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.

  • Creative Writing Workshop
    Friday, March 24, 2017 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Room 214

    Creative writing workshop with Aimee Herman, poet and instructor of writing and composition.  Participants will read and evaluate poems and stories, answer prompts and create their own work.

    Bring pens, pencils, paper and ideas.

     

     

  • Chess Club
    Friday, March 24, 2017 4:00 pm
    Central Library

    Chess Players of all skill levels meet for friendly games in the alcove area of the Art and Music Division.

    Chess sets are provided, or you can bring your own.

    For more information call: 718-230-2184 or visit:

    http://www.bklynlibrary.org/art-music

  • English Conversation Group
    Friday, March 24, 2017 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Basic Arabic Conversation Group
    Friday, March 24, 2017 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 2

    Improve your Arabic Language in an informal and fun setting

    This class covers the basic Arabic language.

  • ProjectArt Art Workshops
    Friday, March 24, 2017 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Free art classes with a professional artist, culminating in an exhibition. 

  • Vision & Justice: Photography, Race, and Power
    Friday, March 24, 2017 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Registration for the Vision & Justice series is now closed.  Walk-ins will not be accommodated. 

    A lecture and conversation inspired by Frederick Douglass’s ideas about the role of images for American progress and the power of aesthetics for the invention of race.

    Following the lecture and discussion, class participants are invited to an informal wrap-up of the session where they can get to know one another, exchange information and meet Professor Lewis.

  • Open Level Lab: Computer Basics
    Saturday, March 25, 2017 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, March 25, 2017 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Join us for stories, songs, and free play.

    For ages 0-5.

  • Free ACT Practice Test at the Central Library
    Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Find out how YOU would score with a full-length practice test. You'll receive a personalized score report pinpointing your strengths and weaknesses so you'll know what to focus on as you prep. 

    The same version of the practice test is administered on all dates. Scores are not submitted to schools. 

    This event is FREE, but registration is required. Please visit PrincetonReview.com or call 646-368-0628 to enroll.

    Test will be held in the Youth Wing's Upper Program Room from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please arrive on time. 

     

    This event is FREE, but registration is required. Please visit PrincetonReview.com or call 646-362-0628 to enroll in event #330244.

  • English Conversation Group
    Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Events for Youth & Families: Ensemble Connect presented by Carnegie Hall
    Saturday, March 25, 2017 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Members of Ensemble Connect introduce families to the joys of classical music in a free concert. This interactive performance invites kids and their families to participate in an exciting fun-filled hour of musical exploration.

    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!

  • High Blood Pressure Workshop & Informational Forum
    Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Room 214

    Are You Suffering From High Blood Pressure?

    • Are you feeling FRUSTRATED NOT KNOWING WHAT YOU CAN OR CAN’T EAT?

    • Are you unsure of what to do to keep your Blood Pressure Normal? 

    • Would you be interested in attending a monthly workshop that discusses more than just your High/Low Blood Pressure?

    WHO: 120/80, Inc.

    WHAT: High Blood Pressure Workshop & Informational Forum

    WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Fl Room 214 Brooklyn, NY 11238

    *WHEN: 4th Saturday of every month @ 2:00

    *dates and rooms are subject to change

  • Chess Workshop
    Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Improve your chess game with help from an instructor. 

  • Introduction to Chinese Music and the Instruments
    Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    "Introduction to Chinese Music and the Instruments" is a series of four workshops hosted by Melody of Dragon and Ba Ban Chinese Music Society, the two well-known performance troupes in New York. The audience will learn the origin and history of the instruments, touch and feel the fascinating shapes and designs, and relax in appreciation of the melodious music with imagination

  • Advanced Chinese Studies in I-Ching
    Saturday, March 25, 2017 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

     

    I-Ching the book of changes is one of the oldest Chinese classic philosophies that can help us to make decisions that logic alone cannot handle.

    Free lectures in Chinese and English

  • Drag Queen Story Hour
    Saturday, March 25, 2017 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Central Library is pleased to host Drag Queen Story Hour, featuring Cholula Lemon!

    What do drag queens and children have in common? They love dressing up and all things sparkly and fancy! Drag Queen Story Hour captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity in childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.

    Storyteller Cholula Lemon is a blossoming New York City drag queen who draws inspiration from her Mexican heritage, southwestern upbringing, and queer art. As a comedian, she seeks to spread light, laughter and love throughout the world.

  • Open Level Lab: Microsoft Office
    Saturday, March 25, 2017 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Drop in to an Open Level Lab on Microsoft Office applications. Ask questions or go through tutorials on topics including:

    • navigating Excel
    • entering formulas
    • creating graphs and reports
    • navigating Word
    • typing
    • using features such as copy and paste
    • formatting text
    • doing mail merges
    • navigating PowerPoint
    • creating basic slides
    • adding animations and transitions
    • using other presentation tools
    • navigating Publisher
    • adding images to flyers
    • creating bookmarks and brochures

    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.

  • Silent Movie Matinee: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari/Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920)
    Sunday, March 26, 2017 12:30 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    This classic and early prototype of the horror-film begins as a series of murders occur in a small town and clues seem to lead to Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss), a sinister mesmerist, and his hypnotized somnambulant assistant, Cesare (Conrad Veidt), who may be carrying out those crimes.  This movie's German-Expressionist visual and performance styles mark this as an art film, but the nightmare-world it envisions signals a deeper crisis beneath its surface.  Directed by Robert Wiene.
    (1920)  77 minutes  Germany

    With live piano accompaniment by Bernie Anderson.  Hosted & Curated by Ken Gordon.  Children under the age of six will not be admitted to these programs.

    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
    Sunday, March 26, 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
    Sunday, March 26, 2017 1:00 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

  • Ready, Set, Kindergarten!
    Sunday, March 26, 2017 2:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    In this special six session series, families enjoy stories  & activities designed to encourage the development of  early learning practices. Exploring literacy, science,  & math through music, stories, art, & play will help you & your child get ready for school!  Families will receive free materials to continue the learning and fun at home. For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers.

     

     

    This program will take place in the upper program room in the Youth Wing.

  • Japanese Conversation Group
    Sunday, March 26, 2017 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your Japanese language in an informal and fun setting

    The class is free

    No registration required

  • Classical Interludes: Calidore Quartet
    Sunday, March 26, 2017 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Jeffrey Myers (violin), Ryan Meehan (violin), Jeremy Berry (viola), Estelle Choi (cello) perform string quartets by:

    Beethoven - Quartet in F Major, Op. 135
    Ligeti - Quartet No. 1, "Metamorphoses Nocturnes"
    Dvorak - Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, "American"

    Children under six will not be permitted entry.

    RSVP here.

    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!

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, March 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, March 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, March 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.

  • Multilingual Storytime
    Monday, March 27, 2017 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Join us for stories and songs in Spanish for children and their parents or caregivers.

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, March 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, March 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, March 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, March 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 Group
    Monday, March 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, March 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, March 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, March 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!

     

  • ESOL - 2017 Spring Registration
    Monday, March 27, 2017 5:00 pm
    Central Library Learning Center

    Learn to Speak, Read, Write & Understand English!

    Free English Classes for adults 17 and older

    Daytime, Evening and Saturday class schedules available.

    Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes are for people who want to learn to speak, read, write and understand English:

    • Classes are open to adults 17 and older
    • All classes meet two days per week
    • To join a class, attend a registration (registrations take place at different libraries)
    • Participants will be evaluated and placed in a class
    • Space is limited. Classes fill up quickly!
    • Please do not bring children to registrations!

  • Spanish Conversation group Intermediate
    Monday, March 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, March 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.

  • Final Cut Pro X
    Monday, March 27, 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.  

    Rehana Esmail is a German born New York based independent filmmaker who graduated from The New School in 2013. Her work ranges from poetic cinema to documentary filmmaking while having a particular interest in the relationship between cinema, philosophy and anthropology. Her short film "Loin De Nous" was shown at various film festivals. At the moment she is working in post production of her first feature documentary film.  

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

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

  • No Free Speech for Fascists? A BPL Library School Series
    Monday, March 27, 2017 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Room 216

    "No Free Speech for Fascists?" is a free ten-week class offered as part of BPL's Library School series taught by Norman Finkelstein.

    Few topics on the political left arouse more passion and trigger more discord than free speech. One tradition, tracing back to the 1930s, says, “No free speech for fascists.” Today, it would also silence racists, anti-Semites and Islamophobes, misogynists, lookists, and homophobes.  When protesters at Berkeley prevented a rightwing provocateur from speaking in February of this year, President Trump threatened to cut federal funding of the university.  A second tradition traces back to Karl Marx’s credo, De omnibus dubitandum (To doubt everything). It opposes any silencing of opinion on the grounds that, on the one hand, you can never be certain that you possess truth and, on the other hand, the only way to reach truth is by a “standing invitation to the world” to prove you wrong. The last quoted phrase comes from John Stuart Mill’s classic and unrivaled exposition, ON LIBERTY. This 10-week class will be devoted to Mill’s essay. It will not be a lecture class but, instead, will be based on a close, interactive reading and analysis of salient passages in Mill's text, as it simultaneously engages current controversies. The instructor, Norman G. Finkelstein, himself got embroiled in a high-profile free speech case exactly a decade ago when he was denied tenure in June 2007. The course promises to be a provocative and inspiring occasion, where the heat it generates will, hopefully, be surpassed by the light it sheds.

    Students in the course will receive a copy of the text. Registration is limited to 15 students.

    Class will meet at the Central Library on the following Mondays from 7-8:30pm:

    • March 6th: Balcony Conference Room
    • March 13th: Room 216
    • March 20th: Balcony Conference Room
    • March 27th: Room 216
    • April 3rd: Room 216
    • April 10th: Room 216
    • April 17th: Room 214
    • April 24th: Room 214
    • May 1st: Room 214
    • May 8th: Room 214

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, March 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, March 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.

  • The Rights of Immigrant Students in NYC Public Schools
    Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:00 am
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    Presented by Rita Rodriguez-Engberg from the Immigrant Students' Rights Project at Advocates for Children of New York.

    Is your student new to the New York City School System?

    Are you curious about bilingual program options available to your child?

    Can special education services be provided in your home language?

    What are your rights to translation and interpretation services?

    Spanish and Arabic interpretation provided.

    For more information or ASL interpretation please call 718.253.4948

  • Los Derechos de los Estudiantes Inmigrantes en las Escuelas Públicas de Nueva York
    Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:00 am
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    Presentado por Rita Rodriguez-Enberg del Immigrant Students' Rights Project at Advocates for Children of New York.

    ¿Es su estudiante nuevo en el sistema escolar de Nueva York?

    ¿Le interesa información acerca de las opciones de programas bilingües disponibles para su hijo?

    ¿Quiere saber sobre los servicios de educación especial en su idioma natal?

    ¿Cuáles son sus derechos a los servicios de traducción e interpretación?

    ¿Cómo protege el DOE a mi hijo contra “bullying”, acoso y discriminación?

    Interpretación en Español y Árabe está disponible.

  • Free Tax Help and Preparation
    Tuesday, March 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

  • Oral History and Digital Archiving for PC
    Tuesday, March 28, 2017 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learn about best practices for archiving physical and digital photos. Create brief oral history projects and narrate a personal reflection of the story. Students will use Movie Maker to create an exciting video presentation.

    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 Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
    Tuesday, March 28, 2017 11:00 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    A hip-shaking, head-bopping morning of music for the cool crowd from Latin Grammy Winners!  Emmy Winning Performers!!   Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band is on the pulse of all things kids music and brings smart, crafty lyrics with irresistibly fresh pop beats.

    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, March 28, 2017 1:15 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, March 28, 2017 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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