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.

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Thursday, May 5, 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 League
    Thursday, May 5, 2016 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.

    Made available through generous funding and support from Microsoft, the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) and the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA).

  • English Conversation Group
    Thursday, May 5, 2016 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 5, 2016 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    Meet one-on-one with a Business & Career Librarian to get information on career-related topics, including resume, cover letter, interviewing and LinkedIn help. Learn how Brooklyn Public Library's resources can help you become more job-ready.

    This is a Business & Career Library program. First come, first served.

  • Free Family Cycling Class Presented by Bike New York
    Thursday, May 5, 2016 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Join us on Thursday, May 5 from 3:00-5:00pm for a free evening presentation and discussion for parents or guardians who want to learn how to ride with children. This free educational class takes place in the Leon Levy Information Commons meeting room 4, located in the Central lobby.

    Registration is required, please click here to sign up.

  • Kids Create!
    Thursday, May 5, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Kids! Come to the library and get creative with art projects.

    For ages 6 to 12. 

  • English Conversation GroupCancelled
    Thursday, May 5, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

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

  • Citizenship Class (Intermediate)
    Thursday, May 5, 2016 5:30 pm
    Central Library, Room 214

    Attend free Citizenship Preparation Classes at the library. Classes meet 4 hours per week for 11 weeks. Free naturalization application legal assistance with Catholic Migration Services.

    • Improve your English.
    • Study all topics on the naturalization civics test.
    • Practice for the interview.

    Asistir Clases Gratis de Preparación para la Ciudadanía en la biblioteca. Clases se reúnen 4 horas por semana para 11 semanas. Asistencia Legal para la solicitud de naturalización gratis con Catholic Migration Services.

    • Mejore su inglés.
    • Estudia todos los temas del examen de educación cívica de naturalización.
    • Práctica para la entrevista.

    Посещать бесплатные курсы по гражданству Подготовка в библиотеке. Занятия проводятся 4 часов в неделю в течение 11 недель. Бесплатная юридическая помощь.

    • улучшить свой английский.
    • изучить все вопросы, содержащиеся в тесте натурализации гражданскому

    নাগরিকত্ব প্রোগ্রাম এর জন্য প্রস্তুতি

    লাইব্রেরীতে বিনামূল্যে নাগরিকত্ত এর প্রস্তুতি ক্লাস পরিচর্যা.

    ক্লাস এগারো সপ্তাহের জন্য প্রতি সপ্তাহে তিন-ছয় ঘন্টা মিলিত হয়. ফ্রি রাষ্ট্রের নাগরিক আবেদন ক্যাথলিক দেশান্তর সার্ভিস এর সঙ্গে আইনি সহযোগিতা.

    • আপনার ইংরেজির মান ভালো করো.
    • রাষ্ট্রের নাগরিক নগর সংক্রান্ত পরীক্ষার সব বিষয় নিয়ে পড়াশোনা.
    • সাক্ষাত্কারের জন্য অনুশীলন.
    • সন্ধ্যা, সকাল এবং সপ্তাহান্তে বর্গ সময়সূচী নেওয়া হয়েছে. 

    لائبریری میں شہریت تیاری کی کلاسوں میں شرکت کیجے .کلاسیں ہفتوں کے لئے فی ہفتہ 3-6 گھنٹے کے لۓمنعقد ہونگی. کیتھولک مائگریشن کی جانب سے شہریت کی درخواست کی مفت قانونی مدد دستیاب .

    پنی انگریزی کو بہتر بنائیں.

    قومیت شہریت کے ٹیسٹ میں تمام موضوعات کا مطالعہ .

    انٹرویو کے لئے پریکٹس .

    صبح، شام   اور ہفتہ اتوار کی کلاسوں کے نظام الاوقات دستیاب

  • French Conversation Group Intermediate Advanced
    Thursday, May 5, 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 registration required

  • Brooklyn Independents Poetry Series: Birds LLC
    Thursday, May 5, 2016 7:30 pm
    Central Library, Brooklyn Collection

    Birds, LLC is an independent poetry press based out of Austin, Minneapolis, New York, and Raleigh. Specializing in close author relationships, Birds, LLC believes that great books are a collaboration of editors and authors. Featured poets for this reading are Tommy Pico (IRL); Monica McClure (Tender Data); Ana Božičevic (Rise in the Fall); and Niina Pollari (Dead Horse).

  • Musical Toddler Yoga
    Friday, May 6, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Join us for a musical yoga program created for the toddler crowd. Free tickets are available the morning of the program at the children's reference desk in the youth wing. For ages 18-36 months.

    Call 718-230-2116 for more information.

  • Jane's Walk: A Walk Around The Grand Army Plaza Cultural District
    Friday, May 6, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Lobby Gallery

    Walk around Brooklyn's beautiful and historic Grand Army Plaza and the landmark cultural institutions of Eastern Parkway. The walk starts with a behind the scenes tour of Brooklyn Public Library's Central Library, which turns 75 this year. The arch, sculptures and fountains of Grand Army Plaza, and Eastern Parkway's Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Botanic Garden will also be examined.

    The tour meets in the Central Library grand lobby at 1pm. Registration is recommended. Learn more here.

    Jane’s Walk NYC 2016

    Take your eyes to the street May 6-8 for the sixth annual Jane’s Walk! Jane’s Walk NYC brings together thousands of New Yorkers for an annual weekend long festival of 200+ free volunteer-led neighborhood walking tours across all five boroughs. Each walk provides a unique snapshot of New York City, and an opportunity to celebrate its vibrant past, present, and future.

    Held annually in over 180 cities across the globe during the first weekend of May, Jane’s Walk is an international movement that honors legendary urban activist Jane Jacobs. MAS is the proud local organizer of Jane’s Walk NYC, which has grown from 23 walks into the largest Jane’s Walk festival in the world! In 2015, Jane’s Walk NYC featured 211 walks.

    This year, as we gear up for what would have been Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday, we’re aiming for the biggest and best Jane’s Walk yet.

    To learn more: http://www.mas.org/janeswalk/ 

  • English Conversation Group
    Friday, May 6, 2016 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Chess Club
    Friday, May 6, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library

    The Chess Club is a drop-in group open to all ages and skill levels.  Chess boards and pieces are available.
    For more information call: 718-230-2184

     

  • ProjectArt Workshops for Teens
    Friday, May 6, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Free art instruction from professional artists, culminating in an exhibition.

    Parents and guardians, please register your child or teen here: http://goo.gl/forms/WRDhd1gj0a.  

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Saturday, May 7, 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.

  • Citizenship Class (Advanced Level)
    Saturday, May 7, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    Attend free Citizenship Preparation Classes at the library. 

    Classes meet 3-6 hours per week for 11 weeks. Free naturalization application legal assistance with Catholic Migration Services.

    • Improve your English.
    • Study all topics on the naturalization civics test.
    • Practice for the interview.

  • Open Level Lab: Computer Basics
    Saturday, May 7, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Room 216

    New to computers? Want to get more familiar with using the mouse, typing, navigating the screen and going online? Drop in to an Open Level Lab for one-on-one assistance with basic computer use.

    Presented by New York Cares.

  • Bike the Branches: Story and Play
    Saturday, May 7, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Play with toys and hear a story in celebration of Bike the Branches. For ages 0-5.

  • English Conversation Group
    Saturday, May 7, 2016 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Creative Art Workshops: Greeting Cards
    Saturday, May 7, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Create a greeting card for birthday greetings and upcoming holidays!

  • Playwriting Workshop
    Saturday, May 7, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Room 214

    The 10 session workshop to be conducted by Award winning playwright Daniel Damiano, Cofounder/Artistic Director of fandango 4 Art House.

    Presented by Adult Services/Languages & Literature

     

    Workshop is full to capacity.  No new attendees, please.

  • Central Library Docent Tour
    Saturday, May 7, 2016 11:30 am
    Central Library

    Beginning the Saturday of Bike the Branches, Central will be having free, docent led, tours.

    Sign-up at the Welcome Desk.

  • Children's Learn To Ride Sessions
    Saturday, May 7, 2016 12:00 pm
    Central Library

    Learn to Ride-Kids is a free group class offered by Bike New York for children who are ready to ditch their training wheels and ride a two-wheeler for the first time. With our safe, easy, effective method and experienced instructors, kids will learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop, and steer a bicycle. Most students get the hang of it in one session, but even if they don't, parents will leave equipped with an easy, low-stress technique that will have their kids riding independently in no time.

    Open to all kids who want to learn to ride. Stop by the Central Library's parking lot, behind the building and just off of Flatbush Avenue on Saturday, May 7th from 12 pm to 2 pm and then again from 3 pm to 5pm for this fun and educational class. Registration for the 12 pm class and the 3 pm classes are now open. Registration is suggested but drop-ins are welcome!

  • Latin Conversation Group
    Saturday, May 7, 2016 12:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    Have you ever thought about learning Latin?

    It's time now.

    The class is free

    No registration required

  • Italian Conversation Group-Beginners
    Saturday, May 7, 2016 12:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice Your Italian in an informal and fun setting

    The class is free

    No registration is required

  • Events for Youth & Families: Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
    Saturday, May 7, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Joanie and her group bring kids to their feet with their interactive, high energy performances. From pop-rock to gospel to country stylings, enjoy Brooklyn-based kindie rocker Leeds’ unique and playful sound with hits from her latest release Meshugana.       

  • Central Library Docent Tour
    Saturday, May 7, 2016 2:30 pm
    Central Library

    Beginning the Saturday of Bike the Branches, Central will be having free, docent led, tours.

    Sign-up at the Welcome Desk.

  • Chinese Conversation Group for Beginners
    Saturday, May 7, 2016 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Improve your Chinese Language in an informal and fun setting

    No registration required

    The class is free

  • Learn Chess with Instructor William Del Castillo
    Saturday, May 7, 2016 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Learn Chess with Instructor William Del Castillo.

  • Bike the Branches Block Party
    Saturday, May 7, 2016 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Plaza

    Everyone's Invited to Party on the Plaza!

    Saturday, May 7, 3 - 7 PM
    The Plaza at Central Library
    10 Grand Army Plaza
     
    Everyone is welcome to join us as we celebrate the Bike the Branches event at the annual block party featuring awards, live music, Smorgasburg food vendors, a Sixpoint brewery beer garden and free activities for all ages.

    Entertainment includes Cheer New York, Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights, Carlos Almeida Brazilian Band, Street Beats Brass and more.

    Food vendors include Brooklyn Soda Works, Butter & Scotch, Four and Twenty Blackbirds, Island Tingz, and Oaxaca.
     
     

     

  • RydeSafe Reflective Button Creation Station
    Saturday, May 7, 2016 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Plaza

    Take a break after your ride at RydeSafe’s Reflective Button Creation Station. RydeSafe will provide the reflective material and all the colorful markers you need. Just bring your creativity and together we’ll make a unique safety button that you can brag about for years to come.
     
    RydeSafe is a provider of the Kids Award for most visited Branches. Winners will choose from an assortment of reflective decals and buttons made by our sponsor RydeSafe Reflective Decals. RydeSafe is a brooklyn-based company that makes safety products for cyclist of all ages.
     
    WHERE: Brooklyn Central Library | 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
     
    WHEN: Saturday, May 7th | 3-5pm
     
    COST: FREE!
     

  • Advanced Chinese Studies in I-Ching
    Saturday, May 7, 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, May 7, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    New to computers? Want to get more familiar with using the mouse, typing, navigating the screen and going online? Drop in to an Open Level Lab for one-on-one assistance with basic computer use.

     

    Presented by New York Cares.

     

  • Gotham: Rob Spillman on All Tomorrow's Parties
    Saturday, May 7, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Rob Spillman, Gotham host and co-founding editor of the legendary Tin House magazine, is interviewed by his good friend, novelist Colum McCann. Spillman will discuss his new memoir, All Tomorrow's Parties. After an unsettled youth moving between divorced parents in disparate cities, Spillman would eventually find his way into the literary world of New York City, only to abandon it to return to Berlin just months after the Wall came down. Twenty-five and newly married, Spillman and his wife, the writer Elissa Schappell, moved to the anarchic streets of East Berlin in search of the bohemian lifestyle of their idols. But Spillman soon discovered he was chasing the one thing that had always eluded him: a place, or person, to call home.

    RSVP here.

  • English Conversation Group
    Sunday, May 8, 2016 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, May 8, 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

  • Classical Interludes: PUBLIQuartet
    Sunday, May 8, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Dedicated to presenting new works for string quartet, PUBLIQuartet was selected as Concert Artists Guilds New Music/New Places Ensemble at the 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition, also winning CAGs Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize.  Hailed by WQXR as a genre-independent quartet that not only vehemently supports emerging composers, but also composes collectively, the group received Chamber Music Americas 2015 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award for outstanding and innovative approaches to contemporary classical, jazz, and world chamber music.  PQs innovative programs span the classical canon and also feature open-form improvisations that expand the techniques and aesthetic of the traditional string quartet.

    RSVP here.

  • Walking Brooklyn, Brooklyn Connections Professional Learning
    Monday, May 9, 2016 9:00 am
    Central Library, Brooklyn Collection

    Take your teaching to the streets with this workshop on how use walking tours and local history to enhance student learning and inspire community engagement. Teachers will learn tips and tricks from professional New York City walking tour guides and take a tour of Prospect Heights/Park Slope prepared by the Brooklyn Connections team. Teachers will have the opportunity to use the Brooklyn Collection’s unique holdings to begin a walking tour of their own, brainstorm ways to connect the Common Core and local history, and take home the tools and confidence necessary to invigorate their teaching and learning. Please be prepared to walk - this event takes place rain or shine.

    Click here to register or go to the Brooklyn Connections website

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, May 9, 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, May 9, 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 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.

  • Story and Play
    Monday, May 9, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

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

  • Never Too Late to Learn: Computer Basics
    Monday, May 9, 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, May 9, 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, May 9, 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.

  • Upgrade Your Workplace Skills with Metrix Learning & Lynda.com
    Monday, May 9, 2016 3:00 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 business skills, computers and technology, and more -- for free.

    You'll be introduced to the Metrix Learning System, a site that lets you rate your skills and choose courses to build your skills in the job market, and 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. This is a Business & Career Library program.

    Registration is required for this event. Please be sure to be on time to avoid missing important information.

  • Basic Spanish Conversation Group
    Monday, May 9, 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

      The class is free.

    No registration required.  

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, May 9, 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.

  • Gaming for Teens
    Monday, May 9, 2016 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, and card games. For grades 6 & up. Call 718-230-2117 for more information.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Monday, May 9, 2016 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.