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, October 21, 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

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Tuesday, October 21, 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 21, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

  • Stomp, Clap & Sing with Heidi Siegell
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:00 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Heidi Siegell takes you on a musical journey through a magical world filled with bright and beautiful word pictures of the ocean, wind, stars and seasons. Heidi shares songs from her award-winning album In Stillness: Lullabies and Meditations for All Ages, as well as some well-known childhood favorites.

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

  • English Conversation Group
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 1:15 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Foundation Center Database Searching Workshop
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learn how to search for grants.

  • Foundation Center Database Searching Workshop
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    The workshop is designed to familiarize patrons how to search for grants, awards and other financial support in Foundation Center's online databases.

  • English Conversation Group: Advanced Level
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Brooklyn Transitions: Oral History Project
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 1

    As part of the Brooklyn Transitions series on gentrification, we want to hear your stories and preserve your voice during rapid changes to our borough. Brooklyn Public Library’s Info Commons and Brooklyn Collection are asking Brooklynites to take part in an oral history project to share your experiences in the neighborhoods you were born and reared in—and how they have changed, talk about the migration patterns of your Brooklyn life over time, or express your feelings on new beginnings to or displacement from a living situation.

    It is important that we all have a voice in the changes of our communities. Lend your words and experience to the Brooklyn Transitions Oral History Project to be heard, preserved, and accounted for. All recordings will be archived at the Brooklyn Collection and selections will be shared with the public online.

    This project will take place in the Info Commons recording studio on the first floor. Each recording session will be up to a half hour. To book a time slot, please email infocommons AT bklynlibrary DOT org, or call 718.230.2248.

  • Teen Tech Time
    Tuesday, October 21, 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, October 21, 2014 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 2

    The program is free

    Improve your Russian language in an informal and fun setting.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Tuesday, October 21, 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.

  • Community Producer Workshop
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    These free workshops are forums for community producers to learn about new equipment available for check out, production workflow strategies, as well as studio, editing, graphic design and marketing tips. These are meant to be open workshops, so please come prepared with production ideas, questions, and useful tips you have discovered on your own productions. Pre-requisite: certification in either Field, Studio or Editing.

    Presented by BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn, BPL's lead media education partner.


    bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Drop-In Design Assistance
    Tuesday, October 21, 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

  • Life Behind Bars: Re-entry
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    The Long Shadow of Incarceration’s Stigma looks into the lives of formerly incarcerated people who are trying to rebuild their lives after prison. From discrimination in employment, education and housing to the loss of voting rights, the stigma of conviction hampers their efforts to move forward. Followed by a panel discussion with professionals in the field of re-entry. (Dir: Kimberly Soenen, 11 min, 2012)

    The guest panel will include:

    • Glenn Martin - Policy expert, former VP at Fortune Society and founder of Just Leadership USA
    • Ronald Day - Director of Workforce Development, The Osborne Association
    • Paul Washington - Director of Community Outreach and Re-Entry, Medgar Evers College
    • Sheila Rule - Executive Director, Think Outside the Cell Foundation, Moderator

  • Portuguese Conversation Group: Intermediate Level
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your Brazilian Portuguese in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Babies & Books
    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Enjoy books, songs and rhymes. 0 to 18 months.

    Space is limited. Pick up a ticket at the Children's Reference Desk on the morning of the program. Please call 718.230.2117 for more information.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, October 22, 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.

  • Screening of At-Risk Summer
    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Inspired by a small-town Texas teen without access to creative mentors, young adult author e.E. Charlton-Trujillo packed her belongings into storage, rented a Ford Focus and embarked on a unique book tour to empower youth on the fringe. From the road to the workshops to meeting acclaimed writers for young people, At-Risk Summer is a film that allows young people to be seen, heard and never be counted out!
    Screening from 10:00am - 11:30am, followed by a discussion with e.E. Charlton-Trujillo.

  • Babies & Books
    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 10:30 am
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Enjoy books, songs and rhymes. 0 to 18 months.

    Space is limited. Pick up a ticket at the Children's Reference Desk on the morning of the program. Please call 718.230.2117 for more information.

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Drop-in Career Lab
    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Take advantage of up to two hours of computer time to work on a resume, job application, LinkedIn, online courses or other career-related projects with some assistance from staff. This is a Business & Career Library program.

  • Spanish Conversation Group IntermediateCancelled
    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Spanish Conversation Group for Intermediate

    The Class Is Free

    No Registration is Requierd

    As of May 28th, the class will start at 3.00 PM


     

  • DIY: Makerspace Wednesdays
    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

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

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, October 22, 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, October 22, 2014 5:30 pm
    Central Library

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

  • Fiber Arts Group
    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

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

  • English Conversation Group
    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

  • Brooklyn Transitions: Oral History Project
    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 1

    As part of the Brooklyn Transitions series on gentrification, we want to hear your stories and preserve your voice during rapid changes to our borough. Brooklyn Public Library’s Info Commons and Brooklyn Collection are asking Brooklynites to take part in an oral history project to share your experiences in the neighborhoods you were born and reared in—and how they have changed, talk about the migration patterns of your Brooklyn life over time, or express your feelings on new beginnings to or displacement from a living situation.

    It is important that we all have a voice in the changes of our communities. Lend your words and experience to the Brooklyn Transitions Oral History Project to be heard, preserved, and accounted for. All recordings will be archived at the Brooklyn Collection and selections will be shared with the public online.

    This project will take place in the Info Commons recording studio on the first floor. Each recording session will be up to a half hour. To book a time slot, please email infocommons AT bklynlibrary DOT org, or call 718.230.2248.

     

  • Detectives: Good, Bad, and Ugly: The Big Sleep
    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Howard Hawks directed the first film version of Raymond Chandler's 1939 novel of the same name. The movie stars Humphrey Bogart as detective Philip Marlowe and Lauren Bacall as Vivian Rutledge. When a dying millionaire hires Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, Marlowe finds himself involved with more than mere extortion. Novelist William Faulkner co-wrote the screenplay. (Dir: Howard Hawkes, 114 min, 1946) Curated and hosted by Glenn Kenny.

    This series is made possible through Brooklyn Public Library’s Fund for the Humanities, established through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding was provided by the Hearst Foundation, Inc.; the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; the Starr Foundation; the Leon and Muriel Gilbert Charitable Trust; the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc.; and a gift in memory of Samuel and Pauline Wine.

  • French Conversation Group - Intermediate
    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Improve your French language in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

    The Class is Free

  • Some Like It Hot
    Thursday, October 23, 2014 9:45 am
    Central Library, Room 216

    Please join us to explore the meaning of gender through the lens of fashion and style through the decades. This program is primarily intended for people 55 and over, but all adults are welcome to participate. Provided by Brooklyn ElderPride, part of the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, and Brooklyn Public Library's Services for Older Adults Department.

    Please call the Services for Older Adults Department at 718.236.1760 to register.

  • Exergamers Bowling for Older Adults
    Thursday, October 23, 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; 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, October 23, 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. Please call 718.636.6994 for an appointment.

  • English Conversation GroupCancelled
    Thursday, October 23, 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, October 23, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    A librarian is available to provide one-on-one help on job search-related topics and career resources, including resumes and cover letters, interviewing and more. Patrons will be seen on a first come, first served basis. This is a Business & Career Library service.

  • Great Books Discussion Series: Naguib Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy
    Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Reverend Elsie Smith Room

    Palace of Desire: The perspective shifts to Ahmad’s youngest son Kamal, who falls in love with Aisha, the daughter of a wealthy family in Cairo’s richest quarter.

  • Game On!
    Thursday, October 23, 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, October 23, 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.

  • Explore & Create: LEGO Building
    Thursday, October 23, 2014 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Create LEGO projects with friends.

  • Intermediate Video Editing with Premiere
    Thursday, October 23, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    An intermediate non-linear editing workshop using Adobe Premiere Pro 6, this class covers digital effects like transitions, picture-in-picture, chroma key, motion graphics and titling. Learn more advanced editing techniques and shortcuts to perfect your video edit. This is a 3-week course. Class will be held on Thursdays from 4:00-8:00PM on 10/9, 10/16 and 10/23.

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

    https://f14llintermediatevideoeditingwithpremiere.eventbrite.com/

    bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Explore and Create
    Thursday, October 23, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Have fun and make a creative project.

    for ages 6 to 12. Sorry no groups will be admitted,

  • U.S. Citizenship Exam Preparation
    Thursday, October 23, 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!

    bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • English Conversation Group
    Thursday, October 23, 2014 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Ezra Jack Keats Bedtime Stories
    Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Hear stories get a free book!

    for ages 3-7. This program is made possible with generous support from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.

  • POSTPONED: Brooklyn Spirits: Craft Cocktails and Stories from the World’s Hippest Borough
    Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Over the past two decades, Brooklyn has become the epicenter of a Slow Food-inspired food and drink revolution. Brooklyn distillers, restaurateurs, bartenders, and cocktail aficionados are changing the way we drink by bringing back old techniques and recipes, and creating new ones that focus on small-batch distilling and fresh, local ingredients. Join author and Brooklyn-based drinker Peter Thomas Fornatale for an inspiring mix of recipes, profiles of local distilleries and the history of distilling in Brooklyn.

  • 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