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.

  • Moving On: Transition Planning for Teens Aging Out of Department of Education Services
    Friday, October 24, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    Moving On: Transition Planning for Teens Aging Out of Department of Education Services. 

    The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs

  • What's Next for Your Child?
    Friday, October 24, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    Learn how to navigate the transition from the NYC Department of Education District 75 services to the world of adult services for people with disabilities and those with Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) eligibility. 

     

    ASL interpretation and Spanish translation available with advance request: 718.253.4948

     

  • Writers Circle
    Friday, October 24, 2014 12:30 pm
    Central Library, Room 214

    Writing workshop for adults. No experience necessary.

    No registration required

  • Mac Topics
    Friday, October 24, 2014 3:00 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.

  • English Conversation Group
    Friday, October 24, 2014 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • ProjectArt
    Friday, October 24, 2014 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Art classes taught by professional artists. Participants' work will be displayed in a gallery show. For ages 13-17. 

    http://projectart.org/

  • Chess Club
    Friday, October 24, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library

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

  • Story Play
    Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

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

  • First RIF - Reading Is Fundamental
    Saturday, October 25, 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, October 25, 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.

  • Free Tango Lessons
    Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Learn the fundamentals of one of the world’s most dramatic dances at this fun, informal series. Brought to you by IATI Theater Lessons are in English and Spanish. Space is LIMITED, so arrive early! Please bring your library card for admission. Come alone or bring a partner. The class consists of two sessions 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Beginners 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM Advanced

  • Microsoft PowerPoint 3
    Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Room 216

    Topics may include animations, transitions, and presentation tools. 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.

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Saturday, October 25, 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. Please call 718.636.6994 for an appointment.

  • English Conversation Group
    Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Apples to Big Apple
    Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:30 am
    Central Library, Plaza

    Festivities will include: DONUT-ON-A-STRING EATING CONTEST • PUMPKIN PAINTING • STORY HOUR • APPLE IDENTIFICATION GAME

    PLEASE NOTE: This event takes place at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket!!!

  • Accessible Arcade
    Saturday, October 25, 2014 12:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Come to the accessible arcade and get your game on!

  • Italian Conversation Group
    Saturday, October 25, 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

  • Events for Youth & Families: We Run the Ship
    Saturday, October 25, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Featuring original music, live puppets and big decisions. Each show travels throughout the performance space, as the audience members make individual and group choices that bring the story to life around them. With fresh and salty ship captains, a pair of star-crossed sneakers, a wandering troubadour, and an invisible dog, this is a show for all ages and imaginations to choose where they want to go next.

    This program is made possible through generous support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

  • Chinese Conversation Group BeginnersCancelled
    Saturday, October 25, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    THe Chinese Conversation Group is cancelled until further notice

    No Registration Required

    The Program Is Free

  • Diversity Lottery Application Assistance
    Saturday, October 25, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library Learning Center

    Visit one of Brooklyn Public Library’s Learning Centers for free assistance with the online Diversity Visa Lottery application process.

    • Free digital photos and scanning
    • Translation services when possible
    • Free computer access

    Last Application will be processed 30 minutes before closing.

    Diversity Lottery

    Immigrant services program

  • Advanced Chinese Studies in I-Ching
    Saturday, October 25, 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.

  • Russian Literary Series: Veronica Dolina
    Saturday, October 25, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Veronica Dolina, in her repeat appearance at the library, presents her new program "Famusov's House". This is a collection of her new songs and poems about the old Moscow. In Russian.

    This series is made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint 3
    Saturday, October 25, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Topics may include animations, transitions, and presentation tools. 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.

  • Life Behind Bars: Aging in Prisons
    Sunday, October 26, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Serving Life documents an extraordinary hospice program inside Louisiana’s maximum security prison at Angola, where fellow lifers care for dying inmates. Produced by Oprah Winfrey and narrated by Forest Whitaker. (Dir: Lisa R. Cohen, 85 min, 2011)

    The guest panel will include:

    • Soffiyah Elijah - Executive Director of Correctional Association of NY
    • Dr. Tina Maschi - Founder and Executive Director of Be the Evidence International Fordham University
    • Lisa R. Cohen - Director, Serving Life

  • Japanese Conversation Group
    Sunday, October 26, 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

  • Logo Design with Adobe Illustrator for Beginners: Using Type, Shapes, Align & Pathfinders
    Sunday, October 26, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    In this two hour workshop, you will learn how to design logos with the combination of typography and geometric shapes. We will also go over basic design techniques.

  • Ready, Set, Kindergarten!
    Sunday, October 26, 2014 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    In this special six session series, families enjoy stories and activities designed to encourage the development of early learning practices. Exploring literacy, science, and math through music, stories, art, and play will help you and your child get ready for school! Families will receive free materials to continue the learning and fun at home.

    For children 3 to 5 years and participating parents or caregivers. 

  • Classical Interludes: Rolf Schulte and James Goldsworthy
    Sunday, October 26, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Rolf Schulte, violin, and James Goldsworthy, piano, two internationally known artists, perform works by Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Edvard Grieg and Josef Suk.

    Mr. Schulte made his debut with the Philharmonia Hungarica in Cologne at age 14. He has since performed with the Berlin and Munich philharmonics, Frankfurt Museums-Orchester, Stuttgart State Orchestra and Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice, Venice, among others. In America he has performed with the Seattle, Vermont and New Hampshire symphonies and has appeared with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society.

    Mr. Goldsworthy has appeared in concert with violinist Lilo Kantorowicz-Glick and violist Jacob Glick and accompanied singers in recital, including Judith Bettina, Benjamin Luxon and Véronique Dubois. He has also performed as soloist throughout Europe, Japan, Israel, Canada and the United States. He has premiered works by Milton Babbitt, Chester Biscardi, Cheng Yong Wang and a host of other composers. Children under 6 will not be admitted.

    RSVP here.

    Classical Interludes is made possible in part by a generous gift from James J. O’Toole and is supported in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  • Never Too Late to Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, October 27, 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.

    Starting October 6, due to increasing demand, this class will be divided into two one-hour classes, one from 10:00-11:00 am, and the other from 11:00 am-12:00 noon.

    Provided by Brooklyn Public Library's Services for Older Adults department.

    Please note that the first 24 people will be admitted to the 10:00-11:00 am class, and everyone that comes after that will be allowed in for the 11:00 am class.

    There are computers available for use in the Info Commons main area and the Third Floor Computer Lab to practice what you learn.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In WorkshopCancelled
    Monday, October 27, 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.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Monday, October 27, 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.

  • Toddler Halloween Dance
    Monday, October 27, 2014 10:30 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Join us for a Halloween dance party for the toddler crowd. Come in costume!

  • English Conversation Group
    Monday, October 27, 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, October 27, 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 WorkshopCancelled
    Monday, October 27, 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, October 27, 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, October 27, 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, October 27, 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, October 27, 2014 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Improve your Spanish in an informal and fun setting. 


    No registration required.
     

  • Private Web Browsing with Tor Browser Bundle
    Monday, October 27, 2014 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    There are many real threats to your privacy when you are browsing the web. The Tor Browser is a free web browser that includes many privacy-protecting features in a single, easy to use application. It is useful to anyone interested in privacy while browsing the internet, even though it was created for people at high risk. Tor Browser is the app that will most likely cover all of the average person's real-world threats.

    Whether you want to read about topics without worrying about what others might think, or whether you're a working journalist, a member of an NGO, or simply a citizen who cares about privacy, this event will teach you how to anonymously and privately browse the web. We will start with a quick, non-technical introduction to the potential threats to privacy, then do a practical hands-on session were every participant will use and explore Tor Browser.

    One-on-one help will be available, so bring your own computer and/or USB flash drive if you want to try Tor yourself. The Tor Browser can be installed on Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux machines, or it can run off a USB flash drive and be used without needing to install any software.

    Rivka Karasik has over two decades of teaching experience, working with all ages in a range of subjects. She brings this experience with her as she tackles issues of digital security and privacy.

    Hans-Christoph Steiner is a researcher and hacker at Guardian Project, focused on privacy in mobile apps for communication and media. He has worked many years to make computers more accessible to everyone.


     

  • I Was in Pain and Then It Stopped: NYWC Book Launch & Reading
    Monday, October 27, 2014 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    "Every week, on Monday afternoon, a group of strangers gather in a small library meeting room. They come from homeless shelters and studio apartments and high schools and assisted living facilities, and together they undertake the strange, beautiful, trusting work of transforming themselves into radios. Here’s some of what they’ve picked up,” writes novelist and NY Writers Coalition Workshop Leader Ben Dolnick in I Was in Pain and Then It Stopped: Writing from Brooklyn Public Library.
     

    Please join Brooklyn Public Library and the NY Writers Coalition in celebration of the official book launch of I Was in Pain on Monday, October 27 at 7PM in the Trustees Room. Copies of the book will be available, and light refreshments will be served.

  • Medicaid and Child Health Plus In-Person Assistance/Navigator Program
    Tuesday, October 28, 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, October 28, 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, October 28, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

  • Toddler Time
    Tuesday, October 28, 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.

  • Intro to Social Media: Facebook and Twitter
    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    In our Facebook class, learn how to set up a profile page and apply privacy and security settings. You’ll also learn how to navigate posts, pictures and videos, and add friends to your feed. In Twitter, you’ll create a profile for personal or professional use, how to tweet in 140 characters or less and connect with other users.

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

    https://oct2014llfreeclasses.eventbrite.com/

    bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Toddler Time
    Tuesday, October 28, 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.

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 1:15 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Computer Basics Class for Seniors
    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    No experience necessary.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • English Conversation Group: Advanced Level
    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.