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.

  • Medicaid and Child Health Plus In-Person Assistance/Navigator Program
    Tuesday, September 2, 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.

    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.
    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

  • Oral History and Digital Archiving
    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Taking pictures is easy. What do you do after you’ve collected the images? In this two-hour session, you’ll learn about best practices for archiving physical and digital photos. Using your images, we’ll create brief oral history projects, allowing you to narrate a personal reflection of the story found in your pictures. Students will use Videopad to create an exciting video presentation of their oral history.

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

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 1:15 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • English Conversation Group: Advanced Level
    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Teen Tech Time
    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 4:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

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

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

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

    Improve your Russian language in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.
    There is no class August 19, 26 2014

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Tuesday, September 2, 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.

    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

  • Drop-In Design Assistance
    Tuesday, September 2, 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

  • Portuguese Conversation Group: Intermediate Level
    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your Brazilian Portuguese in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, September 3, 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

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, September 3, 2014 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, September 3, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

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

    Spanish Conversation Group for Intermediate

    The Class is Free

    No registration required.

     


     

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

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

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, September 3, 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 3, 2014 5:30 pm
    Central Library

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

  • Fiber Arts Group
    Wednesday, September 3, 2014 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

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

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, September 3, 2014 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

  • French Conversation Group - Intermediate
    Wednesday, September 3, 2014 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your French in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Exergamers Bowling for Older Adults
    Thursday, September 4, 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 4, 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 4, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Resume & Career Help
    Thursday, September 4, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    A librarian is available to provide information on job search-related topics and career resources, including resume and cover letter help, interviewing help and more. No appointment is necessary. This is a Business & Career Library service.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Game On!
    Thursday, September 4, 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.

  • RIF - Reading Is Fundamental
    Thursday, September 4, 2014 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    All RIF members must have a BPL library card to participate. Children will be allowed to choose a free RIF book when they join RIF and on their birthday. Children can earn additional RIF books by borrowing and returning 6 library books. A limit of 2 library books per week can be used towards this goal.

  • U.S. Citizenship Exam Preparation
    Thursday, September 4, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

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

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  • Intro to Graphic Design
    Thursday, September 4, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learn to create rich, dynamic visuals to capture people's attention. In this class you’ll learn Adobe Photoshop 6 to enhance your photos, layout text for printed pieces like postcards and one-sheets, explain why attention to color and typography is important, as well as creating graphics for lower thirds and titles. At the end of this hands-on course, you’ll have the skills needed to create your own compelling graphics. This class takes place over the course of 3 weeks. Classes will be held Thursdays from 4:00-8:00PM on 8/21, 8/28 and 9/4.

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

  • English Conversation Group
    Thursday, September 4, 2014 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Friday, September 5, 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

  • English Conversation Group
    Friday, September 5, 2014 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Chess Club
    Friday, September 5, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library

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

  • Story Play
    Saturday, September 6, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

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

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Saturday, September 6, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

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

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • First RIF - Reading Is Fundamental
    Saturday, September 6, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    All FirstRIF members must have a BPL library card to participate in First RIF. Children will be allowed to choose a free RIF book when they join FirstRIF and on their birthday. Children can earn additional RIF books by borrowing and returning 6 library books. A limit of 2 library books per week can be used towards this goal.

  • RIF - Reading Is Fundamental
    Saturday, September 6, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    All RIF members must have a BPL library card to participate. Children will be allowed to choose a free RIF book when they join RIF and on their birthday. Children can earn additional RIF books by borrowing and returning 6 library books. A limit of 2 library books per week can be used towards this goal.

  • Microsoft Word 1
    Saturday, September 6, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Room 216

    Topics include navigating Word and using features such as copy and paste. Please bring a USB flash drive if you want to save your work to bring home or to a future class. Presented by New York Cares.

  • English Conversation Group
    Saturday, September 6, 2014 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • DIY: Creating Art Club
    Saturday, September 6, 2014 10:30 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Be creative. Transform a book or a page or two! Ages 7-14.

  • DIY: Creative Writing
    Saturday, September 6, 2014 11:45 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Discovery poetry and creative writing, develop writing skills and write a poem or two. Ages 7-14.

  • Sigma Storytime
    Saturday, September 6, 2014 12:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Volunteers from the Brooklyn Alumni Chapter of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity read stories to children.

    for ages 3 to 8

  • Italian Conversation Group-Beginners
    Saturday, September 6, 2014 12:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your Italian in a friendly and informal setting

    The class will start as of September 6, 2014

  • Chinese Conversation Group Beginners
    Saturday, September 6, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your Chinese in an informal and friendly Setting

  • Lincoln Center Local Live presents Hammerstep + DEORO
    Saturday, September 6, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Plaza

    Cutting edge choreography from Hammerstep meets traditional music and innovative live beats with hip hop flare from DEORO to create a unique presentation integrating traditional Irish step, tap, and hip hop. The performance includes a Q&A with the artists. Grammy-nominated DEORO, led by Dave Eggar (cello) with Chuck Palmer (percussion), is known internationally for its remarkable collaborations with artists from Dr. Ralph Stanley and Frank Ocean to the Talaandig tribe of Mindanao in the Philippines. Garrett Coleman and Jason Oremus are the founders and artistic directors of innovative dance group, Hammerstep. Garrett is a two-time world champion of Irish step dance and Jason has won five consecutive state and national solo Irish dancing titles. Both have toured professionally with Riverdance.

  • Advanced Chinese Studies in I-Ching
    Saturday, September 6, 2014 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Art Workshop with Steve Keene
    Saturday, September 6, 2014 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Create collaborative artwork with BPL's artist-in-residence Steve Keene. Materials will be provided. For ages 8-14.

  • Microsoft Word 1
    Saturday, September 6, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Topics include navigating Word and using features such as copy and paste. Please bring a USB flash drive if you want to save your work to bring home or to a future class. Presented by New York Cares.

  • Japanese Conversation Group
    Sunday, September 7, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your Japanese in an informal and fun setting

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

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Monday, September 8, 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