Central Library

Programs & Events

All Brooklyn Public Library locations will be closed Saturday, September 5 through Monday, September 7, 2015 for 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 our events calendar.

  • English Conversation Group
    Sunday, August 30, 2015 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, August 30, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your Japanese language in an informal and fun setting

    The class is free

    No registration required

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, August 31, 2015 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.

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  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, August 31, 2015 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, August 31, 2015 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
    Monday, August 31, 2015 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Upgrade Your Workplace Skills with Metrix Learning & Lynda.com
    Monday, August 31, 2015 2:00 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 find out more about Brooklyn Public Library’s online learning platforms, which allow you to take skill-building classes in many subjects without paying hundreds of dollars. These include:

    • Metrix Learning System, a site that lets you rate your skills and choose courses to build your skills in the job market
    • lynda.com, a site with educational videos focused on technology and business skills

    Attendance at an information session is required to gain a license to use the Metrix Learning System. Basic Internet skills and a BPL library card are required for all learning platforms. The Business & Career Library is presenting this program.

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, August 31, 2015 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, August 31, 2015 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, card games, and chess. For grades 6 & up. Call 718-230-2117 for more information.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Monday, August 31, 2015 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, August 31, 2015 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, August 31, 2015 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

     

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, September 1, 2015 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, September 1, 2015 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 Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration at 718.636.6994 for an appointment. 

  • Medicaid and Child Health Plus In-Person Assistance/Navigator Program
    Tuesday, September 1, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    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) 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 February 15, 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.

    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 Brooklyn Public Library, and through the generous support of the NYS Department of Health.

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, September 1, 2015 1:15 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Build with LEGO
    Tuesday, September 1, 2015 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

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

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, September 1, 2015 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, September 1, 2015 4:30 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.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Tuesday, September 1, 2015 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.

  • Brooklyn Public Philosophers
    Tuesday, September 1, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Tonight's theme: "Existentialism and Romantic Love" with Skye Cleary (Columbia).

    Existentialism and Romantic Love

    Romantic love suggests images of perfect happiness, harmony, understanding, and intimacy that make the lovers feel as if they are made for each other. The ideal is alluring but flawed, because romantic loving often involves conflicts and disappointments.

    While every existential philosopher interprets being in the world differently, there is a common emphasis on concrete personal experience, freedom, authenticity, responsibility, individuality, awareness of death, and personal determination of values.  It is therefore not surprising that they also consider the question of romantic loving. 

    This talk draws on the philosophies of Max Stirner, Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir in order to examine the roots of disappointments and frustrations within our everyday ideas about romantic love, as well as possibilities for resolution and creating authentically meaningful relationships.

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    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.

  • Portuguese Conversation Group: Intermediate Level
    Tuesday, September 1, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your Portuguese language in an informal and fun setting

    The class is free

    No registration is required

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, September 2, 2015 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 Group
    Wednesday, September 2, 2015 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, September 2, 2015 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Spanish Conversation Group for Beginners
    Wednesday, September 2, 2015 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Improve your Spanish in an informal and fun setting

     The class is free

    No registration required

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, September 2, 2015 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.

  • Fiber Arts Group
    Wednesday, September 2, 2015 5:30 pm
    Central Library

    Fiber artists of all skill levels will meet weekly every Wednesday to develop their individual projects of knitting, crocheting, quilting, needlepoint, embroidery, sewing, etc.  Please bring your tools and materials for your project.

    For more information call: 718-230-2184 or http://www.bklynlibrary.org/art-music

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, September 2, 2015 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • French Conversation Group - Intermediat-Advanced
    Wednesday, September 2, 2015 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Improve your French language in an informal and fun setting

    The class is free

    No registration required

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Thursday, September 3, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    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.

  • Exergamers Bowling for Older Adults
    Thursday, September 3, 2015 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Please join us as we form our first virtual bowling team. Participants will learn how to bowl using a Microsoft Xbox One. After some practice, we will challenge senior centers and other libraries around New York City, to meet and compete with other older adults.

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

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  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Thursday, September 3, 2015 12:00 pm
    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 Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration at 718.636.6994 for an appointment. 

  • English Conversation Group
    Thursday, September 3, 2015 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Resume & Career Help
    Thursday, September 3, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 6

    A Business & Career Librarian is available to provide one-on-one help with a resume or cover letter, interviewing skills, LinkedIn, online learning, and other career-related needs. 

  • English Conversation Group
    Thursday, September 3, 2015 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

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

  • U.S. Citizenship Exam Preparation
    Thursday, September 3, 2015 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

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

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Friday, September 4, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    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 Group
    Friday, September 4, 2015 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Japanese Conversation Group
    Friday, September 4, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your Japanese language in an informal and fun setting

    The class is free

    No registration required

     

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, September 8, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Medicaid and Child Health Plus In-Person Assistance/Navigator Program
    Tuesday, September 8, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    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) 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 February 15, 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.

    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 Brooklyn Public Library, and through the generous support of the NYS Department of Health.

  • Toddler Time
    Tuesday, September 8, 2015 10:15 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    The more you read, sing and talk with toddlers, the more they learn! Have fun hearing great picture books read aloud and playing with other children during this program dedicated to active toddlers aged 18-36 months. There are two sessions, one starts at 10:15 and the next one at 11:00.

  • Capturing Your Poetry
    Tuesday, September 8, 2015 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Are you a poet or creative writer looking for another way to connect to your audience? In this two-hour workshop, you’ll learn how to record and exhibit your poetry. Using professional Zoom recorders and audio editing software Audacity, students 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.

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, September 8, 2015 1:15 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Drop-In Computer Lab
    Tuesday, September 8, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Got a specific question about how to use computers or find your way around the Internet? No time to attend a full class? Drop in to the Info Commons lab for one-on-one assistance. First come, first served. No registration required.

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, September 8, 2015 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, September 8, 2015 4:30 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.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Tuesday, September 8, 2015 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.

  • Portuguese Conversation Group: Intermediate Level
    Tuesday, September 8, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your Portuguese language in an informal and fun setting

    The class is free

    No registration is required