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
  • 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 PreparationCancelled
    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.

  • Medicaid and Child Health Plus In-Person Assistance/Navigator Program
    Tuesday, October 14, 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 Photo Enhancement
    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    The picture-perfect shot doesn’t stop with your camera. In this class, you’ll get hands-on experience with Gimp, a free, versatile photo editing software program, so you can retouch, crop, and color balance your digital photos before showing them to the world. We’ll teach you how to use Gimp, its editing and effects tools, talk about photo-editing best practices and how to export for print and video formats. By the end of this two-hour session, you’ll have the skills to make every shot you take a perfect one.

    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 14, 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 14, 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

  • Brooklyn Public Philosophers
    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Tonight's theme: TBA with Jamie Aroosi (Yeshiva University)

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons
    Brooklyn Public Philosophers is a monthly series of talks and discussions. It's a forum for philosophers based in and around Brooklyn to speak with a general audience about their work. The aim is to broaden the discussion of important philosophical issues and to increase communication between academic philosophers and the general public. For more information, visit bkpp.tumblr.com.

  • Drop-in Career Lab
    Wednesday, October 15, 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.

  • Microsoft Word Class
    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Basic computer knowledge required.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, October 15, 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.

  • Genealogy for Beginners: How Brooklyn Public Library Can Help You Discover Your Roots
    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Explore the databases and resources available to genealogy researchers. This course is intended for the genealogy beginner and will focus on the library’s newspaper collections, directory collection, and such databases as Ancestry.com. Participants will receive hands-on training as well as a list of genealogical research facilities in the area.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Resume & Career Help
    Thursday, October 16, 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 16, 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 16, 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

  • CitizenshipWorks Naturalization Application Workshop
    Friday, October 17, 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.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2
    Saturday, October 18, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Topics may include presentation creation and templates. 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.

  • Never Too Late to Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, October 20, 2014 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learning to use a computer is not just for young people. Join as we explore the world of technology, using laptops. Topics include computer basics, internet, email, online banking, online health information, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Facebook and creative uses of Microsoft Office.

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

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

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

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

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, October 20, 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.

  • Interviewing Basics
    Monday, October 20, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Learn about the different styles of interviewing questions, as well as strategies for answering frequently asked questions. Find out more about preparing effectively for an interview, and what to do (and not do) before, during and after the interview.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Monday, October 20, 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 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 Online Training Classes: Information Session
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:00 pm
    Macon Library

    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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.