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.

  • Friday Night Films for Teens: The Outsiders
    Friday, December 2, 2016 5:45 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Teens ages 13-17 are invited to our quarterly Friday Night Films for Teens at Central Library. Join us for this teens-only event after the Library closes for a free movie, with snacks and prizes to follow.

    This month we will be showing "The Outsiders," a 1983 coming of age story about two gangs, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and adapted from the novel by S.E. Hinton. The movie features many young stars, such as Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, and Diane Lane. Rated PG-13.

    Be downstairs in the Dweck Auditorium by 5:45, before the doors lock for the night!

    PRIZE: Attendees wearing multiple pieces of denim or another The-Outsiders-inspired outfit will be entered in our prize drawing.

    Hosted by BPL's BCAPteen alumni. www.bklynlibrary.org/bcap/teen

  • Open Level Lab: Computer Basics
    Saturday, December 3, 2016 10:00 am
    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.

     

  • Story and Play
    Saturday, December 3, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Join us for stories, songs, and free play.

    For ages 0-5.

  • English Conversation Group
    Saturday, December 3, 2016 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Events for Youth & Families: Tim Kubart's Midwinter Celebration Concert
    Saturday, December 3, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Probably best known as the “Tambourine Guy” from the viral music collective Postmodern Jukebox, Kubart has performed with PMJ in sold out shows across the country and internationally. Along with his “Sunny Side Up” co-host Chica the Chicken, Tim sings songs, performs sketches, and celebrates everyday moments for a national audience of kids and their caregivers on the only live morning show for preschoolers each day. Favorite visitors to the show include OK GO, Lentil the Dog, Matt Lauer, Wrangler the Dog, William Shatner, and the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.

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  • "The Divine Assignment (A Murder Mystery);" A Staged Reading
    Saturday, December 3, 2016 1:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Be bold! Be bright! See a murder mystery this holiday season. The Crystal Image Performing Arts Company, nominated for four Off Broadway in Excellence Theatre Awards for Acting, Set Design and Directing for its production of Oedipus the King, will present a staged reading of its new production, The Divine Assignment (A Murder Mystery). 

    Synopsis: On a cold winter's day in the hills of Kansas, Choir Director-Bey Allman and her husband Charles settle in for a cozy evening. It is a few days before Christmas. The lights shine all over the town. The fireplace crackles as chicken and sweet potato pie warm in the oven. They anxiously await the return of their son from the big city. He has given up on becoming a singing star. He never comes. Suddenly, there is a knock at the door.

    Writer and director Kenthedo Robinson has taught English and Theatre in the New York school system for twenty five years. Robinson has taught creative writing at the College of New Rochelle and Empire State College. He has completed a B.A. Degree in Communications Arts at Park University (Parkville, Missouri). Robinson also holds two Master Degrees in Education and Educational Administration. Currently, he is completing  a M.A. Degree in Theatre (Playwriting and Directing) at Hunter College (City University of New York).

    He has written produced and directed over twenty plays. His plays have been selected for staged readings at The National Black Theatre Festival and produced Off Broadway and in The Harlem Fringe Theatre Festivals, The Women of Color Theatre Festival and Provocative Playwrights Festival.  Some directing credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, The Wiz, My Mother: The Super Action Hero, Antony and Cleopatra and recently an Off Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun and currently, The Pulitzer Prize winning play, The Piano Lesson.

  • Citizenship Class Registration
    Saturday, December 3, 2016 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Room 214

    Prepare for Citizenship Program

    Attend free Citizenship Preparation Classes at the library. 

    Classes meet 4 hours per week for 11 weeks. Free naturalization application legal assistance with Immigrant Justice Corps.

    • Improve your English.
    • Study all topics on the naturalization civics test.
    • Practice for the interview.
    • Evening, morning and weekend class schedules available. 

      Prepárese para la Ciudadanía

      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 Immigrant Justice Corps.

    • Mejore su inglés.
    • Estudia todos los temas del examen de educación cívica de naturalización.
    • Práctica para la entrevista.
    • Horarios de clase disponible en la noche, mañana y fin de semana. 

      Prepare pou pwogram naturalisasyon

      Vini nan sèvis sitwayènte pweparasyon klas nan bibliyotèk la. Klas yo rankontre 4 trè pa semèn pou 11 semèn. Aplikasyon pou natiralizasyon gratis gras ak asistans legal Imigran Jistis Corps.

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    • Amelioré  anglè ou.
    • Etidié tout sijè nan tès sivik natiralizasyon an.
    • Fè Pratik pou interview an.
    • Ke solèy kouche, nan maten oswa nan fen semèn klas yo ap disponib. 

      Préparation au Programme de citoyenneté

      Assister à des cours gratuits de préparation à la citoyenneté à la bibliothèque. Les cours ont lieu les 4 heures par semaine pendant 11 semaines. Demande de naturalisation assistance juridique gratuite avec l’assistance de l’Immigrant Justice Corps..

    • Ammeliorez votre anglais.
    • Étudier tous les sujets sur le test d'éducation civique de naturalisation
    • Pratiquez pour interview.

      Les cours sont disponibles au cours de Soirée, le matin et aussi  le week-end

    Immigrant Services Program

  • Chinese Conversation Group for Beginners
    Saturday, December 3, 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

  • Chess Workshop
    Saturday, December 3, 2016 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Improve your chess game with help from an instructor.

  • Chess Workshop
    Saturday, December 3, 2016 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Improve your chess game with help from an instructor.

  • Advanced Chinese Studies in I-Ching
    Saturday, December 3, 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

    The Class will be held in room #7

    November 5-19

  • Open Level Lab: Comptuer Basics
    Saturday, December 3, 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.

     

  • Written in the Dark
    Saturday, December 3, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Polina Barskova, Matvei Yankelevich and Irina Sandomirskaia present a pioneering bilingual anthology of “non-official” poetry from the Siege of Leningrad. These poems spend long decades in hiding: so shocking were they in form and content that their authors could not present them to contemporary readers. Finally, the time has come to present this striking work to both English and Russian audiences. This event is in English.  

    RSVP here.

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  • Printmaking Workshop: Krampus - The Feast of St. Nicholas
    Sunday, December 4, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    The holiday season is upon us, and as everyone is aware, Krampus Night is coming up on the evening of December 5th. We invite you to make your own holiday cards for the naughty ones in your life who you think may be deserving of a visit from Krampus this year. According to National Geographic, "Bearing horns, dark hair, and fangs, the anti-St. Nicholas comes with a chain and bells that he lashes about, along with a bundle of birch sticks meant to swat naughty children." Krampus is sometimes depicted stuffing children into a basket to carry off with him. If there are no naughty people in your life, you may consider sending a few to deserving public figures.

    In this workshop you will learn the techniques of linoleum block printing from start to finish. By the end of the class you will know how to create a unique but reproducible image on a linoleum block, and print on a multi-media printing press. This workshop is free, all materials are provided, and no prior experience is necessary! It's geared toward adults but children 11 and older are welcome to attend.

    Taught by Alex Chipkin and Becky Chipkin.

  • English Conversation Group
    Sunday, December 4, 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, December 4, 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: Ko-Eun Yi
    Sunday, December 4, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Ko-Eun Yi, piano, performs works by Mozart, Debussy, Brahms, and Scriabin.

    Children under the age of six will not be admitted to this program.

    RSVP here.

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  • Industrialization & Brooklyn's Waterfront
    Monday, December 5, 2016 9:00 am
    Central Library, Brooklyn Collection

    Make local connections to help inform your Industrialization unit as we hear from Brooklyn Historical Society historian, Katy Lasdow, and industry expert, Marc Levinson, about the history of our borough's waterfront both at its height and during its more recent demise. Use Greenpoint as a case study for understanding industrialization's effects on the neighborhood's residents, landscape and industries and explore lesson plan ideas and additional resources for further engagement with your students in the Brooklyn Collection's local history archive.

    Register HERE to reserve your spot or join our mailing list to stay up-to-date with Brooklyn Connections events.

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, December 5, 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, December 5, 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.

  • Spanish Storytime/Cuentos para niños en español
    Monday, December 5, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Join us for stories and songs in Spanish for children and their parents or caregivers.

    Acompáñenos con cuentos y canciones en español para niños y sus padres o cuidadores.

    For ages 0-5.

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, December 5, 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, December 5, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Basic Spanish Conversation Group
    Monday, December 5, 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, December 5, 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.

  • Spanish Conversation group Intermediate
    Monday, December 5, 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, December 5, 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, December 5, 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.

  • Pre-HSE (Pre-GED) Registration
    Monday, December 5, 2016 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Pre-HSE Classes

    Begin your preparation for the HSE/TASC exam at the Library. In Brooklyn Public Library's Pre-HSE classes, you practice reading, writing, math, and critical thinking that form the foundation of high school equivalency success. All classes are free!

    Part-time Pre-HSE classes are for adults 17 years old and older.  Classes meet one or more days per week for a total of 6 hours in libraries throughout Brooklyn. Evening, daytime, and weekend schedules are available.

    Full-time Pre-HSE classes are available for 17 to 24 year-olds. Visit the Young Adult Pre-HSE preparation page for more information.

    To get started, you must attend a Pre-HSE registration session. Be prepared to stay for 3 hours for assessment.  Children cannot be permitted.

  • English Conversation Group
    Monday, December 5, 2016 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

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

  • Smart Devices and IOT: How Smart Is This New Stuff?
    Monday, December 5, 2016 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Free discussion, which will include demonstrations with a few devices.

     

     

     

     

    Tom Fitzgibbon will cover topics such as:

    1. What can I buy/install myself to put in my home or business?
    2. Say hello to my little Google Home or Amazon Alexa.
    3. Security concerns about this new stuff.
    4. Hook up a security camera in 15 minutes, without a monthly charge.
    5. Various commercial and residential systems available.
    6. How to hack a Roomba vacuum and make it do tricks.
    7. Security systems you can install yourself.
    8. DIY in the Internet of Things (IOT)

    Questions can be asked at any time!

     

     

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, December 6, 2016 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, December 6, 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.

  • Digital Photo Enhancement
    Tuesday, December 6, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    The picture-perfect shot doesn’t stop with your camera. In this class, you’ll get hands-on experience with GIMP, a free, versatile photo editing software program. Learn to retouch, crop, and color balance your digital photos before showing them to the world. By the end of this two-hour session you’ll have the skills to make every shot you take a perfect one.

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

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-2016-central-library-free-bric-media-classes-tickets-26669522259?_ga=1.33703777.198344656.1472760295

  • Stomp, Clap & Sing: Music with Emily & Friends
    Tuesday, December 6, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Put the rhythm in your feet, dance your body and feel the beat! Sing-a-long with songs you know and rock out with Emily's original tunes! With the release of her new CD, Sun In The Morning 'Til The Moon At Night, Emily is thrilled to be coming back to share her music with you.

  • English Conversation Group - Intermediate
    Tuesday, December 6, 2016 1:15 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • English Conversation Group - Advanced
    Tuesday, December 6, 2016 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, December 6, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Kids and teens in grades 6 and up are welcome for an afternoon of playing board games and video games, arts and crafts, and socializing. 
     
    Where: Info Commons Lab
    When: Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m.
    Who: Grades 6+

  • Fostering Global Citizenship in the Classroom
    Tuesday, December 6, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    Join Brooklyn Public Library and Global Nomads Group in exploring ways to foster global citizenship in your 6-12th grade classroom.

    Global Nomads Group is a non-profit organization committed to fostering dialogue and understanding among the world’s youth. 

    • Learn about GNG’s free online curriculum and program pathways
    • Discover the classroom potential of Virtual Reality (VR) to foster dialogue, empathy, and awareness
    • Participate in VR demos
    • Connect with like-minded educators eager to widen the lens of their classroom practices

     *Registration is required.

  • Russian Conversation Group for beginners
    Tuesday, December 6, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 6

    How to learn Russian language program is coming back to Brooklyn Public Library.

    Practice your Russian language in an Informal and fun setting

    The class is free

    No registration required

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Tuesday, December 6, 2016 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.

  • PowerUP! Awards Ceremony
    Tuesday, December 6, 2016 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    More than $30,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the competition’s top entrepreneurs to start their business in Brooklyn. Join us to find out who will be this year’s winners! This is a Business & Career Library program.

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

  • Citizenship Prep GroupCancelled
    Tuesday, December 6, 2016 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    If you are interested in becoming a U.S. citizen, we can help!  Join our free exam preparation groups! 

  • Energy Efficiency Workshop
    Tuesday, December 6, 2016 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Have you ever wondered how electricity is generated? Or how to save more on your bill? Join Solar One for a workshop on saving energy at home. During the workshop participants will:

    • Learn how to conduct an energy audit
    • Discover methods for making your home energy efficient
    • Explore various energy efficient lighting technologies
    • Take home information and resources on Brooklyn-based incentive programs for saving energy 

    Solar One is a nonprofit environmental and sustainability education organization based in New York City. 

  • Color Stress Away
    Tuesday, December 6, 2016 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Looking for a new way to relax? Enjoy the sublime pleasure of coloring. Coloring sheets, coloring books, crayons and colored pencils shall be provided to participants by the library. (Ages 18+)

    First 12 participants only. 

  • Portuguese Conversation Group Intermediate Level
    Tuesday, December 6, 2016 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your Portuguese language in an informal and fun setting

    The class is free

    No registration is required

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, December 7, 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.

  • One-to-One Expert Assistance Now Available!
    Wednesday, December 7, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 2

    Many situations require the assistance of an expert.  We can provide one-to-one help for you and your child with:

    • Individualized Education Program (IEP) process
    • Early childhood services and programs
    • Transition planning
    • Transportation issues
    • Navigating systems, including Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health, and others
    • Camps, afterschool, and other community resources

    Drop-in or call to make an appointment  212.677.4650 ex. 19.

  • Babies & Books
    Wednesday, December 7, 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, December 7, 2016 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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