Central Library

Programs & Events

Select Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) locations will be open on Wednesday, December 24 from 9AM-1PM. All BPL locations will be open on Wednesday, December 31 from 9AM-1PM.

 

All BPL locations will be closed on Thursday, December 25, 2014 and Thursday, January 1, 2015.

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.

  • Story Play
    Saturday, December 20, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Play with toys and hear stories. Ages 0 to 5.

  • Microsoft Word 3
    Saturday, December 20, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Room 216

    Topics may include typing and mail merges. 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.

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Saturday, December 20, 2014 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 718.636.6994 for an appointment.

  • Pre-HSE(Pre-GED) Registration
    Saturday, December 20, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    High School Equivalency (HSE) Free Pre-HSE Classes for adults 17+

    Evening and Daytime class schedules available. Begin your High School Equivalency preparation at the Library. Practice reading, writing and math skills critical for HSE success. Part-time and full-time schedules available.

    Attend a registration to:

    • Sign up for FREE classes.
    • Find the class that is the best fit for you!
    • Learn about the HSE & job training programs
    • Get answers to your questions about the New York State High School Equivalency test,Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC)

    See registration schedule for a full list of registration dates, times and locations.

     

     

  • English Conversation Group
    Saturday, December 20, 2014 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Kaplan SAT Practice Test
    Saturday, December 20, 2014 11:00 am
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    These events are FREE, but registration is required.  You may register online at kaptest.com or by calling 1-800-KAP-TEST. Limited seats available. Sign up today! 

  • Adaptive Teen Time: The Child's Place For Children With Special Needs
    Saturday, December 20, 2014 12:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Activities for teens and young adults with and without disabilities. This takes place in the Youth Wing Upstairs Program Room.

  • Italian Conversation Group-Beginners
    Saturday, December 20, 2014 12:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    The Class Is Free

    No Registration Required

    Improve your Italian language in an informal and fun setting

  • Advanced Chinese Studies in I-Ching
    Saturday, December 20, 2014 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    I-Ching, the Book of Changes, is one of the oldest Chinese classic philosophies and can help us to make decisions that our logic alone can't handle. Free lectures in Chinese and English.

  • Microsoft Word 3
    Saturday, December 20, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Topics may include typing and mail merges. 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.

  • The Brooklyn Voices of Vision
    Saturday, December 20, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Enjoy a concert by Voices of Vision, an a-cappella choir dedicated to the preservation of the Negro Spiritual. They will perform secular and popular holiday music reflecting different faiths and cultures.

  • Make Music New York, with Flat Foot Flatbush
    Sunday, December 21, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Make Music New York’s winter edition creates a parade of professional and participatory citizen marchers jamming along, and the route follows Flatbush Avenue. Join us on the Solstice for Flat Foot Flatbush—a concert at Brooklyn Public Library followed by a workshop. Flat Foot Flatbush highlights the percussive flatfooting practices of bluegrass and old-time music. Participants will be able to join in either as musicians—on fiddle, bass, banjo—or as flatfooters, gluing pennies to their shoes and providing the percussive component of the music.

    Anna Roberts-Gevalt, a New Englander who apprenticed with Kentucky master fiddlers such as Bruce Greene, plays with the Nick Horner Family, a changing cast of musicians rotating around vocalist and banjoist Nick Horner. Nick and the Family merge the worlds of old-time, bluegrass, folk and even jazz to create an eclectic yet alluring sound, employing soaring melody with the soul of Americana.  Katie Cohen, a Brooklyn-based performer and producer from West Virginia, and Lukas Chohany, one of the premier old-time and bluegrass guitarists in the Baltimore area, round out the Nick Horner Family ensemble on the Dweck stage. 

  • Japanese Conversation Group
    Sunday, December 21, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your Japanese in an informal and fun setting

  • Classical Interludes: BPL Chamber Players
    Sunday, December 21, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    The Players return for their annual holiday concert. Brooklyn Adela Peña and Miki-Sophia Cloud, violins; Ah Ling Neu, viola; Roberta Cooper, cello and Peter Weitzner, double bass, perform works by Haydn, Gabriela Lena Frank and holiday favorites. Children under 6 will not be admitted.

    RSVP here.

    Reservation Policy:

    Dweck Center programs are free of charge and reservations are required for most adult programs. Patrons who RSVP to programs will be seated before walk-ups. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. Unclaimed reservations will be released five minutes before the start of an event. We recommend arriving early. RSVP online at BrownPaperTickets.com or by phone at 718.230.2200.

  • Never Too Late to Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, December 22, 2014 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

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, December 22, 2014 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.

  • English Conversation Group
    Monday, December 22, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, December 22, 2014 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.

  • Free Information Sessions on President Obama's New Immigration Programs
    Monday, December 22, 2014 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    Free information sessions on President Obama’s new immigration programs:

     

    · Learn about eligibility requirements for the new programs

    · Find out when applications are scheduled to be available

    · Learn what you can do now to prepare        

    Information sessions are run by Immigrant Justice Corps Community Fellows and attorneys. Participants will be able to sign up for individual consultations to determine eligibility for the President’s new programs and for any other immigration benefit.

    Immigrant Services Program

  • Resume Editing Help
    Monday, December 22, 2014 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 6

    Make your resume more attractive to employers! Our volunteer Resume Coaches provide one-on-one assistance on how to tailor your resume or cover letter to get the job you want. We encourage you to bring your resume for review. This is a Business & Career Library service.

    No appointment required.
    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Citizenship Class Registration
    Monday, December 22, 2014 5:00 pm
    Central Library

    Attend a free Citizenship Preparation Class.  Classes meet 3-6 hours per week for 11 weeks. Free legal assistance with Catholic Migration Services.

    Learn about the application and interview process.

    Improve your English.

    Review all the topics on the naturalization test.

    Evening, morning and weekend class schedules available.

    Immigrant Services Program

    Citizenship

  • ESOL Registration
    Monday, December 22, 2014 5:00 pm
    Central Library Learning Center

    Learn English

    Free English Classes for adults 17 and older

    Daytime, Evening and Saturday class schedules available.
     

    All classes meet two days per week.
    Sign up for a class at any registration session.
    Space is limited. Classes close quickly.

     


     

     

  • English Conversation Group
    Monday, December 22, 2014 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Spanish Conversation Group: Intermediate-Advanced
    Monday, December 22, 2014 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Improve your Spanish in an informal and fun setting


    No registration required.
     

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Tuesday, December 23, 2014 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, December 23, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, December 23, 2014 1:15 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • English Conversation Group: Advanced Level
    Tuesday, December 23, 2014 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Brooklyn Transitions: Oral History Project
    Tuesday, December 23, 2014 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Recording Studio

    As part of the Brooklyn Transitions series on gentrification, we want to hear your stories and preserve your voice during rapid changes to our borough. Brooklyn Public Library’s Info Commons and Brooklyn Collection are asking Brooklynites to take part in an oral history project to share your experiences in the neighborhoods you were born and reared in—and how they have changed, talk about the migration patterns of your Brooklyn life over time, or express your feelings on new beginnings to or displacement from a living situation.

    It is important that we all have a voice in the changes of our communities. Lend your words and experience to the Brooklyn Transitions Oral History Project to be heard, preserved, and accounted for. All recordings will be archived at the Brooklyn Collection and selections will be shared with the public online.

    This project will take place in the Info Commons recording studio on the first floor. Each recording session will be up to a half hour. To book a time slot, please email infocommons AT bklynlibrary DOT org, or call 718.230.2248.

  • Teen Tech Time
    Tuesday, December 23, 2014 4:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Do you want to design a website for a school project, or put yourself onto the cover of a fashion magazine? Come hang out, learn, play and explore the latest technology with friends while using PC and Mac laptops.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Russian Conversation Group
    Tuesday, December 23, 2014 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 2

    The program is free

    Improve your Russian language in an informal and fun setting.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Tuesday, December 23, 2014 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. Call 718.623.7000 to make an appointment. This is a Business & Career Library service.

  • Computer Basics Class
    Tuesday, December 23, 2014 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    No experience necessary.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Portuguese Conversation Group: Intermediate Level
    Tuesday, December 23, 2014 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your Brazilian Portuguese in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • English Conversation GroupCancelled
    Wednesday, December 24, 2014 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

  • Spanish Conversation Group IntermediateCancelled
    Wednesday, December 24, 2014 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Improve your Spanish language in an informal and fun setting.

    The Class is Free

    No registration required.

     

  • Fiber Arts Group
    Wednesday, December 24, 2014 5:30 pm
    Central Library

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

  • English Conversation GroupCancelled
    Wednesday, December 24, 2014 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

  • French Conversation Group - IntermediateCancelled
    Wednesday, December 24, 2014 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Improve your French language in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

    The Class is Free

  • Immigration Consultation and Legal Services
    Friday, December 26, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library

    Free consultations by Immigrant Justice Corps Community Fellows are done under the supervision of immigration attorneys.  Services offered include:

    • Full screenings to determine eligibility for immigration benefits
    • Assistance filing applications for DACA, green card applications and renewals, TPS, naturalization, work permit, among others
    • Referrals to trusted immigration specialists
    Walk in or call to make an appointment with an Immigration Justice Corps Community Fellows:
    Alain Balan - (914) 709-5243
    Kimberly Fayette - 914.363.8344

     

    Immigrant Services Program

  • English Conversation Group
    Friday, December 26, 2014 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Chess Club
    Friday, December 26, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library

    Chess for adults. All skill levels welcome. Meetings held in Arts & History Division, Third Floor.

  • Story Play
    Saturday, December 27, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Play with toys and hear stories. Ages 0 to 5.

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Saturday, December 27, 2014 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 718.636.6994 for an appointment.

  • English Conversation Group
    Saturday, December 27, 2014 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Italian Conversation Group-Beginners
    Saturday, December 27, 2014 12:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    The Class Is Free

    No Registration Required

    Improve your Italian language in an informal and fun setting

  • Advanced Chinese Studies in I-Ching
    Saturday, December 27, 2014 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    I-Ching, the Book of Changes, is one of the oldest Chinese classic philosophies and can help us to make decisions that our logic alone can't handle. Free lectures in Chinese and English.

  • Japanese Conversation Group
    Sunday, December 28, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your Japanese in an informal and fun setting

  • Never Too Late to Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, December 29, 2014 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

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, December 29, 2014 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.