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.

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Thursday, July 28, 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.

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

  • Library Lanes: Older Adults Bowling League
    Thursday, July 28, 2016 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, July 28, 2016 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, July 28, 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.

  • Kids Create
    Thursday, July 28, 2016 3:30 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.

  • English Conversation Group
    Thursday, July 28, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

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

  • French Conversation Group Intermediate Advanced
    Thursday, July 28, 2016 6:00 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.

  • BRIC Media Talks with Sally Herships
    Thursday, July 28, 2016 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    BRIC will be offering a free Media Talk with award-winning producer and reporter Sally Herships. Sally will be sharing insights and tips regarding interviewing best practices gathered from over a decade of reporting and radio producing. RSVP and find more information about the Media Talks series on the Eventbrite page.

    Sally Herships is an award winning journalist who's been making radio for over a decade. Currently reporting for American Public Media's Marketplace she's also produced or reported for the ABC, BBC, The New York Times, NPR, WNYC, Studio 360 and has put in many hours at Radiolab. Sally currently teaches writing for radio at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and Sarah Lawrence College, hosts the live storytelling night Stories You Can't Tell on the Radio, and runs the Radio Boot Camp program at UnionDocs. She was a 2015 US-Japan Journalism Fellow with the Japan Center for International Exchange. Her investigative project "The Five Percent Rule" was written about on HowSound and awarded the 2011 Third Coast Radio Impact Award and best Prepared Report for the 2011 Front Page Awards from the Newswomen's Club of NY and was an IRE finalist. When she's not making or teaching radio she enjoys sitting around, daydreaming, and drawing supermodels, robots and cats for sohosally.com.

    Presented by BRIC, BPL's lead media education partner.

  • Musical Toddler Yoga Storytime
    Friday, July 29, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Join us for a musical yoga storytime.For ages 18 months-36 months.

  • ProjectArt
    Friday, July 29, 2016 3:15 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Art classes taught by professional artists, culminating in an exhibition!

    Pre-registration encouraged!

    Please register on or before July 1 here:
    http://goo.gl/forms/7sfsg3Pv4ZG1D0ym1

  • English Conversation Group
    Friday, July 29, 2016 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Chess Club
    Friday, July 29, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library

    Chess Club for Adults

    Friday Afternoons 4-6pm. Central Library, Art & Music Division, 3rd Floor

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

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

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

    http://www.bklynlibrary.org/calendar/EventList.do

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Saturday, July 30, 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.

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

  • Brooklyn Small Press Flea
    Saturday, July 30, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Plaza

    This pop-up book fair features Brooklyn's finest indie presses and magazines, including:

    A PUBLIC SPACE

    BELLADONNA*

    BIRDS, LLC

    BLACK SUN LIT/VESTIGES

    BOMB

    CIVIL COPING MECHANISMS

    DOUBLECROSS PRESS

    FUTUREPOEM

    GEORGE BRAZILLER

    INPATIENT PRESS

    LITMUS PRESS

    MONK BOOKS

    NEW DIRECTIONS

    NYRB CLASSICS

    ONE STORY

    PERSEA BOOKS

    PIONEER WORKS

    PRINTED MATTER

    RED DUST

    RESTLESS BOOKS

    STONECUTTER JOURNAL

    TENDER BUTTONS

    UGLY DUCKLING PRESSE

    VERSO BOOKS

    THE WHITE REVIEW

    WONDER BOOKS

    Co-presented with BOMB magazine.

    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!

    Bottom Image: Luis Camnitzer, from The Book of Holes, 1977. Photo by Peter Schälchli, Zurich.

  • Open Level Lab: Microsoft Office
    Saturday, July 30, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Room 216

    Drop in to an Open Level Lab on Microsoft Office applications. Ask questions or go through tutorials on topics including:

    • navigating Excel
    • entering formulas
    • creating graphs and reports
    • navigating Word
    • using features such as copy and paste
    • formatting text
    • doing mail merges
    • navigating PowerPoint
    • creating basic slides
    • adding animations and transitions
    • using other presentation tools
    • navigating Publisher
    • adding images to flyers
    • creating bookmarks and brochures

    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.

  • Story Play
    Saturday, July 30, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Join us for stories, songs, and free play.

    for ages 0-5

  • English Conversation Group
    Saturday, July 30, 2016 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Italian Conversation Group-Beginners
    Saturday, July 30, 2016 12:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice Your Italian in an informal and fun setting

    The class is free

    No registration is required

  • Chinese Conversation Group for Beginners
    Saturday, July 30, 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

  • Chess Workshop
    Saturday, July 30, 2016 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Improve your chess game with help from an instructor.

  • Advanced Chinese Studies in I-Ching
    Saturday, July 30, 2016 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: Microsoft Office
    Saturday, July 30, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Drop in to an Open Level Lab on Microsoft Office applications. Ask questions or go through tutorials on topics including:

    •  navigating Excel
    • entering formulas
    • creating graphs and reports
    • navigating Word
    • typing
    • using features such as copy and paste
    • formatting text
    • doing mail merges
    • navigating PowerPoint
    • creating basic slides
    • adding animations and transitions
    • using other presentation tools
    • navigating Publisher
    • adding images to flyers
    • creating bookmarks and brochures

    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.

  • English Conversation Group
    Sunday, July 31, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

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

  • Ready, Set, Kindergarten!
    Sunday, July 31, 2016 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

     In this special six session series, families enjoy stories  & activities designed to encourage the development of  early learning practices. Exploring literacy, science,  & math through music, stories, art, & play will help you & your child get ready for school!  Families will receive free materials to continue the learning and fun at home. For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers.

  • Japanese Conversation Group
    Sunday, July 31, 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

  • Great Directors: Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali
    Sunday, July 31, 2016 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Depicts the childhood of the protagonist Apu (Subir
    Banerjee) and his elder sister Durga (Uma Dasgupta) and
    the harsh village life of their poor family.

    Read up on the legendary director with a book from Brooklyn Public Library.

    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!

    Films subject to change without notice.

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, August 1, 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, August 1, 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.

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, August 1, 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

  • Harry Potter's (belated) Birthday Party!
    Monday, August 1, 2016 12:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Join us Monday, August 1st as we celebrate Harry Potter’s 36th Birthday at the Central Branch of Brooklyn Public Library!

    There will be costumed librarians and fun activities including:

    • Wand Making
    • Fortune Telling
    • Make your own mini spellbook
    • AND MORE!

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

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

  • Low Cost/Public Health Insurance Enrollment
    Monday, August 1, 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.

  • Basic Spanish Conversation Group
    Monday, August 1, 2016 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Improve your Spanish in an informal and fun setting

    This class covers the basic Spanish language.

    This class is a continuation of Tuesdays Class

      The class is free.

    No registration required.  

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, August 1, 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.

  • Preschool Story & Craft
    Monday, August 1, 2016 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Bring your child to listen to the story, do a simple craft and make new friends.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Monday, August 1, 2016 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 one-on-one service; first come, first served. This is a Business & Career Center program.

  • English Conversation Group
    Monday, August 1, 2016 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

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

  • Adobe Photoshop Intermediate Workshop: Animated GIFs
    Monday, August 1, 2016 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    In this intermediate Photoshop class you will learn how to create animated GIFs using Adobe Photoshop CC. Please bring your own hard drive or USB flash drive if you want to save your work.

    Prior Photoshop experience and basic computer proficiency required.

    Image credit: from The New York Public Library

    animation of a New York city subway Image credit: JSF

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, August 2, 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, August 2, 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.

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

  • Short-form Video Techniques for Mac
    Tuesday, August 2, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learn to use your mobile device to make compelling short-form videos. We’ll start you off with scriptwriting and storyboarding discuss frame composition, and then cover how to get the best audio and lighting when recording your footage. You’ll also explore the editing software program iMovie that can assemble it all into your final short form masterpiece.

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

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-2016-central-library-free-bric-media-classes-tickets-24097542398

  • Stomp, Clap & Sing with Hopalong Andrew
    Tuesday, August 2, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Plaza

    Join Hopalong Andrew in the fun with folk songs, cowboy songs, and other fun songs sprinkled in.

    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!

    Photo ©Bernie DeChant

  • English Conversation Group - Intermediate
    Tuesday, August 2, 2016 1:15 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • English Conversation Group - Advanced
    Tuesday, August 2, 2016 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Build with LEGO
    Tuesday, August 2, 2016 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

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

  • Teen Tech Time
    Tuesday, August 2, 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, August 2, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 6

    How to learn Russian language program is coming back to Brooklyn Public Library.

    Practice your Russian language in an Informal and fun setting

    The class is free

    No registration required

    No class from August 22-September 5th

  • Citizenship Prep Group
    Tuesday, August 2, 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, August 2, 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

  • Apply for Citizenship: NYCitizenship Free Legal Help
    Wednesday, August 3, 2016 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