Central Library

Information Commons Events

The Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons hosts classes, workshops and other events, conducted by both library staff and programming partners. Handouts and outlines from some classes are available online.

If you are interested in taking a free BRIC digital media education class, you can register for these classes through Eventbrite. Click the "Register" link on any of the BRIC event listings below to reserve your seat.

Upcoming Classes
  • LinkedIn Basics
    Monday, September 22, 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.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Monday, September 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.

    No appointment required.
    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Medicaid and Child Health Plus In-Person Assistance/Navigator Program
    Tuesday, September 23, 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.

  • BRIC Media Education Orientation
    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Our orientation is a great introduction to what community access television is all about, the variety of classes available with BRIC Media Education, services available from BRIC, and our policies and procedures. Some of our classes require that you attend one 2-hour orientation before you register.

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

  • Drop-In Career Lab
    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 2:00 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 a librarian. This is a Business & Career Library program.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Tuesday, September 23, 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.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons
    SCORE is a not-for-profit volunteer association of successful business people who provide free, confidential, one-on-one business counseling.

  • Drop-In Design Assistance
    Tuesday, September 23, 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

  • How to Be an Effective Small Business Leader
    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    This workshop will share strategies that you can easily implement in order to begin leading your business and staff. Learn how to lead by example, develop hiring strategies, and run a business and not have the business run you. This is a Business & Career Library program presented in collaboration with the Business Outreach Center Network.

    Please register at www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/locations/business/events or call 718.623.7000 and select option 4.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

    Meet with a SCORE counselor to discuss your business needs. Get advice on starting a business, writing a business plan, implementing a marketing strategy and much more. SCORE is an SBA organization. Call 718.623.7000 and select option "3" to make an appointment. This is a Business & Career Library service.

    SCORE is a not-for-profit volunteer association of successful business people who provide free, confidential, one-on-one business counseling.
    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Mac Basics
    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 2:00 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.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, September 24, 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.

  • 3D Printing in Public Libraries
    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Libraries are on the front lines of innovation and providing access to and understanding of the latest technologies, including 3D printing. Join members of Shapeways and staff and community members of Brooklyn Public Library to discuss how they are using 3D printing in library programs and services, and how 3D printing can fit into public and educational programs at libraries and schools.

    RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Shapeways/events/201920242/

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Thursday, September 25, 2014 12:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

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

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Foundation Center Database Searching Workshop
    Thursday, September 25, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learn how to search for grants.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Resume & Career Help
    Thursday, September 25, 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.

  • Video Editing with Premiere
    Thursday, September 25, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    This 4-week course covers the basics of non-linear video editing using Adobe Premiere Pro 6. Class will be held on Thursdays from 4:00-8:30PM on 9/11, 9/18, 9/25 and 10/2. Students will learn how to navigate Premiere’s interface and import footage from a SDHC card,as well as how to work with B-roll, audio, still images, titles, basic effects and transitions. By the end of the course, students will have the chance to edit a short video segment. Successful completion leads to becoming a Certified Community Producer, which gives you free access to use our editing facilities to produce your Brooklyn Free Speech TV show.


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

    https://f14llvideoeditingwithpremiere.eventbrite.com/

    bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • U.S. Citizenship Exam Preparation
    Thursday, September 25, 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

    Immigrant services program.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Friday, September 26, 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.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons
    SCORE is a not-for-profit volunteer association of successful business people who provide free, confidential, one-on-one business counseling.

  • CitizenshipWorks Naturalization Application Workshop
    Friday, September 26, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    A workshop to help eligible lawful permanent residents prepare their N-400 Application for Naturalization to become U.S. citizens. This workshop will use interactive online interviews from CitizenshipWorks.org to determine eligibility and help prepare forms. Immigration experts will be available to review applications and answer legal questions related to applying for citizenship. Registration is not required, but strongly encouraged. Assistance will be provided on a first-come first-served basis, but pre-registered attendees will have priority.

    To register, visit citizenshipworks.org/register or call the Ya es Hora Hotline at (888) 839-8682.
    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

    Immigrant services program.

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

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

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Internet 1
    Saturday, September 27, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Topics may include Wikipedia, weather, news, Google searches, and maps. Presented by New York Cares.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Monday, September 29, 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.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons
    SCORE is a not-for-profit volunteer association of successful business people who provide free, confidential, one-on-one business counseling.

  • Never Too Late to Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, September 29, 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. Provided by Brooklyn Public Library's Services for Older Adults department.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, September 29, 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.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Monday, September 29, 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.

  • Planning Your Future: Estate & Gift Planning Seminar
    Monday, September 29, 2014 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Everyone knows you should have a will, but most Americans don’t have one. This free seminar will present estate planning concepts in easy-to-understand terms, in a relaxed and informative environment. Questions are welcome!

    Trust & Estate Attorney Paul Van Horn will address real issues and cover:

    • What happens if you don't have a Will
    • Wills vs. Living Trusts
    • Health Care Proxies and Powers of Attorney
    • Federal and New York estate and gift taxes
    • Tax efficient estate planning

    Come away from the workshop feeling confident that the decisions you make today that will leave a positive legacy and give your family security for a lifetime.

    RSVPs are strongly encouraged: please contact givinginfo [AT] bklynlibrary [DOT] org or call 718-230-2758.

  • Medicaid and Child Health Plus In-Person Assistance/Navigator ProgramCancelled
    Tuesday, September 30, 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

  • Drop-In Career LabCancelled
    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 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 a librarian. This is a Business & Career Library program.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business CounselorCancelled
    Tuesday, September 30, 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.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons
    SCORE is a not-for-profit volunteer association of successful business people who provide free, confidential, one-on-one business counseling.

  • Drop-In Design AssistanceCancelled
    Tuesday, September 30, 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

  • Drop-in Career Lab
    Wednesday, October 1, 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.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, October 1, 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.

  • Resume & Career Help
    Thursday, October 2, 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.

  • Video Editing with Premiere
    Thursday, October 2, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    This 4-week course covers the basics of non-linear video editing using Adobe Premiere Pro 6. Class will be held on Thursdays from 4:00-8:30PM on 9/11, 9/18, 9/25 and 10/2. Students will learn how to navigate Premiere’s interface and import footage from a SDHC card,as well as how to work with B-roll, audio, still images, titles, basic effects and transitions. By the end of the course, students will have the chance to edit a short video segment. Successful completion leads to becoming a Certified Community Producer, which gives you free access to use our editing facilities to produce your Brooklyn Free Speech TV show.

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

    https://f14llvideoeditingwithpremiere.eventbrite.com/

    bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • U.S. Citizenship Exam Preparation
    Thursday, October 2, 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

  • Internet 2
    Saturday, October 4, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Topics may include Wikipedia, weather, news, Google searches, and maps. Presented by New York Cares.

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, October 6, 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.

  • Never Too Late to Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, October 6, 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

  • Resume Editing Help
    Monday, October 6, 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

  • Medicaid and Child Health Plus In-Person Assistance/Navigator Program
    Tuesday, October 7, 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.

  • Digital Camera Basics
    Tuesday, October 7, 2014 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Most digital cameras are packed with advanced features that allow novice photographers to shoot like a pro. In this two-hour session, you’ll learn how to use your camera’s features and simple tricks to create beautiful digital images. We’ll cover digital photography basics like camera settings, resolution and exposure levels, and how to properly white balance to make your pictures pop. Composition theory will be discussed, as will shot types and picture formats that work best in video projects. Please bring your own digital camera fully charged, with plenty of battery power and available memory, to the class.

    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

  • Teen Tech Time
    Tuesday, October 7, 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

  • Drop-In Design Assistance
    Tuesday, October 7, 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

  • Computer Basics Class for Seniors
    Tuesday, October 7, 2014 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    No experience necessary.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Free Online Training Classes: Information Session
    Wednesday, October 8, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Are you looking to improve your skills to make yourself more attractive to employers in your job search? Come to an information session and find out more about the Metrix Learning System, an online learning platform that allows you to take skill-building classes in numerous subjects without paying hundreds of dollars. Attendance at an orientation, basic Internet skills, and a BPL library card are required to use the Metrix Learning System. We suggest bringing headphones. This program is presented by the Business & Career Library.

    Registration is required. 

    Questions? Please contact metrix@bklynlibrary.org.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, October 8, 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

  • Resume & Career Help
    Thursday, October 9, 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.

  • Intermediate Video Editing with Premiere
    Thursday, October 9, 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

  • U.S. Citizenship Exam Preparation
    Thursday, October 9, 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

  • Microsoft PowerPoint 1
    Saturday, October 11, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Topics may include navigating PowerPoint and basic slide creation. 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.