Central Library

Programs & Events

All Brooklyn Public Library locations will be closed Saturday, May 23 - Monday, May 25 for Memorial 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.

  • Fleet Week Story Time
    Friday, May 22, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Join us for a read aloud with a uniformed service member to celebrate Fleet Week in New York City!

    Fleet Week New York, now in its 27th year, is the city's time-honored celebration of the sea services. It is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today's maritime services.

  • English Conversation Group
    Friday, May 22, 2015 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free!

    No registration required.

  • Brooklyn Parent Member IEP Training
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 9:00 am
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    Earn a certificate to become an official parent member at IEP meetings!

    Presented by Ruth DiRoma, Family Educator, RCSN 

    Co-sponsored by New York City Parent Partnership and

    Resources for Children with Special Needs

    To register https://bpl-ieptraining.eventbrite.com 

    or call 212.677.4650 x22

     

    To request Spanish or ASL interpretation or

    for more information call 718.253.4948

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 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, May 26, 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, May 26, 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.

  • BRIC Media Education Orientation
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Our orientation is a great introduction to what community access television is all about, the variety of classes available with BRIC Media Education, services available from BRIC, and our policies and procedures. Some of our classes require that you attend one 2-hour orientation before you register. (Check the "Pre-Requisite" section of each class listing for orientation requirements.)

    Presented by BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn, BPL's lead media education partner.

  • Stomp, Clap and Sing with Morgan Taylor
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:00 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Award-winning songwriter and cartoonist, Morgan Taylor, performs Gustafer Yellowgold's Show, narrating the story of Gustafer, a friendly alien from the Sun and his new life in the lush woodlands of rural Minnesota. Themes of friendship, acceptance and comical self-awareness are explored with Gustafer and his new found friends and pets in his surprising Earthly surroundings.

  • English Conversation Group (Intermediate)
    Tuesday, May 26, 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, May 26, 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.

  • LinkedIn Basics
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Learn how to set up and use LinkedIn, an important professional networking site that can make your job search more effective. This is a Business & Career Library program. 

  • English Conversation Group (Advanced)
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free!

    No registration required

  • Kids Explore
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

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

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Tuesday, May 26, 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 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.

  • Russian Conversation Group
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 2

    Practice your Russian in an informal and fun Setting

    The class is free

    No registration required 

  • Director Zandir Santos Screens His Short Films (followed by Q&A)
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Zandir Santos, a graduate of Rhode Island College, moved to Brooklyn in 2012 to pursue a career in filmmaking. With no formal training, he wrote screenplays and volunteered on low-budget movies to learn filmmaking. Zandir wrote and directed the short films IN DISPUTE and AMBIGUOUS. Tonight's screening and discussion will include those films as well as a premiere of his most recent short, DUE DATE.
     
    AMBIGUOUS: Rookie detective Ortiz is led by veteran detective Branson on a racial profiling case on the streets of East New York that turns deadly.
     
    IN DISPUTE: A couple's commute to a live Broadway show turns deadly...unless the hands of time can be turned back.
     
    DUE DATE : A young high school girl's incredible journey of personal growth is inspired by a pressing writing assignment.

  • Portuguese Conversation Group: Intermediate Level
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your Portuguese in an informal and fun Setting

    The class is free

    No registration required 

  • New Films from China: Under the Hawthorn Tree 山楂樹之戀
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Directed by Zhang Yimou and set during the end of China's Cultural Revolution in a small village in Yichang City, Hubei Province, Under the Hawthorn Tree (Shan zha shu zhi lian) tells the story of a pure love that unfolds between beautiful city girl Jing Qiu (Dongyu Zhou) and handsome young villager Lao San (Shawn Dou). Jing Qiu, who lived a difficult life due to her father being labeled a "right winger," is sent to the village at the age of 16 and meets Lao San, who has a promising future due to his father's high ranking military background. Even with the divide between their social backgrounds, romance blooms between the young couple, but will their love ever become fulfilled? (114 minutes) View the trailer here.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, May 27, 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 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, May 27, 2015 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. For ages Birth-18 months. Pick up a free ticket the morning of the program at the children's reference desk. There are two sessions, one at 10:00 and one at 10:30.

     

    Tickets are required. Pick up a free ticket the morning of the program at the children's reference desk.

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free!

    No registration required.

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free!

    No registration required.

  • Philosophy Discussion Group
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Reverend Elsie Smith Room

    Philosophy begins in wonder! Plato

  • Spanish Conversation Group for Beginners
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

     

       

     Start learning the most popular language in an informal and fun  setting

      The class is free

       No registration required

     This class has designed just for beginners

  • DIY: Makerspace Wednesdays
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

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

  • Make Music With littleBits!
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Make music, noise and cardboard keytars with the littleBits synth kit.

  • Our Garden Club
    Wednesday, May 27, 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, May 27, 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, May 27, 2015 5:30 pm
    Central Library

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

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free!

    No registration required.

  • Dialogues in the Visual Arts, Series II Susan Newmark Fleminger, Program Curator
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Join us for the second season of conversations moderated by arts professionals with contemporary Brooklyn visual artists.

    Day In Day Out: The Art of Social Commitment - With moderator Nicolás Dumit Estévez and cultural producer Gonzalo Casals, Ernesto Pujol, and Martha Wilson (pictured, as Barbara Bush).

    A conversation on commitment related to artistic actions, performances, choreographies and projects informed by the burgeoning fields of socially engaged art and practice.

    All events are held in the Information Commons Lab; see other events in the series here.

     

  • French Conversation Group - Intermediat-Advanced
    Wednesday, May 27, 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

    This class has designed just for Intermediate and advanced level

  • Author Reading, “Brooklyn’s Promised Land: The Rise, Loss, and Rediscovery of the Remarkable Community of Weeksville, 1830-1915” with Judith Wellman
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Brooklyn Collection

         When slavery ended in New York State in 1827, a group of African American entrepreneurs purchased land in eastern Brooklyn from Dutch families. They sold this land “to colored people,” creating a community of more than 500 people. Weeksville attracted African Americans from all over the east coast, Caribbean, and Africa, offering a viable option to emigration to Liberia. One of largest antebellum African American intentional communities, it included the headquarters of the African Civilization Society, an orphanage, home for the aged, and excellent school. Physically destroyed by the expansion of Brooklyn’s grid after the Civil War, Weeksville was rediscovered in the 1960s. The Weeksville Heritage Center now includes three original houses. This talk will focus on the rise, loss, and rediscovery of this remarkable community.

    Judith Wellman is professor emerita, State University of New York at Oswego; Director, Historical New York Research Associates; and author of Brooklyn’s Promised Land (New York University Press, 2014). She specializes in historic sites relating to the Underground Railroad, African American life, and women’s rights.

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

     
     
     

     

  • New Films from China: Fly with the Crane 告訴他們,我乘白鶴去了
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Rising Chinese director, Li Ruijun (Old Donkey, The Summer Solstice) makes his most accomplished feature yet with the spiritually inclined, generally light-of-touch, Fly With the Crane. Based on a novel by co-producer Su Tong, whose Wives and Concubines was adapted as Raise the Red Lantern, pic explores a rural granddad’s desire, as explained to his pint-sized grandson, to be buried like in the old days, though only cremations are permitted nowadays. Sharing some of the same concerns as Peng Tao’s The Cremator, this simply told but resonant story will be a high flier at fests, including those aimed at older kids. (99 minutes) View the trailer here.

    This film will be followed by a Q&A with author/co-producer Su Tong.

  • Exergamers Bowling for Older Adults
    Thursday, May 28, 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.

    bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Thursday, May 28, 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, May 28, 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, May 28, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    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. 

  • Intermediate Video Editing with Premiere
    Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    An intermediate non-linear editing workshop using Adobe Premiere Pro 6, this class covers digital effects like transitions, picture-in-picture, chroma key, motion graphics and titling. Learn more advanced editing techniques and shortcuts to perfect your video edit.

    This course has 3 mandatory sessions that will be held on Thursdays from 4-8PM on 5/21, 5/28 and 6/4.

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

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-2015-central-library-intermediate-video-editing-with-premiere-tickets-16399001856

  • Citizenship Exam Preparation
    Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Preparing for the Citizenship Exam? You're not alone! Meet with a volunteer-led study group to discuss topics covered in the citizenship exam.

  • DIY: Crochet Club
    Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Come learn to crochet and make a fun project!

  • English Conversation Group
    Thursday, May 28, 2015 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English!

    Free!

    No registration required

  • English Conversation GroupCancelled
    Friday, May 29, 2015 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free!

    No registration required.

  • Movies @ the Library: Up
    Friday, May 29, 2015 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Carl Fredricksen, a retired balloon salesman, is part rascal, part dreamer who is ready for his last chance at high-flying excitement.  Tying thousands of balloons to his house, Carl sets off to the lost world of his childhood dreams.  Unbeknownst to Carl, Russell, an overeager 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer who has never ventured beyond his backyard, is in the wrong place at the wrong time – Carl’s front porch!  The world’s most unlikely duo reach new heights and meet fantastic friends like Dug, a dog with a special collar that allows him to speak, and Kevin, a rare 13-foot-tall flightless bird.  Stuck together in the wilds of the jungle, Carl realizes that sometimes life’s biggest adventures aren’t the ones you set out looking for. 96 min.

  • Playwriting Workshop
    Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library

    Playwriting Workshop: Beginners Develop your playwriting skills

    Please note dates and room locations:

    2/21/15 Room 214

    3/7/15, 3/21/15, 4/4/15  Elsie Smith Conf. Room

    4/18/15, 5/16/15, 5/30/15 Youth Wing program room

    5/2/15, 6/6/15, 6/20/15  Trustees room

     

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

  • Free Tango Lessons at Central Library
    Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Learn the fundamentals of one of the world's most dramatic dances at this fun, informal series. Brought to you by IATI Theater.

    Lessons are in English and Spanish.

    Space is LIMITED, so arrive early! Come alone or bring a partner

    The class consists of two sessions

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Beginners

    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Advanced

  • Microsoft Excel 4
    Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Room 216

    Topics may include graphs and reports. 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, May 30, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Play with toys and hear a story. For ages 0-5.

  • English Conversation Group
    Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free!

    No registration required.