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 our events calendar.

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

    Practice your Japanese in an informal and fun setting


    As of June 2014 the Japanese Conversation group will start at 2.00 Pm
    There won't be any class September 28

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    Monday, September 22, 2014 8:00 am
    Central Library

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  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Monday, September 22, 2014 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. Call 718.623.7000 and select option "3" to make an appointment. This is a Business & Career Library service.

    SCORE is a not-for-profit volunteer association of successful business people who provide free, confidential, one-on-one business counseling.
    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Never Too Late to Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, September 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. Provided by Brooklyn Public Library's Services for Older Adults department.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, September 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, September 22, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • LinkedIn Basics
    Monday, September 22, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learn how to set up and use LinkedIn, an important professional networking site that can make your job search more effective. This is a Business & Career Library program.

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, September 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.

  • Preschool Explore and Create
    Monday, September 22, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Hear a story and make a craft to take home. For ages 3-6.

    Tickets will be available the day of the program at the children's reference desk. Sorry, no groups or camps will be admitted.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Monday, September 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

  • English Conversation Group
    Monday, September 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, September 22, 2014 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Improve your Spanish in an informal and fun setting

    No registration required.

    The Class is Free


     

  • Medicaid and Child Health Plus In-Person Assistance/Navigator Program
    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 9:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    Callen Lorde's Insurance Navigator Program is available to help determine if you're eligible for free public health insurance (Child Health Plus and Medicaid) and, if so, help you enroll. Our 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 March 31st, if you have had a qualifying life event (marriage, divorce, loss of job, birth or adoption of a child, etc.) within the last 60 days, you may still be eligible to enroll.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons
    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.

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

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

  • Toddler Time
    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 10:15 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Enjoy stories, rhymes and songs. Ages 18 to 36 months. Call 718.230.2117 for more information.

    Space is limited. Pick up a ticket at the Children's Reference Desk on the morning of the program.

  • Toddler Time
    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 11:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Enjoy stories, rhymes and songs. Ages 18 to 36 months. Call 718.230.2117 for more information.

    Space is limited. Pick up a ticket at the Children's Reference Desk on the morning of the program.

  • BRIC Media Education Orientation
    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Our orientation is a great introduction to what community access television is all about, the variety of classes available with BRIC Media Education, services available from BRIC, and our policies and procedures. Some of our classes require that you attend one 2-hour orientation before you register.

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

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

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Drop-In Career Lab
    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Take advantage of up to two hours of computer time to work on a resume, job application, LinkedIn, online courses or other career-related projects with some assistance from a librarian. This is a Business & Career Library program.

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

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Understanding Your Paycheck
    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 4:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    If you ever wondered "where did all my money go?" after getting your first paycheck, it's time to take a closer look at your paycheck to better understand your tax deductions. In this workshop, teens will learn how to calculate their pay after taxes and how to reap the financial benefits of being an "employee."

    This program is made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart investing@your library®, a partnership with the American Library Association.

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

    Improve 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, September 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 and select option "3" to make an appointment. This is a Business & Career Library service.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons
    SCORE is a not-for-profit volunteer association of successful business people who provide free, confidential, one-on-one business counseling.

  • One-on-One Legal Assistance
    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 5:30 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    One-on-one legal assistance for start-ups and small business owners. Volunteers from the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) answer your questions about commercial leases, contracts, intellectual property and legal structures. This is a Business & Career Library service. *Appointments must be made through the Small Business Development Corporation at 718.797.0187.

  • Drop-In Design Assistance
    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    If you have a specific idea in mind and you need design input, or if you want to learn about useful tools in Adobe Photoshop, drop into our design instruction classroom for one-on-one assistance. Sina Zekavat, a graduate of Architecture and Urban Studies from London, will be available to give you advice on how best to use the Adobe package to represent your ideas. First come, first served. No registration required.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • How to Be an Effective Small Business Leader
    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    This workshop will share strategies that you can easily implement in order to begin leading your business and staff. Learn how to lead by example, develop hiring strategies, and run a business and not have the business run you. This is a Business & Career Library program presented in collaboration with the Business Outreach Center Network.

    Please register at www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/locations/business/events or call 718.623.7000 and select option 4.

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

    Practice your Brazilian Portuguese in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Babies & Books
    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Enjoy books, songs and rhymes. 0 to 18 months.

    Space is limited. Pick up a ticket at the Children's Reference Desk on the morning of the program. Please call 718.230.2117 for more information.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 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. Call 718.623.7000 and select option "3" to make an appointment. This is a Business & Career Library service.

    SCORE is a not-for-profit volunteer association of successful business people who provide free, confidential, one-on-one business counseling.
    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Babies & Books
    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 10:30 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Enjoy books, songs and rhymes. 0 to 18 months.

    Space is limited. Pick up a ticket at the Children's Reference Desk on the morning of the program. Please call 718.230.2117 for more information.

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

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Philosophy Discussion Group
    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Reverend Elsie Smith Room

  • Mac Basics
    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Are you curious about Mac computers but not sure where to start? This hour-long session for beginners will cover the fundamentals of Apple's operating system, including navigation, comparisons to Windows, saving documents in Microsoft Office applications, and more.

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

    Spanish Conversation Group for Intermediate

    No registration required

    The Class is Free



    As of May 28th, the class will start at 3.00 PM

  • DIY: Makerspace Wednesdays
    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Create DIY projects in our makerspace. 6th grade and up.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, September 24, 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.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons
    No appointment required.

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

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

  • Fiber Arts Group
    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

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

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

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

    Practice your French in an informal and fun setting.

    The Program Is Free

    No Registration Required

    No registration required.

  • 3D Printing in Public Libraries
    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Libraries are on the front lines of innovation and providing access to and understanding of the latest technologies, including 3D printing. Join members of Shapeways and staff and community members of Brooklyn Public Library to discuss how they are using 3D printing in library programs and services, and how 3D printing can fit into public and educational programs at libraries and schools.

    RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Shapeways/events/201920242/

  • Some Like It Hot
    Thursday, September 25, 2014 9:45 am
    Central Library, Room 216

    Please join us to explore the meaning of gender through the lens of fashion and style through the decades. This program is primarily intended for people 55 and over, but all adults are welcome to participate. Provided by Brooklyn ElderPride, part of the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, and Brooklyn Public Library's Services for Older Adults Department.

    Please call the Services for Older Adults Department at 718.236.1760 to register.

  • Exergamers Bowling for Older Adults
    Thursday, September 25, 2014 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.

    Thursdays until June 25, 2015, with the following exceptions:

    No sessions on Thanksgiving; Christmas; New Year's Day; October 9, 2014; February 5, 2015; and April 9, 2015.

    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).

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Thursday, September 25, 2014 12:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

    Take a step toward financial stability—make a confidential appointment with a counselor from Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Financial Empowerment Center. A counselor can advise you on budgeting and money management, establishing and improving credit ratings, analyzing your credit report, finding affordable banking services, financial planning, and reducing debt. Counseling is available in English and Spanish. This is a Business & Career Library service. Call 718.636.6994 for an appointment.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • English Conversation Group
    Thursday, September 25, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Foundation Center Database Searching Workshop
    Thursday, September 25, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learn how to search for grants.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Resume & Career Help
    Thursday, September 25, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    A librarian is available to provide one-on-one help on job search-related topics and career resources, including resumes and cover letters, interviewing and more. Patrons will be seen on a first come, first served basis. This is a Business & Career Library service.

  • Game On!
    Thursday, September 25, 2014 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Play board games in the children's room; games are available for sign out from the children's reference desk.