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 the Events Calendar.

  • Apply for Citizenship: NYCitizenship Free Legal HelpCancelled
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 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, January 25, 2017 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 & Books
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 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. There are two sessions, one at 10:00 and one at 10:30. For ages Birth-18 months.

    Pick up a free ticket the morning of the program at the children's reference desk. Call 718-230-2117 for more information.

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 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, January 25, 2017 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Free Tax Help and Preparation
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 1:30 pm
    Central Library, Room 216

    Brooklyn Public Library can help you prepare your own taxes online...for free!  You can prepare and electronically file your tax return with help from a tax assistant...all for free.

    To participate in this free program, you must:

    • Earn less than $64,000 (per tax return)
    • Have a valid e-mail address and basic computer skills
    • Bring all required information to the site

  • Philosophy Discussion Group
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Reverend Elsie Smith Room

    Cross-Cultural Criteria for Truth, Goodness, Beauty, Freedom, Equality, Utility, Justice

  • Chinese Conversation Group for Beginners
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    Improve your Chinese Language in an informal and fun setting

    No registration required

    The class is free.

    The Chinese Conversation Group is the continuation of Saturday class.

  • Spanish Conversation group Intermediate
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 2

    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.  

  • Library Lab: Tech Time
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Explore tech with gaming, new apps, and coding!

    Library Lab is Brooklyn Public Library’s dynamic learning enrichment program for children (ages 6  to 10) and their families.  Explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math concepts with fun, free activities that will spark curiosity through hands-on experiments.  Families will receive tips on how to use library resources and how to continue projects at home.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 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 Business & Career Center program. This is a one-on-one service; first come, first served.

  • Fiber Arts Group
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 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

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Adobe Photoshop Fundamentals 1
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    In this two-part class you will explore different ways to adjust an image using some basic techniques in Adobe Photoshop CC. Please bring your own hard drive or USB flash drive if you want to save your work. Basic computer proficiency required.

    This is part one of a two-part class. Part two of this class will be offered on Wednesday, February 1, 2016, at 6:30pm in the Info Commons Lab.

    Topics:
    Open an existing photo
    Add an adjustment layer
    Selecting an area of a photo
    Cropping
    Resize an image
    Non-destructive Transform
    Quick Selection Tool and Refine Edge
    Intro to Layer Mask

  • French Conversation Group - Intermediat-Advanced
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 6:30 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.

    The class may have Substitute leader for the winter session 

  • Author Talk: The Farm on the Roof-What Brooklyn Grange Taught Us about Entrepreneurship, Community, and Growing a Sustainable Business!
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Brooklyn Collection

    Anastasia Cole Plakias, one of the founders of Brooklyn Grange talks about the process and challenges of starting the world’s largest green rooftop farm.  Brooklyn Grange has successfully merged their passion for farming, with a mission to create a socially conscious business model that continues to have a positive impact on food production and the needs of their community.

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

  • Writing Workshop: Become a Writer, Prepare to Publish
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Room 214

    Do you want to be a writer? A published writer?

    This workshop conducted by Rachel Burkot, Literary Agent, Holloway Litgerary Agency will focus on the basics of writing, improving skills, organizing materials and preparing to publish.

     

     

    Program for adults.

    Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 22 -- Room 214

    Feb. 15 -- Balcony Conference Room

     

     

     

  • Library Lanes: Older Adults Bowling League
    Thursday, January 26, 2017 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 Group
    Thursday, January 26, 2017 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Email
    Thursday, January 26, 2017 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Room 216

    Email Basics will teach new users the basics of email, as well as understanding its uses, services and properties. This lesson will cover:

     

    What is email and why use it?

    The various types of email providers available.

    How to set up an email account.

    How to use its features and tools.

  • Kids Create
    Thursday, January 26, 2017 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Kids! Come to the library and get creative with art projects.

    For ages 6 to 12.

    **For ages 6 to 12.

  • Motion Graphics with After Effects
    Thursday, January 26, 2017 4:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Adobe After Effects is the industry standard for creating dynamic motion graphics and video effects compositing. This course covers the basics of the After Effects interface, text and layer animation, chroma-keying, video effects, keyframing, compositing, and outputting to Premiere.

    This course has 3 mandatory sessions that will be held on Thursdays from 4:30-8:30PM on 1/19, 1/26 and 2/2.

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

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-2017-central-library-motion-graphics-with-after-effects-tickets-29419422284?_ga=1.83942425.1091946494.1482513663

  • English Conversation Group
    Thursday, January 26, 2017 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

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

  • Small Business Smarts
    Thursday, January 26, 2017 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Room 214

    Starting or growing a business? We have in-person workshops, online videos, books and databases to help you write a business plan, research industry trends, find your competition, understand social media and secure financing. We’ll also help you navigate government agencies and local organizations to find small business advice. Learn how to use your Library Card to access our resources. This is a Business & Career Library program.

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

  • 1984/48: A Book Discussion
    Thursday, January 26, 2017 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    *REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR JANUARY DISCUSSION*

    BPL will be hosting a book discussion group on George Orwell's 1984 every month for 48 months starting in January 2017. Each discussion cycle will be facilitated by a librarian, writer, community member, artist, etc. If you are interested in facilitating a 1984 discussion, please contact us for information on setting it up.

    The first discussion cycle will meet for three consecutive weeks on Thursday January 12th, January 19th, and January 26th. The discussions will be held in the Trustees' Room at the Central Library from 7-8:30pm.

    Registrants are encouraged to attend all three sessions.

    A copy of the text will be provided free of charge for all participants. To sign up for the group, please contact nhiggins@bklynlibrary.org or call 718.230.2745 

    The January 2017 discussion group will be limited to 15 participants.

  • Free Tax Help and Preparation
    Friday, January 27, 2017 9:00 am
    Central Library, Room 216

    Brooklyn Public Library can help you prepare your own taxes online...for free!  You can prepare and electronically file your tax return with help from a tax assistant...all for free.

    To participate in this free program, you must:

    • Earn less than $64,000 (per tax return)
    • Have a valid e-mail address and basic computer skills
    • Bring all required information to the site

  • 2017 Winter Happy Hour!
    Friday, January 27, 2017 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Brooklyn Collection

    Teachers, administrators and educators are invited to join Brooklyn Connections for our Annual Educator Happy House at the Brooklyn CollectionJoin us for a very special happy hour and get to know the Brooklyn Connections team. Enjoy complementary refreshments, networks with teachers and educators, learn about our 2017–2018 partnerships, and take a behind the scenes tour of the Brooklyn Collection!

    Register HERE to reserve your spot or join our mailing list to stay up-to-date with Brooklyn Connections events.

  • Chess Club
    Friday, January 27, 2017 4:00 pm
    Central Library

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

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

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

    http://www.bklynlibrary.org/art-music

  • English Conversation Group
    Friday, January 27, 2017 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Basic Arabic Conversation Group
    Friday, January 27, 2017 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 2

    Improve your Arabic Language in an informal and fun setting

    This class covers the basic Arabic language.

  • DIY Fridays
    Friday, January 27, 2017 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Join us in the Youth Wing for crafts including blackout poetry, duct tape bookmarks and wallets, origami, friendship bracelets, and more! 6th grade and up.

  • Open Level Lab: InternetCancelled
    Saturday, January 28, 2017 10:00 am
    Central Library, Room 216

    Drop in to an Open Level Lab 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

     

    Presented by New York Cares.

     

  • Story Play
    Saturday, January 28, 2017 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Join us for stories, songs, and free play.

    For ages 0-5.

  • English Conversation Group
    Saturday, January 28, 2017 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Queer Zines
    Saturday, January 28, 2017 12:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    This class will explore the history and presence of queer themes in zines, throughout the 1980s, '90s, and today. We will look at specific examples of current zinesters' work, which cover topics like gender identity, personal expression, and sexuality. Bring your own queer zines, or zines that have influenced you, to discuss and share with folks. And, of course, we'll have time to brainstorm and begin work on our own projects! 

    Taught by Elvis B. They are the author of "Homos in Herstory," a gleeful zine journey into queer history. Elvis co-founded the NYC Feminist Zinefest in 2012, and they've given talks at colleges and universities around the Northeast.

  • Events for Youth and Families: Alice and Wonderland
    Saturday, January 28, 2017 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    After Alice tumbles down a mysterious rabbit hole, she finds herself in a strange land.  With the help of a Cheshire Cat, an astute Caterpillar, The Queen of Hearts, the Mock Turtle and the Mad Hatter, Alice finds her way home in this fast-paced musical adaptation!  

    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!

  • High Blood Pressure Workshop & Informational Forum
    Saturday, January 28, 2017 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Room 214

    Are You Suffering From High Blood Pressure?

    • Are you feeling FRUSTRATED NOT KNOWING WHAT YOU CAN OR CAN’T EAT?

    • Are you unsure of what to do to keep your Blood Pressure Normal? 

    • Would you be interested in attending a monthly workshop that discusses more than just your High/Low Blood Pressure?

    WHO: 120/80, Inc.

    WHAT: High Blood Pressure Workshop & Informational Forum

    WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Fl Room 214 Brooklyn, NY 11238

    *WHEN: 4th Saturday of every month @ 2:00

    Dates and rooms are subject to change. 

  • Chess Workshop
    Saturday, January 28, 2017 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Improve your chess game with help from an instructor.

  • Advanced Chinese Studies in I-ChingCancelled
    Saturday, January 28, 2017 3:30 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: InternetCancelled
    Saturday, January 28, 2017 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Drop in to an Open Level Lab 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

     

    Presented by New York Cares.

     

  • Night of Philosophy & Ideas
    Saturday, January 28, 2017 7:00 pm
    Central Library

    An All-night marathon of philosophical debate, performances, screenings, readings and music.

    Find out more here.

  • English Conversation Group
    Sunday, January 29, 2017 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Our Streets, Our Stories: Prospect Park 150 Stories
    Sunday, January 29, 2017 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Recording Studio

    In celebration of Prospect Park’s 150th Anniversary, Brooklyn Public Library and Prospect Park Alliance invite you to share your Prospect Park story.  Join us on January 28 at our Fireside Chat, a community conversation around a campfire, hosted at Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park, where we will collect submissions of your stories to be archived in the Brooklyn Collection of the Brooklyn Public Library as part of the Our Streets, Our Stories oral history project.

    The interviews will take place at the Central Library the Sunday after the Fireside Chat. 

    http://www.bklynlibrary.org/calendar/fireside-chats-what-home-prospect-park-lefferts-ho-012817

    If you cannot participate in the Fireside Chat, appointments can be made by calling 718.230.2745 or by emailing ososproject@bklynlibrary.org

    Interviews will be scheduled for half an hour

    Interviews will be conducted by library staff

    Presented in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance.

     

    Prospect Park Alliance sustains, restores and advances Prospect Park to benefit the diverse communities we serve, in partnership with the City of New York.

    https://www.prospectpark.org/stay-connected/?redirect_url=%2F

  • Free Tax Help and Preparation
    Sunday, January 29, 2017 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Room 216

    Brooklyn Public Library can help you prepare your own taxes online...for free!  You can prepare and electronically file your tax return with help from a tax assistant...all for free.

    To participate in this free program, you must:

    • Earn less than $64,000 (per tax return)
    • Have a valid e-mail address and basic computer skills
    • Bring all required information to the site

  • Japanese Conversation Group
    Sunday, January 29, 2017 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

  • Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: JACK Quartet
    Sunday, January 29, 2017 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Christopher Otto and Austin Wulliman, violins; John Pickford Richards, viola; and Jay Campbell, cello; perform works by Ruth Crawford Seeger, Derek Bermel, Julia Wolfe, and Iannis Xenakis.

    RSVP here.

    Children under six will not be permitted entry.

    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!

  • Our Streets, Our Stories: 2016 Oral History
    Monday, January 30, 2017 9:00 am
    Central Library

    2016: Let's Talk About It

    Brooklyn Public Library is collecting your
    stories of
    2016to be archived asbird on a branch part of the Our Streets, Our Stories oral history project. We will record your recollections of 2016’s challenges, opportunities, and changes that have affected you or your loved ones. 

    • Appointments can be made by calling 718.230.2745 or by emailing ososproject@bklynlibrary.org
    • Interviews will be scheduled for half an hour
    • Interviews will be conducted by library staff let's talk about 2016.

    Tell your story so that others will remember.

     

  • 2016 Oral History Project: Our Streets, Our Stories
    Monday, January 30, 2017 9:00 am
    Central Library

    2016: Let's Talk About It

    January through February Brooklyn Public Library will be collecting your stories of 2016 to be archived as part of the Our Streets, Our Stories oral history project. We will record your recollections of 2016’s challenges, opportunities, and changes that have affected you or your loved ones. 

    • Appointments can be made by calling 718.230.2745 or by emailing ososproject@bklynlibrary.org
    • Interviews will be scheduled for half an hour
    • Interviews will be conducted by library staff let's talk about 2016.

    Tell your story so that others will remember.

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, January 30, 2017 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, January 30, 2017 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.