Central Library

Programs & Events

All Brooklyn Public Library locations will be closed from Saturday, May 28th through Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day Weekend.

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.

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, May 31, 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 CounselingCancelled
    Tuesday, May 31, 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.

  • Capturing Your Poetry
    Tuesday, May 31, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Are you a creative writer, poet, or spoken word artist who is looking for another way to connect to your audience? Learn how to record and exhibit your poetry. Using professional Zoom recorders and audio editing software Audacity, you will create visual poetry pieces ready to be exhibited online.

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

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-2016-central-library-free-bric-media-classes-tickets-24097542398?_ga=1.221982672.918546536.1461774831

  • Stomp, Clap & Sing with Bilingual Birdies
    Tuesday, May 31, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    The Bilingual Birdies Band celebrates language and culture in 45 minutes of fun-filled live music and dance! Learn new words while you sing along to original hip tunes and your favorite traditional folk songs. Expect a high energy performance of instruments like guitar, trumpet and percussion that will encourage everyone to be a part of the show!     

  • Citizenship Prep Group
    Tuesday, May 31, 2016 11:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • English Conversation Group - Intermediate
    Tuesday, May 31, 2016 1:15 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Resume & Career Help (Central Library)Cancelled
    Tuesday, May 31, 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.

  • English Conversation Group - Advanced
    Tuesday, May 31, 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, May 31, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Play video games, use computers, check out our recording studio, and learn about new technology. 6th grade and up.

  • Build with LEGO
    Tuesday, May 31, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Have fun and build with Legos. For ages 6-12.

  • Russian Conversation Group for beginners
    Tuesday, May 31, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 6

    How to learn Russian language program is coming back to Brooklyn Public Library as of January 12, 2016

    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 CounselorCancelled
    Tuesday, May 31, 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 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.

  • Citizenship Prep Group
    Tuesday, May 31, 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! 

  • Portuguese Conversation Group: Intermediate Level
    Tuesday, May 31, 2016 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your Portuguese language in an informal and fun setting

    The class is free

    No registration is required

  • Patrick Iber & Karen Paget on the Cultural Cold War
    Tuesday, May 31, 2016 7:30 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    CO-PRESENTED WITH n+1: Authors Patrick Iber and Karen Paget discuss the Cultural Cold War, the CIA’s attempt to champion left-wing cultural movements and student unions during the Cold War.

    During the Cold War, left-wing Latin American artists, writers, and scholars worked as diplomats, advised rulers, opposed dictators, and even led nations. Their competing visions of social democracy and their pursuit of justice, peace, and freedom led them to organizations sponsored by the Soviet-backed World Peace Council, the U.S.-supported Congress for Cultural Freedom, and, after the 1959 Cuban Revolution, the homegrown Casa de las Américas.

    Neither Peace nor Freedom (Harvard University Press) delves into the entwined histories of these organizations and the aspirations and dilemmas of intellectuals who participated in them, from Diego Rivera and Pablo Neruda to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Jorge Luis Borges. Patrick Iber corrects the view that such individuals were merely pawns of the competing superpowers.

    Iber will be joined by Skype by Karen Paget, author of Patriotic Betrayal (Yale University Press). In this revelatory book, Paget shows how the CIA turned the National Student Association into an intelligence asset during the Cold War, with students used—often wittingly and sometimes unwittingly—as undercover agents inside America and abroad. In 1967, Ramparts magazine exposed the story, prompting the Agency into engineering a successful cover-up.

    A cautionary tale, Patriotic Betrayal, says Karl E. Meyer, a former editorial board member of the New York Times and The Washington Post, evokes “the aura of a John le Carré novel with its self-serving rationalizations, its layers of duplicity, and its bureaucratic doubletalk.”

    Joel Whitney, author of the forthcoming Finks: How the CIA Tricked the World's Best Writers (OR Books), hosts the discussion.

    RSVP here.

  • Apply for Citizenship: NYCitizenship Free Legal Help
    Wednesday, June 1, 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, June 1, 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.

  • One-to-One Expert Assistance Now Available!
    Wednesday, June 1, 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

    Se habla español

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

    For more information call 718.253.4948.

  • Babies & Books
    Wednesday, June 1, 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. For ages Birth-18 months. There are two sessions, one at 10:00 and one at 10:30.

     

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, June 1, 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, June 1, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Spanish Conversation Group Intermediate
    Wednesday, June 1, 2016 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 is required

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, June 1, 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.

  • Chinese Conversation Group for Beginners
    Wednesday, June 1, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

    Improve your Chinese Language in an informal and fun setting

    No registration required

    The class is free

  • Fiber Arts Group
    Wednesday, June 1, 2016 5:30 pm
    Central Library

    Fiber Arts Group
    Wednesday 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    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 Conversation Group
    Wednesday, June 1, 2016 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

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

  • French Conversation Group - Intermediat-Advanced
    Wednesday, June 1, 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.

    Room # 2  April 6, May 18th

     

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Thursday, June 2, 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, June 2, 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, June 2, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Making Your Tapes and Records Digital: An Info Session about Digital Conversion Tools at the Library
    Thursday, June 2, 2016 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Brooklyn Public Library has equipment you can use to transform your analog audiocassettes, VHS videocassettes, and vinyl records into digital files.

    Come to this information session to see how the tools work and learn how you can reserve time with them.

    Note: We will have music and movies to demonstrate with, so no need to bring anything.

    If you would like to convert your own cassettes or records to digital, you can do that on your own without needing to attend this info session.

  • Resume & Career Help (Central Library)
    Thursday, June 2, 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.

  • Digital Camera Basics
    Thursday, June 2, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learn how to use your camera’s features to create beautiful digital images. We’ll cover digital photography basics like camera settings, resolution and exposure levels, and how to properly white balance to make your pictures pop. You’ll also learn composition theory, shot types, and picture formats that work best in video projects.

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

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-2016-central-library-free-bric-media-classes-tickets-24097542398?_ga=1.221982672.918546536.1461774831

  • English Conversation Group
    Thursday, June 2, 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, June 2, 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, June 2, 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

  • Digital Photo Enhancement
    Thursday, June 2, 2016 6:30 pm
    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/summer-2016-central-library-free-bric-media-classes-tickets-24097542398?_ga=1.221982672.918546536.1461774831

  • Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That Changed American Women's Lives at Work
    Thursday, June 2, 2016 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    Gillian Thomas (pictured) and Sarah Lyall of The New York Times discuss Because of Sex

    Through first-person accounts and vivid narrative, Because of Sex tells the story of how one law, our highest court, and a few tenacious women changed the American workplace forever.

    Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act made it illegal to discriminate “because of sex.” But that simple phrase didn’t mean much until ordinary women began using the law to get justice on the job—and some took their fights all the way to the Supreme Court. Among them were Ida Phillips, denied an assembly line job because she had a preschool-age child; Kim Rawlinson, who fought to become a prison guard—a “man’s job”; Mechelle Vinson, who brought a lawsuit for sexual abuse before “sexual harassment” even had a name; Ann Hopkins, denied partnership at a Big Eight accounting firm because the men in charge thought she needed "a course at charm school”; and most recently, Peggy Young, UPS truck driver, forced to take an unpaid leave while pregnant because she asked for a temporary reprieve from heavy lifting.

    These unsung heroines’ victories, and those of the other women profiled in Gillian Thomas' Because of Sex, dismantled a “Mad Men” world where women could only hope to play supporting roles; where sexual harassment was “just the way things are”; and where pregnancy meant getting a pink slip.

    RSVP here.

  • Musical Toddler Yoga
    Friday, June 3, 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.

  • English Conversation Group
    Friday, June 3, 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, June 3, 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

     

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Saturday, June 4, 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, June 4, 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, June 4, 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.

     

  • Story Play
    Saturday, June 4, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Join us for stories, songs, and free play.

    for ages 0-5

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

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

  • Introduction to Google Drive
    Saturday, June 4, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Did you know that Google is more than a search engine and email? Come join us to learn how to use Google Drive and the tools available to you beyond the search engine. You will learn how to backup your data and always have your files with you wherever you go and whenever you need them.

  • Turn of the Page: Dreaming with Friends, with You Byun & Pat Cummings
    Saturday, June 4, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    The wildly imaginative, emotionally rich and visually surprising realm of dreams is a wonderful jumping off point for creating a story.

    Ages: 8 – 12. Seating is limited, first come, first served. Participants limited to 25 kids.

    Related exhibition Turn of the Page curated by Pat Cummings on display at Central Library until June 5.

    Award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Pat Cummings is Brooklyn Public Library’s 2016 Katowitz Radin Artist-in-Residence. Join us as Pat along with former students and illustrators she has mentored facilitate workshops that will teach storytelling and art skills through the development of a picture book.

  • Latin Conversation Group
    Saturday, June 4, 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

    June 4th is the last class for this program

  • Italian Conversation Group-Beginners
    Saturday, June 4, 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