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.

  • Apply for Citizenship: NYCitizenship Free Legal Help
    Wednesday, September 28, 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

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, September 28, 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 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, September 28, 2016 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. There are two sessions, one at 10:00 and one at 10:30. For ages Birth-18 months.

    Tickets are required and can be picked up at the children's desk the morning of the program.

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 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 28, 2016 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, September 28, 2016 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Reverend Elsie Smith Room

    Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives on the true, the good and the beautiful.

  • Library Lab: Drinking Straw Tower Engineering Challenge
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Library Lab is Brooklyn Public Library’s dynamic learning enrichment program for children (ages 6  to 10) and their families.  Explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math concepts with fun, free activities that will spark curiosity through hands-on experiments.  Families will receive tips on how to use library resources and how to continue projects at home.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, September 28, 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 Business & Career Center program. This is a one-on-one service; first come, first served.

  • Fiber Arts Group
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 5:30 pm
    Central Library

    Needles, hooks, yarns, threads and fabrics are some of the various  materials used by this creative, joyous group who meet every Wednesday evening.  Fiber Arts welcomes adults of all skill levels and ages to develop their individual projects of knitting, crocheting, quilting, needlepoint, embroidery, sewing, etc.  Please join us with your own materials, tools, imagination and enthusiasm!

    For more information call: 718-230-2184

  • English Language Learners Book Club
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Join other adults who are learning to speak English in a book club discussion.

    Registration required.

  • French Conversation Group - Intermediat-Advanced
    Wednesday, September 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.

    The class is free and no registrations is required.

  • Web Development, Let's Break It Down
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    HTML and CSS are the fundamental building blocks of the web. Whether you're a beginner who wants to get started in web development, a designer looking to hand-code their concepts, or a marketer who wants a little more control over their CMS, you'll need to know HTML and CSS to get the job done!

    In this hands-on crash course, we’ll learn about the web development community and how the web works. We’ll go over key coding terminology and principles, introduce languages like HTML and CSS, discuss what their functions are and how they work together, then use that new knowledge to write our own code.

    Takeaways:

    • Gain an overview of the web development landscape and where HTML/CSS fits in the web ecosystem.
    • Describe the difference between front-end and back-end code and the basic components of HTML, CSS, and Javascript
    • Use HTML to mark up a basic webpage.
    • Describe the different jobs that use coding or benefit from an understanding of HTML/CSS.
    • Learn about next steps you can take in web development, including General Assembly's part-time Front-End Web Development and JavaScript Development courses and full-time Web Development Immersive.

    Prereqs and Preparation:

    • Brooklyn Public Library will provide laptops. Alternatively, you may bring your own.
    • Basic technical aptitude and orientation to computers, and curiosity to learn new tools.

    Please RSVP on General Assembly's website.

  • The History of Pasta Making in Brooklyn
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Brooklyn Collection

    Starting in the mid-1800s, immigrants brought their knowledge of pasta and pasta making to Brooklyn, making it the epicenter for macaroni's widespread use in the U.S.A.  Leonard DeFrancisci discusses the people, companies, and technology that turned a simple recipe into a worldwide industry. 

    There will be a wine and cheese reception, beginning at 6:30.  The program will begin promptly at 7:00

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Thursday, September 29, 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 LeagueCancelled
    Thursday, September 29, 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, September 29, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Motion Graphics with After Effects
    Thursday, September 29, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Adobe After Effects is the industry standard for creating dynamic motion graphics and video effects compositing. This course covers the basics of the After Effects interface, text and layer animation, chroma-keying, video effects, keyframing, compositing, and outputting to Premiere.

    This course has 3 mandatory sessions that will be held on Thursdays from 4-8PM on 9/15, 9/22 and 9/29.

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

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-2016-central-library-motion-graphics-with-after-effects-tickets-26705662355?_ga=1.206201427.198344656.1472760295

  • Kids Create
    Thursday, September 29, 2016 4:00 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, September 29, 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, September 29, 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.

  • Stranger Things in Middle Grade: Author Panel
    Thursday, September 29, 2016 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Banned Books Week annually celebrates the freedom to read. Highlighting the value of free and open access to information, Banned Books Week brings together librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types in shared support of the freedom to seek, to publish, to read, and to express ideas.

    Presented in partnership with iLoveMG please welcome the following middle grade authors to the Library for a Banned Books Week panel discussion!

    With Moderator Christopher Lassen from the Brooklyn Public Library and New York Public Library.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    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!

  • Creative Aging: Dance Like Nobody's Watching 2
    Friday, September 30, 2016 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Dancing for Older Adults and Caregivers!

     

    Music, movement and touch are the founding principles behind Rhythm Break Cares. The power of dance will improve the quality of life for older adults, early and middle stage Alzheimer’s communities, and those affected with dementia.

     

    To register please call 718.230.2100, extension 51141

    No session Friday, October 7, 2016.

  • Chess Club
    Friday, September 30, 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

  • English Conversation Group
    Friday, September 30, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Library Lab: littleBits Makeathon!
    Friday, September 30, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Invent with littleBits, and try out a new challenge!

  • Story and Play
    Saturday, October 1, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Join us for stories, songs, and free play.

    For ages 0-5.

  • English Conversation Group
    Saturday, October 1, 2016 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Money is Power Women's Financial Literacy Seminar
    Saturday, October 1, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learn from financial experts who will address personal budgeting, home ownership, retirement planning, and wealth building strategies. This is a Business & Career Library workshop presented in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Delta Rho Omega Chapter. Refreshments will be served. Please email moneyispowerfinancialseminar@gmail.com to register for this event.

  • Events for Youth & Families: Future Hits
    Saturday, October 1, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Future Hits brings a performance style that is jumpy and engaging enough for the youngest of kiddos while also appealing to parents and caregivers through meaningful lyrics wrapped within an educationally rich container. Songs included in Future Hits’ performances relate to teaching about rhymes, opposites, seasons, animals, and more. Matt Baron also teaches kids sign language letters that coincide with the focus words of a particular song.

    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!

  • Chess Workshop
    Saturday, October 1, 2016 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Improve your chess game with help from an instructor.

  • Advanced Chinese Studies in I-Ching
    Saturday, October 1, 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: Computer Basics
    Saturday, October 1, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Drop in to an Open Level Lab on General Computer Basics. Ask questions or go through tutorials on topics including using the mouse, typing, going online and sending an email message. 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.

  • AfroCROWD Wikipedia Editing Workshop
    Sunday, October 2, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Imagine a world where every librarian added one more reference to Wikipedia. Join AfroCROWD and the New York Black Librarians' Caucus for a Wikipedia Editor Training Seminar. Learn to edit and add references and articles to Wikipedia, with a focus on Black history and noted librarians and historians. This event is part of the #1Lib1Ref initiative.

    Wiki coaches will be on hand to help. All levels and languages open. RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/AfroCROWDNYBLC.

    Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD) is a new initiative which seeks to increase the number of people of African Descent who actively partake in the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements. Since its launch during Black Wiki History Month in 2015, AfroCROWD has sensitized thousands in its target audience about free culture crowdsourcing and the need to close the multicultural and gender gaps in Wikipedia.

  • English Conversation Group
    Sunday, October 2, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

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

  • Japanese Conversation Group
    Sunday, October 2, 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

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

  • Story and Play
    Monday, October 3, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Join us for stories, songs, and free play.

    For ages 0-5.

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

  • English Conversation Group
    Monday, October 3, 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, October 3, 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 GroupCancelled
    Monday, October 3, 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

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, October 3, 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.

  • Teen Gaming
    Monday, October 3, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Teens, join us for tabletop gaming.  A rotating schedule of board games, Card Games (MtG and Yu-Gi-Oh!), and RPGs are featured.

  • Spanish Conversation group IntermediateCancelled
    Monday, October 3, 2016 5:00 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.  

  • Resume Editing Help
    Monday, October 3, 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 Business & Career Center program. This is a one-on-one service; first come, first served.

  • Brooklyn Open
    Monday, October 3, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Brooklyn Open is a monthly open mic series for teens. It is a safe space for poets, spoken word artists, emcees, scholars and activists to share their powerful and important voices. These events are run by youth for youth, with DJs, hosts and a monthly featured poet.

    Presented in partnership with Urban Word NYC.

  • Meet the Lenders
    Monday, October 3, 2016 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learn about innovative and alternative loans for startups and very small businesses. Representatives from BOC Capital, VEDC Tri-State Business Opportunity Fund, LES Federal Credit Union, Renaissance Economic Development Corporation, and other lenders, will discuss options available to fund your business venture. This is a Business & Career Library Event.

    Please register at bklynlib.org/business or call 718.623.7000 and select option 4.

     

  • English Conversation Group
    Monday, October 3, 2016 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

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

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, October 4, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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