners at Astrograss shows, and the band will have a copy of the new Astrograss Coloring Book for every child in attendance.

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, December 2, 2014 1:15 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.