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.

  • Our Streets, Our Stories: 2016 Oral History
    Monday, February 27, 2017 9:00 am
    Central Library

    2016: Let's Talk About It

    Brooklyn Public Library is collecting your
    stories of
    2016to be archived asbird on a branch part of the Our Streets, Our Stories oral history project. We will record your recollections of 2016’s challenges, opportunities, and changes that have affected you or your loved ones. 

    • Appointments can be made by calling 718.230.2745 or by emailing ososproject@bklynlibrary.org
    • Interviews will be scheduled for half an hour
    • Interviews will be conducted by library staff let's talk about 2016.

    Tell your story so that others will remember.

     

  • 2016 Oral History Project: Our Streets, Our Stories
    Monday, February 27, 2017 9:00 am
    Central Library

    2016: Let's Talk About It

    January through February Brooklyn Public Library will be collecting your stories of 2016 to be archived as part of the Our Streets, Our Stories oral history project. We will record your recollections of 2016’s challenges, opportunities, and changes that have affected you or your loved ones. 

    • Appointments can be made by calling 718.230.2745 or by emailing ososproject@bklynlibrary.org
    • Interviews will be scheduled for half an hour
    • Interviews will be conducted by library staff let's talk about 2016.

    Tell your story so that others will remember.

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, February 27, 2017 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, February 27, 2017 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.

  • AARP Free Tax Help and Preparation
    Monday, February 27, 2017 10:00 am
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    All AARP free tax preparation sites for low and middle income taxpayers operate on a first come, first served basis. To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms. For a list of documents you may need to bring, visit the AARP website.

    Please note: The program is intended for those who are unable to prepare their own returns, has limits on both income and complexity, and is on a first come first serve basis with a maximum of 40 returns prepared each session. The program requires the taxpayer(s) and dependents' social security cards, the taxpayer(s)' picture ID., and the presence of both spouses for a joint return.

  • Story Play
    Monday, February 27, 2017 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Join us for stories, songs, and free play.

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, February 27, 2017 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, February 27, 2017 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Free Tax Help and Preparation
    Monday, February 27, 2017 1:30 pm
    Central Library, Room 216

    Brooklyn Public Library can help you prepare your own taxes online...for free!  You can prepare and electronically file your tax return with help from a tax assistant...all for free.

    To participate in this free program, you must:

    • Earn less than $64,000 (per tax return)
    • Have a valid e-mail address and basic computer skills
    • Bring all required information to the site

  • Low Cost/Public Health Insurance Enrollment
    Monday, February 27, 2017 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 2

    Community Health Project/Callen-Lorde Community Health Center’s Insurance Navigator Program is available to help determine if you may be eligible for free public health insurance (Child Health Plus and Medicaid, or free or low cost Essential Plan through the ACA) and, if so, help you enroll. 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 January 31, if you have had a special life event (marriage, divorce, loss of job, birth or adoption of a child), you may still be eligible to enroll.

    For more information, call Callen-Lorde at 212-271-7270.

    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 Brooklyn Public Library, and through the generous support of the NYS Department of Health.

  • Basic Spanish Conversation GroupCancelled
    Monday, February 27, 2017 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.

    The class is free

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, February 27, 2017 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.

  • Teen Gaming
    Monday, February 27, 2017 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Teens, join us for tabletop gaming.  A rotating schedule of board games, Card Games (MtG and Yu-Gi-Oh!), and RPGs are featured.

  • After School Homework Help
    Monday, February 27, 2017 4:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Schedule for Homework Help

    (Schedules are subject to change.)

    Monday, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

    There's no homework help when NYC Public Schools are closed. 

    • Homework Help is a volunteer based program whereas non-paid volunteers assist children one-on-one AND in small groups with assignments in math, science, social studies, and other assignments.
    • Homework Help is not tutoring.
    • Homework Help doesn’t require pre-registration.
    • Homework Help is free.
    • Schedules Are Subject to Change.
    • No Homework Help on Tuesdays!

     

  • Spanish Conversation group IntermediateCancelled
    Monday, February 27, 2017 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

      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, February 27, 2017 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.

  • English Conversation Group
    Monday, February 27, 2017 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • PowerUP! Business Plan Competition OrientationCancelled
    Monday, February 27, 2017 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Enter Brooklyn Public Library’s 14th Annual PowerUP! Business Plan Competition for a chance to win $15,000! We will help you refine your ideas at workshops, explore resources for start-ups and connect you with business counselors. To participate, you must attend an orientation. This is a Business & Career Library program.

    Registration for this orientation will be available by January 31. Please register at bklynlib.org/business or call 718.623.7000 and select option 4.

  • Gentrification, Race, and Displacement in New York City: Who's at Fault, Where Do We Go from Here?
    Monday, February 27, 2017 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    New York’s neighborhoods are caught in an escalating battle over what they will look like, and who will get to live in them. In this special evening, Brooklyn authors Tom Angotti and Neil deMause join with community activists working to protect their neighborhoods to discuss the city’s present and future.

    Signed copies of the following new books will be available for purchase:

    Zoned Out: Race, Displacement and City Planning in NYC, edited by Tom Angotti & Sylvia Morse

    The Brooklyn Wars: The Stories Behind the Remaking of New York’s Most Celebrated Borough, by Neil deMause

    https://www.facebook.com/events/240124099779589/

  • Joel Whitney and Immy Humes on the C.I.A. and Cold War Cultural Propaganda
    Monday, February 27, 2017 7:30 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Joel Whitney, author of Finks: How the C.I.A. Tricked the World’s Best Writers, talks with documentary filmmaker Immy Humes, Alison Kinney, and Megan O'Rourke about the notable publishers and authors whose reputations were tarnished once their work for the intelligence agency came to light.

    RSVP here.

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  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 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, February 28, 2017 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.

  • Free Tax Help and Preparation
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 10:00 am
    Central Library, Room 216

    Brooklyn Public Library can help you prepare your own taxes online...for free!  You can prepare and electronically file your tax return with help from a tax assistant...all for free.

    To participate in this free program, you must:

    • Earn less than $64,000 (per tax return)
    • Have a valid e-mail address and basic computer skills
    • Bring all required information to the site

  • Intro to Social Media: Twitter
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Get an introduction to a variety of social media platforms. In Twitter, you’ll create a profile for personal or professional use, learn how to tweet in 140 characters, and connect with other users.

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

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-2017-central-library-free-bric-media-classes-tickets-29264093692?_ga=1.50502569.1091946494.1482513663

  • Stomp, Clap & Sing with Conroy Warren
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:00 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Feeling the beat! Enjoy the power and pleasure of Jazz, Calypso and Reggae through singing and dancing in this interactive performance with versatile entertainer Conroy Warren. It’s fun!  It’s exciting!

    Sign up here to find out about Brooklyn Public Library’s cultural programs right in your Inbox, and never miss out on a sold-out event again!

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 1:15 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • iPad Basics Class
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 1:30 pm
    Central Library

    Do you want to learn how to navigate an iPad?  Or do you own an iPad and want to put it in to better use? Learn to work with iPad by navigating the screens, connecting to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth surfacing the internet and working with photo, video and music

  • Introduction to Internet
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Introduction to the Internet is designed specifically for those who are interested in understanding what the internet is and how it is used. This lesson of 60-90 minutes covers browses, search engines, and navigating websites.

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 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, February 28, 2017 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, socializing, and sometimes free books. 

     

    Where: Info Commons Lab

    When: Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m.

    Who: Grades 6+

  • Build with LEGO
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

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

    For ages 6-12.

  • Russian Conversation Group for beginners
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 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, February 28, 2017 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.

  • Final Cut Pro X
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Apple’s latest version of Final Cut Pro X is a powerful, self-contained editing software that is popular among budding to professional editors. Learn basic system setup, create user profiles, navigate its visual interface, import media files, modify sound, and create titles. Final Cut Pro brings you the foundational and technical knowledge to begin editing your video projects.
     
    Students are encouraged to bring their own footage on a flash drive or external hard drive to work on.  
     

    Ed Parada holds a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He's an instructor at the New York Film Academy, Downtown Community Television Center, Future Filmmakers Workshop at New York University, and BRIC; teaching sound, camera, lighting, and post-production classes. He is chief Creative at Shake Up Productions, a Brooklyn-based studio providing creative content and production crews for motion picture and recorded audio projects. His Clients include Reed Expos, BBC, NYU, Crew1TV, NYFA, Sony, Dinosaur Diorama, Decoupage/Samsung/Nickelodeon, Afrobeatradio, Sing Like You Speak, and many more. You can find his work at www.SunsetAfire.com and www.ShakeUpProductions.com.

  • Write Now with NYWC! (¡Escriba ahora con NYWC!)
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Room 214

    Join NY Writers Coalition and writer Miguel Angeles in the new year, as we put pen to paper and see what happens. In this Spanish/English bilingual workshop we'll find inspiration from some of our favorite Latinx storytellers and artists and deepen our relationship with our writing practice. These workshops are free and open to writers of all backgrounds, genres, and experience levels. Writing materials will be provided, so just bring yourself. Workshop dates include: January 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, February 7, 14, 21 & 28, and March 7, 14, 21 & 28.

    Únase a NY Writers Coalition (coalición de escritores de Nueva York) y escritor Miguel Angeles en el año nuevo, mientras ponemos la pluma al papel y veremos que transpire. En este taller bilingüe (Español/Inglés) encontraremos inspiración de algunos de nuestros favoritos Latinx narradores y artistas y también profundizaremos nuestra relación con nuestra práctica de la escritura. Estos talleres son gratis y abierta a escritores de todos orígenes, géneros y niveles de experiencia. materiales de la escritura serán proporcionadas, solamente se requiere su presencia. Las fechas del taller son el 3, 10, 17, 24 y 31 de enero, el 7, 14, 21 y 28 de febrero, y el 7, 14, 21 y 28 de marzo.

  • Citizenship Prep Group
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 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!

  • Color Stress Away
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 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.

  • Portuguese Conversation Group Intermediate Level
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 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

  • Film screening: Doc
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 7:30 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Doc is an unorthodox portrait of literary and counter-culture figure Harold “Doc” Humes, founder of The Paris Review and author of two novels, who struggled with mental illness.  George Plimpton, Norman Mailer, Peter Matthiessen, William Styron and Paul Auster; avant-garde filmmaker Jonas Mekas; and the pied piper of LSD, Timothy Leary—recall an extraordinary man who defied all categories and expectations.

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  • Apply for Citizenship: NYCitizenship Free Legal Help
    Wednesday, March 1, 2017 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

  • Navigating Your Child’s Disability: One-to-One Expert Assistance Is Here!
    Wednesday, March 1, 2017 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
    • Camps, afterschool, and other community resources
    • And referral for other issues

    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, March 1, 2017 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.

    Pick up a free ticket the morning of the program at the children's reference desk. Call 718-230-2117 for more information.

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, March 1, 2017 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, March 1, 2017 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Free Tax Help and Preparation
    Wednesday, March 1, 2017 1:30 pm
    Central Library, Room 216

    Brooklyn Public Library can help you prepare your own taxes online...for free!  You can prepare and electronically file your tax return with help from a tax assistant...all for free.

    To participate in this free program, you must:

    • Earn less than $64,000 (per tax return)
    • Have a valid e-mail address and basic computer skills
    • Bring all required information to the site

  • Chinese Conversation Group for Beginners
    Wednesday, March 1, 2017 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    Improve your Chinese Language in an informal and fun setting

    No registration required

    The class is free.

    The Chinese Conversation Group is the continuation of Saturday class.

  • Spanish Conversation group Intermediate
    Wednesday, March 1, 2017 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 2

    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.  

  • Library Lab
    Wednesday, March 1, 2017 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Library Lab is Brooklyn Public Library’s dynamic learning enrichment program for children (ages 6  to 10) and their families.  Explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math concepts with fun, free activities that will spark curiosity through hands-on experiments.  Families will receive tips on how to use library resources and how to continue projects at home.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, March 1, 2017 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.

  • Fiber Arts Group
    Wednesday, March 1, 2017 5:30 pm
    Central Library

    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!

    The meeting for March 1 will take place in Room 214.