Central Library

Programs & Events

All Brooklyn Public Library locations will be closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4, 2015 for Independence Day.

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, July 5, 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, July 5, 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 AdultsCancelled
    Monday, July 6, 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, July 6, 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, July 6, 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
    Monday, July 6, 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, July 6, 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, July 6, 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, July 6, 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, July 6, 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, July 6, 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, July 6, 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, July 7, 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, July 7, 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, July 7, 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 Story & Play
    Tuesday, July 7, 2015 10:15 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Come hear stories, sing songs, play with toys and meet new friends! For Toddlers (aged 18-36 months) and their caregivers. Playing with your baby is more than fun, it's one of the most important ways you can encourage early literacy and language development.

  • Intro to Social Media
    Tuesday, July 7, 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

  • Toddler Story & Play
    Tuesday, July 7, 2015 11:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Come hear stories, sing songs, play with toys and meet new friends! For Toddlers (aged 18-36 months) and their caregivers. Playing with your baby is more than fun, it's one of the most important ways you can encourage early literacy and language development.

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, July 7, 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, July 7, 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.

  • Resume & Career Help
    Tuesday, July 7, 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, July 7, 2015 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

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

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, July 7, 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, July 7, 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, July 7, 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, July 7, 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, July 7, 2015 7:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    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.

    No registration required.

     

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, July 8, 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.

  • Babies & Books
    Wednesday, July 8, 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.

  • Wild Card Wednesdays
    Wednesday, July 8, 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, July 8, 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 Club
    Wednesday, July 8, 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, July 8, 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.

  • Upgrade Your Workplace Skills with Metrix Learning & Lynda.com
    Wednesday, July 8, 2015 6:00 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.

    Registration is required for this program.

  • French Conversation Group - Intermediat-Advanced
    Wednesday, July 8, 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: The Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble
    Wednesday, July 8, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Plaza

    The Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble fuses the language, rhythm and percussive instruments of Garifuna music with Jazz to create a new sound. The ensemble uses Garifuna instruments such as the Maracas, Garifuna Drums, Turtle-Shells, Conch Shells, and the Garifuna Language along with piano and bass.

    Dance lessons are at 6:30, band starts at 7 pm. 

    In case of rain, the event will be held on Thursday, July 9.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Thursday, July 9, 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, July 9, 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, July 9, 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, July 9, 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, July 9, 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. 

  • Digital Storytelling and Enhanced Podcasting for Mac
    Thursday, July 9, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Taking pictures and recording audio on mobile devices is easy. Learn simple steps to turn your still images and sound clips into a compelling digital video story--- and share it with a wide audience. In this two-hour session, you’ll learn about various types of digital story formats, narrative tips and interviewing techniques, and how to combine your pictures and audio recordings into a video using Garageband, a software program that allows you to create powerful and entertaining media. Please bring your own pair of headphones or earbuds for this class.

    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

  • Citizenship Exam Preparation
    Thursday, July 9, 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, July 9, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Learn to make a fun crochet project.

  • English Conversation Group
    Thursday, July 9, 2015 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

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

  • Short-form Video Techniques for Mac
    Thursday, July 9, 2015 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    If you have a smartphone or tablet, you don’t need an expensive camera or fancy audio equipment to produce an engaging video. In this two-hour session, learn to use your mobile device to make compelling short-form videos—and how to show them to the world on YouTube, Vimeo and more. We’ll start you off with scriptwriting and storyboarding best practices, discuss frame composition, and then cover how to get the best audio and lighting when recording your footage. You’ll also explore the free Mac editing software program iMovie that can assemble it all into your final short masterpiece. Please bring your own pair of headphones or earbuds for this class.

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

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Friday, July 10, 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.

  • ProjectArt
    Friday, July 10, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Art classes taught by professional artists. Participants' work will be displayed in a gallery show. For ages 13-17. 

  • Movies @ the Library: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
    Friday, July 10, 2015 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    The imaginative world of Dr. Seuss comes to life like never before in this visually spectacular adventure from the creators of Despicable Me!  Twelve-year-old Ted will do anything to find a real live Truffula Tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams.  As he embarks on his journey, Ted discovers the incredible story of the Lorax, a grumpy but charming creature who speaks for the trees (2012, 86 minutes).

  • English Conversation Group
    Friday, July 10, 2015 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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