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.

  • English Conversation Group
    Sunday, August 2, 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 2, 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

  • Ready, Set, Kindergarten!
    Sunday, August 2, 2015 2:30 pm
    Central Library

    For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. 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.
     

  • Brooklyn Babywearing Support Meeting
    Sunday, August 2, 2015 2:30 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.

    This program is held the first Sunday of the month. 

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, August 3, 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 3, 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 3, 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.

  • Three Session Writing Workshop "Before and After: Then Everything Changed"
    Monday, August 3, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    Write in prose or poetry the power of a life-changing event.  What made this experience so important? How did it alter your life? What did you learn? Beginners and experienced writers are welcome. For the first session bring 10 copies of your brief, written work to sharte with others. 

    Instructor: Constance H. Gemson

    Three consecutive Mondays beginning August 3rd.

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

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

  • Preschool Story & Craft
    Monday, August 3, 2015 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Join us for storytime and a craft activity. For ages 3-5.

    Sorry, no groups will be admitted. Call 718-230-2117 for more information.

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, August 3, 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 3, 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 3, 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 3, 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 3, 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 GroupCancelled
    Tuesday, August 4, 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, August 4, 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, August 4, 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.

  • Intro to Social Media
    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    In our Facebook class, learn how to set up a profile page and apply privacy and security settings. You’ll also learn how to navigate posts, pictures and videos, and add friends to your feed. In Twitter, you’ll create a profile for personal or professional use, how to tweet in 140 characters or less and connect with other users. In Video Blogging, you’ll learn how to create a blog using Blogger.com and upload and share your video content via YouTube.

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

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-2015-central-library-free-bric-media-classes-tickets-16318425851

  • Stomp, Clap & Sing with Shira Kobren
    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 11:00 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Shira is the front woman and songwriter for kindie rock band Shira & Friends.  She performs all over the tri-state area, bringing her high energy, catchy tunes to her favorite kinds of audiences – the ones that love to dance along with her and become part of her show.  She released her EP of original songs, When You’re A Kid, with her band in 2012. Shira believes that no one ever really outgrows the love of being silly or the joy of letting an imagination run wild.

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

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

  • Resume & Career Help/Resume Writing
    Tuesday, August 4, 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.

  • Build with LEGO
    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

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

  • Build with LEGO
    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Build with LEGO and have fun! For ages 6-12.

  • English Conversation GroupCancelled
    Tuesday, August 4, 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, August 4, 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.

  • Portuguese Conversation Group: Intermediate Level
    Tuesday, August 4, 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

  • Writing Workshop: Becoming a Writer
    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 7:30 pm
    Central Library, Room 214

    Do you want to be a writer?

    This workshop conducted by Rachel Burkot, Associate Editor, Harlequin Books will focus on the basics of writing and how to get started and improve your skills.

     

     

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, August 5, 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.

  • One-to-One Expert Assistance Now Available!
    Wednesday, August 5, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 2

    Many situations require the assistance of an expert.  We can provide one-to-one help for you and your child with:

    • Individualized Education Program (IEP) process
    • Early childhood services and programs
    • Transition planning 
    • Transportation issues
    • Navigating systems, including Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health, and others
    • Camps, afterschools, and other community resources

    Drop-in or call to make an appointment 212.677.4650 ex. 19

    For more information call 718.253.4948

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, August 5, 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 GroupCancelled
    Wednesday, August 5, 2015 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Wild Card Wednesdays
    Wednesday, August 5, 2015 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Join us for a fun summer reading activity. For ages 6-12.

    Sorry, no groups will be admitted. Call 718-230-2117 for more information.

  • Spanish Conversation Group for Beginners
    Wednesday, August 5, 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

  • Our Garden ClubCancelled
    Wednesday, August 5, 2015 4:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    A garden grows in Brooklyn!  Plant seeds, read stories, sing and take home flowers.  For kids with and without disabilities. 

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, August 5, 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
    Wednesday, August 5, 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, August 5, 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

  • Plaza Swing Series: Regional de New York
    Wednesday, August 5, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Plaza

    The quintet plays traditional and original arrangements of Brazil’s oldest popular music – choro— with deep groove and a love for improvisation. The group features virtuoso musicians including Israeli flutist Hadar Noiberg; from Brazil, César Garabini on 7-string guitar and Vitor Gonçalves on accordion; and the swinging rhythm section of Kahil Nayton on cavaquinho, and Ranjan Ramchandani on pandeiro. This event is part of the Brasil Summerfest Series. Dance lessons are at 6:30, the band starts at 7 pm.

     

    In case of rain, the event will be held on Thursday, August 6.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Thursday, August 6, 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.

  • Why Being 50 (or Older) Is Just Right for Entrepreneurship
    Thursday, August 6, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    Are you nearing retirement and wondering how you will generate income once you retire? A growing number of individuals over the age of 50 or "Encore Entrepreneurs" are turning to small business ownership. Attend this workshop to explore the possibilities. This is a Business and Career Library program.

    Please RSVP at 212.164.9487 or email at newyorkdo@sba.gov

  • Exergamers Bowling for Older Adults
    Thursday, August 6, 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, August 6, 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, August 6, 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, August 6, 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. 

  • Video Editing with Premiere
    Thursday, August 6, 2015 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 7/23, 7/30, 8/6 and 8/13.

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

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-2015-central-library-video-editing-with-premiere-tickets-16399405062

  • DIY: Crochet Club
    Thursday, August 6, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Learn to make a fun crochet project.

  • English Conversation Group
    Thursday, August 6, 2015 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

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

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Friday, August 7, 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, August 7, 2015 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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